It is 2 years since Mathieu Flamini performed his final skilled soccer match for Getafe in La Liga. The former Arsenal and Milan midfielder is now routinely described as retired however that’s hardly an ample summation of the Frenchman’s life lately.
“I am busier than ever,” he tells Sky Sports. “But good busy.”
It is in his nature. “I am someone with a lot of energy. I train every day. It is part of my lifestyle. If I sit down on a chair I become anxious so I have to train every single day.”
It helps that Flamini, now 37, is about as pushed as they arrive and through an hour-long dialog that touches on lots of the points going through the world at present, his ardour for the topic of sustainability is infectious. It ranges from issues private to international.
Perhaps you might be already conscious of his much-publicised funding in biofuels.
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“I am doing a lot in that field,” he says. “I am trying to find solutions.”
He is beginning with himself.
“I have not been eating any animal protein for the past seven or eight years. I don’t eat dairy. It works for me and if it works for me then it should be able to work for others. Soon there won’t be space to produce meat so we all have to evolve our lifestyle.
“I’m shocked that in soccer there are younger youngsters of 10 years outdated and even prime athletes consuming these unhealthy vitality drinks filled with sugar and colourant.”
He sees misinformation as the enemy in today’s society.
“Today, what has been confirmed is that individuals get their info on the web and on social media. What is irritating is that individuals name themselves consultants when they don’t seem to be. I would like to see a world the place individuals know the info from consultants and scientists.”
It is that this need to make a distinction that has sparked his newest enterprise with former Arsenal colleague Mesut Ozil. The co-founders of UNITY launch their new complement vary, developed in collaboration with main scientists on the University of Westminster.
Mathieu Flamini on his friendship with Mesut Ozil and their new project
“We are good friends who share the same beliefs about giving back,” says Flamini.
“We have a social responsibility because we have some exposure. We have a platform. We have a following. Mesut does it through social impacts. He helps people who cannot afford meals. I am doing it a bit more through sustainability and focused on climate change.”
Flamini and Ozil have finished extra than simply lend their names to the product.
This is their child.
“We had two options. One was to work on an existing formulation, like everybody does, and then work on the branding and get it out into the marketing. But we did not want to go to a supplier and them show us the best 200 products and just pick one.
“We determined to do it the toughest and absolute best method. We went to the scientists and mainly developed from scratch some higher formulation utilizing the most effective substances and the most effective supply methods, avoiding all of the dangerous substances and chemical substances.”
Flamini is aware of greater than most in regards to the topic of bodily preparation having labored with the famed Milan Lab that “tests everything from your eyes to your mobility”. He remembers being scanned each week for physique fats and muscle growth at Arsenal.
But nonetheless he insists that there was all the time one thing lacking.
“The scientists have come up with four supplement formulations,” he explains.
“We did not want any colourant. We wanted to do capsules without that so the only option was to have green capsules because that was natural chlorophyll from the leaf.
“The concept is to create dietary supplements that focus on particular health objectives which can finally permit individuals to take management of their health. The merchandise available in the market elsewhere have been by no means pure sufficient or have been targeted on issues that have been much less vital.
“We have come up with a product validated by the athlete but also by science.”
Typically, there’s a sustainability angle right here.
“We have created a partnership with the Felix Project charity which collects food from restaurants and from farmers who sadly have to throw away food. Every year, 30 per cent of the food produced is being thrown away. It is being wasted while some people cannot afford to eat.
“Because customers request the proper product, what occurs is that the massive supermarkets put large stress on the farmers. They solely choose the proper carrot or the proper apple when one that doesn’t look good has the identical dietary worth.
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“The Felix Project take this healthy food and converts it into healthy meals for kids. We decided to support them in that journey and that fight. For every supplement product that we sell we will deliver two healthy meals to schoolchildren which uses this wasted food.
“I’m making an attempt to use my platform to create consciousness. Sport should do its half to make the planet extra sustainable. How can we use sport to assist individuals have a more healthy life-style? How can we assist the followers, assist all the youngsters have a more healthy life-style? That begins as youngsters.”
And what’s Ozil’s position on this? While Flamini’s taking part in profession is over, his outdated team-mate is taking part in on with Fenerbahce in Turkey. According to his pal, “it goes without saying that playing is his number one priority” however Ozil shouldn’t be mistaken for a silent accomplice.
“He has a lot of ideas and a lot of input. Sometimes he challenges us on decisions. It is like a brainstorming process, WhatsApp calls and messages, pictures back and forth. It is a lot of fun because it gives us an opportunity to stay in touch and speak on a regular basis.
“It continues a friendship that we now have had for a few years.”
What is success for UNITY?
“We want to educate people and help them to make more informed decisions on their health and wellness including exercising, eating better and having a positive impact on people’s health.
“If UNITY may also help individuals to make even small adjustments to their life-style that will be an awesome success.
“I am just thankful because I have been living the dream that I had as a kid. Now I am trying to give back and have a positive impact.”
Flamini’s soccer profession is over. But it appears he’s simply getting began.
UNITY co-founders, Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Özil, have launched their new U ULTRA complement vary, developed in collaboration with main University of Westminster scientists at Europe’s first Centre for Nutraceuticals
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