French star Benjamin Pavard reveals he ‘had no appetite’ as he struggled without ‘human contact’ during Covid lockdowns – as the World Cup winner bravely opens his battle against depression
- Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard describes his struggles during Covid lockdowns
- The fullback has explained he became depressed without ‘human contact’
- Pavard adds he ‘had no appetite’ because he ‘hid’ his depression from others
France and Bayern Munich star Benjamin Pavard has revealed he lost his appetite as he struggled with depression amid Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020.
Pavard, 26, had moved to Germany in 2019 after joining Bayern, but when restrictions were tightened and he was alone in a new country, he began to suffer.
The Frenchman was kept away from family and he has now bravely opened up to his depressive struggle – something he has long “hidden” from his loved ones.
‘It didn’t make sense in my head. At the beginning you say it’s nothing, it’s going to go away, but when you see it last and then you go to training and you don’t have a smile on your face, then you have to react,” he told the French newspaper. Le Parisien.
French fullback Benjamin Pavard sat down with Le Parisien to discuss his depressed struggle
After joining Bayern Munich, the 26-year-old had to move away from his family due to lockdowns
‘Like everyone else, I’m human, and even if I have a nice house with a gym, I needed human contact.
‘I woke up in the morning, I had no appetite. I tried to take care of myself, to cook, to watch TV series. I don’t like the word depression, but it was.
“I hid it from everyone, but today I feel a lot better. I came out a better man. It changed me.’
The right-back managed to get help and has shown a willingness to be open about his struggles, which is what others in the game have done.
Pavard, pictured on his birthday in 2020, has now revealed that he lost his appetite while depressed
Pavard’s French teammate Paul Pogba openly discussed his mental health issues earlier this year.
Pogba is one of the game’s most criticized stars, and he has described how the blows to his mental state drive him to “isolate” himself.
“I’ve had depression in my career, but we don’t talk about it,” Pogba . said Le Figaro back in March.
“Sometimes you don’t know you are, you just want to isolate yourself, be alone, these are unmistakable signs.”
Pavard believes he came out of it a ‘better man’ because the experience ‘changed’ his outlook
Former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta also revealed his mental health issues in 2018, when he revealed that his build-up to the 2010 World Cup was hit hard by the death of his friend Dani Jarque.
Pavard won the 2018 World Cup with France in Russia and he will try to keep the world champion crown this winter in Qatar.
He played 90 minutes in a 2-0 Nations League defeat to Denmark on Sunday, leaving France third in League A, Group 1.