Pro Athlete quits Sports for Esports
Looks like pro Esports is starting to strengthen its influence over actual pro sports as Brazilian pro footballer Wendell Lira announces his retirement from Football in order to pursue a career in pro gaming.
2016 Winner of the FIFA Puskas Award, a recognition given to players who are able to score “the most aesthetically significant, or ‘most beautiful’, goal of the year”, Lira, who has started is Football career back in 2012, is as of now retired, mainly due to sustained injuries, and is starting another career at playing the FIFA series, the video game that shares the same name as the prestigious Fédération Internationale de Football Association, deemed as the world’s greatest football event.
When asked about his gaming venture, Lira sums up his sentiment by saying that he has dreams of becoming a FIFA world champion, which in this case, with actual knowledge of the sport, may just come true in the competitive gaming field.
Esports and actual sports, particularly Football have long been trying to intertwine with a number of Professional Football clubs already hiring Esports pros as part of their club, in particular being the German Football Club, German Wolfsburg.