Spain’s Salma hitting the fast lane

  • The Spanish player is also a talented track and field athlete
  • She’s played every game for La Roja at Uruguay 2018
  • FIFA.com spoke to her before the meeting with Korea DPR

– Yes, it’s true. They call me Usain, after Bolt, but only my Spain team-mates!

Spain forward Salma Paralluelo has a big smile on her face as she confirms her nickname. It is an appropriate one, given that she divides her time between football and elite athletics.

“I’m a sprinter and my favourite events are the 400m, 400m hurdles, and the 200m,” she told FIFA.com. “And in training none of my team-mates dare take me on.”

You only have to see the speedy Paralluelo zoom past opposition players at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 to understand why. What makes her play all the more impressive is that the ball always seems to stick to her feet, no matter how fast she goes, and her finishing skills, which she showcased in the 5-0 defeat of Canada.

“I think it’s got something to do with the fact I’ve been playing since I was eight,” explained Salma, who celebrated her 15th birthday earlier in the competition. “That’s when you learn to control the ball and play in confined spaces.”

Salma’s stats at Uruguay 2018

  • Appearances: 3
  • Average playing time per match: 88 minutes and 28 seconds
  • Goals: 1
  • Assists: 1

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