Jose Enrique has remarkably told the story his first panic attack, struggling to breathe while on an eight-hour flight.
Enrique shone in the Premier League for Newcastle and Liverpool though was forced to retire in 2017 due to a persistent knee injury.
He was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in 2018, though was thankfully given the all-clear in 2019 after surgery.
Though three years before that, in 2016, the former left-back was on a flight to Miami having left Liverpool.
And it was then that he suffered a panic attack for the first time, finding it tough to breathe while in the air.
“It was my first panic attack,” Enrique told the Mirror. “Imagine being on an eight-hour flight and you don’t know what is going on. I thought I was going crazy.
"Only me and my partner Amy knew about it, we didn’t tell anyone. That was the most difficult time of my life. I couldn’t breathe and I was hiding because there were a lot of people on the plane and they knew me because we were travelling from the UK.”
Enrique struggled with injuries during his five years at Anfield, making just 12 Premier League appearances in his final three seasons with the Reds.
The 35-year-old added: “It was a nightmare. It gets so low that at one point you are asking: ‘God, please. I don’t know what I’m doing here? I’m just suffering.’
“People might be looking at you and saying, ‘You have everything; a big house, a beautiful partner in every single way, a family that cares for you.’
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"But that is worse because you are thinking: ‘Why am I feeling like this when I have everything?’
"I was going to see a psychiatrist, even though before I didn’t really believe in that sort of thing. I will admit it. I still go now, less so, but I still have some problems.”
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