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Declan Lynch: So old and still so devoted to badness

Blatter's attempt to claim credit for Messi's brilliance was the pinnacle of disgrace, writes Declan Lynch

Published 05/06/2011 | 05:00

For Lionel Messi, even the roar of the crowd is different. I haven't seen any scientific analysis of this from the sound-wave experts, but I am convinced that when Messi scores, the roar of the crowd is pitched at a level that is higher and louder and more delirious than it is for anyone else.

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Of course I may be just imagining this, but I don't think so. And even if I am, it shows that when Messi plays, the imagination is fully engaged. Indeed, I believe that the roar of the crowd is different for Messi, precisely because he fires the imagination of the viewer in a special way.

When a normal player scores, there is of course a sudden explosion of joy from the crowd, the like of which cannot be matched in any other human activity. But mostly it happens all of a sudden, or at least with very little warning.

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