It’s quite normal to see great footballers adapt to a new obsession like holes in their socks.
This fashion went viral during the World Cup in Qatar when stars like Neymar and Jude Bellingham started ripping their clothes, causing a stir among fans who have since wondered about the reason behind the scheme.
Although no player has publicly explained the reason for the introduction of this fashion, the reason goes beyond logic, because more than a pint, it is an advantage for the protagonist on the field.
On September 12, 2023, we were able to implement this campaign for the first time in Honduran football. Legionnaire David Ruiz jumped onto the field with torn socks, which didn’t go unnoticed by the fans in the national stadium.
“He copied Bellingham,” said some Catraco fans. The truth is that Ruiz, like other footballers with well-developed calves, does this to relieve pressure on their calves and thus avoid injuries.
HuffPost explains in an article that players typically receive new socks before games. Because they are brand new, the fabric doesn’t give too much and tends to stretch.
Bellingham, a fairly stocky player with a strong build, usually suffers from such situations because the tighter this garment is, the more it restricts blood flow and makes it difficult for blood to flow, which can lead to cramps.
So ripped stockings are not a strange trend. It’s a cabal for the ‘legged’, a tradition that endures because more than a pint, it’s a treat for the physically gifted.