Gregory van der Wiel breaks a taboo in the world of football, that of mental health. Without a club for two seasons and his departure from Toronto, the former PSG player sank into depression and tells how his health has deteriorated due to the demands of the high level. “I always put my emotions aside. Frustration, anger, sadness, I didn’t think about it and thought it would pass. The last years of my career were not easy“Says the Batavian defender on his personal website, he who trains with a Dutch first division club while waiting to bounce back.
The former Parisian recounts the click that led him to consult: “At first, I didn’t really know what was happening to me. I thought I was having a cardiac arrest, so I went to do a battery of tests in several hospitals, but everything was working perfectly physiologically. It was only after that that I started to focus on my sanity, and I’m still working on it.“Van der Wiel, 32, also reveals that all was not rosy during his stay in Paris:” I was not completely happy in Paris, I had difficult times in Istanbul and Cagliari. But it got worse when I was forced to leave Toronto. I saw myself playing for a long time there. It hurt me tremendously. ”