Czech Republic’s Jakub Jankto has made history as the first current international in men’s football to publicly come out as gay. He made his senior debut for the Czech Republic’s national team in 2017 and is currently playing for Sparta Prague where he is on loan from Spanish club Getafe CF.
In a now-viral clip shared by the 27-year-old on 13 February, he opened up about his sexual orientation publicly for the first time.
“Like everybody else, I have my strengths, I have my weaknesses, I have a family, I have my friends,” he said. I have a job that I have been doing as best as I can for years with seriousness, with professionalism and passion.”