Bognor Regis Town player is face of world famous video game

A Bognor Regis Town player has been chosen as the face of a world famous video game.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 4:23 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st November 2019, 9:23 am
Arron is the face of the game and known as 'Pepite'
Arron is the face of the game and known as 'Pepite'

Arron Hopkinson, a sports commercial model from Eastbourne, got the call this year to become the face of Football Manager 2020 and appears in the game and TV advert as ‘Pepite’.

Arron spent a day earlier this year being filmed training with the St Etienne Football Club first team, which would later be used in the official trailer.

The Bognor Regis Town player said, “I’m really lucky I got the role. I was really happy but I didn’t realise to what extent I would be involved until the day of filming. It was only then I thought ‘blimey it’s going to be quite a big deal’.”

The game was released yesterday (November 19)

The Football Manager trailer has been out for three weeks and the game was released yesterday (November 19). It has received a lot of social media attention and thousands of YouTube hits.

The 27-year-old said, “I’ve already had one person recognise me in Brighton and ask ‘are you the guy on Football Manager?’ The Bognor lads like the banter and call me Pepite. My Mrs was happy and my family were proud.

“I’ve been given a couple of free copies so I’ll be having a crack at it. I always use to play the game when I was younger and loved it.”

Arron said his first role in the sports commercial industry was for Bet 365 alongside Seamus Coleman. He has gone on to work with Paul Pogba, Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Phillipe Coutinho and was Eden Hazard’s body double.

Arron said he used to be Eden Hazard's body double