The Spanish midfielder Veró Boquete spoke to the the microphones of the Milan TV and shared some interesting insights on her career, her goal celebration, the Serie A and her future in the game.
Who is Veró?
"I am a player with a lot of experience, I played in 8 different countries and now I am a professional for 15 years, but I have the same passion for football that I have had since I was a child."
The beginning of her career
"At the age of 5 or 6 years old there was a rule that would not let me play with boys, because I was a girl. I remember being on the bench, seeing my friends, because I couldn't play, because the rule wouldn't let me play for a year, but I trained every game, I always remember arriving at the field, with my equipments, but I couldn't play and watched the games. I remember my shirt was too big, my parents were in the stands and I remember when the ball was on the right or the left, everyone was behind it and I remember being very happy."
Life at Milan
"The adaptation is easy for me, because I am used to it, but here from the first day it was easy for me. In fact, the city lacks me a little bit, because you can't walk around, see things, live life in Milan, but if we're winning, that's fine. Off the field I am calm, I have tranquility, my personality is the same as on the field, I always want more, I always want 100% in everything."
Why she chose and Italy and, especially, Milan
"I missed the Italian football, that's one of the reasons that made me come here. The first is Milan, they are a great, historic team and everyone wants to play here and it is an important step in my career. Italian football surprised me because it has intensity, in recent years the players are very strong, there is still a little margin for improvement compared to other countries, but Italy is on the right track and is ready to have one of the best competitions. The team, the teammates, I think we are lucky to be at Milan, we have everything to train, travel, compete, we hope that this year we can fight for the titles and beat Juventus."
That Octopus celebration
"Every time I score, and i hope it happens often here, but we'll see, I always celebrate like that, with my hand over my face because the first time I left home, away my family and my friends, we needed to find a way to show that they were for them . In my town the typical dish is octopus, so we understand that it was a sign. My mom doesn't like it because she says that if I put my hand on my face, they can't see me, only that it's been so long since I celebrated like this and I think this is good for my city too, because now many countries know that octopus is typical there."
Lack of dribbling
"I don't know how to do these things (dribbling), because I remember that when I was little my father used to say that 'this is not important. You must kick or pass, control the ball' so I was focused on doing what was important."
Her future after hanging the boots
"I want to be a coach and when I decided to be a professional player, in my mind I decided that one day I would be a professional coach, doesn't matter if it is for men or women, it's all the same to me, the sport is the same for me, and why not? Coaching a men's team is the top, why not? 10 years from now, who knows, I will be the head coach of a men's team, or women's team too, it would be something that would make me happy."
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