To succeed in football, talent is a prerequisite. But with only talent you will not make it as a professional. Also important is what the mental state of a player is: perseverance and resilience are mainly a matter of mental strength. And without these skills, you will not be able to make it.
Football is mainly a mental game
How do you deal with criticism? How do you get along in a group setting? Are you coachable or do you know everything better than everybody else? Do you become quickly irritated when interacting with others? Or do you irritate others quickly? Those who have a good self-image will do better in his or her career at a faster pace.
Football talent is something that you either have or you do not have … Although you cannot change that, the good thing is that you can do something about your mental toughness.
Why do we go to the gym and train so frequently, but we hardly do anything about “mental gymnastics”? PR Sport Management makes you “mentally strong” as well.
Ronald de Boer (former Barcelona) said in 2015 in Voetbal International Magazine: “Personally, it wasn’t until I was about 23 when I had a grip on what it meant to be a professional footballer. During that era, there were also older, more experienced players like Frank Rijkaard, Ronald Koeman, Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Danny Blind. We thought that young talents like us knew it better than the old guys in the squad, but afterwards you come to the conclusion that it was the other way around. Although we played better football during training games, the older players indeed won all training matches. This is how you learn how important attitude is for achieving your ultimate performance.”
Tennis star Serena Williams also once said that she would prefer ten percent talent and ninety percent character rather than the other way around. In other words, your attitude determines whether you reach the top.
Therefore PR Sport Management works with mental coaches to make the players more aware of their talents and shortcomings and thus ensures that they become better “team players.”