Esports star Tekkz on meteoric rise from winning £25 tournaments to £30k as ‘Lionel Messi of FIFA’, he broke Liverpool’s title drought, discusses World Cup hopes and ranks footballers’ gaming from ‘incredible’ Diogo Jota to ‘atrocious’ Raheem Sterling
Staff, 2022-11-19 03:00:45,
Donovan Hunt has been embodying his moniker of the ‘Lionel Messi of FIFA’ for years in that he’s won every trophy possible… except for the World Cup.
Hunt, better known as ‘Tekkz’, has been the face of FIFA Esports for more than half a decade after bursting onto the scene when he was a teenager.
Aged just 16, as a relative unknown, Tekkz propelled himself into the limelight after winning the FUT 18 Champions Cup in Barcelona.
Following that stunning early tournament success, the England star claimed $50,000 (£40,000) in prize money for his heroics in the PGL FIFA 19 Cup in Bucharest and a week later another $12,000 (£9,500) was in the bag for lifting the PGL Cup.
His meteoric rise led him to fronting Liverpool’s triumph in the inaugural ePremier League – a year before Jurgen Klopp’s on-field stars lifted the domestic title – on route to becoming the most successful FIFA player ever.
Tekkz is currently part of Fnatic, the world’s oldest esports organisation, who have been described as the Real Madrid of esports.
Despite this tag, the now-21-year-old still relishes being compared to Madrid’s greatest ever nemesis.
In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.com, Tekkz said: “I forever want to be Messi….
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