Your books have been translated into many languages, while footballers communicate through the universal language of movement. You’re both global artists in your own ways.
Football is art. It’s also much more than that. Every year I’m invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos. This year I took part in a session together with a Harvard professor and a journalist. The topic under discussion was ‘Things that move the world’ and how that affects the search for happiness. I began by saying ‘the most important thing is football’ because it’s the ultimate art form, uniting people and giving them cause for celebration. It reinforces team spirit without taking away a person’s individuality. Society should take the beautiful game as an example: we need to live together as a group, but respect each other’s differences. Football is the great metaphor and the World Cup the supreme example of a shared experience allied with individuality.
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