By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mathieu Flamini has revealed that he is “honoured” to have been named as one of NME magazine’s ‘People of the Year’.
The Arsenal midfielder has shared the prestigious accolade with the likes of Adele, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.
Flamini has not been cited for his combative performances in central midfield, but rather his pioneering work in the field of biochemistry.
The Frenchman co-owns a company which is now incredibly close to revolutionising the energy industry thanks to a breakthrough in their ongoing quest to produce levulinic acid — a synthetic oil substitute made from organic plant waste.
NME have decided to include him as one of their people of 2015 as his research “could help reduce our reliance on depleting fossil resources.”
— NME (@NME) December 18, 2015
Flamini admits he has always been concerned by climate change, and his firm GF Biochemicals now employs 400 workers and operates in a market worth around £20billion.
Music title NME named the Arsenal man as one of the ‘People of the Year’ in their January issue and Flamini responded on Twitter.
“Many thanks to @NME for nominating me as one of their “People of the Year.” It’s a real honour!!” he tweeted.
Speaking to Sideline Football, Flamini revealed: “I’ve always been very close to nature and always very concerned by climate change and all the problems with the environment.
“We knew it was going to be difficult because many people tried [to do this] and many people failed. But we started with a bit of hope and after seven years we are growing.”