“Football has changed”, as Kylian Mbappé would say. In some ways, it’s a good thing this sport is progressing. Equal pay for men and women is one of them. After the United States, which concluded an agreement in mid-May so that the players, who dominate world women’s football, receive the same salary as the players, it is Spain’s turn to ratify an agreement in that Sens. Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), pledged on Tuesday June 14 to pay the same amounts, in terms of bonuses and image rights, to women and men.
“From now on, the female players of the national team will have a bonus lead, exactly the same as the male team,” he said at a press conference, which took place in the presence of of three major players from La Roja, Alexia Putellas, Patricia Guijarro and Irene Paredes.
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“All players will also receive a percentage on sponsorship deals. I think it is difficult to find such a comprehensive agreement elsewhere,” added Luis Rubiales.
The agreement, which covers the next five seasons, also copies the working conditions of women (travel, food, accommodation) to those of men.
“It’s a historic day,” commented Futpro union president Amanda Gutierrez, who represented the players in the negotiations.
Spain joins countries such as Brazil, England, the United States, Norway and Denmark which have already concluded similar agreements.