La Liga 2016/17: Barcelona flop Douglas cried everyday after training
Barcelona right-back Douglas has stated that he often used to go home after training sessions and cry his eyes out. This was mainly due to the fact that he had been frozen out of the team by Luis Enrique.
The Brazilian joined Barcelona from Sao Paolo in 2014 but struggled to make any kind of impact at all. The 26-year-old played just 12 minutes of football the entire campaign last season which left him devastated with life in Spain.
Douglas joined Sporting Gijon on loan this summer in order to gain some more playing time and recover some confidence.
No rewards for his hard work
Despite working hard in training and giving his all for the cause, he hardly even featured on the bench for the Blaugranas. The Brazilian opened up to El Comercio recently where he spoke about a number of issues.
"Ever since I was little I'd dreamed of being a footballer," he said. "I knew it was difficult but I was getting there. Now I'm there again.”
"At Barcelona, I had some difficult times with injuries. Each day I would go home crying but that's how it is. I had to deal with it and just carry on," he added.
The Brazilian also stated that there were other forces which kept him out of the side and it was not just his form or injuries, "There were people that were always strongly against me in the club. Apart from injuries that I've had to get over, this can create a fireball in your head.”
"But I had to stay strong for my family and for the people that loved me," he continued.
Douglas has not had a great time of it at Gijon either. In the 2 games that he has played for the club, they have leaked in 10 goals with both games ending in 5-0 defeats.
Struggling Brazilian trio
The 26-year-old was just one of a number of Brazilians brought into the Nou Camp over the past few years. Apart from Douglas, Kerrison and Henrique too were purchased by the Catalans but like Douglas did not feature for the Spanish giants.
Kerrison currently plies his trade in the second division of Brazil while Henrique too has fallen from the radar. The trio were reportedly bought for a cumulative sum of £30million.
Barcelona seem to be doing pretty well without the trio, however, as they sit top of their Champions League group and 4th in the La Liga, just 2 points off league leaders Atletico Madrid.