Francisco Cruz’s prize for winning the 2011 FIFA Interactive World Cup was a chance to travel to the Ballon D’Or gala and play EA Sports FIFA 12 against Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
Cruz said: ‘It’s a dream playing against one of my favourite players. It’s a new experience and I would like to do it again next year; he is a good player. He said he was the best FIFA 12 player at Manchester United and I believe him, as he was very good’.
Cruz’s Portugal comfortably beat Rooney’s England 3-0, which meant double heartbreak for Rooney on the game in recent weeks. The England international was beaten in the final of the FIFA 12 Player Pro Challenge in December by Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott.
Rooney admits that he plays as much as possible and believes it is a great way for footballers to relax with each other before or after matches: ‘I play as much as I can. I think it’s a great game and something that I enjoy doing. There is quite a bit of banter when I play against my teammates, we all want to win so it gets very competitive.’