FELIX WAS PLAYING IN FIFA 20 ‘GAMERS WITHOUT BORDERS’ $1.5M TOURNAMENT SUPPORTING COVID-19 CHARITIES
- The-20-year-old showed his trademark skills, beating fellow Portuguese star Andre Silva as the pair joined global stars with a prize of $100,000 donated to UNICEF as part of $1.5m FIFA 20 charity prize fund
- Felix, opted to play as Liverpool, just months after he helped dump the reigning Champions League winners out of this year’s competition
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday 8 June
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: Portugal sensation Joao Felix has admitted to playing online games every day either side of his busy training and match schedule with Atletico Madrid.
Showing off his impressive gaming set-up on a live stream, the 20-year was competing in the third consecutive evening of the star-studded Gamers Without Borders FIFA 20 event, with fellow international stars Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dele Alli, Paulo Dybala, Andre Silva all competing to raise over $400,000 for charities helping to combat the COVID pandemic. Hip Hop icon Snoop Dogg and former One Direction star Liam Payne also joined the Gamers Without Borders line-up which has donated $10m in total to global charities supporting COVID-19.
Felix, who is tipped as the future of Portuguese football, showed glimpses of skill online too, beating and taunting fellow Portugal international Andre Silva over the course of two games in a best-of-three exhibition match.
The Atletico Madrid choose a return to Anfield, opting to play as Liverpool on the game, just months after he ended their ended their six-year, 42 game unbeaten home run in Europe. It was The Reds last competitive game to be played in England before the postponement of sport.
Commenting on his love of FIFA and online gaming, Felix said: “I play games a lot. In the morning I train, then lunch, then play games a little more, train again, then in the afternoon I play again, so it’s part of my life. I play COD (Call of Duty), Fortnite, NBA.”
Felix recorded 1-0 and 4-1 wins over Silva with the $100,000 winning donation from the pair going to UNICEF with him adding:
“It was great because we like to play FIFA and to play FIFA to help people with COVID. We are extremely happy to help these people. We have helped before, we are helping now and will keep helping for sure.”
“I think gaming and playing FIFA have kept players, friends and communities together during these difficult times. It is always fun to play against other footballers and keeps us connected in a fun way.
It's a great idea to have tournaments like Gamers Without Borders to help donate to these charities doing some amazing work to fight COVID-19, and I’m happy to be able to help.”
Gamers Without Borders concluded last night after six weeks of e-gaming which has raised $10m for charities helping to fight COVID such as GAVI, UNICEF and Direct Relief,
Gamers Without Borders’ International Elite events were supported by the world’s largest esports company, ESL, as technical partner who provided the highest standard of experience to gamers and viewers alike.
Full broadcast information is available at www.gamerswithoutborders.com
Highlights from the competition can be found on social media using: