The NBA’s FIFA MVP
Clint Capela is a diehard football fan
What happened when he played another NBA big fella at FIFA?
Capela wants a showdown with the FIFA eWorld Cup champion
And, boy, Ariza had good reason. For Capela wouldn’t only have slam-dunked the rest of the Rockets roster, but the hulking centre believes he’d overthrow no less than the reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion, Mosaad 'Msdossary' Aldossary.
“I’d definitely beat [him],” Capela told FIFA.com. “I don’t joke. I think of myself as a professional. I play around two hours every day, online against other players. I’ve never played against anybody better than me.”
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.
Others FIFA-playing NBA stars include Mike Conley Jr, Marc Gasol, Rudy Gobert, Gerald Green, Patrick Patterson, Terrence Ross and John Wall. And all-time greats Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Steve Nash are soccer diehards who enjoy imitating their heroes with a remote in their giant hands. There is, however, zero doubt who’s the NBA daddy when it comes to FIFA.
“I’ve loved FIFA since I was five years old,” continued Capela, who likes to play as Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain. “I got FIFA 2000 for Christmas and I’ve been addicted ever since.
“I have never met anybody better than me. I’ve lost a couple of games over the last 19 years, but I have always been the better player, got them back.”
The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup continues this weekend. But be warned: whoever conquers the Grand Final may have a 6ft 10ins hulk calling them out for a showdown!
Clint Capela (Houston Rockets)
Clint Capela grabs a rebound against the LA Lakers
Clint Capela grabs a rebound against the LA Lakers.