On The Surface

Sports fans from wealthy industrialized regions express shock when learning of the young footballer in a developing nation who, having learned the game barefoot in the dirt, struggles when making the big squad because it is the first time he has worn (seemingly heavy) boots and played on a grass pitch.

(gasp) I never even thought about that …

The same fan seems to find it quite natural, however, that an urban basketball player will grow up playing on asphault blacktop his whole life and then struggle when making the transition to hardwood.

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