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Brazil Stars Neymar, Jesus and Coutinho Play CS:GO After World Cup Win Over Mexico

Published: 3/Jul/2018 19:48 Updated: 13/Jan/2021 23:30

by Calum Patterson

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The biggest stars of the Brazilian national team claimed victory over Mexico in the round of 16 and wound down with the nation’s game of choice – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

CS:GO has long been a favorite in Brazil, with some of the very best professional players and teams coming from the nation and a strong amateur player base too.

Neymar himself is known to be a fan, and is a keen PC gamer generally playing other titles like PUBG too.

The team even demonstrated their passion for gaming during the Mexico game, as Neymar lead the squad in a CS:GO inspired celebration after their first goal.

But it turns out that even while out in Russia, the players are using some of their time off from matches, travelling and training to sit down at their PC setups and get some matches in.

A Reddit user posted an image from Neymar’s Instagram story showing a lobby with some very recognizable usernames including “Menino Ney” (PSG player Neymar Jr), -J-E-S-U-S (Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus) and coutinho11 (Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho).

There is also ‘WBS’, which is presumably the initials of Chelsea player Willian Borges de Silva, and CasAo is likely Real Madrid player Casemiro, as Neymar tagged both players in the picture.

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The message left by Neymar on his snapchat roughly translates to “if there is a celebration… it is obvious that there is a game” – indicating this is a regular pastime after the team get a big win.

The Brazil squad will be facing up against Belgium next, and if they can get past them to advance to the semi’s, we’re sure there will be a few more games of CS going down to celebrate.

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Real Madrid’s Casemiro explains why CSGO is more nerve-wracking than football

Published: 22/Feb/2021 20:10

by Bill Cooney

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Real Madrid’s Casemiro might just be one of the most famous footballers in the world today, but surprisingly enough, playing CSGO makes the pro sweat more than being on the pitch.

The 29-year-old Brazilian has been a fixture for Real Madrid on the field since joining in 2013, but apart from football it’s no secret Casemiro also likes to spend his free time perfecting those CSGO skills.

That’s no surprise seeing as how Valve’s shooter is massive in Brazil, and Miro even has his own esports org for the game. What is surprising though is that Casemiro has claimed in a new interview he gets more nervous streaming CSGO matches than he does playing football in front of thousands of screaming fans.

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Casemiro and Neymar (left side) are both huge CSGO fans.

In a new interview with Spanish football site MARCA, Casemiro claimed that playing CSGO on stream for viewers made him more nervous than playing a match at the 80,000+ seat Bernabéu (Real’s home grounds).

“Without a doubt, people are much closer and when I fail, there are some insults,” The pro explained with a laugh. “When I play Counter-Strike I get a lot more nervous there than playing at the Bernabéu. I feel more pressure with people watching me play video games live than football.”

Casemiro also drew interesting comparisons between CSGO and football, saying that he finds most success when he plays similar to his IRL position on the field, instead of a straight-up offensive one.

“I’m one of those that if I go in to play, I don’t like to lose. I’ve tried to play like a striker or winger [in CSGO] and my score has been very low,” he explained.  “I know that my position is defensive midfielder and I have to help my teammates. What I am in real life, I also am in video games.”

While he might not be rushing B and popping off like S1mple, the Brazilian international thinks he manages quite well with his favorite weapon the AWP, and on his favorite map — Inferno — which he called “my Berbabéu.”

He also admitted that despite owning a CSGO team, he doesn’t think he quite has what it takes to play professionally. That’s quite alright though, as he can always fall back on that multi-million dollar football career.