The fact that Lionel Messi is able to awaken all kinds of passions – in general, of a positive nature – no one doubts that. Although until now it was not known that the peculiarity of his career may cause interest in the branch of science, which mainly studies the materials that make up the planet Earth.
It all started when in 2015 some Catalans felt that Messi had a striking lack of efficiency when he finished a penalty kick on the arch of the so-called Golden North Camp Nou: out of the ten he spent at this stadium, nine were for this purpose and only one at the Golden Court, secret,
What could be the reason for such a difference? Science has sought an explanation that goes beyond bad luck or metaphysical spells.
In an article published in the number 52 of the journal of the College of Geologists "Earth and Technology", which reproduces the Catalan website Sport, The geotechnical specialist and vocal of the College of Geologists of Catalonia, Albert Ventaiol, says that geology can explain statistical curiosity.
"Gold Nord is located on shales, limestones and other Paleozoic hard rock covered with Quaternary sediments, while in the Golden Court the substrate is precuater and formed by much later bluish clays," explained Ventiol who added that better playing on clay soil. " He even allowed a joke on the subject, which was undoubtedly more amusing for biology students: “Messi's Nightmare is a deep Paleozoic substrate”.
Seriously, Ventiol said that the area where the Camp Nou is located has “great geological complexity” within Barcelona. He added that the underground, which was used as backfill during construction – between 1955 and 1957 – reddish, hard and thin clay combined with thicker blue clay in the area of Gol Sud – is preferable to Messi. And he pointed to this: "Even the basement of Camp Nou is Blaugrana."