Brazilian international Douglas Costa is now considering his early retirement due to his frequent injury problems this season. He currently plays for the Serie A side Juventus and missed a total of 17 matches in three spells. The Serie A winger suffers predominantly in hamstring and calf related issues this season.
Costa said he tried to look at the funny side of that but failed to continue every time as the sadness is quite overwhelming for him. He recently also said he hired a mental coach to give him the required morale-boosting. However, the Brazilian star already won cups in three different nations, Italy, Germany, and Ukraine.
Douglas Costa is now thinking about his early retirement due to his persistent injury issues
While talking to The Players’ Tribune, he expressed his worries regarding his upcoming future at the Serie A. He said, “There are times when I think: ‘Can I still play?’” The Brazilian star then further added, “[That’s] because I go out on the pitch and get injured again. Then, when I watch it on TV, I remember this is my passion and that I can still play at a high level.”
He also talked about his passion for football and said, “This is what keeps me alive, I know football comes easy to me. It has nothing to do with money or being famous.” The Juventus defender then added, “The point is to do what you enjoy and have fun doing it. That’s my objective. I joke with Alex Sandro that I’ve had more scans than I’ve played games.”
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He said, “People say, ‘Douglas has the potential to be one of the best in the world, but injuries are holding him back’. That annoys me,” and then further added, “I have the potential to be a top player, but for reasons out of my control I can’t be.”
The Brazilian winger said, “Every time I get injured, I ask myself: ‘What did I do wrong?’ I wonder why I can’t play consistently. It’s something that hurts me.” He then added, “Therefore, I asked for help. I don’t know if you’ve heard of a mental coach. They’re not a psychologist, but they show you how childhood facts can still affect you.”