It might seem like an unlikely crossover, but based on a recent leak, real-life footballers could make an appearance in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
As spotted by Insider Gaming, notorious Call of Duty leaker TheGhostOfHope recently shared a list of unreleased Operators for Modern Warfare 2. Call of Duty leaks are in spades, but this one lists big-name footballers like Lionel Messi, Neymar, and more. potential operators. TheGhostOfHope could not provide details on the leak, noting that they don’t have “a clue why” it’s a list of names of football players.
The names might just be temporary placeholders, so there’s no guarantee these footballers will be seen running and shooting around the location, although that’s an odd choice for some filenames. Call of Duty isn’t exactly a stranger to weird collaborations, like when the series featured Godzilla and King Kong, or the Attack on Titan cosmetic pack.
Here is the full list of potential operators:
Godzilla and King Kong were part of a specific collaboration event, so that could be the plans for footballers as well, but we’ll have to wait and see if there’s some sort of official announcement about that. The FIFA World Cup is scheduled for later this year, and given that Modern Warfare 2 will launch towards the end of this month, a FIFA-themed event would make sense if footballers were actually involved.
FIFA itself had an interesting collaboration recently, with Ted Lasso and the fictional AFC Richmond joining the most recent entry FIFA 23, which also happened to be a bit OP.
As well as leading a fictional team to glory, you also have the opportunity to take the FIFA 23 Wonderkids as far as they can go, with a number of players now aging out of the category and others joining the last game.