Manchester United Goalkeeper David de Gea Launches Esports Organization Rebels Gaming
Manchester United and Spanish national football team goalkeeper David de Gea has announced the creation of his very own esports organization Rebels Gaming. The organization will field teams in League of Legends, Valorant, and de Gea’s favorite gaming title – Rainbow Six Siege. Described as a project “which comes to culminate one of the great dreams of the Spanish international”, Rebels Gaming is off to a strong start. The organization has already announced its Valorant and Rainbow Six roster as well as securing a slot in LVP SuperLiga 2nd Division, the second division of the top-level Spanish League of Legends league.
Apart from competing on a professional level, the organization will also focus on content creation with the goal of signing streamers and personalities alike. Rebels players will have the complete esports experience, with plans for a gaming center in Madrid in the near future.
“The digital age and technology create a playing field in which to develop new capacities and dreams. We want Rebels Gaming to be one of the global reference clubs, not only because of its competitive level, but also because of its commitment to talent and the ability to inspire the youngest when looking for new opportunities and have a positive impact on society.”, stated de Gea on the team’s official website.
As it stands, the premier focus and biggest expectations will be from the organization’s League of Legends team. Apart from acquiring a slot in the Spanish 2nd League of Legends division, Rebels Gaming announced the addition of Alvar “Araneae” Martín Aleñar as the team’s official Esports Director. Araneae is one of the biggest names to come out of Spain in the history of League of Legends, making his name as a player, coach, and esports personality. Although the team’s roster remains unknown at the moment, it’s safe to say that there are big plans in store for the Rebels League of Legends squad.
Rebels Gaming’s Valorant roster already broke the ice for the organization after finishing as the runners-up at VALORANT Circuito de Elite – Final. The organization’s Valorant roster has played together for just under a month but has already emerged as one of the premier Valorant teams in the Spanish regional circuit. The roster itself is comprised out of an international squad featuring up-and-coming players, who have their sights on climbing to the VCT stage.
Rebels Gaming Valorant Roster
- Wadir “WADDLE” Taraki
- David “Fizzy” Figueiredo
- João “jannyXD” Daniel
- Felix “lyNxi” Björklund
- Alessio “musashi” Xhaferi
- John “Papasmurf” Yoo (Coach)
- Alberto “Tinder” Rodríguez Casilla (Coach)
The bulk of the Rebels’ Rainbow Six Siege squad is made out of former Wizards Esports Club players, another team that climbed to the top of the Spanish regional scene in their respective esport, but have failed to make their mark on the international scene. The team’s first taste of international competition ended on a sour note, as Rebels finished at the bottom of Group B at the European Challenger League 2021 with one draw and two losses to their name.
Rebels Gaming Rainbow Six Siege Roster
- Julián “HuliK” Francos
- Joan “NaoResh” Tort
- Mario “Nubaii” Oliveira
- David “Deivid” Vila
- Alejandro “aLex” Lora
Ultimately, David de Gea joins a number of football stars that have created their own esports organization, with Casemiro’s Case Esports, Sergio Aguero KRU Esports, and Jesse Lingard JLINGZ esports already fielding rosters in different esports titles. The trend, originally started by former Lakers star Rick Fox and his organization Echo Fox does not seem to be waning any time soon as more and more professional athletes strive to turn their favorite pass time into a legitimate business and grab a slice of the ever-increasing esports pie.