Benjamin Pavard has opened up on a depressing phase of his life during the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Benjamin Pavard has opened up on a depressing phase of his life during the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

French international Benjamin Pavard has revealed that went through a period of ‘depression’ during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020.

World cup winner Pavard opened up on the depressing phase of his life during Feb-May 2020, when footballing action had been paused for a while due to a pandemic precautionary measure. He even went on to claim the loss of his appetite to play football after the resumption of the game behind closed doors.

“In my head, things weren’t right. At the start, you say it’s nothing, that it will pass, but when you see that it persists and then you go to training and you don’t have a smile on your face, you have to react,” he told Le Parisien.”

“Like everyone else, I’m human, and even if I have a beautiful house with a gym, I needed human contact. I woke up in the mornings, I didn’t have an appetite. I tried to take care of myself, to cook, to watch TV series.”

He particularly mentioned the term ‘depression’ while addressing the state of his lifestyle during that period of time.

“I don’t like the word depression, but it was that. I hid it from everyone but today I feel a lot better. I came out of it all a better man. It changed me.”

Pavard has become a mainstay in Bayern’s starting lineup off late and life has been going good for him post lockdown. He started the Nations League game for France against Denmark and ended up on the losing side as Denmark handed a 2-0 defeat to Les Bleus. Pavard will be hoping to secure the right back position for the world cup with Jonathan Clauss being the other candidate for the spot.

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