Central midfielder Jesús Méndez, former River player, Boca e Independiente and Velez Sarsfield, announced his retirement from professional football because “he was not happy.”
“ I could have played until I was 38 because my physique has allowed me to be okay.” Said the 34-year-old sanrafaelino to the mendocino portal soydeleste.com.ar. But he admitted, “At this last stage, it was hard for me to get up in the mornings, I was annoying to workouts, I was not happy.”
Méndez, who had a step through the Argentine national team with Diego Maradona as coach, said that he made the decision because he wants to “enjoy more of the familiar than the sport.”
“It's something I had thought about it long before, when my brother happened (he killed himself in 2015). I went ahead, I put a lot of claw, but this last stage came where I decided to leave football and prioritize the family.” He synthesized Mendez.
“ I don't always make decisions with my heart. Every step of me in my career I did was thinking about being well and being happy. Money was never a priority in my life. Over time, I learned that there are more important things. Like parents, brothers, my daughter. Be happy in one place. That's important,” he added.
Méndez emerged from the lower divisions of River, where he managed to play first. And then he passed by Olympus, St. Gallen from Switzerland, Rosario Central, Boca, Independiente, Toluca de Mexico and Velez.
Fútbol, tenis, paddle, tenis de mesa, natación, golf, rugby son los deportes que practico desde que tengo uso de razón. Ver deportes es la única razón para tener un televisor en mi casa. Me gusta mucho analizar el juego; me apasiona la táctica y me deleita la técnica.