One NBA player swallowed a potent enough bravery shake to challenge Capela at FIFA. Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers’ reigning NBA All-Star, was born in Cameroon the year Roger Milla became the oldest marksman in FIFA World Cup™ history. ‘The Process’ is a lifelong football fan, counts several footballers among his friends, and is considered excellent at the EA SPORTS title. Taking on Capela, however, was a mountain too high for the 7ft centre.
“He quit!” Capela explained. “I won the first game and was 3-0 up at half-time in the second. There’s no way back from being 3-0 down, so he just got up and walked out, said he couldn’t take it anymore!”
FIFA-mania has swept the NBA in recent years. “I play FIFA all the time,” revealed Steph Curry, the two-time MVP and arguably the greatest three-point shooter in history. So, too, does Lebron James, the Akron Hammer daring to challenge Michael Jordan’s reign as the greatest of all-time and the man Tite claimed helped him revitalise Brazil.
The video game was even what Giannis Antetokounmpo bought himself as a first treat for being drafted into the NBA in 2013. “I love playing FIFA,” said ‘The Greek Freak’. Paul George, the five-time NBA All-Star, is another avid gamer who has challenged his ten million-plus social media followers to remote rumbles.