Okay. Okayyy. Alright, now I’m certain of it: we’re living in a simulation.
When I first came across this news, I literally could not believe it. “What? A soccer player? Nobel Prize? Betting odds?” It felt like one of those super niche memes created specifically for the intention of virality. After all, they say the key to crafting a believable lie is making it as benign as possible: something like Roberto Firmino being a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize is so outrageous that it simply has to be fake, right?
So, I did my own research, and given that I’m already a paragraph into this article, you can imagine the conclusion I came to: it’s hilariously real.
The website I used is Oddschecker, which is perfect considering that BroBible has worked with them in the past, so I know they are, indeed, legitimate. And lo and behold, after just a short scroll down about halfway through the page, there he was: 28-year-old Brazil and Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino sitting in 13th: just behind United States President Donald Trump and just ahead of Russian Overlord Vladimir Putin.
Rounding out the Top Five of the list are frontline medics (understandably), followed by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, climate change activist Greta Thunberg, historian David Attenborough, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
As for the other notable names Firmino sits ahead of, that includes the likes of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, French President Emmanuel Macron, and United States Presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him firstname.lastname@example.org