Besides being one of the most (if not the most) popular sports in the world, soccer is a social phenomenon. Fact: we talk all the time about soccer, we use soccer metaphors in our daily lives, we compare soccer situations with real-life situations. Anyway, soccer is much more than a game, much more than a sport.
Aside from those interesting facts of goal count, whether Maradona’s goal was a “hand of God” or not, or those fun ‘what if Pelé went against Messi, or Cristiano” fantasies, let’s talk real facts. Here are some interesting nuggets not everybody knows, about the King of sports.
2022 FIFA World Cup Final Match
FIFA World Cup of Qatar 2022 it’s not far from being a real thing, everything is already planned for its development. One of the most curious things is that the host city of what will become the final is already decided: the city of Lusail … which is a city that doesn’t exist… yet.
Goal Celebrations Become Soccer Injuries
The goal is the most emotional moment of a soccer match. Interestingly enough, many players get injured when celebrating that moment, more precisely (according to data): 1 out of 20 injuries in players occurs when something goes wrong in a celebration, back in 2014, Indian player Peter Biaksangzuala from India’s premier league died after his goal celebration went wrong.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Museum of… Cristiano Ronaldo?
Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the best soccer players in all history and, as such, is the target of a lot of varied opinions. There are those who love him and those who, even though can’t help but recognize his immense capabilities for this sport, don’t like him very much. For reasons like this: The guy opened a whole museum about himself in 2013, and he allegedly has a hard time understanding consent.
The Youngest Professional Player in The World
As we all know, soccer is a business like no other and generates not a lot, but a whole lot more money than you could ever imagine … As a result, things like this happen: hiring a 1 year and 8 months old child as a professional soccer player for a sports club in Belgium, because you know, recruiters.
Lightning Killed a Whole Team in 1998
The tremendous misfortune occurred in October 1998, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The match was played in Kasai city during a strong thunderstorm, when suddenly, a heavy volley of thunders fell on the ground and killed 11 players in an instant, leaving another 30 people with serious injuries.
Côte d’Ivoire War Ended by The Power of a Soccer Player
Obviously, a feat only achieved by nothing less than the great Didier Drogba, captain of the selected Ivorian team. Côte d’Ivoire was at war for five years, between the forces of the north (rebels) and those of the south (government).
From England, where Drogba played for Chelsea, he repeatedly prayed for the cessation of the conflict in his native country. The Côte d’Ivoire people, great lovers of the sport, seemed to pay attention to the athlete, putting aside their differences and crediting Drogba with peace… for all those who say that soccer is useless.