Magda Eriksson, short for Magdalena Lilly Eriksson, is a prominent professional Swedish footballer and is in a blissful relationship with her girlfriend, Pernille Harder, another famous icon in the female football world. Together Magda Eriksson and her girlfriend Pernille Harder make one of the power couples in the football and LGBTQ world.
So here we dive into the dreamy relationships of two famous football icons, Magda Eriksson and Pernille Harder.
Magda Eriksson and her girlfriend, Pernille Harder, have been together for over eight years.
Harder and Eriksson, who will represent Denmark and Sweden at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 competition in England this summer, have been hailed as one of football’s “power couples.” The two have been dating since 2014 and have made names for themselves on and off the field.
Before Harder left for Wolfsburg in 2016 and Eriksson joined Chelsea a year later, the couple had spent four years playing together at Linkopings in Sweden.
When Chelsea spent a record-breaking 350,000 euros to sign Harder from Wolfsburg in 2020, the pair were once again together.
Harder told the BBC about the change: “I felt like it was time to try something different. It wasn’t a difficult decision.”
“Magda is playing here, which is a benefit, but it wasn’t what prompted me to come here,” she said. “Being in the same nation and on the same team makes me happy, not just because she is my partner but also because she is a wonderful player and leader.”
The two athletes’ relationship has never been a secret, but it received much attention at the 2019 World Cup when they shared a kiss after a Sweden game while Harder was watching Eriksson help her side defeat Canada.
Harder told FIFA.com, “I didn’t know there was a camera. So, therefore, I didn’t even know about the photo.
“Like we’d done other times after other matches, it was just a short kiss after a match.”
This time, there was a camera, which caused a chain of events that resulted in the photo being shared on social media and receiving a ton of comments, the majority of which were quite favorable.
Icons both on and off the pitch
The couple’s realization that they could use their platform and prominence for good led to their acceptance of their responsibilities as LGBTQ+ community ambassadors and icons.
It helped us realize that we are role models in more ways than just football, according to Harder.
We have come to terms with it because we recognize how fortunate we are to feel secure and at ease while dating someone who knows about our connection.
We want to support others in being who they are if we can.
Harder and Eriksson have participated in the Common Goal project, where football players donate one percent of their salaries to charitable organizations because they understand the value of a team above an individual, both on and off the field.
Since they both entered the Euros having won the league and cup double with Chelsea last season, they are now competing for big awards on the same squad and succeeding. Moreover, they keep having a similarly big impact outside of football. So there are few finer spokespeople for the LGBT community to ask for.
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