A FIFA star against all odds: Diogo 'Pé' Alves

Diogo 'Pé' Alves born with no hands or arms Despite it all, he has achieved 'Gold Standard' at EA SPORTS FIFA20 The incredible story of an unlikely FIFA star

Many people in Diogo Alves‘ situation would simply give up on the idea of playing FIFA, but despite being born with no hands or arms, the Brazilian was not about to be put off that easily. He has taught himself to play with his feet and...

Diogo 'Pé' Alves born with no hands or arms Despite it all, he has achieved 'Gold Standard' at EA SPORTS FIFA20 The incredible story of an unlikely FIFA star

Mᴀɴy ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ɪɴ Dioɢᴏ Alves‘ sɪᴛuᴀᴛiᴏɴ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ simply ɢɪᴠᴇ ᴜᴘ ᴏɴ tʜᴇ ɪᴅᴇᴀ ᴏꜰ pʟᴀʏɪɴg FIFA, ʙᴜᴛ despɪᴛe ʙᴇɪɴg ʙᴏʀɴ wɪᴛh ɴᴏ hᴀɴds ᴏʀ ᴀʀᴍs, tʜᴇ Braziliᴀɴ wᴀs ɴᴏt ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴘᴜᴛ ᴏꜰf thᴀᴛ eᴀsily. He hᴀs taught ʜɪᴍsᴇʟꜰ ᴛᴏ pʟᴀʏ wɪᴛh ʜɪs ꜰᴇᴇᴛ ᴀɴd hᴀs alʀᴇᴀᴅy built ᴜᴘ a reᴘᴜᴛᴀᴛiᴏɴ ꜰᴏʀ ʜɪᴍsᴇʟꜰ ᴀᴍᴏɴɢ tʜᴇ communɪᴛy, parʟᴀʏɪɴg ʜɪs pᴀssiᴏɴ ꜰᴏʀ FIFA ɪɴᴛᴏ a 'Gᴏʟᴅ 1' rᴀɴkɪɴg.

He first started playing FIFA at the age of 12 and soon got to grips with the controller and the game, despite some initial teething troubles, and what many would thing inconceivable, Diogo Pé was able to do – all while carrying on his job as a software developer. He has personalised his control settings via the “alternative” option, enabling him to play with his feet.

As well as his love of FIFA and video games, the Brazilian is also an avid football fan, and at the start of FIFA20, he was invited by Chelsea and EA SPORTS FIFA to go to London and watch a Chelsea match live. He also got to showcase his console skills with three of the club’s stars, teaming up with Willian to take on Emerson and Jorginho in a 2v2 on FIFA20.

He has lived his life based on a credo of “Quem não tem mão, faz com pé”: roughly translated as “If you don’t have hands, use your feet”, and adapted it to all kinds of situations and obstacles in his life. He truly is a unique example of how you can make your dreams come true, in spite of everything.