Iker Casillas, captain of Real Madrid and Spain's World Cup champion national soccer team, urges his fellow footballers to ignore sniping from critics.
"To believe in yourself is the most important thing, don't ever doubt yourself and never let anyone make you doubt yourself. If people make you doubt and you doubt yourself, you are lost," the goalkeeper said in an interview for H&S.
The 32-year-old Casillas will be making his first start at Sebastian Bernabeu in almost nine months on Wednesday when Real Madrid host FC Copenhagen in Champions League play.
He lost the starting job with Real Madrid after suffering a hand injury last winter, but new coach Carlo Ancelotti says he plans to use Casillas in Copa del Rey and Champions League matches, while keeping Diego Lopez in the net for La Liga games.
Casillas told H&S he is confident that he will be Real Madrid's No. 1 goalkeeper again.
"If you have done it before, there's no reason you can't do it now," he said. "A great part of a soccer player's success is not just in his physical talent, but also in his head. For me that is what's most important." EFE