Barcelona icon, Andreas Iniesta has made up realize footballers are humans too and they can have their struggles despite making more money from the sport.
The 38-year-old midfielder currently plies his trade in Japan for Vissel Kobe recently opened up on his struggles with depression and how he has been in therapy over his mental health issues.
According to Sport Bible, Iniesta revealed he lost the joy he had for life when he was battling with deep depression as nothing felt alive to him anymore.
“When I was struggling with depression, my most enjoyable part of the day was when I took my pill and went to sleep at night. You lose joy from life, from everything. I hugged my wife, but it felt like hugging a pillow. You feel nothing.”
Iniesta is considered one of the greatest players to play for Barcelona after winning several accolades with the Catalans including nine La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.
Meanwhile, he has reiterated his desire to one day return to Barcelona in some official capacity when he finally retires from football, SB Nation reports.
Iniesta acknowledged he wouldn’t mind coaching or serving as a sporting director in the future after witnessing Xavi return to Barcelona as the team’s coach. (Sports Brief)