Soccer | Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Lionel Messi of Argentina, perhaps the two greatest soccer players of all time, are both competing in the current FIFA World Cup event in Qatar, which may be the final chance to see such a rare spectacle.

Theories explaining why certain top athletes become almost invincible draw on neurology and psychology in addition to physical prowess.

Ways to Stop Time

According to a study titled “Can Lionel Messi’s Brain Slow Down Time Passing.” Top competitors excel at predicting their rivals’ next moves before they are made.

The main defence put out by the writers is that the Argentine soccer star ensures his opponents don’t have enough time. Which makes him impossible to stop. This is due to the assumption that Messi thinks time moves more slowly in his head.

According to these writers. Great athletes may observe more of what is going on on the field of play if their perceptual time slows down. Contrarily. Quicker sensory systems result in a “wider bandwidth” for capturing events on the pitch since more computations are performed per second.

According to the authors of a research titled “Psychological and Neural Mechanisms of Subjective Time Dilation.” Some events might be seen as lasting longer than others for any given amount of time.

For instance, they advise that you test this out on your own. Look at the watch or clock’s second hand quickly. The first tick will briefly halt and look longer than the following ones. They all, however only exist for one second.

What if players like Lionel Messi perceived the second hand on the playing field as constantly moving more slowly than their opponents?

An argument made in a different study. “Mastery in Goal Scoring, T-Pattern Detection, and Polar Coordinate Analysis of Motor Skills Used by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.” Contends that the dynamic nature of superior skill separates the elite athlete; the player must carry out the appropriate action at the appropriate time.