During Real Madrid’s game against Liverpool this Tuesday in the Champions League quarterfinals, Mass Rodriguez, the titular goalkeeper of the white club’s women’s team, tweeted an image of her with another of Marco Asensio, who had just scored the second goal for Madrid. Both appeared in the photographs clutching the shirt angrily, claiming the shield. “Same passion,” the 21-year-old Canarian goalkeeper wrote in the message, who is having a formidable season in which he has won the call of Jorge Vilda, the Spanish coach. After receiving dozens of macho comments in response, Misa chose to delete the tweet. This Wednesday, the world of sports has come out to support him. The Balearic forward himself wrote in his networks: “Same passion. Let nothing and no one prevent you from saying what you think ”.
The response against the macho comments has been unanimous and global. The messages of support have come from all over the planet: from England (Tottenham) to South America (Racing Club, River, Boca Juniors, Independiente, São Paulo, Grêmio, Flamengo, Colo-Colo, etc.), North America ( Cruz Azul, Tigres, Monterrey, Atlas), Portugal (Benfica) or Germany (Eintracht de Frankfurt, Wolfsburg). In Spain, the majority of football clubs – also the men’s and women’s teams – have tweeted in defense of equality: Valencia, Levante, Huesca, Espanyol, Las Palmas, Leganés, Osasuna, Real Sociedad, Elche, etc.
Barça, for example, has put a photo of Leo Messi and Mariona Caldentey with the phrase “same passion” and two photographs in which both appear while celebrating a goal in the same way: with their arms raised and the index fingers of the hands towards the sky.
Madrid players Vinicius, Fede Valverde, Carvajal, Casemiro, Marcelo, Varane and Lucas Vázquez have also written in their networks to support Misa, who this week is focused on the Spanish team for the friendly matches against the Netherlands (9 April) and Mexico (13). After tweeting the photo with Asensio —the Spaniard celebrating Tuesday’s goal against Liverpool, she celebrating the victory against Atlético last March—, the goalkeeper received messages such as “as much passion as desire to embed it”, “same sexual orientation”, “ that one wants to stop two balls at the same time ”or“ that someone tell her that she is not going to catch it ”.
Other footballers, such as Amparito Delgado, Noelia Ramos and Isabella Echeverri (Sevilla), Marta Unzue (Athletic), Noelia Bermúdez (Deportivo) or Mai Garde (Osasuna), have written on their networks to show their support for the Canarian goalkeeper. Also the coach of Barça, Lluís Cortès, and that of Levante, María Pry, and footballers such as Pedro Porro, who was in the last call for Luis Enrique, or Sevilla midfielder Óliver Torres. So have the Spanish Basketball Federation – and the paddle tennis federation – and several players, including the Rudy brothers – a player for Madrid and the national team – and Marta Fernández – a former international player. “Same passion # ConPasiónComoMisa”, both have written in a message with photos of themselves.
Machismo has been a scourge on women’s football since women started kicking the ball. In Spain, the federation itself turned its back on it at the beginning of the 70s, in the last years of the Franco regime, when it refused to accept this specialty in its bosom and did not recognize the first Spanish team of players. This sport, which has grown enormously in recent years – between 2010 and 2020 the number of federative cards multiplied by more than two – has always had to carry that stigma despite all the progress made: only six years ago The national team finally played its first World Cup and in 2020 the clubs, the federation and the unions signed the first collective agreement in the history of women’s football for a European league.