Newly qualified U.S. entrant for the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC), Brian Jaldin, has revealed his dream to meet hero Cristiano Ronaldo at next year’s Ballon d’Or.
The 21-year-old secured his place at the 32-man Grand Final in New York, which runs from March 20-22, by winning Saturday’s host nation qualification tournament in Seattle.
For a diehard Real Madrid supporter like Jardin, the possibility of winning the FIWC and having the opportunity to attend next year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony as a VIP is a huge motivation.
“I’d most want to meet Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s the best player in the world,” Jaldin told Goal. “He’s a complete player and [Lionel] Messi is just a different kind of style but Ronaldo is a complete player.”
Jaldin coasted to a 4-1 victory in the qualification final with Real Madrid and the Arlington, Virgina, native has faith that he can beat the best in the world if he plays to his strengths.
Jaldin will be the host country’s representative at next month’s FIWC Grand Final, where the winner will be awarded $20,000.