I have been a lucky a player – Gimenez
José María Giménez: “When I was 17 years old, my sister got pregnant at just 14 years old. I didn’t have a professional contract, I didn’t earn any salary. My father worked in a winery and my mother was a housewife so there was not much income. That day I started crying and stood in front of my parents and said ‘That child is going to be born and I have to take charge.’. That day I called my representatives and told them about the situation. I told them that I was going to quit football because I wanted to find a job that would give me income to help that child. They came and sat with me. They told me that they were going to start helping me and not to give up football because it was my passion. That same year I signed for Atlético Madrid. Nowadays when I get injured or when I make a mistake, the Spanish tell me: ‘How unlucky you are’ And I look them in the eye and say: ‘If you only knew how lucky I am.