Wolfsburg completed several attention-grabbing transfers last summer, underlining their ambition to establish the club at the pinnacle of German football. Among those putting pen to paper were former Brazilian international Dante from Bayern Munich, Germany striker Max Kruse from Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke’s world champion Julian Draxler. Yet amid all these stellar signings, one name left the experts scratching their heads: Benedikt Saltzer.
Instead of bolstering the Wolves’ attacking or defensive ranks, the 23-year-old is something of a team in his own right, tasked with representing the green and white of last season’s Bundesliga runners-up as a professional EA Sports FIFA 16 player. The Lower Saxony club has broken new ground in the process, becoming the first professional side to enlist the services of a console gamer.