Real Madrid crowned FIFA 20 challenge champions thanks to Asensio

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  • Marco Asensio beat Leganes’ Aitor Ruibal 4-2 in Sunday’s FIFA 20 tournament final, raising over €140,000 in the process.

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Modified 23 Mar 2020, 05:56 IST

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Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio

Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio won the LaLiga FIFA 20 charity challenge, helping raise funds for the fight against coronavirus.

While COVID-19 pandemic has forced sports to stop around the world, LaLiga continued to go ahead over the weekend, albeit virtually.

A single player was invited by Spanish video game streamer Ibai Llanos to represent their team in a 20-club FIFA 20 tournament.

Asensio – who has been sidelined for the entire 2019-20 season due to a serious knee injury – swapped the pitch for PlayStation.

The 24-year-old Spain international’s time away from the football ground paid dividends after beating Leganes’ Aitor Ruibal 4-2 in Sunday’s final.

Over €140,000 was also raised, with all proceeds going to UNICEF as the world struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed more than 14,500 lives.

“It has been a spectacular tournament,” Asensio wrote via Twitter. “The goal was to have a good time, laugh, entertain ourselves in these difficult times for everyone, and donate in the fight against COVID-19. And we have succeeded.

“Congratulations @IbaiLlanos and all who have made it possible.”

Published 23 Mar 2020, 05:56 IST

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