FOOTBALLERS now prefer playing games on the computer to actual real life matches, the results of a recent study have shown.
The study sampled varied levels of the football world from across the globe, with English players appearing the most eager to hang up their boots and pick up the joystick.
Indeed, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott explained that because of the obscene revenues generated, modern players have lost their love of the game.
He said: “So much of the modern game takes place off the field these days, and with the TV money coming in we don’t even need the gate receipts anymore.
“What’s the point in playing old fashioned football now?”
Most of the German players did state a preference for the virtual game, however they said they would be holding out for a football game that was worthy of their total devotion.
Spanish players seemed particularly in favour of an all-digital sport, with many stating that the current football schedule all too often cuts into their siesta time.
The aim of the study was to gauge the possible levels of support for a complete change over from physical football to an online, web-streamed, twitter sponsored virtual football league, wherein players represent their teams as the computer game version of themselves.
The current plans would see players post constant updates to twitter during the game.
The recent retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson has seen the last remaining technophobe disappear, and now the players are saying it’s time to give up the act.
“We all love playing Fifa 13. You can play it indoors, or outdoors if it’s a nice day or if you’ve got a gazebo. Point is you can be dry #nomorebruises” wrote Rio Ferdinand via twitter.
Many South American players did however state that they would continue to play real football, unless they had to transfer abroad in which case they would convert to the virtual game.