Thursday 23 November 2017

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

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.

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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