Here’s a bit of a start: EA has put Liverpool star Diogo Jota’s real-life “player” celebration into FIFA 23 – a celebration that has Jota imitating himself playing FIFA.
Context: One of my favorite 2021 video game stories is Jota having to pull out of the FIFA 22 tournament early to play the real game that afternoon – and the player’s celebration after scoring just 97 seconds later.
Jota sits down and pretends to play FIFA to celebrate. (Jota scored a second goal late in the first half, continuing his stellar performance in front of goal. Liverpool went on to win 4-0.)
Curiously, Jota’s next scheduled opponent in the FIFA 22 tournament, then-18-year-old French player Yanis “Lyamooo” Aguili, revealed on Twitter a chat between the two players that took place before the Liverpool star took off .
Jota and Aguili will compete in the online qualifiers for the FIFA 22 Global Series.
Jota’s presence in the game was not a publicity stunt. As reported by Eurogamer, the Portuguese is not only a world-class footballer, he is also a world-class FIFA player.
In February of last year, Jota was once again world No. 1 on the FIFA Ultimate Team Champions leaderboard with a 30-0 scoreline in the weekend league (a 30-match unbeaten win in FUT’s most hardcore competitive mode is a record for a professional player) International FA player shooting).
“It’s been like another passion of mine since my dad gave me my first PlayStation as a kid. I always play football on it,” Jota told sports December 2020.
Now, EA has revealed that it has added Jota’s Player Celebration to FIFA 23, which you can see at the 6:30 mark in the video above.
Well played, EA. I think this one will go viral online!
FIFA 23 launches on September 30 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, PC, Google Stadia and Nintendo Switch. Check out our FIFA 23 game preview for more info.