England finally reached another World Cup final: not the real one of course but the FIFA Interactive World Cup.
Unfortunately though, Englishman David Bytheway was beaten by Denmark’s August Rosenmeier, with the Brazilian legend Ronaldo watching.
The official FIFA tournament - which is played on the Playstation 3 with the popular FIFA 14 game - gives football fans the chance to live out their passion for football and to interact with other fans around the world.
Rosenmeier was crowned FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) World Champion after beating England’s David Bytheway 3-1 at the Final Showdown which took place on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Sugarloaf Mountain.
Englishman Bytheway, not only agonizingly missed out on the glory of winning the tournament but also on an incredible $20,000 prize and the chance to meet footballs biggest stars at the Ballon'dOr.
The tournament offered the kind of incentive participants couldn't of even imagined, with the 20 finalists travelled to Rio de Janeiro as part of a dream three-day trip laid on by FIFA themselves.
The big highlight, being given tickets to see France take on Germany, in the famous Maracanã stadium in the first World Cup quarter-final.
There was some footballing heroes in attendance at the Grand Finale, as ex-manchester United striker Dwight Yorke and Brazilian legend Ronaldo or 'Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima', as he is officially known.
Danish winner Rosenmeier expressed his sincere happiness not only to win and be awarded the trophy by Ronaldo himself, but to also represent his country in Brazil.
“I’m absolutely delighted and I can’t describe how it feels to be champion," Rosenmeier said in a press release given to GiveMeSport.
“Denmark isn’t here at the World Cup but we showed them we can play football on the virtual pitch. It was amazing to receive the trophy from Ronaldo.”
The 2002 World Cup winner, also described his own admiration for Rosenmeier and how he thoroughly enjoyed the tournament.
"I think it's great to see this beautiful tournament here during the World Cup," Ronaldo said.
"I was really impressed by the level of skill on display at the Final Showdown. These guys are really talented and I thought Rosenmeier was a worthy winner.”
Head of FIFA
FIFA Head of Strategy & Brand Management Ralph Strauss, also acknowledged his congratulations for Rosenmeier and appreciation of a tough competition.
“Congratulations to August Rosenmeier for winning what was a highly competitive FIFA Interactive World Cup, with huge engagement from the online community," said Strauss.
"The value of the FIFA Interactive World Cup brand continues to grow year on year and we're already looking forward to raising the bar even further next year.”
The tournament is now recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest online gaming tournament and more than 5,000,000 players to of taken part since 2009.
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