Villa San Carlos striker Mara Gomez became the first transgender woman to play football in Argentina on Monday after she started in Villa San Carlos’ 7-1 win over Lanus in the Primera A.
Gomez, was given greenlight to play from the Argentina Football Association (AFA).
“When I started out, football was a therapy for me and I couldn’t think it was possible to dream or consider playing in the top division,” Gomez told ESPN.
“A few years back this was unthinkable to talk about or debate but now we are opening new roads. This is a huge achievement. I’m totally grateful to my club, to my teammates and coaching staff for opening the doors for me and for showing me respect from the beginning. I’m proud to represent a community but also a part of society and to know that I have become a reference for a lot of people.
The 23-year-old has received overwhelming congratulatory messages.
After the game, she posted on social media “It wasn’t magic, it wasn’t a gift, it wasn’t easy. There was a life of fighting, suffering and sadness. There was a life on the edge of death and a broken heart. Many obstacles had to be overcome to revert the past….This has only just begun. Today I breathe, today my soul returns to my body.”