One query that often gets asked of such driven individuals is who motivates the motivator? He has had to pick himself up from the disappointment of losing the Europa League final on penalties to Villarreal but will have been buoyed by the support of his young family when preparing for the Euros.
“So now, honestly, it is easy to be motivated now,” he replied to a question from John in India.
“When I have a bad day, when I get home, I have two beautiful kids to see. Before, if I went home after a bad day, I would not talk with anyone. I’d just close my mouth and close my eyes. My wife already knew it. But now, when I come home, I have two beautiful kids who need me.
“I have the big one, my daughter, who runs to me every time she sees me. She doesn’t see me a lot of times now because we have a lot of games but every time she sees me, she runs to me and makes something for me. Every time I arrive at home, I have something new from her. That is the mood or the way I have to come out of a bad day. Of course, I think my family has to be part of my success but I think the biggest part of my success is them.”