Richarlison of Tottenham Reveals Depression After Brazil’s 2022 World Cup Exit: ‘I Contemplated Giving Up’

From Quarter-Final Heartbreak to Mental Health Advocate: Richarlison’s Journey With Depression

Brazilian footballer Richarlison has recently opened up about his struggles with depression following the 2022 World Cup. In an emotional interview with ESPN Brasil, the 26-year-old confessed that he felt a sense of despair after his team was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Croatia. The pressure and expectations placed on him as Brazil’s top scorer in the tournament, who was given their No 9 shirt and tasked with being their main goal threat, contributed to his mental health struggles.

Richarlison revealed that he confided in his father about wanting to give up, finding it difficult to motivate himself to attend training sessions. However, therapy sessions have been instrumental in helping him cope and move forward. He acknowledged hitting his breaking point and feeling like he was in a state of depression but emphasized that seeking psychological help turned out to be a life-saving decision for him.

Initially mentioning his off-pitch issues in September, Richarlison has since highlighted the positive impact of psychological assistance and urged his fellow footballers to be open to seeking help when needed. He encouraged players to consider the importance of talking to a psychologist and breaking down societal stigmas surrounding mental health in sports. Richarlison’s own experience with therapy has shifted his perspective, leading him to recognize the value of seeking support and promoting mental well-being in the football community.

In conclusion, Richarlison’s candid interview sheds light on the importance of prioritizing mental health in professional sports and underscores the significance of seeking help when facing internal struggles. By sharing his journey with depression and therapy, he hopes to inspire others to prioritize their mental well-being and destigmatize seeking psychological support. This openness and advocacy for mental health in football demonstrate Richarlison’s courage and resilience in overcoming his personal challenges.

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