Marca Sport Weekend Spoke to MARCA about how to get through the pandemic
Eder Militao isn’t blind to the difficulties posed by the coronavirus pandemic this year, but the Brazilian defender has called on people to listen to the advice given in order to return to normality as quick as possible.
The Real Madrid player has himself been affected by COVID-19. He tested positive and has had to keep away from his teammates and miss matches.
Aware that his position is privileged, Militao knows that there are people worse off than him, even though footballers have had to accept a new reality as well.
“It’s not good for us either,” Militao told MARCA. “We’re used to playing with the fans’ energy.
“To win we have to stick together, to listen and to bring this to an end as soon as we can so that we can get back to a normal life. So that we can work and go out with our children.”
The defender went on to call for people to help others when and where they can, again stating how tough these times are.
“This isn’t an easy situation,” Militao explained. “It’s difficult for everyone. A lot of families don’t have food to eat, they don’t have a job and they need to work.
“I think that people have to help others and the families who need help.”
Militao left Brazil as a 20-year-old to move to Europe and he made the jump up to join Real Madrid at 21.
“Friends have helped me to adapt to a new country,” he said, before his mind returned to the challenges brought by the pandemic.
“Everything is different – the competitions, the games and the culture of countries. I think that for everything to be good again we have to listen.
“We’re all more supportive now, people are helping each other. We’re doing well and we’re going to come out of it stronger.
“We’re not being selfish, we’re helping families that need it and we’ll be stronger for it.”