Czech Republic international footballer Jakub Jankto has come out as gay.
The 27-year-old Getafe midfielder on loan at Sparta Prague, is the highest-profile current male footballer to publicly come out after Josh Cavallo of Adelaide United and Jake Daniels of Blackpool revealed their sexuality in 2021 and 2022 respectively.
The well-travelled footballer who’s also played in Italy has earned 45 caps for the Czech Republic and scored four goals.
“Hi, I’m Jakub Jankto,” he said in a video published on Twitter.
Sparta Prague released a statement in support of Jankto’s decision to come out: “Jakub spoke openly about his sexual orientation with the club some time ago. Everything else concerns his personal life. No further comments. No more questions. You have our support. Live your life, Jakub. Nothing else matters.”
— Jakub Jankto (@jakubjanktojr) February 13, 2023