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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "futbolista" is a noun which is often translated as "soccer player". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "futbolista" below.
el(
ehl
)
A definite article is a word that identifies a noun as as specific or known to the speaker (e.g. the girl).
1. (general)
a. the
El gato está en el tejado.The cat is on the roof.
El teléfono estaba encima de la mesa.The telephone was on top of the table.
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el futbolista, la futbolista(
foot
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boh
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lees
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tah
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (sports)
a. soccer player
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Desde pequeño, quiso ser futbolista y jugar como arquero.Since he was little, he wanted to be a soccer player and play as a goalkeeper.
b. football player (United Kingdom)
Los futbolistas están listos para salir a la cancha y anotar goles.The football players are ready to go out onto the pitch and score goals.
c. footballer (United Kingdom)
La Bota de Oro se entrega al futbolista que haya anotado más goles en el torneo.The "golden boot" is given to the footballer who scored the most goals in the tournament.
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