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ESPN FC  By ESPN

Puskas Award winner Wendell Lira retiring to become professional gamer

Wendell Lira took home the Puskas Award just six months ago.

Wendell Lira is hanging up his football boots for FIFA 17.

The 2015 Puskas Award winner announced on Thursday that he has called quits on the beautiful game to instead pursue a career in video gaming, and he couldn't be happier.

The former Goianesia man made world headlines after taking home the prize for 2015's best goal with a twisting bicycle kick against Atletico Goianiense. Now, six months after winning the award, he is back in the spotlight for another eye-opening turn.

But the move doesn't appear to be as random as it sounds. Speaking to Globoesporte.com, the the 27-year-old FIFA fanatic explained it was always his dream to become a gamer.

"I define my life in two dreams -- one possible and another almost impossible," Lira told the Brazilian outlet. One was to be a player and have achievements, which is difficult because, in Brazilian football, it is difficult to become professional. In fact, 95 percent of football players from Brazil have difficulties. I lived 15 years in football, and had good times and bad.

"I had pleasant moments I'll never forget. I played alongside big stars, too. I had pleasure being a guy who was actually accomplished at football. And I had the dream of being a gamer, I always had this desire to live it.

"It is almost impossible to stop playing football to live as a gamer, but God gave me this opportunity.

"It is not the end of a dream. In fact, God has given me the opportunity to have this job as a follow-up in my life, being happy and continuing with that smile."

Not convinced he has what it takes? Well, according to reports, Lira once beat FIFA Interactive World Champion Abdulaziz Alshehri 6-1 in match between the two.

So best of luck to you, Wendell. We're all jealous.

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