Neymar is playing Counter-Strike ahead of FIFA World Cup

It looks like Neymar as well as the rest of the Brazilian national soccer team are blowing off some steam by playing CS:GO.


The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fever is real. Just weeks after the end of IEM Rio Major 2022, Brazil's national soccer team is hooked hard on Valve's premiere first-person shooter. So much so that they're all busy playing CS:GO with just days to go ahead of the team's match on November 24.

Brazil soccer fans are probably worried right now that this might distract their team from the bigger goal.

Middle East Stars League owner, Abdallah Al Ghifari, revealed Neymar had roped in a few of his teammates, specifically, fellow forward, Gabriel Jesus, and midfielders, Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta, and Everton Ribiero, to subscribe and play in the biggest CS:GO hub in the region on Monday, November 21.

The MESL owner even joked about streaming the five-man lineup's matches. We're pretty sure this would rake in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of viewers with little to no effort.

CS:GO is one of the most popular competitive games in the world, ranked atop the scene alongside the likes of Dota 2 and League of Legends. But, while it's not the most relaxing game, it's not unusual for professional players to use it to blow off some steam. When you consider that the World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, you can't blame Neymar and his teammates for using CS:GO as a brief and temporary escape.

Besides, Neymar isn't new to CS:GO. The superstar soccer player revealed a couple of years ago his CS:GO rank, which is Master Guardian 1. He's also at least level 3 in FACEIT. This doesn't put him at the top of the rankings, but both are above average. This isn't half-bad at all when you consider that he only plays CS:GO for fun. Also, his love for gaming isn't exclusive CS:GO, as he recently lent his likeness to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 along with other footballers.

Neymar recently cheered up Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev following a devastating loss at the IEM Rio Major.

Keep an eye out for Abdallah Al Ghifari if he will live stream the CS:GO games over the next few days.

Speaking of FIFA, the foremost football governing body announced its foray into blockchain games earlier this month.

Ray Ampoloquio
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