Wendell Lira, 2015 Puskás award winner quits football permanently in the hope of becoming a professional E-gamer
The Brazilian footballer Wendell Lira, winner of the 2015 Puskás award for best goal scored in world football, has quit football. Though his career has been blighted by injuries, he says the decision was made when he realised how good he was at FIFA, the electronic video game.
He played Abdulaziz Alshehri, winner of the 2015 FIFA interactive world cup, and beat his 6-1. This prompted Wendell’s dreams of E-sports stardom and potentially a future as a Youtube celebrity. In truth, his football career was on the decline. He represented Brazil at U-20 level, but never reach the level of the men’s national team.
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His Puskás award was won for a sensational bicycle kick scored against Atketic Goianesia for his own team, Goianesia. After that, you might have gone to online sportsbooks in Brazil to bet on him winning the Ballon D’Or next, or at least getting a move to a big club, things haven’t gone his way. He joined another Brazilian team, Vila Nova, but in nine appearances he didn’t even score, let alone score a goal worthy of a Puskás award. He admitted that injury troubles were a reason for his lack of form, and big reason in his decision to quit.
He told Brazilian paper, and home of Brazilian gambling news, that his “dream is to become Fifa World Champion.” At 27 years old, he certainly has the time to improve. He is in the peak years of his athletic career, but e-sports can attract those of all ages. E-sports are increasing in popularity, and you can even bet on e-sports ay man online sportsbooks, so it could be worth betting on Wendell Lira in future!