I considered giving up football, says Paulinho
Tottenham's Paulinho says that he considered giving up football at one stage on his return to Brazil after an unsuccessful period in Europe.
Paulinho attempted to break into European football with Lithuania's FC Vilnius and Poland's LKS Lodz but returned home after two years due to issues with racial abuse.
"I just felt I didn’t need to do something that put me in those kinds of situations,” the midfielder says of his troubles.
"I felt a responsibility towards my mum and dad and I spoke an awful lot with my wife. She mentioned that my parents had always backed me and that they always did everything for me and that I should return to football to fight for what they had given me.
"If I had left football I would not have had anything. The reality was that as I remained at home I could not think of anything that could replace it.
"I started to believe in myself again. I would say that was a year, a year and a half after having returned to Brazil and starting from scratch."