Alex Sanchez made history when he became the first professional player to appear in a football match with just one hand
On November 8, 2009, Alex Sanchez made his professional debut with Spanish La Liga club Zaragoza.
He became the first footballer to appear in a professional game with only one hand.
And after some years in the Spanish Segunda División B, he decided in 2018 to move to Australia to play with Sydney Olympic.
In his new club, he’s being considered a role model.
“Honestly I don’t know if some coaches didn’t want to pick me because I was born with one hand because I just tried to enjoy myself on the pitch and I didn’t care about the rest,” he told FTBL.
“I have been playing football since I was eight and it has made me really happy because I have enjoyed every single minute of it.”
“So, football has been really important in my life for that reason. It made me feel like part of society from the beginning,” he added.
“When I was in Spain I just wanted to be known for soccer. But now that I am older I see that it’s really good to be a role model – because it’s important for the kids.”
“Especially because I am in Australia it’s special for me. It’s important for other people because I come here as an inspiration and a role model for them,” he explained.
“It’s pretty important for me because I didn’t have someone I could mirror myself on when I was young – there was no role model when I was a kid.”
FULL TIME | 3 – 2 | We've finished up with a win tonight against Sydney FC thanks to a goal from Alex Sanchez and Nicola Kuleski in the 2nd half.#ForeverOlympic #olympicpassion pic.twitter.com/eA8Qz1Ggiu
— Sydney Olympic FC (@SydneyOlympicFC) July 21, 2018