Professional footballer Wendell Lira retires to compete in FIFA esports
Brazilian footballer, Wendell Lira has quit professional football to pursue a career in FIFA esports. Yes that’s right, professional video gaming. The 2015 FIFA Puskas Award winner who won over the likes of Lionel Messi has retired from sport in order to pursue a 2nd dream career in video-games.
“I define my life in two dreams – one possible and another almost impossible,” the 27-year-old told Globo Esporte.
“One was to be a player and have achievements, which is difficult because, in Brazilian football, it is difficult to become professional.
“In fact, 95 per cent of football players from Brazil have difficulties. I lived 15 years in football, and had good times and bad.
“I had pleasant moments I’ll never forget. I played alongside big stars too. I had pleasure being a guy who was actually accomplished at football.
“And I had the dream of being a gamer, I always had this desire to live it.
“It is almost impossible to stop playing football to live as a gamer, but God gave me this opportunity.
“It is not the end of a dream. In fact, God has given me the opportunity to have this job as a follow-up in my life, being happy and continuing with that smile.”
It’s not surprising however considering the esports market is worth over $747 million according to Superdata Research in 2015 and is rapidly growing every year.
Source: SBS Sports