Manchester City goalie Willy Caballero says he became less interested in football since his daughter Guillermina was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer in 2006.
Speaking on Saturday, March 18, the Argentine says everything that comes with being a City keeper is easy to ignore.
The 35-year-old Cabellero said: “When you are in a team sometimes you hear ‘Blah, blah, blah’ complaining all the time about small things.
“I am sure nobody has to go through what we did to see a different way to live.
“I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. But it was my life so I am really happy now. My family is happy now, we are safe and we are enjoying our days here.
“She is happy and that is the most important. Life is the most important. Always.”
Guillermina is 14 now and he says he was proud when she saw him perform heroics as City won the League Cup final last season against Liverpool.
Some 11 years ago, Caballero made the career move to return to Argentina — on loan at Arsenal Sarandi — as treatment started for his eldest daughter.
The 35-year old said his daughter had cancer in both eyes but only one could be saved after Guillermina went for chemotherapy treatment for three to five years.
But he was carving out a decent enough career with Elche in the second tier of Spanish football.
Caballero said: “I had to start all the way down the divisions and that is really difficult.
“You might be playing well and having great performances — but nobody ever watched us.”
Yet his big break came with a move to Malaga under Manuel Pellegrini, who then took him to the Etihad when he became City manager.
Caballero said he wants his family to see him first as a father then thereafter a good goalkeeper.
The Argentine stressed how important family is to him.
City face Liverpool in a match that could potentially decide the top four at the end of the season with the Reds in fourth place and just one point behind Guardiola's side.