We look at some of the favourite esports played by world football’s biggest superstars.
The esports industry has been booming for quite some time and many athletes from other sports are joining in. Many footballers are foraying into this new era of competitive gaming.
Some football players are crazy gamers who love playing video games.
Their love for video games is taking them to a competitive scenario where they even want to prove their mettle. These international stars are becoming a regular name in esports and competitive gaming.
Below is a list of some top footballers who are also passionate gamers:
1. Kun Aguero
The former Manchester City star enjoys playing video games. He has a Twitch channel which boasts a follower count of 4 million. The Argentina superstar once called Lionel Messi during one of his live streams. Aguero regularly streams Just Chatting, Rocket League and Grand Theft Auto V from his Twitch channel SLAKUN10.
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic is one of the top football superstars who enjoy the competitive gaming scenario very much. He frequently streams from his brother’s Twitch account. Ibrahimovic likes playing shooting games and some of his absolute favorites are Apex Legends, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Fortnite.
3. Neymar Jr.
The Brazil international and PSG star is a video game fanatic, he likes playing video games very much. Every sports fan around the world knows how good he is in the football field with his agility and freestyle skills. Neymar likes playing Call of Duty so much that he missed the 2018 Ballon d’Or award ceremony.
During the award ceremony he was busy playing matches in Call of Duty. Not only that, Neymar also loves engaging with streamers. He was once seen chatting with Ninja when he sat out from a PSG game due to an injury at the Parc des Princes.
Neymar is also a skilled CS:GO player and has a good in-game rank in the game. He streams playing CS:GO and is a lethal sniper in the game. Check out this clip where he takes out his opponents using an AWP.
4. Antoine Griezmann
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner is an avid Fortnite player who has even claimed that he experiences more stress while playing battle royale matches than football matches. The French superstar’s “Take The L” dance celebration from Fortnite went viral during the World Cup.
Griezmann also has his own esports team which he co-founded with his brother Theo in 2020. The team called Grizi Esports consistently competed in FIFA 20 but the organization has been temporarily shut down since 2021.
5. Paulo Dybala
The former Juventus forward has mesmerized Bianconeri fans with his in-game passing skills and has led the Italian club to many Serie A titles. Dybala likes playing PUBG very much and finished fifth in the PUBG Mobile Global Extreme Challenge 2020. The Argentine sensation has played numerous matches of the world famous battle royale and has many wins to his name.
So, there you have it a comprehensive list of football stars who like playing competitive games very much. Most recently, it was reported that Mesut Ozil will be joining esports after the expiry of his contract at Fenerbahçe. The list of footballers is not finite and could grow bigger over the next few years.