This is a bit of Inception: EA has put Liverpool star Diogo Jota’s real ‘gamer’ celebration in FIFA 23 – a celebration where Jota mimics himself while playing FIFA.
Background: One of my favorite video game stories of 2021 was the time Jota had to leave a FIFA 22 tournament early to play a real match that afternoon — and did a gamer celebration after scoring after just 97 seconds.
Jota celebrated by sitting down and pretending to play FIFA. (Jota continued his impressive form in front of goal by adding a second goal later in the first half. Liverpool went on to win 4-0.)
Miraculously, Jota’s next scheduled opponent in the FIFA 22 tournament, then 18-year-old French player Yanis “Lyamooo” Aguili, took to Twitter to reveal the chat between the two players that took place just before the Liverpool star left.
Jota and Aguili were scheduled to compete in an online qualifier for the FIFA 22 Global Series.
Jota’s performance in the tournament was not a publicity stunt. As Eurogamer has reported, the Portuguese is not just a world-class footballer, he is a world-class FIFA player.
In February last year, Jota was ranked number one in the world on the FIFA Ultimate Team Champions standings, having once again gone 30-0 in the weekend competition (winning 30 games without losing in FUT’s most hardcore competitive mode is the kind of record that the pro FIFA players shoot for).
“Since my father gave me my first PlayStation as a kid, it’s been another passion of mine. I’ve always played football on it,” Jota told The Athletic in December 2020.
Now EA has revealed that it has added Jota’s gamer celebration to FIFA 23, which you can see at 6:30am in the video above.
Well played, EA. I can imagine this will become popular online!
FIFA 23 will be released 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 gameplay preview to learn more.