Barcelona defender Hector Bellerin reported the death “of 6,500 people” in the construction of the World Cup stadiums in Qatar and admitted that he does not know if he could have fully enjoyed the tournament as a professional if he had finally been summoned by Spanish coach Luis Enrique Martínez.
“The fact that I am not in Qatar and in the national team as a footballer makes me sad. but there’s a part of me that’s happy”, said the winger during a ceremony in which he was named one of the ‘Men of the Year’ in Spain.
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“I don’t know if I could enjoy the burden of the 6,500 dead in the process of a simple football world championship,” added the player, who has always publicly positioned himself for human rights and various social causes.
Along the same lines, Bellerín recalled that “that there were people from countries like Pakistan or Bangladeshmost of them between 30 and 40 years old who were only looking for a dignified life for themselves and their families”.
“Football, as always, is a bit of a reflection of our society. Greed and selfishness have no limit, we keep magnifying everything that divides us and this only leads to discord and inequality,” he lamented.
Hector Bellerín gave his speech at the time one of the ‘GQ Men of the Year’ awards was presented in Madrid by this Spanish fashion, trends and current affairs magazine.