Former Watford and Bolton Wanderers forward, Marvin Sordell, explains why he left football this season after he was unhappy with the sport.
English attacker Marvin Sordell started playing in 2009 for Watford.
But the 28-year-old decided to retire early after he tried to take his life.
“I found it quite funny and I don’t mean that in the sense that it is humorous,” Sordell tells Sky Sports.
“It literally proved my point. I hear it asked a lot why I decided to retire. If anyone wants to know why it’s there for all to see. It’s just that players don’t speak about it that often so people don’t know about it. Players feel like they have had enough.”
“Being a professional footballer is broken into two parts,” he explains.
“There’s playing the game and then there’s the politics and the abuse that you get. There are a lot of things you have to deal with and playing football is a small percentage of it. I found that it wasn’t worth it anymore. Going into the football club in the morning just didn’t make me happy.”
He explained: “I hope there is never the case of a player taking their life. I mean I almost was that player but I hope there isn’t a case like that. I just took a lot of tablets. I can’t even remember what they were, they were just in the cabinet.”
“And I counted them out and thought that’s probably enough and just swallowed them all and went to sleep. It was literally just after I brushed my teeth, I was in the bathroom for some time and just did that and went to sleep. I didn’t know what to expect, I woke up in the morning and I had a horrible stomach ache but I’d woke up and I just felt like a million times worse for waking up.”
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