Sidemen’s charity game takes place at West Ham’s London stadium this weekend, but some players already have Premier League qualities.
Burnley keeper Lawrence Vigouroux has come up against YouTubers ChrisMD and Calfreezy who will help build the squads.
Vigouroux has joined Vincent Kompany’s Clarets when they return to the Premier League this summer after a stunning year with Leyton Orient.
The former Tottenham and Liverpool star kept a record 24 clean sheets – four more than anyone else in the division – as the O’s won League Two.
But one of the few goals Vigouroux conceded last season was actually against social media star Calfreezy – who will play for the KSI side in the Sidemen 2023 charity game.
The Chile international had agreed to take part in a video for YouTuber Chris Dixon, in which influencers tried to score long shots and for every goal scored, the goalkeeper improved.
Vigouroux – then playing for Orient – was brought in at level seven out of ten to follow Ben Foster, when the latter was at Wrexham.
And in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.com earlier this year, Vigouroux admitted he was taken aback by the standard.
The 29-year-old had to be saved by the post from ChrisMD’s effort before finally being beaten by a thunderclap from Calfreezy.
Vigouroux told talkSPORT: “Yeah, I think that one is in the video where (Chris) hits the post. I think that might be the second shot!
“To be honest, he’s already asked me, ‘What kind of shot do you dislike? “And I answered the kind of wobbly shot (knuckleball).
“And then he just started doing them and I was like wow, he’s really really good.”
Vigouroux added: “Besides, they had a wall for the goalkeeper before me. And then they removed the wall.
“They were like, ‘You don’t need the wall.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I actually need a wall.’
“You shoot 20 yards unopposed and I’m right in the middle.
“It was good. It was a lot of fun. I was there for quite a while and got to meet them, and I’m really happy.”
Vigouroux’s praise for the talent of the two YouTubers will make even more sense, with the keeper normally used to taking on Harry Kane.
The pair played side by side at Tottenham Under-21 level and Vigouroux has revealed the Bayern Munich star used to skip lunch on him in order to practice more shooting.
He told talkSPORT: “I could definitely see it at the time.
“Every day he spent an hour and a half, two hours, doing extra finishing, which was crazy.
“Sometimes it was me who kept goal. For two hours, I missed lunchtime, because Harry wanted to shoot around 150 more shots!
“He was an amazing finisher, honestly, one of the best I’ve seen – a really good guy too, really humble, really down to earth and really wanted to improve.
“A lot of players have looked at him and maybe people on the outside haven’t seen how good he has been in his career, but I wish him all the best because I think he is, for me, one of the best finishers and one of the best players. .
“The fact that he was even playing in 10th position for us and in the Under-21 games shows how good he is.
“People don’t realize how good a passer he is, how well he can string plays together and, to be honest, he is rightfully one of the best strikers in the world.”
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