Pro football player Wendell Lira leaves regular sports for career in eSports

Professional football player Wendell Lira is retiring from real-life FIFA to compete in its video game adaptation.

As reported by the , the Brazilian striker from Goianésia is stepping down from football after winning FIFA’s Puskás Award for the best goal of 2015 in a 2-1 game between Goianesia and Atletico Goianiense.

At only 27 it may seem like a strange time to retire, but Lira cited regular injuries as a partial reason to hang up his cleats.