Several studies showed yerba mate has lots of healthy properties, thanks to its proportion of antioxidants and nutrients.
Perhaps that is why in countries such as Uruguay and Argentina, the ancient custom of having mate is practically as rooted as football – an activity which, by the way, appears to go very well with yerba mate. Footballers from South American – even World Cup winners – have learnt to value the virtues of a warm mate prior to training and competing.
Mate has turned into the top ally for great footballers before and after a match. As well as being a key ritual, a talisman and an energy boost, they value its endless properties and benefits:
Footballers from Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay take mate routinely and many of them even show this off on social media. But who takes more? The renowned Leo Messi from Argentina, the Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez or the Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, who drinks mate daily in the morning, before training? It is hard to tell. It is a fact that Uruguayan football players carry with them twice as thermoses and mate gourds as Argentinians, though both enjoy drinking mate to release the tensions and challenges connected with such a high-performance sport.