Richarlison: Tottenham forward reveals how he overcame mental health challenge

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Tottenham forward Richarlison stated that seeking psychological help has saved his life after battling with mental health issues.

The Brazilian forward said he was going to seek psychological help back in September while on international duty with the Brazil national team having faced a lot of challenges off the pitch which affected him mentally.

At that time, Richarlison struggled for form with Spurs, netting only four goals in 40 games since joining from Everton for £60 million in the summer of 2022.

He has however rediscovered his form since returning from groin surgery in December, scoring nine goals in his last 13 matches for Spurs.

“As a player who has an active voice, I tell people to seek help,” Richarlison said after a training session with the Brazil squad in London.

“We know how prejudiced people are when they say they’re looking for [psychological] help. Thank God I’m not prejudiced about it anymore.

“I talk about it because it saved my life. I was at rock bottom. Only players know how much pressure we’re under, not only on the pitch but also off it.”

Richarlison could reach 50 caps for the Selecao if he features in this international window and further added: “A few months ago, when I didn’t get a call-up to the national team and said I will return, I worked hard during those days. I’m happy, and I’ve managed to turn things around.”

Brazil play England at Wembley on Saturday before taking on Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu three days later.

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