Actualizado: 12 may 2020
The journey for a professional football player is difficult, years of dedication and training and even then, the odds of becoming pro is low and the risk for injury is high.
A player needs to leave home and family for opportunities they hope will develop and improve them. A player needs to navigate coaches, and teams, adapting to their environment and constant travel whilst maintaining their physical conditions.
I am blessed to have been able to play for 17 years in 7 countries, over 4 continents and to play for my beloved national team for more than 13 years.
I've had incredible moments of triumph and tribulation and moments of disappointment. But that is the life of a professional footballer. It is seldom an upward trajectory. It is a rollercoaster of highs and lows or happiness and sadness, of love and frustration of blood, sweat and tears.
There are so many uncontrollable elements, however, there is one stabiliser: You. You can remain calm, dedicated and focused in the storm and you can continue to love the sport you play. Your relationships with people will and does remain vitally important for achieving your goals.
Every single day you must work and must be thankful for the journey so that you can keep moving forward.
My experiences and journey have made me feel as though I have a social responsibility to pass on what I have learned as a professional player; On how to train, prepare, maintain my physical condition and navigate my career. Although I still have a lot to learn…I always try to train at the highest level and be ready to give my best on and off the field.
"I have a social responsibility to pass on what I have learned as a professional player”.
By Coté Rojas