Salma Paralluelo: “Being able to win another ‘Champions’ would be another dream come true”

About Spain and Paris 2024: “We are very excited and eager to give everything”


Barça Femení player Salma Paralluelo acknowledged that winning the Women’s Champions League again and revalidating the title won last year would be “another dream come true” for her, who left athletics to focus on her career as a soccer player and, at 20 years, to already be one of the most outstanding players on the European scene.

“Being able to win the Champions League final would be another dream come true. I think we are all super motivated with that goal. So I hope it happens. We are here in Spain, with the warmth of all the people. So I hope it would be very nice,” said the new Just Eat ambassador after an event with the food delivery company.

Paralluelo was a starter in the victory of the last edition of the ‘Champions’ over Wolfsburg (3-2), at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven (Netherlands) and with the Blaugrana’s comeback in the second half after reaching half-time with 0-2 for the Germans.

On this occasion, Barça will try to revalidate the title against the powerful Olympique de Lyon, a club that leads the competition’s record with 8 titles, the last of which was won in 2022 before some Blaugranas who now, in San Mamés (Bilbao), will seek Rematch.

Furthermore, after winning League F, the treble is an option since they will also play in the final of the Queen’s Cup, a title they could not compete in last year when they were left out due to an improper lineup. “Having the final of the Queen’s Cup in mind is something super exciting that we face with the greatest of ambitions the possibility of lifting a title,” he said.

“For me, being at Barça is a privilege. It seems like the best scenario to continue growing, to ultimately seek your highest level and, what I tell you, it is a pleasure to train with players like that, and with all the intensity and rhythm training is a privilege,” he said.

Regarding the selection, he believes that the key to success is the “attitude” of the players. “Unity as a team is super important in any type of competition. I think we are all very connected to the goal and that faith we have in being able to achieve things, I think that ambition is the secret,” she said.

After winning the World Cup, Spain will debut in the Olympic Games this summer, in Paris 2024. “The Olympic Games are a super exciting challenge for everyone and a unique experience, I think, to live. We are very excited and eager to give everything there, because it is going to be a super important competition and we could take another step forward,” he predicted.

After beating Belgium and the Czech Republic, Spain leads the group to qualify for Euro 2025. An event in which they also have “the same desire and enthusiasm.” “We are on the path and we want to be in that final phase of the Euro Cup. So, with confidence, not confidence, but with confidence in all the work we are doing and to continue adding points that are going to be super important,” he acknowledged.

The Spanish international believes that women’s football is taking “big steps” forward. “We were much further behind. And well, the important thing is these little steps that we are taking, that we are going higher, that we are listening more. Girls today can have references as soccer players, something that they didn’t before. So, it is to continue Along these lines, continue encouraging people to continue supporting us because we can go much further, for sure,” he predicted.

In this sense, Salma Paralluelo gives her image to the ‘Eat the game’ initiative of Just Eat, a food delivery platform, and serves as an inspiration to girls who dream of being professional soccer players.

A campaign with which Just Eat partners can sponsor women’s football teams in their locality. “The Just Eat initiative seems super important to me. In the end, it connects grassroots women’s soccer with restaurants and helps them in all matters of sponsorship and management. The initiative of 40,000 euros invested in these teams to help them in everything is also super important. type of equipment or material and sports facilities,” Paralluelo acknowledged.

Participating restaurants will offer the support that each club needs based on their specific needs. For example, providing pre-match meals, functioning as meeting points or providing mentoring and advice so that clubs can expand commercially.