In an interview for Le Parisien, the defender of Bayern and the France team, Benjamin Pavard, confides that he experienced depression during confinement. An ordeal that he managed to overcome and that he recounts today with hindsight.
A courageous speech. Benjamin Pavard, defender of Bayern and the France team, confided this Sunday in Le Parisien to have gone through a period of depression during confinement. If he says he got out of it today, he explains how loneliness weighed not only on his morale but also on his performance.
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“I don’t like the word depressive, but it was! »
“It was difficult for everyone, for me too, says the former LOSC player. Finding myself alone, in a country other than mine, I was really not well. In my head it was wrong. At first, you tell yourself that it’s nothing, that it’s going to pass, but when you see that it persists, that you go to training and that you don’t have the banana, you have to react. »
In an interview for L’Equipe last December, Benjamin Pavard had already mentioned “an unobvious period” of his life, without mentioning more details. He says today that he was “depressive”: “I am human like everyone else, and even if I have a super nice house with a weight room, I needed contact with others. I got up, I had no appetite. I tried to keep busy, to cook, to watch series. But Netflix is fine two minutes… I don’t like the word depressive, but it was! I masked in front of others and today I feel much better. »
“We had to surround ourselves well to raise our heads”
The newspaper explains that the defender was able to move forward by speaking about his discomfort and telling his family about this phase of depression, who find him “more mature” today. “I came out grown as a man from all this, it changed me, abounds Benjamin Pavard. I was on my own like many football players and I had to surround myself well to raise my head. I brought back hard times. »
His physio also confides in this difficult pass and says that “the last eight to nine months have been a return to normal life to readapt and cling to his projects”. This one also affirms that today, the defender is “at the top”. “He refocused on himself and kept great confidence in the team who were there to support him and ensure that he was more serene. »