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Meet the teenager who beat 869,543 gamers AND Wayne Rooney

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Francisco plays Rooney

Meet Francisco Cruz who bettered 869,543 players at FIFA '11 and then capped it off with a convincing defeat of Wayne Rooney.

Cruz was crowned the 2011 FIFA Interactive World Cup winner at Monday's Ballon d'Or gala, picking up a $20,000 prize in the process.

The FIWC is a virtual football tournament organised by FIFA in conjunction with EA SPORTS and PlayStation.

Players compete against each other on the latest version of the EA SPORTS FIFA videogame on the PlayStation Network to qualify for the Grand Final.

The 2011 Grand Final took place in Los Angelese where the 17-year-old Portuguese was crowned world champion.

After Rooney confidently told a press conference in Zurich that he was the best gamer at Manchester United, having beaten Phil Jones 10-0 the previous day, the England striker took on Cruz.

And Rooney lost 3-0 as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, with one of his goals being an unstoppable free kick that Joe Hart in the England goal stood no chance of saving.

The victory was sealed when midfield dynamo Raul Meireles added the third goal.

Cruz said of Rooney's videogame skills: "He is a good player. He kept possession of the ball well with England but he could not transfer that into goal scoring opportunities.

"He said he was the best FIFA '12 player at Manchester United and I believe him as he was very good. I had some good chances and I scored, but he could have scored one or two goals."

Just to cap off his day, Cruz then defeated Rooney's former Old Trafford team-mate Gerard Pique.

As in the Champions League final, Barcelona got the better of Manchester United as Pique only lost 1-0 to the world champion.

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