Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has announced his very own esports team, becoming the latest soccer player with his own organization.
Professional sportsmen have slowly started to turn their gaze towards esports, with stars like Shaquille O’Neal, Ronaldinho, and Jimmy Rollins all announcing their own ventures in the last few years.
However, things seem to be ramping up quickly in 2020 with Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann announcing his own team at the end of January, and now Gareth Bale, who plays for bitter rival Real Madrid, has followed suit by entering the esports scene.
In a twitter announcement on February 3, the Welshman announced his new team ellevensesports, stating that the organization's focus was currently on FIFA with the acquisition of three professional players and two content creators.
Ethan ‘EthxnH’ Higgins, Pedro ‘Resende’ Henrique, and Tyler Phillips make up the competitive side of the roster, while YouTubers Ryan ‘ItsHaber’ and Tom ‘NerdFire’ join the content creation team.
While FIFA may be the only esport officially announced, the team’s website confirms that Bale will be recruiting players across a variety of games, with an eye to competing in 11 different esports titles to match the name of the organization, and the number the players wears while plying his trade with Real Madrid and Wales.
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) February 3, 2020
Aspiring esports stars who think they have what it takes to represent Bale in the world of esports are able to register on ellevens website, and send in an application explaining why they are the perfect fit for the 30-year-old's latest venture.
Currently, FIFA, Fortnite, Rocket League, CSGO, Rainbow Six, Call of Duty, Overwatch, Dota 2, Apex Legends, Streetfighter, and PUBG make up the list games players can choose from, meaning Bale’s team may have the ambitions to become one of the biggest teams in esports.
Fans of any of those games will definitely have to keep an eye on ellevensesports, as the backing of such a high profile soccer player may attract some of the best players in the world.