“I'm afraid of leaving football, you don't know what comes next…”

“I'm afraid of leaving football, you don't know what comes next…”


The defender Miguel Layun, a World Cup player with Mexico in Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018, stated this Friday that at 34 he is afraid to say goodbye to football. “It’s scary to leave soccer. I’ve been playing soccer since I was a child, I’ve been a professional since I was 15; I’ve spent more than half of my life dedicating it to soccer, so it’s terrifying to know what comes next,” acknowledged the defender of the Mexican soccer club América .

Layún prepares with the eagles of america to play the quarterfinals of the Clausura 2023 Mexican soccer tournament. The player born in Córdoba, Veracruz, ends his contract with América in December 2023 and explained that he does not worry about negotiating a renewal. “Today I am probably experiencing the last, if not one of the last Liguillas as a professional soccer player and I want to savor it to the fullest. That’s why I don’t want to lose focus on my present thinking about the future,” he stressed.

In Mexico, Miguel Layún has been a league champion twice with América and once with Monterrey. Internationally, he has played for Italian side Atalanta, in the English Premier League with Watford, in the Portuguese league he was champion with Porto, and in Spain he defended the shirts of Sevilla and Villarreal.

All this experience, he affirmed, keeps him calm, anxious to train this Saturday with the Eagles to enjoy a profession that he knows is close to ending. “I want to enjoy every day. Concentrate on each training session, in each game to achieve that personal and group goal that is that title that we so long for. Later we will see what will come for my life.”

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Good advice from Ibrahimovic

A regular in the Mexican team with which he played two World Cups, a centennial Copa América and two Concacaf Gold Cups, Layún shared a few words he heard from the star of the Swedish team, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“On some occasion Zlatan, who is already 41 years old, was very sincere and said that he was afraid to think about what he was going to do after retirement. It’s something natural when you’ve dedicated yourself so much to this, that’s why you can’t lose focus, never stop enjoying and be prepared for each day no matter what comes,” he concluded.

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