Richarlison of Tottenham reveals he experienced depression after Brazil’s 2022 World Cup elimination: ‘I felt like quitting’

Brazilian football star Richarlison opens up about struggling with depression after World Cup disappointment and the positive impact of therapy

In a recent interview with ESPN Brasil, Brazilian footballer Richarlison revealed that he struggled with depression following the 2022 World Cup. The 26-year-old was the leading scorer for Brazil in the tournament, scoring three goals in four appearances before they were eliminated by Croatia in the quarter-finals. Richarlison admitted that he felt like giving up and found it difficult to motivate himself to attend training sessions after the crushing defeat.

The footballer had previously mentioned in September that he was dealing with off-the-field issues and would be seeking psychological help. He emphasized the importance of seeking help and spoke about the positive impact therapy had on his mental well-being. Richarlison’s candid discussion about his struggles with depression and the benefits of therapy has sparked conversations about mental health in the football community.

Reflecting on his initial reluctance to seek therapy, Richarlison admitted that he had prejudices and misconceptions about mental health support. However, he now sees the importance and benefits of therapy, calling it the best discovery he has ever made in his life.

In an emotional conversation with ESPN Brasil, Richarlison shared that he confided in his father about his struggles and sought therapy to help him cope. He described the emotional toll of the World Cup exit, saying it felt “worse than losing a family member.” Richarlison also opened up about the pressure and expectations that came with wearing Brazil’s famous No. 9 shirt and being their primary goal scorer.

Richarlison’s candid discussion about his struggles with depression has sparked conversations about mental health in the football community. The footballer encourages others in sports to be open to seeking help if they feel they need it, acknowledging that therapy had been life-saving for him.

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