IWD | Cancelo: My mother is blessing my path

In celebration of International Women's Day, the spotlight shines on the inspirational women of the world.

In commemoration, Joao Cancelo has opened up about the woman who inspires him most - his mother.

Although she is sadly no longer with us, the 26-year-old says he strives every day to make her proud, adding he feels she is blessing his path.

"For me, this is a very easy answer, although it is simultaneously difficult," he said. "The most important woman in my life is my mother, without a shadow of a doubt.

"There are a few women that had and have a huge impact in my life - my daughter, who’s 14 months soon, is one of them but my mother is the one who had the biggest impact.

"She was always there, taking me to school, football... and whenever I would make a mistake, she would be there to reprimand and give me advice.

"My father was an immigrant in Switzerland, so for a long time I lived with my grandparents. My mother spent a lot of her time working but during the moments I had with her, I was always very happy.

"Today, I really miss my mother but I know that, wherever is that she might be, she is blessing my path.

"Today I can have everything I want and everything my mother and I always dreamt of. I always told her that I would give her a house, a car and make every single one of her dreams come true.

"Today, I have it all but I do not have her. It is a missing part of me and an emptiness within and there isn’t anything I can do to change it but while I’m here alive, I will always show her that her son is well, strong and keeps fighting for his goals in life.

"I want to be successful in everything I do, to show my mother that she can be proud of the son she left behind."

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