Victor Pálsson from Bundesliga promoted Schalke 04 gave deep insights into the dark time of his career.
“When we had a day free, I poured myself up and continued to drink the next day so as not to have to admit how wrong I behaved,” said the Schalke vice captain to the “Spiegel”: “I was able to conflict and pain Not to put my difficult childhood, so I picked up the glass. Drinking was a form of escape. “
The Icelander went to Liverpool FC in youth and then changed the club almost every year. At 17 he started drinking. “Back then I had many topics distracted outside of football like gambling and alcohol. I was plagued by mental problems,” said the 31-year-old. When he drank, “then mostly to the film tear”. Because he often had suicidal thoughts, Pálsson went into therapy in 2013. Today it is dry.
Pálsson reported that his father was an alcoholic and drug addict. His mother died as a result of drug abuse: “It was the worst deep of my life, I fell into a big black hole.” He still suffers from this, he regularly meets with therapists and Bundesliga promoteds psychologists: “They helped me from my lows. It is not a sign of weakness when you talk openly about your problems, but one of the strength.”
The international speaks publicly about his personal fate in order to draw attention to mental health. “So far it’s still a kind of taboo,” said Pálsson.