Those who have experienced it the most is Marta Torrejón (Mataró, February 27, 1990). She is one of the captains, she is the joy of her home and the smile of the dressing room, and MD wanted to know more about the owner of the Barça right wing.
How are you living these days?
I’m calm, you have to enjoy the moment. It takes a lot to get here. The same when the game arrives there are nerves but this week is to enjoy, with the team and the family.
Is the routine the same as always?
These are normal days, the routine we follow is correct. Work, training, rest and food, all this that has led us to this final, are correct. Changing and doing something different for the final would not be the best for me.
What has changed since Budapest?
It was a turning point. We took a step forward in terms of sports, training, rest and nutrition. Both I and the whole team, the step has been gigantic and we are reaching where we wanted to go. We lacked that physical point and in these years we have taken the step.
What marked you after that final?
We were all aware of where we wanted to go and what we had to do to get there. And it was training, training and training and achieving that point of professionalism to have the level.
Finish the sentence: ‘The success of the women’s Barça is thanks to…’
To the work and effort of the people.
Does Europe owe one to the Torrejón family?
Those words were said by my mother this week at home. “UEFA owes us a Cup, a final.” At my brother’s final (Espanyol-Seville in 2007), unfortunately, my parents couldn’t travel because they bought tickets for a fake plane that never left. Besides that my brother lost the final, it tasted very bad because they couldn’t even be there. And on top of that then I go to Budapest and in 20 minutes they kill you.
How are you at home?
They would have to say this but I consider myself a very open person, who likes to make jokes, I always try to make people smile and have a good time. It is the important thing, to be happy and have a good time, in the end we only have this life and we have to take advantage of it with the people we love. I am very affectionate with my parents. I really like spending time with family and my friends.
What childhood memories do you have?
My mother tells me that I have always been very happy. Quiet but with that mischievous point of children, very studious and responsible. Always very happy, affectionate and I very much remember summers at the beach with my whole family. We were in the car loaded to the top, grandparents, uncles, cousins, all together, and on the beach playing paddles with the mats. Or when we went on vacation with my parents and my brother to Peñíscola, I have many memories and I only have beautiful and pleasant memories.
And everyone with a ball?
The ball was always in the trunk, there was always one. I started early and my brother started much earlier. At halftime in their games, he would take the ball to me and play, and that’s how my story began. They saw me at my brother’s break and asked me if I wanted to do the tests at Espanyol.
How does it look in ten years?
Now I do not know. It is complicated because I am 31, I have one more year on my contract, physically I am very well and I have very good feelings on the field. I do not plan when I will stop playing. Ten years is a long time, I like to look more in the short term and now I only think about playing.
What do you do outside of football?
I try to spend time with my family. Now I have a new apartment, and little by little I try to put things together, my family helps me a lot. Also find holes for my friends. I like to go out for a walk and to go to the mountains and to the beach.
She is famous among her peers for liking video games.
(laughs) It’s true that I always take my Nintendo on trips. Also, as I don’t like flying very little, the video game entertains me because if there is turbulence and I’m in a Mario Kart game or race, maybe I’m more distracted and I don’t pay much attention. I don’t play as much as you think, but I was one of the first to take the console on trips.
Is the ‘8’ for something special?
It does not have any special reason, it is simply the number that I like when I was very young. I don’t know why since my father never took it and neither did my brother.
What do you feel when you see a girl or a boy with your shirt on?
Much emotion, really. Pride to see how these girls and boys grow up with female references, which is important, and this thought of gender equality, diversity, that any boy or girl has to have the opportunity to enjoy what they like without having any impediment. It gives me a lot of emotion and it is a sign that things are moving forward and we are moving forward.
What does Estadi Johan Cruyff have?
It is the stadium made to measure for us. With all the love, it is one of these special things and it shows in the games and in the results, it is something very special.
I also have to say that the Miniestadi had its special point.
Tell us the story of the 4 goals and your father’s hunch.
It is one of the best stories I have. He was in the locker room next to Alexia and Mariona. My father does not usually write to me before games, and he sent me a message saying ‘bring the ball home’. I answered him ‘for that I have to score three goals’ and he said ‘well you put them in and you bring it back’. I showed it to Alexia and Mariona and look, I didn’t hit three but four and took the ball home. And there it is well kept.
Who are the best friends soccer has given you?
The truth is that several. Many specials, such as Silvia Meseguer, Natalia Pablos, Ruth García, Leire Landa, Alexia… I don’t like leaving someone but I have several specials.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
I’ve always listened to my father’s advice a lot. Strengthen myself, be ambitious, work, she is always very aware of my games, she has always accompanied me everywhere. My grandfather also remember him giving me a lot of advice, telling me that I had to work my waist to turn around and be faster. That advice from my grandfather is always in my head.
Would you ever erase your career?
None. There have been difficult, bad, complicated or sad moments, but you try to get the positive part because they help you improve. Although they are not pleasant memories, they serve.
Will your family travel to Sweden?
They cannot come, the restrictions in Sweden are very strict and it is a pity they cannot come, but I know that my mother will prepare dinner at home for the family to come to watch the game. They will follow me and give us that push that will be very important.
What will be your last thought before going to sleep tomorrow?
What will be the last thing that goes through your head before the start?
My family. It’s hard to know but I think it will.
And if they win, what will your first thought be?
Also my family. They will be very proud to have achieved this title. And in all the people behind working so that we get where we have arrived.