Richarlison, the Brazilian football sensation who made the move to Tottenham for a hefty £60 million just over a year ago, has recently opened up about how off-the-field challenges have been affecting his performance and mental state.
Despite high expectations, he has only managed to score one Premier League goal for the club, leaving fans and critics alike questioning his form and confidence.
After Brazil’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier win in Peru, Richarlison candidly discussed the issues that have been troubling him away from the pitch.
In an interview with Brazilian media outlet Globo, he confessed, “On the field, I’m a happy team player, I try to help as much as possible.
Sometimes, things don’t go the way we want. I think this part is a bit of the off-field side that ended up getting in my way.”
Richarlison continued by revealing the personal turmoil he has been experiencing over the past five months, saying, “I went through a turbulent time in the last five months off the field.
Now things are right at home. People who only had an eye on my money walked away from me.
Now things will start to flow, I’m sure I’ll get a good run at Tottenham and make things happen again.”
One noteworthy change in his off-field situation is his separation from businessman Renato Velasco, who had been a part of his career since its early days.
The striker’s emotional distress was evident when he was substituted during the 5-1 victory against Bolivia.
Richarlison clarified that his sadness was not due to his performance but rather a reaction to the external factors affecting him. He stated, “That sad moment wasn’t even because I played poorly, in my opinion, I didn’t play badly in Belém.
It was more of an outburst about the things that were happening off the field, which were out of control, not on my part, but on the part of people who were close to me.”
In an effort to regain control over his mental state and performance, Richarlison announced his intention to seek psychological help from a psychologist once he returns to England.
He expressed his determination to come back stronger and contribute positively to Tottenham’s fortunes.
He emphasized, “It’s about getting a good streak at Tottenham, this week I’m going to sit down and talk to them, I need a good streak, get the rhythm of the game and get here well.”
Despite his recent setbacks and a disallowed goal in the World Cup qualifier, Richarlison remains optimistic about his future, declaring, “This bad phase will pass.
I know my potential, I know what I’m capable of, it’s to keep working hard.”
His willingness to address his off-field issues and seek professional help signals a commitment to overcoming his challenges and returning to peak performance for both club and country.