I met Javi when I was 17. We would sit next to each other while he wouldn't even make it to the bench, and I was forced to sit next to my father and watch soccer game, after soccer game.
The rest is history. We have been to hell and back together. From becoming a super star, to laughing non stop about anything. We send each others this huge voice notes singing Alejandro Sanz tunes. We've been trough brake ups, spontaneous trips and eating until we can't breath.
A lot of you feel like you know him, but you see so little of him. He is so complex, has grown so much that I have to keep calling him because if not I miss parts of him. He is continually growing, specially the last few years. He has morphed into an amazing human being. Has the most dedication I have ever seen. Javi has sacrifice his life for a dream. We couldn't count how many moments he had missed, from learning how to be a normal teenager, to being able to walk freely around the world. He hasn't had an easy life. All of this to run around with a ball with the excitement and dedication as the first day. He carries fame with such grace that it seems imposible to me.
Being around him is like drinking 4 Red Bull's on an empty stomach midweek. Like getting a sugar rush at midnight. He laughs, jumps and moves non stop. He eats everything around him, and sings with he worst voice ever. He is loud and playful. But underneath all of it, all the fame, the jokes, the hyperactivity, the joy, underneath that lives a very gentle soul; so naive, so pure. Underneath that lives my dearest friend.
Our friendship is based out of the principal that I don't care one bit about soccer. I have no idea when he plays or what does he does inside the field, but I hope he feels my support all the way from here. I feel so fortunate to have been by your side so many years. Happy birthday Milko. Stay beautiful, and gentle, and full of happiness as always. Stay by my side. May you continue to teach me how to fight for a dream, while being so deeply rooted on the ground.
Love you, you already know that.