Football has made a remarkable voyage in less than a century coming out of its shell as a sport of British white elite society only and has become the most popular sport in the world. It has built a universal empire that includes all peoples and all social classes.
People used to say that the sun never sets in the empire of Charles V. However, it has changed in the course of time and Football has built an empire that does no longer knows any border. It has imposed its law amidst the enthusiasm of the people. Being the symbol of globalization, football has developed much more than democracy, the economy market or even the internet. A country like North Korea which has remained closed to any other outside influence has opened its heart to football.
As the planet has become a global village, footballers are the best known and most popular citizens of it. A country that has emerged from the economic crisis or the most developed countries of the world, everybody knows the names Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar.
Football has been imposed for its simplicity. Everyone can understand its rules and there is no need for specific equipment to practice it.
In terms of sports in general, and football in particular, it arouses respect and admiration. The power of this game is not repulsive but attractive. Who, at present, could deny the geopolitical aspects of football? Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned the 2018 World Cup into a showcase for Russia. Despite the atmosphere of a new cold war, no country has boycotted it, unlike the Moscow Olympic Games of 1980.
Football has its own language, people, and ethics which overpower any outer force. Football knows no border, no color or race. It teaches the world to live in harmony with all the differences that people have.