AC Milan captain and Italian international defender Alessio Romagnoli has launched his own esports organization, in collaboration with the esports management company Pro2Be Esports.
The famous footballer has given his name to the new organization, calling it Team Romagnoli, although he will hand over the day-to-day running of the organization and its teams to the experts at Pro2Be Esports.
Focus on FIFA Utilising Italy-Based Players
At the moment, details of how Team Romagnoli will split its focus are unknown but, perhaps unsurprisingly given their founders’ background, the team is set to compete in FIFA esports and they have already made moves to snap up some of the most outstanding talent available in Italy in the game.
Three top Italian-based players, Emiliano Di Gianni, Giuseppe Magliarella and Cosimo Guarnieri have all purportedly been signed up by the new team and will form the core of the first team as part of the Team Romagnoli stable.
Speaking about the new company, Robert Forzano, the Co-Founder and Marketing and Communication Director at Pro2Be Esports stated:
“We are [an] enthusiast [sic] of working on such an important project for the Italian and European scene. This new partnership, and in particular the first one with a football player [as] popular as Alessio, shows the continuous growth of our company. We are looking forward to this new adventure with the goal of promoting the AR13 brand.”
Romagnoli also made a statement about the team which read:
I am a huge fan of video games and FIFA in particular… I understood that the traditional and virtual football speak the same language. That’s why I decided to create my own team, which has my name on it. The goals are to compete at the highest level of this virtual world and to entertain the fans.
Who is Alessio Romagnoli?
Alessio Romagnoli is best known to sports fans as the current center-back for Serie A side AC Milan. Having started his career at AS Roma, spending a season out on loan at Sampdoria as a youngster, Romagnoli moved to Milan in 2015, where he has been a mainstay in the team’s defense since, becoming captain at the start of the 2018/19 season.
The defender has also earned International recognition earning 11 caps for Italy so far in his career, scoring once for the Azzuri.
Sports Stars Continue to Invest in Esports
Romagnoli is just the latest in a long list of sporting stars that have invested in esports or become involved in companies with a vested interest within the industry.
Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs has developed his own esports academy No Fuchs Given and has started to enter teams into FIFA tournaments, with aims to expand his team’s participation across a wide number of esports.
Furthermore, sporting organizations have invested in esports with many soccer teams such as Ajax, Paris St Germain, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Brondby, and Wolfsburg all having their own esports teams across various games.
Former Brazil and Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho also announced recently that he will be an ambassador for Scuf Gaming, a brand that makes game controllers while in America, the number of famous sports stars that have invested in esports in some way includes the likes of Odell Beckham Jnr, Kevin Durant, Steve Young, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, and Michael Jordan.