The 22-year-old Spanish central defender has been a key figure for Barcelona at the start of this season, with five appearances across La Liga and the Champions League as he tries to prove to the Spanish club they don’t need to go and sign another central defender.
It’s bound to be extremely tough for any young player trying to break into the first team at the Nou Camp because of the pressure which has been created through the recent success of the first team.
Bartra has faced several challenges already in his career with the most prominent being trying to get into the side ahead of Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano while proving he’s a better proposition to some of the central defenders the club has been linked with in the transfer market.
He puts it down to his mental strength and a life coaching company which has helped him focus as he takes on the magnitude of representing one of the biggest sporting institutions in the world.
Spanish newspaper Marca has revealed that the youngster has been getting life coaching for the last three years as he’s developed from a talented teenager into a player now regularly contending for first team chances at the club.
It’s an interesting approach and it’s encouraging to see a young player like him, taking on help in the form of support that a lot of professionals in the game probably wouldn’t go anywhere near.
It’s clearly helped him because he’s playing well, he comes across as a very intelligent and levelled player with his head focused and in the right place as opposed to being transfixed on some of the things which now go hand in hand with the modern game.
Young players at Barcelona and across the rest of Europe are earning more money than ever before, which opens up various possibilities to professionals at very young ages.
Life coaching has helped Bartra to focus on the football and what matters, rather than getting distracted by something that his new found wealth has created.
It’s a lesson to a lot of youngsters currently playing Premier League football and something that several other clubs should look into if they don’t already have schemes of a similar nature.
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