Fermin Lopez opens up about mental health and triumphs at La Masia
Fermin Lopez, FC Barcelona’s emerging star, has been open about the difficulties he faced during a difficult era at the club. Lopez has come back from relative obscurity to become an important rotational player for Xavi, particularly with key midfielders not available due to injuries. His decisive goal against Mallorca saved the team from a potential defeat, showing his growing importance within the group.
In a recent interview with Mundo Deportivo. Lopez discussed the challenges he overcame, providing light on the mental battles he had while at La Masia. Understanding the value of psychological counseling, he expressed appreciation for the help he received in recovering control of his attitude.
Lopez stated on the times when his performance and career as a student were hampered by frustration and overthinking, pointing out the important role La Masia and his parents had in helping him to deal.
As you can imagine, it’s not easy. I arrived here at the age of 13; I was still a child, far from my parents, and in the end, it’s also hard to trust someone like I was at that stage, very young. Well, there were always people in the club who believed a lot in me, and I continued here, passing through stages until the opportunity came.”
Despite all of these challenges, it was Fermin himself who chose to remain in Barcelona and work hard in order to achieve success at the club:
“In large part, it was me because when I was here, and it was my dream, I couldn’t see anything else other than Barça. Also, my family, especially my father, with whom I talked more about football. Ultimately, it was what I felt at that moment, and I always believed that I wouldn’t be better off anywhere else, despite the circumstances.”
While Fermin ultimately chosen to stay, the midfielder confesses that he had reached his limit and could have left Barcelona at the time:
“Yes, honestly, during my third year as a youth player, there was a period before Christmas when I reached my limit. I couldn’t take it anymore; there was a lot of frustration, I cried a lot, and I was struggling. I tried to do it when I was alone, but sometimes people also saw it. I was down, but well, in the end, everyone goes through such a phase. I think it made me mentally stronger and helped me so that when I face similar circumstances again, I handle it better.”
Despite his challenging times, Lopez has bounced back from his difficulties and is having a great time at Barcelona, impressing Xavi with constant and dependable performances. After earning his first international call-up with Spain’s U-21 squad, he now hopes to secure his position in the first team and possibly gain a place in the senior Spanish squad after the current international break. Lopez’s future appears bright as he continues to develop and strive for success on and off the field.
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