Max Verstappen’s Performance Coach Once Revealed Red Bull Champion’s Expertise in a Sport Different to F1

Sabyasachi Biswas
|Published March 13, 2023

Besides being a two-time F1 world champion, Max Verstappen is also the finest FIFA player. So much so that the Red Bull driver is ranked among the top players in the world. An avid soccer fan that he is, one simply cannot doubt Verstappen’s expertise in FIFA, as revealed by the Dutchman’s performance coach.

During an interview with Pit-stop, Bradley Scanes unraveled the Dutch driver’s prowess in the game. Scanes work as the performance coach of the Red Bull star. He said that the son of Jos Verstappen plays FIFA brilliantly and it took him three years to beat him at the game.

Imagine being so good at the game that a person needs three entire years to beat the coveted Red Bull star. Why not? When the 25-year-old is one of the highest-ranked players in the world despite having a full-time job in F1.

Verstappen once ranked inside the top 25 in the global FIFA ranking

Being an ardent soccer fan who supports PSV Eindhoven and FC Barcelona, Verstappen is a talented FIFA player. In FIFA, he goes by the gamer tag ‘crgboy007’.

As per FIFA statistics site Futwiz, the Red Bull champion ranked 21st in the world in the Ultimate Team by FIFA in 2019. Additionally, the Milton-Keynes-based driver also reached 31st rank globally in 2018 and once joked about his FIA penalty by comparing it to his FIFA points.

The Hasselt-born driver often plays the online game and at times he does it against his mates on the grid. As per reports, he played FIFA against McLaren’s Lando Norris on Twitch and defeated the Briton all three times.

Also Read: Lando Norris Reveals He Is Learning Dutch to Keep Bromance Alive With Max Verstappen

The Red Bull star once played for 14 hours during a Grand Prix

Out of all 24 hours, Max Verstappen spent 14 hours playing FIFA during the 2021 United States Grand Prix. As per team principal Christian Horner, the star driver spent his time playing the game for a such monstrous amount of time, that too during an important race week in a tense season.

The immense hours at the game didn’t hamper Verstappen’s performance at the United States Grand Prix as he went on to take the pole. Later on in the race, he held off Lewis Hamilton to pick up his win.

Also Read: Max Verstappen on Why Sergio Perez Not Winning Races Isn’t ‘The End of the World’

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Sabyasachi Biswas

Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 journalist at The SportsRush. With over one and a half decades of love for the sport and five years of experience in the field, he dreams to be a regular at the paddock when the lights go out. A Red Bull fan and F1 fan in general over the years, he enjoyed watching Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel, and Max Verstappen dominate the track. Apart from F1, he's also a big-time Madridista and Federer fanatic. He was a sub-junior level footballer, won inter-district quizzes and debate competitions back in school. A travel freak throughout, he tries different cuisines and learns new cultures whenever he's away from the keyboard.

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