Man United midfielder Paul Pogba revealed that he has suffered from depression a number of times in his career. He believes that there is no easy way for a footballer to open up their struggles with mental health. Pogba said that constant scrutiny plays a big role in the intense environment they have to deal with. He also added that Premier League salaries are not a barrier when it comes to mental health.
“Completely, and several times during my career. I have been through it, but we don’t talk about it. Sometimes you don’t even know you have depression, you just want to be isolated, to be all alone, these are the unmistakable signs,” Man United midfielder Paul Pogba said. “From a personal perspective, that started when I was with Jose Mourinho at Manchester. You ask yourself if there is something wrong with you because you have never experienced these moments in your life. Of course, we earn a lot of money and we don’t complain, really. But that does not prevent you from going through these moments in your life – like the whole world – which is more difficult than others. In football, it is not acceptable but we are not superheroes, we are only human beings.”
“I agree entirely with Titi [Henry]. Football is the most individual of team sports,” he added. “One is judged every three days, we have to be good all the time, although we have worries like everyone, whether that’s with our partners, our coach, in everyday life. Of course, you will feel it in your body, in your head, and you can have a month, even a year when you are not great. But you can’t say it – publicly anyway. Everything is inside your head, the mind controls everything and all top athletes go through these moments, but very few talk about it.”