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Diogo Jota had to withdraw from a FIFA 22 international qualifier earlier today - so he could play for Liverpool vs Southampton at Anfield in the Premier League.
The Portugal international was taking part in the tournament ths morning but had to leave in the fourth round when he was slated to play Twitter user @Lyamooo_.
However, in messages posted online, the former Wolves forward informed his opponent he was unable to play.
'DiogoJota18' said, "I can't play so will miss check in", leading to the FIFA player wishing him well for his real life game and getting a thank you back.
It was the most valid excuse going, given Jota is a bit busy being a professional footballer for one of the best teams in the league.
And though he didn't get to continue to do the business with the controller, Jota shone in the 3pm kick-off by hitting a first-half brace on Merseyside.
Hilariously, the 24-year-old celebrated one of his strikes by imitating himself sat down playing on his PlayStation.
Diogo Jota spent his morning playing a competitive FIFA 22 international qualifier. He had to leave the tournament early because he was playing Southampton at 3 p.m.— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 27, 2021
He scored after 97 seconds, hit a FIFA celebration, then added another goal in the first half 🎮 pic.twitter.com/ubhCz1Ry3e
There’s no way Jota just did that celebration— _^ (@lfc_allting) November 27, 2021
Diogo Jota participated in a FIFA 22 International Qualifier today but had to leave early to not be late for the Liverpool match.— SPORTbible (@sportbible) November 27, 2021
He's bagged two goals and it's only half time 😂 pic.twitter.com/wezg65mLdc
We're now fully aware of Jota's qualities on the pitch but he is also extremely good at FIFA.
In April 2020, he was crowned the best FIFA player in the Premier League when he went all the way in the ePremier League invitational tournament
Jota was a Wolves player at the time and beat his future Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold in the final, leaving the right-back absolutely gutted.
Wilfred Ndidi, Lys Mousset and Dwight McNeil were also victims in Jota's impressive FIFA triumph.
While out injured, Jota was bashing FIFA and became the No.1 ranked player in the world after going 3-0 on FIFA Ultimate Team Weekend League.
Diogo Jota is number one in the world (again) on FIFA. pic.twitter.com/6GHPmEC6YJ— The Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) February 6, 2021
The ex-Porto man has his own e-sports team and shows off his FIFA achievements - and 99 pro card - on its social media channels.
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