The forward, who scored 900 goals for Barcelona’s youth teams and was labelled the ‘New Messi’, opens up on how the huge expectations affected him
“I have a problem,” Bojan Krkic says, edging forward on the sofa. “I love football, it’s my life.” Outside, through the balcony doors, the sun dips behind Vitoria, northern Spain.
His homeland is one of five countries in which he has played; he started at Barcelona, where he became their youngest player to make a league debut, and then had spells at Roma, Milan and Ajax. He joined Stoke in 2014 before loans at Mainz and now Alavés. He has won four league titles and the European Cup twice, been a world champion and played alongside some of the finest footballers of a generation. He has scored in La Liga, Serie A, Eredivisie, the Premier League and the Bundesliga, and he is proud of all that. So it might sound like a strange sort of problem to have but there is something in it.
Written by Sid Lowe
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/18/bojan-krkic-interview-anxiety-attacks-football under the title “Bojan Krkic: ‘I had anxiety attacks but no one wants to talk about that. Football’s not interested’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.