Alexis Sanchez has revealed his constant desire to be the best has been the key to his success.
The Arsenal forward has won league titles in Spain, Argentina and Chile as well as lifting the Copa America, Copa de Rey, FA Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.
His motivation as a child was to help his family, but these days he wants to ensure he makes the most of his talent.
“Looking at everything I’ve done in my career as a footballer, at all the titles, I believe that what’s hugely important is motivation,” he told Arsenal.com. “If a footballer is well motivated and has various things to motivate him every day, he will keep achieving his goals.
“Everything in life depends on feeling motivated, whether you are talking about a child, a family or an individual. In my case my life has changed and improved because different things have motivated me.
“For example in the beginning my motivation was to help my family. Later on my motivation was to be the best.”
While Sanchez has excelled on a personal level in north London, Arsenal have under performed. Sanchez has cut an increasingly frustrated figure on the pitch in recent months and many fans fear he will leave this summer.
The Chilean, though, suggested he was taking a philosophical approach to disappointment.
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“Even if a match has gone badly, you don’t let it get to you and you move forward,” he added. “As a footballer, everything you’ve achieved can easily be lost and then you are nobody. That’s just how life is and that’s why you shouldn’t let things get you down. That’s the reason I treat every match like a final.
“I try to do that in every game – to give 100 per cent. Life is like a pair of scales. One minute you can be right up there and the next really low.
“It’s important to try and maintain a sense of balance and that’s down to the individual.”