“I was about to throw myself, but they grabbed me by the neck”, the story of an Argentine soccer player who tried to kill himself


Mammana recounted what happened to her when she was 15 years old.

Mammana recounted what happened to her when she was 15 years old.

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Emanuel Mammana, Argentine footballer for the Sochi team of the Russian league, related in an interview for Radio La Red that after losing his two parents he was about to take his life.

The 25-year-old Argentine said that on his way to a train station he was close to throwing himself onto the train tracks, but one person saved his life before taking his own life.

“Everyone who has lost their parents knows how hard it is. I had the urge to commit suicide, I was about to do something crazy. A person who took me out saved my life. I was about to go to training, after two months had passed that I didn’t want to know anything more. I just went to take the train, I saw that it was coming and since I had no desire for anything, I was about to jump “Mammana said.

“They grabbed me by the collar of my shirt and threw me against the wall. That person made me fart, I don’t know who he is but I thank him from the bottom of my heart. Today I have my family and my children. My parents would not have wanted that, “said the footballer about the day he was about to kill himself.

The incident occurred in 2010 when he was only 15 years old and had lost his two parents, who could never see him in the first division of Argentina. Mammana debuted with River Plate in 2014, then played for Olympique Lyon until 2017 when he was traded to Zenit of Russia. Zenit transferred him to Sochi and now in 2022 he will return to play with River Plate.

“It was very difficult, very difficult. It was two or three months that cost me a lot. But despite the pain, I was able to get out. And River helped me. I realized that at home they had fought so much for me to arrive that I could not throw everything away because of that sadness. I had to fulfill my father’s dream: he wanted me to get to First ”, said Mammana.

The 25-year-old defender recounted that he lived through difficult moments with his family as a teenager and how River Plate was a great help to get ahead and overcome the crisis at home.

“As a boy I ate thanks to what River gave me. My dad said he wasn’t hungry for me to eat. “

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