UnbeatenThe word invictus came to our idiom What unbeaten. This adjective is used to qualify that or that which was never defeated.

For instance: “The team from the capital finished the tournament undefeated, with twelve wins and five draws”, “I never thought we could become champions undefeated, but the results have exceeded my expectations “, “The president remains undefeated: he participated in four electoral processes and in all of them he was the most voted candidate”.

Take the case of selected french from soccer on the World Cup Russia 2018. This group played the first round as a member of the Group C, achieving two triumphs (before Australia and Peru) and a tie (against Denmark). Then defeated Argentina in the round of 16, to Uruguay in the quarterfinals, to Belgium in the semifinal already Croatia in the end. Thus, he completed the world playing seven games, with a balance of six wins and a draw: that is, he consecrated undefeated champion.

In football and others sportsmeanwhile, there is also the notion of undefeated fence. This is what is called the fact of keeping the goal (goal) at zero, without receiving goals against. Yes Japan beats him 3 to 0 to Indonesia, the Japanese goalkeeper (goalkeeper) will have managed to keep the fence undefeated.

A undefeated boxerFinally, it is the one who does not know the defeat. The American Floyd Mayweather Jr.To cite one case, he is a fighter who achieved the feat of finishing his professional career undefeated: he fought fifty times and obtained fifty wins, twenty-seven of them by knockout.

As we can see from the previous examples, any title or recognition that bears in its name the term unbeaten It is highly coveted, as it indicates the absence of failures, absolute victory or, at most, a tie. This approximates the meaning of faultless career, although this expression is also used in other areas.

UnbeatenA flawless career is devoid of “blemishes,” of scandals that have cast doubt on the reputation of the person. Instead, the concept of unbeaten refers to the existence of certain competencies in which the person has faced and has always overcome without being defeated. Of course, this does not mean that a trajectory with certain failures is negative or that it has not been worth the effort.

Precisely, the great problem of terms like unbeaten or perfect is that they generate immense pressure on students and professionals to reach that almost divine state in which there are no mistakes. In practice, as we pointed out above, even an undefeated champion may have ended one or more matches with a draw, so they are not “perfect”.

In fact, that an athlete has not known defeat in his entire career does not mean that no one can beat him, but that he has had the combination of talent, skill and luck necessary for this not to happen in any of the championships. And this leads us to think about the risk involved in pursuing one of these Titles, especially if the individual does not succeed.

In the field of sport and especially in disciplines that are based on competitions, such as figure skating and swimming, the search for perfection It is very common, and in this way many children and adolescents ignore the needs of their age to go after a goal that: if they do not succeed, it will become an impossible failure to sustain, given the enormous effort put into it ; if they succeed, no one will return the years they devoted exclusively to him anyway.