Jota celebration explained as Liverpool striker's FIFA opponent posts private messages
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Diogo Jota FIFA celebration explained as opponent posts private message

Diogo Jota had an unusual FIFA celebration after scoring his opener against Southampton. We got an explanation for it later in the day.

Diogo Jota took headlines on Saturday as he scored twice against Southampton. Now, they weren’t the most difficult finishes in the world, admittedly, with a combined distance of about eight yards.

But they were enough for Jota to essentially win the game for Liverpool. We had him down as one of the Reds’ three best players – which isn’t exactly surprising for someone who bagged a brace.

The 24-year-old also caught the eye in a different way, however. His celebration for the first goal was particularly notable as he sat cross-legged on the turf and pretended to play on a PlayStation.

Now, it’s no secret that Jota is a renowned FIFA player. In fact, he managed to rank first in the world at one point last season.

And it turns out his celebration was linked to his FIFA exploits.

Diogo Jota and his FIFA celebration

We’ll thank Eurogamer for finding this. It turns out that Jota was busy playing a FIFA Global Series qualifier ahead of the game with Southampton.

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His scheduled opponent, Yanis “Lyamooo” Aguili, was an 18-year-old Frenchman. Jota wasn’t able to play, however, as the actual football match got in the way.

Aguili took to Twitter to post a screenshot of his private messages with Jota as the Liverpool forward apologised for running out on the game.

Jota wishes him good luck at 2:23pm. One minute later, he has to let Aguili know that he can’t play the game – we can probably assume Jota reaslied he didn’t have time.

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His opponent wishes him luck in the game (‘in real life’) and Jota says thanks.

It seems he then felt the need to reference the game with his celebration. Clearly, Jota still had FIFA on the mind – even as he scored twice in the Premier League.

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