WATCH: 🗣 "I am a footballer and I am gay," says Cavallo

WATCH: 🗣 "I am a footballer and I am gay," says Cavallo

An Australian footballer at Adelaide United named Josh Cavallo has openly revealed his sexual orientation is gay - making him the first professional to come out in public.

The 21-year-old Cavallo made the announcement in a video that was posted on social media on Wednesday.

The A-League midfielder said he is feeling fresh comfort and is hoping to lead other footballers who may be reluctant to make the same decisions.

"There's something personal that I need to share with everyone. I am a footballer and I am gay," Cavallo said, in a video posted on Adelaide United's Twitter account.

"It's been a journey to get to this point in my life, but I couldn't be happier with my decision to come out," he said.

"I have been fighting my sexuality for six years now and I'm glad I can put that to rest.

"Growing up I always felt the need to hide myself because I was ashamed - ashamed I would never be able to do what I loved and be gay.

"Growing up being gay and playing football were just two worlds that hadn't crossed paths before."

Check out the video below titled "Josh's Truth."

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