Why Do Soccer players trade Jerseys?
One of the most beautiful and gracious sports in the history of the world has to be soccer. Soccer is not only the world’s most popular sport if you factor in the millions of households and sporting venues that continue to watch it on a daily basis, but also is becoming more and more popular in the United States which some people feel is the last step to having the most dominant sport in the history of time. The game is filled with many reasons to love it, but one of the best and most important reasons why people continue to watch it is because of the immense amount of sportsmanship and respect that the players tend to show for one another and the fans of the game.
One of my favorite sportsmanlike gestures of the game of soccer is the fact that at the end of each game, the players from both of the teams exchange their jerseys as a kind of memento that the game was played with class and to remember the game happened. I think this is a classic example of why and how the game of soccer is above and beyond any other sport in the world. Nowhere else can you find these gestures happening after an intense and fiery battle on the field. At the end of the game all that matters is that they played and completed the game in a healthy manner and now they can look back on it fondly regardless of who won or lost.
If every other sport out there would adopt some way of showing respect like the way soccer players do, there would be far less violence and issues surrounding pro sports and it would also set a great example for the kids who grow up idolizing these players from afar. I believe that the world, in general, would be a far better place to live and raise children if there was more of this type of response to everyday activities as well, but that has yet to be seen. Maybe one day we will wake up in a world like that.