Among all the adjectives received by Luis Rubiales, one of the mildest is that of casposo. Dandruff is a scalp condition that forms small white flakes like Maldon salt. Its appearance between the strands of hair causes itching in the dandruff and dusts the shoulder pads of those affected (in non-generic masculine terms, because dandruff mainly affects men). Popular evil associates snowy shoulders with what is out of fashion and the DRAE also includes the derogatory meaning “outdated, outdated.”

If something is undeniable, it is that the Rubiales case marks the entrance to another phase of the social perception of machismo. Even those most condescending towards the now former president of the RFEF spoke of rudeness and a rude attitude on the part of Yul Brynner, Kojak, Mister Proper, Iván de la Peña (let each reader add their bald reference to the list of Rubiales) of Spanish football. But can someone who doesn’t have a single hair on their head have dandruff? Do bald people have dandruff?

A meticulous investigation dismantles the alleged oxymoron of the bald man. I only found one Ecuadorian dermatologist – Patricio Castillo, in Quito – who denied it: “No, people who have baldness are completely bald. “You’re not going to see fat.” Let’s see, this “there will not be” already makes me suspect its rigor, because in Nebrijana grammar it should say “there will not be.” It is true that some other doctors believe that alopecia reduces the risk of dandruff because the scalp dries more easily, but the general consensus is that dandruff is not exclusive to hairy people. Stress can cause seborrheic dermatitis of the (ex)scalp, and both euphoria and depression cause stress. That, then, is why Rubiales is so crusty.