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Want to understand what motivates us to be selfish? Just look at football

Sports provide a case study in what happens when we prioritise ourselves—or the team

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (right). Photo: PA

There’s an old joke that sometimes gets attributed to Michael Jordan. A coach pulls him aside to tell him he’s playing selfishly. “There is no I in team,” the coach says. Jordan shoots back: “But there is a me.”

Teams are funny things. For Liverpool’s recent FA Cup tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers, their manager Jürgen Klopp rested their star striker, Mo Salah. At halftime the score was one nil to Wolves, and one of the commentators wondered what Salah must be thinking.…

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