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More scans than games: Douglas Costa considered retirement

The Brazilian forward opens up on his injury woes and more in interview

Douglas Costa of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring the... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Juventus forward Douglas Costa has certainly had a tough time not only in Turin but throughout his career. The 29-year-old, in an upcoming interview with the Players’ Tribune, expresses remorse and frustration as to how injuries have hampered his ability to fulfill the incredible potential so many see in him.

“There are times when I think: ‘Can I still play?’.

“[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.

“This is what keeps me alive, I know football comes easy to me. It has nothing to do with money or being famous.

“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.”

He went on to add that he had even sought out a mental coach to help him.

“People say ‘Douglas has the potential to be one of the best in the world, but injuries are holding him back.’ That annoys me.

“I have the potential to be a top player, but for reasons out of my control I can’t be.

“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.

“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.”