Goal by goal, Jorge Molina (Alcoy, Alicante; 39 years old) has been climbing the entire football building: from Third to Old Trafford through Alcoyano, Benidorm, Gandía, Ejido, Elche, Betis, Getafe and now Granada. On the verge of 40, he still does not want to think about retirement, only day to day. Two weeks ago he made Barcelona bitter at the Camp Nou (he scored 1-2) and this Thursday he is targeting Real Madrid (22.00, Movistar LaLiga). This course has 13 points and in his entire career in the elite, 190. He admits shy, he barely sees himself on video, and he does not like to listen to himself. It will be difficult to read in this interview (done over the phone).
Question. How has soccer changed in your 20 years as a professional?
Answer. In many things. Before it was only the time you were in the field and little else. Today more things are being worked on in the gym, in injury prevention, in nutrition… Thanks to this knowledge I have been able to extend my career. If he had been born 15 years earlier, he would not have lasted until this age.
P. When did you become interested in these topics?
R. A few years ago, for example, I didn’t care much about nutrition at all. Yes, I knew I had to eat pasta, which is what they tell you, but not what I should do on a day-to-day basis. You always try to take care of yourself, but when I was younger I ate more things and more.
P. Now he fasts.
R. I started them about two years ago and they help me a lot. I feel better. It was through a teammate from Getafe [su antiguo club], where Endika Montiel, the team’s nutritionist, worked. It served me as an extra help to perform better and there the coach [Bordalás] he was also very demanding with weight.
P. How often do you do them?
R. According to the week of matches and training. But the 16-hour fast is almost daily, except on match days, which do have breakfast. And the 24 hour one I do it once a week.
P. Did your body get used to it fast?
R. Yes. In the end it is to give you rest. This has nothing to do with eating less, as people think. It is being aware of when you are really hungry and your body needs food. And, when it comes to eating, eat what you have and provide the necessary nutrients. It does not mean a calorie restriction.
P. He did not reach First until he was 29.
R. Yes, it cost me. I went through all the categories: Third, Second B, Second and First. Little by little I was climbing. It is not easy for teams to bet on lower division players. Over the years I was able to achieve it and now the goal is to extend the career a little and enjoy the elite.
P. Did you lose hope?
R. When you are young, you always dream of playing early in the First Division. But when you’re in Third, you don’t look at it as much as a goal. You just want to enjoy and perform. At that time, you only set short-term goals. In Third, reaching Second B was a success. And then you think the Second would be awesome. And already the First, imagine.
P. Have you met all your goals in soccer?
R. (Silence) Yes, let’s see, you always have to be ambitious, but also think that, when you’ve given everything, you have to be proud. What would I have liked to get higher? That always. You dream of the national team or to win a title. But I am satisfied. If at 21 years old, who was in Third, you told me that I was going to play European competitions, I would have told you that you were crazy. It took me a long time to arrive and I am proud of my career.