A Spanish goalkeeper came out as gay on Twitter Tuesday after posting several photos including him kissing his boyfriend.
Alberto Lejárraga’s team Marbella FC won their match against Real Jaen 1-0 on Sunday. The win pushes the team to the next level of the country’s soccer league.
Lejárraga, 28, wrote in Spanish, “Thank you so much for always being by my side, during the good and the bad. Now it’s our turn to live it up.”
In the images the soccer player shared, his boyfriend is wearing a Marbella jersey with Lejárraga’s name on it.
The post has been liked over 12,000 times.
Lejárraga was born in Madrid, according to U.K. outlet the Mirror. It’s his second season playing with Marbella.
The Spanish player is the latest soccer star to come out.
Earlier this year, Czech midfielder Jakub Jankto came out, and became the only active soccer player on the international level.
“Like everyone else, I want to live my life with freedom, without fear, without violence, without prejudice, but with love,” the 27-year-old said in a video. “I am homosexual and I no longer want to hide myself.”
In 2021, Josh Cavallo came out. He plays for Australia’s A-League.
"I'm trying of trying to perform at the best of your ability and to lead this double life," Cavallo said when he came out. "It's exhausting. It's something I don't want anyone to experience."
Jake Daniels came out last year becoming the first British player to do so since 1990.
"Off the pitch I've been hiding the real me and who I really am," the teenage player said in a statement on Blackpool's website at the time. "I've known my whole life that I'm gay, and I now feel that I'm ready to come out and be myself."
Daniels cited Cavallo and Olympic diver Tom Daley as inspirations for coming out.