A club in the top flight of Argentinian football became the first team in the division’s history to sign a trans player.

Club Villa San Carlos Femenino are currently propping up the Primera Division A – the first division –  but they hope that Mara Gomez, their new striker, can rack up the goals and help them climb the table and avoid relegation.

News that the 22 year old had signed for the club was announced on social media.

The move will mark the first time in history a trans woman has played in an official Argentine FA tournament.

The 22-year-old said: “Football helped me change my sexuality and my personality. It was a moment of distraction. I have been treated well in every club I have ever played for.

“We all take part in the same work and I have never felt excluded from any of the squads.”

Gomez is joining the Primera Division A side from Argentine amateur regional league side Malvines where she was the club’s top goalscorer, helping them to win the amateur title two years in a row.

In contrast, her new club are yet to win a match, losing nine games and gaining just a single point from a 2-2 draw against Social Atletico Television in early December.

Her new team’s next match is on February 9 against top-of-the-table Boca Juniors.

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