Guti On Depression & The Pressure At Real Madrid

17 Mar


Guti talked openly on El Chiringuito recently about his struggles with depression after the break up of his marriage to Arancha de Benito and the effect on his playing. He related this to the pressures that Cristiano is under at RM and his current form.

Managing Madrid did a great job covering the the salient points of Guti’s thoughts here.

Depression is nothing new at the highest level of sports. Gigi Buffon has talked about battling depression and FIFA is conducting research into mental health and sport.

Good on Guti for sharing.  This just reinforces all the discussions we’ve been having lately about the pressure that is being laid on these real, fallible human beings by the fans and the press.

We need to do better both as people and as fans to be compassionate and realistic about our teams. Maybe hearing Guti speaking about his struggle and time on anti-depressants will make some of these loud and aggressive types think twice about shooting off their mouths? Probably not, sadly, but one can certainly hope. Human beings, in general, could do with being kinder, full stop.

– Lozil

5 Responses to “Guti On Depression & The Pressure At Real Madrid”

  1. hopechaser March 18, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

    Depression is such a malacious beast. Anyone open to talking about their struggles has my empathetic ear anytime anywhere. Meds seem in some cases the favoured route to help others “deal with it,” but not necessarily the person needing the help. Too much stigma, not enough acceptance.

  2. futbolfan March 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    I love you Guti. Brave of him to speak up, and it makes me happy that Real Madrid offered to help him out.

  3. jellyace March 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    Thank you, Guti, for speaking honestly for those who suffer in the shadows.

  4. mygypsyspirit March 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Somehow I am just seeing this now. I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a piece about mental health in the sport. I worry about guys like Cristiano and Messi, but also Balotelli and Michu. After the suicide of Gary Speed and the continual battle of Clarke Carlisle, it needs to be spoken about more.

  5. Katie Ann March 22, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    I missed this post before now. But, wow, mad respect for Guti. I think athletes are one of the most closed-mouth groups in society when it comes to mental health, and, as mygypsyspirit says in the comment above, it needs to be spoken about more.

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