Tonight Real Madrid face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League in what is probably the game of the week on paper.
Two of the best teams from the two best leagues in the world, facing each other in the greatest competition of all. It’s virtually impossible not to get excited about it. What a game this could be. It’s on nights like this that it’s easy to forget that there are more important things in life than football.
One man who will have some sense of perspective though is Borja Mayoral. Having impressed on loan in the Bundesliga last season with Wolfsburg, Mayoral was brought back into the fold at Madrid by Zinedine Zidane this summer and at times looks like a thrilling prospect for Los Blancos.
At just 20 years of age, Mayoral already has 14 caps for the extremely competitive Spain Under 21 side and has featured six times already for Madrid this season. A future playing at the very highest level looks inevitable.
However, this only tells half of the Borja Mayoral story. “When I was five years old, I was told I had diabetes” revealed Mayoral in a recent interview with SportMediaManager.com, “at that age I was barely able to understand what that word meant.”
Mayoral was speaking at a football event for young diabetics in central Spain. The condition is obviously manageable, but Mayoral admits that it has caused some real challenges in both his footballing and personal life. Now 20 years old, he has a stoic attitude towards his condition: “being diabetic has not ever made me feel different from anyone”.
Becoming a first-team regular at Madrid is the next big challenge for Mayoral but given the obstacles he’s already had to overcome in his life, you’d be a fool to bet against it.
4.5 million people live with Diabetes in the UK. Here’s a link to donate if you feel inspired by Borja Mayoral’s story. https://donate.diabetes.org.uk/donate/1~my-donation?_ga=2.154485307.200286696.1508228212-2069203160.1508228212