The Spain international netted Madrid’s second in a 3-1 victory for Los Blancos on the night, which prompted the club’s Femenino goalkeeper Misa Rodríguez to post his celebration alongside that of her own – jokingly pointing out the similarities.
However, the talented 21-year-old female shot-stopper had to delete her post following a deluge of misogynistic abuse, as outlined by Deportes Cuatro.
Upon discovering this development, Asensio went on Twitter to reshare the image of the two celebrating side-by-side and added: “The same passion! Let nothing and nobody stop you from saying what you think.”
— Marco Asensio (@marcoasensio10) April 7, 2021
Rodríguez – who has been capped by the Spanish national side – is a star for Madrid’s Femenino side in their first official campaign in the top-flight of women’s football.
Despite women’s football gaining prominence in recent seasons and exploding in popularity – with many unhelpful and long-lasting stigmas finally eradicated – there remains a high level of sexism and misogyny within both Spanish football and further afield.
— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) April 7, 2021
Asensio’s post was shared and applauded by fellow first-team stars Thibaut Courtois and Vinicius Junior.
— Vini Jr. (@vinijr) April 7, 2021