The reported move by Real Madrid into esports by recruiting FIFA players in China has been denied by the club.
News websites across the esports industry, including us here at Dexerto, published a story on May 8th that the world famous football club had entered the competitive gaming space.
Based out of Spain’s capital, Real Madrid are one of the biggest sporting brands in the world, with an estimated value of around $4 billion.
Due to the size of their brand, news about the club entering into esports spread like wildfire across the internet. Unfortunately, it appears to be fake news.
The original post on Chinese social media site, Weibo, raised questions from Spanish journalists who wanted to know why the club hadn’t made their own announcement.
The original statement read as follows.
"The official esports team of Real Madrid (China) has officially established and will participate in the professional league FIFALLINE4 of the next FSL season, this is Real Madrid's first attempt in the field of electronic sports, the club can hope to create Clan games, clubs and interaction channels of Chinese fans closer together ... Mei Lingge of the White Legion, we look forward to the success of Real Madrid in the field of electronic sports!"
In order to find out more, we reached out to the Real Madrid press team, who confirmed that it wasn’t a legitimate announcement.
“Our social media department tells us that it is from a false account.”
We’re sorry to break the news to any Real Madrid fans who want their club to enter esports, but for now, you’ll have to wait a little longer.