Mon 11 April 2022 | 21:18

Joao Cancelo opens up about losing his mother

Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo has opened up on the tragic passing of his mother. He lost his mother in a car accident in 2013.


who joined

Manchester City



in 2019, says he nearly quit football in the aftermath of his mother death.

Cancelo told Champions Journal:

"Her personality is most similar to mine. Only I know what she did for me; the difficulties we both went through, the conversations she had with me when there was no money at home.

"I would tell her that I would try to do everything to give her a better future, so that she would never have to work again.

“And today, even though she is where she is, I do everything to make her proud of me.

"She was a cheerful person and even if she was tired, she always had time for my brother and me. Today I also try not to let my family want for anything. I try to give my daughter and my girlfriend the love she gave me.

"When I lost my mother, I felt like I was at the bottom of a well. I felt like a robot that had to do its job, then go home, then another day – day in, day out. When I lost my mother, I didn’t enjoy my football; I was playing because I had to. I really thought of giving up because it didn’t make sense anymore.

"My love for the game started to gradually come back; my smile slowly returned. That’s what life is about. However big our losses, we have to carry on. I read a lot of stuff about warriors and certain things really resonate with me.

"I would really like to be able to talk to my mother because there’s always something missing. Even when I achieve something important, there’s always this feeling there. It’s as if I always have an emptiness in my heart because she is not physically there.

"In Portugal, I always go to the cemetery to see her. It’s like an obligation I have. That’s where I feel good, next to her. Even though she is not physically there, I feel good. It cleanses my soul, my bad energies, and helps me live happier."


source: SportMob

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