Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini surprised everyone when he announced that he was one of the founders of a biochemical company that could change the face of the energy industry.
French players have spent millions to finance research, find and complete a factory in Italy and run expensive tests over the years.
He worked with fellow Pasquale Granata co-founders and founded Biochemicals GF while playing for AC Milan in 2008.
Reflecting on the origins of his venture, he explains: “GF stands for Granata-Flamini. In the beginning we wanted the company name to be Green Futures.”
“I’m always close to nature and I care about environmental issues, climate change and global warming.”
“He (Granata) is on the same wavelength. We are looking at how we can contribute to this problem.”
“It has been a while since we learned about Levulinic Acid (LA). It is a molecule identified by the US Department of Energy as one of the 12 potential molecules to replace gasoline in all its forms.”
Flamini added: “Researchers tell us LA is the future and by doing research in the field we can come up with great and successful discoveries.”
The former French citizen only revealed that he was working on the project after the organization was announced as the first LA-producing company in the world, thought to replace oil in all its forms.
“Neither my family knows anything. My parents didn’t know about it until about a year ago,” he said.
“For me, he ran away. The football career was made up of volatility,” he added.
However, this revelation can easily lead to a new era in the energy industry, as LA is able to replace oil in bio fuels, plastics, cosmetics and even food preservatives.