Patrice Evra: ‘I don’t want kids to live the way I lived for so many years’

Former Manchester United captain on spending his football career as ‘a robot’, finally learning to cry and the need to tackle abuseFor decades, Patrice Evra couldn’t cry. When he’d watch sad films, the former Manchester United and France captain wouldn’t feel much. When friends and relatives died, his eyes were dry. If something amazing happened, such as winning the Champions League, he’d be outwardly grinning, but inside, he was numb. “I was a robot,” he says.When others showed emotion, he wasn’t sympathetic. One day, while playing for Juventus in about 2015, he recalls seeing a teammate well up.

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