Many studies have shown that yerba mate has a lot of healthy properties, thanks to its concentration of antioxidants and nutrients.
Maybe that’s why in countries like Uruguay and Argentina, the ancient tradition of drinking mate is almost as rooted as playing football – an activity that, by the way, seems to go very well with yerba mate: South American football players – including World-Cup winners – have learned to appreciate the benefits of a warm mate before training and competing.
Mate has become the best ally for great football players before and after a match. In addition to an essential ritual, a talisman and an energy reinforcement; they value its countless properties and benefits:
Football players from Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay drink mate regularly and many of them even brag about this in Social Media. But who drinks more? The acclaimed Argentinian Leo Messi, the Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, or even the Frenchman Antoine Griezmann who drinks mate every morning and before each training? It is difficult to know. It is true that Uruguayan footballers carry with them twice as many thermoses and mate containers as Argentines; although both of them enjoy having mate to release the tensions and challenges related to such a demanding sport.