At 27, a player is at the peak of his career being chased by top clubs all around Europe for his signature, however, Wendell Lira, the Brazilian that made the headlines worldwide for beating five-time Balon d’or winner Lionel Messi to the coveted FIFA Puskas award is quitting football.
The former Brazil Under-20 international said he is swapping the boots for a career as a professional gamer and aims to be a YouTube personality.
Lira was reported by Brazilian website Globo Esporte to be extremely good at FIFA, as he was challenged to a game after wining the Puskas Award by Abdulaziz Alshehri–winner of the 2015 FIFA Interactive World Cup—he whitewashed Alsheri 6-1.
In his interview with Globo Esporte, the Brazilian was quoted as saying that he was quitting football because he was fed up with the game – particularly having to constantly undergo surgery on his injuries.
He also said to be fed up of the sharks who make their money from football.
Lira who described his Puskas Award as the “icing on the cake”, felt that his career had peaked with his success at the previous Ballon d’Or ceremony.