Spain fan wins over £12,000 for Fifa Interactive World Cup triumph

Alfonso Ramos achieved what Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos could not in the recent Champions League semi-final and won the Fifa 12 tournament in a penalty shoot-out

Spain fan Alfonso Ramos has won $20,000 [£12,763] for becoming the Fifa Interactive World Cup champion.

The Spaniard achieved what his countryman Sergio Ramos could not for Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final in April and won the tournament in a penalty shoot-out.

The gamer, who also won a ticket to the Ballon d’Or Gala for the victory, was held to a draw after 90 minutes by his competitor Bruce Grannec.

After an equally fruitless extra-time, the duo were forced to decide the tie on penalties.

Both 24 finalists were given the chance to spend three days in Dubai where they met World Cup winners Christian Karembeu and Luca Toni.

1,300,000 people participated in the competition on Fifa 12 that involved six online seasons and 11 live qualification events.

Nick Caplin, Head of Communications at SCEE said: "PlayStation would like to congratulate Alfonso Ramos on his fantastic victory in this year's Fifa Interactive World Cup.

This year's tournament has been an incredible success with over 1.3m players playing via PlayStation Network and we look forward to taking the tournament from strength to strength in the coming years."

EA Sports marketing director for Europe and Asia Jon Rosenblatt added: “Tonight's incredibly skilled and thrilling finale provided a suitable end to this year's competition and Alfonso Ramos is a worthy champion.

“The Fifa Interactive World Cup 2012 has seen the strongest field of competitors ever and to emerge as the Champion is testament to his skills on the virtual pitch - congratulations!”