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I’m A Celebrity: David Ginola, 54, admits retiring from football aged 35 impacted his mental health

David Ginola revealed the impact that retiring from football at 35-years-old had on his mental health during Thursday’s installment I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here. 

A former forward, he played football for ten seasons in France before moving from Paris Saint-Germain to Newcastle United in the English Premier League in July 1995.

The sportsman, 54, told professional diver Matty Lee: ‘It’s just knowing that the moments you leave on the football pitch.

Candid: David Ginola discussed the impact that retiring from football at 35-years-old had on his mental health during Thursday's installment I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here

Candid: David Ginola discussed the impact that retiring from football at 35-years-old had on his mental health during Thursday’s installment I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

Talented: A former forward, he played football for ten seasons in France before moving from Paris Saint-Germain to Newcastle United in the English Premier League in July 1995 (pictured in 1994)

Talented: A former forward, he played football for ten seasons in France before moving from Paris Saint-Germain to Newcastle United in the English Premier League in July 1995 (pictured in 1994)

‘Like scoring a goal and 50,000 people cheering you on and sharing a dressing room, having a very healthy life from 18 years old to 35. You will not have them anymore.’ 

‘I remember the game in Barcelona, it was 110,000 [people in the crowd]. Ten minutes before you’re sitting in the shower room, focus, it’s quiet… you hear the whistle from the referee, that means you have to get out of the dressing room.

‘You have this emotion and this adrenalin you get knowing you will never get it anymore. Also, it’s your passion. I was dreaming about being a footballer. It seems to be I was born to be a footballer, not anything else.’ 

Matty said in the Telegraph: ‘The shelf life for athletes is extremely short because we put our bodies through so much pressure and strain at such a young age.

Reflecting: The sportsman, 54, (right) told professional diver Matty Lee (left): 'It's just knowing that the moments you leave on the football pitch'

Reflecting: The sportsman, 54, (right) told professional diver Matty Lee (left): ‘It’s just knowing that the moments you leave on the football pitch’

Tragic: Matty said in the Telegraph: 'The shelf life for athletes is extremely short because we put our bodies through so much pressure and strain at such a young age'

Tragic: Matty said in the Telegraph: ‘The shelf life for athletes is extremely short because we put our bodies through so much pressure and strain at such a young age’

Intrigued: Adam Woodyatt reflected: 'It was interesting hearing David talking about the end of his career and afterwards and how it affects him and other footballers'

Intrigued: Adam Woodyatt reflected: ‘It was interesting hearing David talking about the end of his career and afterwards and how it affects him and other footballers’

The Olympian continued of David: ‘When he retired, the one thing he missed is the one thing you can’t really get again – walking into a jam-packed stadium and hearing the crowd buzzing. It’s scary to think I haven’t got that long left in my diving world.

Adam Woodyatt reflected: ‘It was interesting hearing David talking about the end of his career and afterwards and how it affects him and other footballers.

‘It’s a very narrow window for doing something. My job, my career, I can carry on acting as long as I can.’ 

Adorable: Elsewhere in the episode, a delighted David finally received word from his girlfriend Maëva, 32, and their three-year-old daughter Ever

Adorable: Elsewhere in the episode, a delighted David finally received word from his girlfriend Maëva, 32, and their three-year-old daughter Ever

Elsewhere in the episode, a delighted David finally received word from his girlfriend Maëva, 32, and their three-year-old daughter Ever, following two failed attempts at receiving a letter from his loved ones at home.

The Frenchman was overjoyed to learn his letter from home was hidden in a Christmas tree during a festive meal for camp at the Castle Inn.

Danny Miller read: ‘My love, I miss you more with every second that passes. The time is so long, we can’t wait for you to come back to us. 

‘There is a big void at home without you. Everything is fine here. Ever asks after you every day, she misses you so much. 

‘She loves her daddy, her David, very, very much. Ever and I watch you on TV as often as possible, I love to see you support your campmates and take care of Danny. 

‘It is so you. Kind, reliable, strong, solid, empathetic. Be brave my man, even though I have no doubt of it. I love you more and more. You are my superhuman. Your Ever and your Maeva.’

David said: ‘I’m a lucky guy’ and blew kisses into the air.

Loved up: The Frenchman was overjoyed to learn his letter from home was hidden in a Christmas tree during a festive meal for camp at the Castle Inn (David and Maeva pictured in 2019)

Loved up: The Frenchman was overjoyed to learn his letter from home was hidden in a Christmas tree during a festive meal for camp at the Castle Inn (David and Maeva pictured in 2019)



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