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'I was reaching my limit' - Richarlison on his battle with depression

Richarlison
Richarlison

Tottenham's Brazil striker Richarlison has revealed that everything "fell apart" for him after his nation was eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, as he battled with depression.

The 26-year-old announced in September that he would seek psychological help after he was photographed crying on the bench during Brazil's 5-1 win over Bolivia in a 2026 World Cup qualifier.

"I'd just played in a World Cup, at my peak," Richarlison told ESPN Brasil, discussing the need for people to seek help.

"I was reaching my limit. I was in a depression there and I wanted to give up - even me, who seemed to be mentally strong.

"After the World Cup, it seemed like it all fell apart.

"Before I went to training, I wanted to go home - I wanted to go back to my room.

"I even went and told my dad I was going to give up. It's kind of sad to talk like that."

The Spurs forward is now encouraging others to get therapy too, citing the positive impact it has made for him.

"I think the therapist, like it or not, saved me - saved my life.

"If you need a psychologist, look for one. It's nice for you to open up like that, for you to be talking to the person."