Let's talk about Liverpool player Roberto Firmino. Is he an amazing football athlete? Definitely. He wouldn't be part of Liverpool and he wouldn't be noted as the Bundesliga Breakthrough Player during the 2013-2014 season if he wasn't capable of becoming a formidable player.
But even with his skills, he wasn't actually directly discovered. In fact, Liverpool had to rely on a game to get to know him better.
Lutz Pfannenstiel is the scouting director of Hoffenheim.
It's a relatively popular game among avid football fans.
This was way back when Roberto Firmino was still a teenager.
Apparently, the Hoffenheim scouting director got a big profit out of selling him.
I think, Roberto Firmino knew that he was meant to play bigger and better games.
Jacobson is the studio director for the 17th version of Football Manager.
There's nothing wrong with such a unique way of discovering great football players.
Basically, the scouting director got Firmino through Football Manager and prepared him for the big leagues.
It's safe to say that Pfannenstiel is a clever guy.
Now, it's obvious that his detractors were wrong all along.
Now that's how you scout properly and rake in profits.
Still, a lot of people believe that Roberto Firmino will continue to be a valuable player in the years to come.