You’ve probably seen it: Real Madrid players regularly sniff their meringue tunics during matches. Explanations.
Luka Modric, David Alaba, Vincius Jr… it’s not uncommon – not to say common – to see Real Madrid players sniff their shirts several times during a match. The scene has challenged more than one recently, during the last Clasico to date, and yet the White House does not hide it. With his physical trainer Antonio Pintus, the pre-match ritual is now well established: it’s Vicks VapoRub’s general tour!
« Medicinal vapors enter through the nose and mouth to aid breathing “Explains the Spanish sports daily Marca on Wednesday. Pomade developed from the 19e century and composed of camphor, turpentine, menthol, eucalyptus oil, thymol and walnut oil, Vicks is a well-known decongestant, with vasodilating and anti-inflammatory effects improving the intake of oxygen to the lungs and muscles – which tends to cause controversy across the Pyrenees.
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None of the components mentioned above, however, are among the substances banned by anti-doping agencies, so their use remains completely legal. Twenty years ago, the product was widespread in the ranks of Arsenal in particular. We remember the jerseys marked and shiny at the level of the chest worn by Patrick Vieira. “ At first it attracted a lot of attention and we even thought it was illegal, but it was very simple… It was almost a child’s remedy “, recently admitted Arsène Wenger, the former coach of the Gunners, during a press conference.