The Los Blancos representative beat his Leganes counterpart in the tournament final, raising over €140,000 in the process
While COVID-19 pandemic has forced sports to stop around the world, La Liga 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.
— Marco Asensio (@marcoasensio10) March 22, 2020
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.”
Real Madrid have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic with former president Lorenzo Sanz passing away on Saturday after contracting the illness.
The entire Los Blancos club has been placed into isolation after one of their basketball players tested positive to the virus earlier this month.
Players have had to find ways to keep themselves busy in isolation, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois participating in a virtual Formula One Grand Prix.
The Belgian star was joined by some current F1 stars including Williams’ Nicholas Latifi and McLaren’s Lando Norris.
Former F1 drivers Nico Hulkenberg, Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez, as well as Ferrari Driver Academy members Robert Shwartzman and Dino Beganovic also took part.
While midfielder Brahim Diaz has been brushing up on his skills at online game Fortnite, insisting he had become a ‘pro’ outside of the time spent training in his home.
“I train, I play with my family and then I have my free time, which nobody can take away from me,” was quoted by Marca.
“I play Fortnite, and I have become a pro because, basically, I have never played it so much.”