Not once or twice have we seen celebrities trying to make it into the football scene and ending up being famous for something completely different. Before throwing frying pans and cutlery at his employees, the renowned chef Gordon Ramsey managed to impress the Scottish side Glasgow Rangers, which called him on a trial period when he was still a youngster. Louis Tomlinson, a member of the boyhood band One Direction, also pursued a football career with Doncaster Rovers before fulfilling his singing talent. Then again, who could forget how the fastest man on the planet- Usain Bolt, tried his luck on the football pitch with the Australian team Central Coast Mariners when 32 years of age. In today’s piece, we will take a look at why the Prime Minister of Bulgaria featured in the sports management game- FIFA Manager.
Boyko Borisov’s path to success wasn’t an easy one- from firefighter and bodyguard of the most influential figure during the Bulgarian communist regime- Todor Zhivkov, to a well-recognised politician, not only domestically but on a worldwide scale as well. Even though his stocky body type might not suggest it, Borisov is a big fan of sports and likes being involved in different competitions when time allows. The Prime Minister takes part in tennis tournaments but is most famous for his football skills- the 61-year-old is part of the Vitosha Bistritsa's veterans team and plays as a central forward. We can only guess when everything started but his first appearance on the football pitch was in 2012, in a charity match against the owner of Ludogorets Razgrad- Kiril Domuschiev, which ended in a thrilling 6-6 draw. Since then, Borisov regularly participates in amateur tournaments with his Vitosha Bistritsa team and even wins them now and then. He needs to be registered for this activity so that’s why the developers of FIFA Manager decided to include the prolific striker in their 2019 database. The in-game 54-year-old target man’s best mental attributes are leadership skills (17), determination (15), aggression (13) as well as flair (12). When it comes to physicality, his strength (14) and balance (12) are notable. Last but not least, he seems to be a cold-headed penalty taker as this attribute of his is graded with 12. The Bulgarian Prime Minister seemed to be a popular choice amongst gamers, as he was bought in-game more than 1000 times, most interestingly from lower-tier English teams. What’s more, Borisov also featured in another series of football management games- Football Manager 2013 and 2014, but there was no possibility of playing with him unless an additional database pack is downloaded.
Here is a video showcasing his abilities on the football field: