Czech Republic and Sparta Prague midfielder Jakub Jankto publicly came out as gay Monday in a post on social media in which he said he wants to live "in freedom" and "without fears"

Jankto, 27, now becomes one of the few active men's soccer players to publicly come out in recent years joining Josh Cavallo of Adelaide United in 2021 and Jake Daniels of Blackpool in May of last year. Cavallo became the first active men's player to come out as gay since Justin Fashanu did so in 1990.

"Like everybody else, I also want to live my life in freedom," Jankto said in the post. "Without fears. Without prejudice. Without violence. But with love. I am homosexual and I no longer want to hide myself."