With the FIFA World Cup kicking off today, all of us who are part of FIFPRO want to wish you the best of luck in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest moments of your careers. You are about to experience another pinnacle moment in your lives as you represent your countries on the biggest stage of all.
Know that regardless of what happens on the pitch, you should be proud of the hard work you have put into getting to this moment; a moment so special that few footballers will ever experience it in their careers.
The eyes of the world are on you. Enjoy it to the fullest. Leave everything on the pitch. Away from the pitch, we will be defending you as always.
We have worked for the last years on many of the challenges and opportunities presented around this World Cup – match calendar, human rights and more. The platform of this tournament has led to change in Qatar, but we can’t be satisfied. Know that we continue to work together with FIFA and our other partners to push for more improvements so that for you as players, and everyone else involved, the World Cup has the positive impact it should have. For you, protection against abuse on social networks, and regulated access to your personal data, are two good examples of this.
We are facing the most important tournament in the world. Let's play. Let's compete. But let's carry a message of inclusiveness and values together with all those who love this sport. May it serve as an example for millions of people who will be watching all over the planet.
We wish you the best as you bring pride to your loved ones, compatriots, and most importantly, to the child within you; that child who dreamed of being in this moment for a lifetime.
David Aganzo, FIFPRO President