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Name Toni Duggan
Gender Female
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer

Affiliation

Org English Women National Team
Club as Player Atletico Madrid Women FC
  Barcelona Women FC
  Manchester City Women FC

2017 07 08 Retrieve

[Toni Duggan discusses her favourite Blaugrana star] I like Luis Suarez and the style that he plays. I’m from Liverpool myself and grew up a Liverpool fan. It’s like he’s playing on the street with his mates sometimes and I just like that style, and that’s the way I am. Hopefully I can bring what he has brought to the men’s team to the women’s

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Toni Duggan speaks after completing her move to Atletico Madrid from Barcelona] When I went to look around the club, they’ve built their own training facility for the women, that’s the first time I’ve seen that for the women’s game. They’re the kind of things that drew me in. Playing at the Wanda in front of that many people and the support they had. You could also see straight away the support the men’s team gives the women’s team. It felt right

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[Toni Duggan and Barcelona Women FC had reached their first Champions League final, yet after five minutes in Budapest they were a goal down to Lyon. After 15, it was two. After 30, it was four] It hurt. it hurt a lot. I wanted the ground to suck me in; you just want the game to end. It was so … it was just like … You don’t want that for women’s football, you don’t want that for yourself, to be part of that. I’m a positive person. I was saying: ‘we’re going to win it, we’re going to win it’. I believed in the team, but when that happens against Lyon you’ve got a mountain to climb. On the pitch, I still had belief but it’s more anger and frustration and embarrassment. I watched Istanbul and that was a mountain too but Liverpool have history, they’ve been in finals, won trophies. With Barcelona, it was new and Lyon have won and won and won and won and it was so easy. It was really difficult to take

[Not everyone shared her tears] A lot of the Barcelona girls are young, 22, 23, and they’re getting selfies with their medal and stuff. I’m not criticising: it’s amazing to reach a Champions League final at 22, make history for your hometown club, but I was in a different mind-set. I’d been to semi-finals with City. I was always that close. I’d been defeated by Lyon so much. And I felt this was the day. I just felt it. And it wasn’t. They were trying to console me: ‘don’t worry, we’ve done well’, but I was in a different place

[Soon, she really was move to a different city with a different club, but the same aim: Atlético Madrid Women FC] The girls want to create history, reach the next round for the first time. I can’t wait. A big part of signing for Atlético was the Champions League. There were other clubs interested, good offers, but they weren’t in it

[One who give offer was Manchester United, they said] That literally just stemmed from Twitter [laughs]. Abbie McManus and Mary Earps, good friends, signed and it just grows and grows and grows and grows, but I was never close to signing. It was [weird]. People assumed because they’d seen it on Twitter. I’ve never really been in that position before: I don’t think women’s football itself has. When I was at Manchester City, there was this thing about me going out with Sergio Agüero and I was like: ‘This is news to me’. Honestly, it’s like: God bless the men’s players because they get it every week. Oh my God. I just laughed it off

It’s the easy option to go home: my family’s there, boyfriend, friends. That’s the thing people don’t realise. The men can bring the family over. It’s easier financially. I’d love that opportunity; I’d probably be in Spain my whole career. But [the salary] doesn’t allow it. There’ll be a time I go home: my mum wants me to already. But it’s a nice lifestyle, too. I was speaking to Kieran Trippier and he said the same. I played in England, at the top level, for years and won everything. I’m glad I took this opportunity. Spain’s an amazing place to play

[But why not stay at Barcelona?] I was happy but the football was a little bit frustrating. They have an identity, a philosophy, which I enjoy but I felt it didn’t get the best out of me as a No 9. I looked at Atlético, where I would fit, spoke to the manager and president. I played them last year and knew their style, the supporters. And I turn up and it feels like a family already

[Another shot at Lyon, the club that sometimes feels invincible?] Yeah, they do. The financial support has helped them bring in top players, unbelievable. Other clubs don’t have that luxury. Consistently winning breeds success, too. Teams fear them. I used to feel that a bit at City: I wouldn’t say it was easy but come 70 minutes their mind-set would be ‘we’re against City, we’ll never win’. As soon as someone breaks Lyon down – we came close in preseason – and people see they’re not invincible, it might change

I speak to the four English girls there and they tell me: all they care about is the Champions League. At Barcelona, our aim wasn’t to win the Champions League. There was a sense everyone was happy to be there, a fantastic achievement. I was like ‘this is the day’. It didn’t happen, but it’s inspired me to try again

[The Atletico manager, Jose Luis Sanchez Vera, left for personal reasons 10 days before the first City game, they were hammered by her former club, and they’ve suffered injuries] The spirit to deal with all this, I can’t tell you say how strong it is – that’s got to be a reason they won the league the last two seasons. We’re playing well now, winning, I’m really enjoying it

[Facing her former club was a nice draw] I honestly don’t care; I just want to get through [Laugh]. I care that my family could come [to the first leg] easily. I was like: ‘Yes! City!’ They’re the most supportive family and friends I could wish for. In Barcelona, every game, someone came

Here too. I feel like a travel agent, always sorting flights, but I couldn’t do this without them. The fans gave me a good reception there too, as always: they’re amazing. It’s nice they appreciate you, there’s respect, but if a couple stick the finger up or said I was crap I wouldn’t blink. It’s football. It’s City but it’s tough whoever you face. We lost in Kazakhstan last year. That’s the Champions League, it’s amazing. That’s why I came. I absolutely love the competition. I want to be a part of it and I want to be part of it to the end