Lionel Messi, coincidentally residing in the game’s setting, Miami, is portrayed as a brooding loner
Prominent football legends like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Salah and others get their own GTA characters as the excitement for the sixth instalment of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto series reaches new heights with the release of the latest trailer.
Messi, coincidentally residing in the game’s setting, Miami, is portrayed as a brooding loner navigating the Magic City in a bomber jacket. On the other hand, Al-Nassr superstar Cristiano Ronaldo transforms into a stylish, medallion-wearing crook sporting retro aviators.
Grand Theft Auto has consistently captivated audiences since its debut in 1997, with each new edition eagerly anticipated by fans. Despite struggles to contain leaks of upcoming releases, the fan community has demonstrated remarkable creativity.
Images like Golden Boy Jude Bellingham appearing as relaxed in the Miami crime scene as he is on the field for Real Madrid showcase the blend of football and gaming cultures.
Noteworthy football figures, including Vinicius Junior, Neymar, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, have also transformed into GTA characters. Across its 26-year history, Grand Theft Auto has become the most profitable entertainment product, with the 2013 edition generating over $7.7 billion (£6.3bn) in sales.
Looking ahead, while the brilliantly re-imagined football icons won’t feature in the 2025 release, Grand Theft Auto will make history by introducing a female lead character. Whether players will have the option to follow MLS’ newest star, Messi, at Inter Miami in the game remains an intriguing aspect to be unveiled.