It is very easy for people to see the disability in a handicapped person rather than the abilities of such a person. This is why the story of Alex Sanchez is one of the most inspiring stories you could ever come across in sporting history.
Football is a sport played with both feet but that is not to say that hands are of no use in the sport. The hands are very important, especially for a striker looking to score goals.
Born with just one hand on the 6th of June 1989, Alex Sanchez knew from an early age that he could play football despite his condition. He didn't allow what people would say about him discourage him and continued to grow as a player.
The young boy used to play football for fun until he was 15 years old when he signed for the best club in his city.
After impressing with his local club, he got a life changing opportunity when his coach at that time told him he would play for Real Zaragoza the coming season.
It was in that moment that he realised that was the first step to get into professional football. But the step up from that amateur level to professional level was difficult for Sanchez.
It was then he realised that not everyone wanted him to succeed as a professional player.
"I taught myself how to manage the pressure. When you get into professional football, you realise that some teammates do not want you to succeed and that was pretty hard too. Football is the most individual of the collective sports and you have to be ready for that," he said while recalling his amazing journey.
He quickly made a name for himself in the reserve teams and before he knew it he was featuring for the first team.
His debut in the Spanish La Liga was a memorable day in Spanish football history because that was the first time a player with a physical disability would be playing in the league.
To make it more memorable, it was at the Mestalla, against a Valencia side that had the likes of David Villa, David Silva and Pablo Hernandez in their starting line up.
A year after making his La Liga debut, he left the club to play in the Segunda Division B for Teruel and Tudelano. He's also gone to play in Australia, for Sydney Olympic where he scored 34 goals in just 44 appearances.
Today he's back playing for Tudelano and is living his dream of becoming a professional footballer despite his handicap.
So many people would have used that condition as an excuse to not amount to anything in life but Alex Sanchez used it to become an icon and role model to young kids out there who have a similar disability.
"I think it is really important to normalise having a disability at an early age." he says. "To be a role model is a beautiful thing. There was no such role model when I was a kid, so if I can help I would be happy."
What a human, what a player. I've been on YouTube to watch some of his video clips and I must confess, he is not just a great human being, he's a great player.
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