Jacinto Elá's letter to Dembélé: "Cast your friends from home"

Whoever was proclaimed the best player in the world at age 14, being a child of Espanyol, advises the Frenchman that "you have to 'get bored' a little to get your best version."


Dembélé was injured again in yesterday's match against Borussia Dortmund. This is the third injury of the French in what we have been in season, this time Ousmane suffers a muscular discomfort and we will have to wait to know the scope, as reported by Barcelona.

Upon the occurrence of this new injury of Dembélé, Jacinto Elá, who was proclaimed the best player in the world at age 14, being a child of Espanyol and who is now a social educator and has written self-help books for footballers, has taken the opportunity to write a Open letter to the French in which he advises: "Disconnect social networks for a while. Why do you need them if all your friends live with you? This is another matter: I don't know why you live with so many colleagues. There is no one to See that this is not good, or does it matter to you? To throw them out of your house is not to throw them out of your life. I understand you need to be accompanied, but you must start thinking like an adult. It is not easy at your age, I recognize it. But you have to 'get bored' a bit to get your best version. "

Jacinto Elá is the author of 'Soccer B: What I would have liked to know when I was a footballer, and nobody told me'. In 2017 he spoke with Diario AS stating that "football is not a healthy sport: osteoarthritis, broken knees, back ...". In addition, in this interview he said that "you start playing and when you realize, you are already being paid to do what you had always done. But the real success is to get a job outside of football" .

The full letter is as follows:

"Dear Ousmane,

I am writing this letter because I went to Twitter during the match of Champions FC Barcelona vs Borussia Dortmund and I found this tweet by Albert Owono.

A new injury for your resume

I knew right away that it was another muscle injury. I didn't need to look for more information, but on Twitter you were trending topic. Speculation began about the kind of life you lead. I imagine you are used to it. But it is inevitable.

With 22 years your injury curriculum is remarkable. The worrying thing is that they are very minor injuries on a physical level, but emotionally they undermine your confidence. The minimum inconvenience is an alarm. Unintentionally you become a hypochondriac. It is normal.

Muscle injuries are like car breakdowns at the home of a working-class family.

When I saw the video of your departure from the field crying it was not hard for me to put yourself in your place. I know what muscle injuries are. They are like car breakdowns at the home of a poor family: they never come at the best time.

Seeing your image came to my mind for a moment with my son last weekend. As always when arriving, 30 meters from home we take a run to the portal. At first I let him win, now he wins because I try not to sprinkle butt while cold.

As I felt fast, I went from 0 to 100 in a few seconds. But after a few meters I noticed how the right leg ischium contracted. I braked Henry, letting go. I imagined that this is how you should feel many times, but you hide the shame of criticism.

I get the feeling that you play many games with the threat of an ear injury whispering: “Keep on accelerating and you'll see what happens to you.” You have been 8 or 9 injuries since you signed for Barcelona two and a half years ago. And that is not normal for such a young player. You should rethink many things, and above all put 100% of the medical body and let physicists and doctors own your body and your life.

Cast your friends from home (not your life) Forget about recovering as soon as possible; Play when you're ready. To live in disgust is not to live when there are other options.

Disconnect social networks for a while. Why do you need them if all your friends live with you? This is another matter: I don't know why you live with so many colleagues. Is there no one to see that this is not good, or does it not matter to you?

To throw them out of your house is not to throw them out of your life. I understand that you need to be accompanied, but you should start thinking like an adult. It is not easy at your age, I recognize it. But you have to "get bored" a little to get your best version.

Your new bosses Regarding your health: obey all the guidelines given by the club's professionals. Doctors, physio and dietitians must be your new bosses. If you have to sleep at 8pm, do it; if they tell you to go vegan, film tofu at all hours; if you must do yoga poses, do them

Your method has worked very well, but where talent does not arrive comes dedication and work. With 22 years you have arrived in Barcelona for an astronomical figure, you are world champion. Brutal. Now you can be a legend. But you must let yourself help. "



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