His first outing in a claret and blue shirt will be at Gfinity's "Play Like a Legend Grand Final" this weekend. He'll be competing for a $15,000 prize pool alongside 15 other players, who represent teams such as Epsilon, Millennium and Team Vitality. Just like a regular football game, fans will be able to watch online or at Gfinity's arena in Fulham Broadway, London.
The 24-year-old isn't the first FIFA player to sign for an established football club, however. VFL Wolfsburg made a similar move in May 2015, signing Benedikt "Salzor" Saltzer and Daniel "Dani" Fink through the gaming agency Stark eSports. The partnership was taken a step further in January, when the club signed David "DaveBtw" Bytheway, a 22-year-old Brit.
Right now, these sorts of signings feel like a novelty. But in the future, should eSports prove sustainable, it's possible more teams will take FIFA seriously and sign their own players. Then, if enough people are sponsored by official clubs, it might be possible to create a FIFA "mirror" of real-life football, with countless pros competing in national tournaments like the Premier League and La Liga. Imagine that. Maybe they could play in outdoor stadiums too, sat on the grass with some wireless controllers.
Okay, too far perhaps. But a man can dream, right?