Josh Richardson beats Jesse Lingard in Bleacher Report’s FIFA tourney

Philadelphia 76ers guard Josh Richardson got on the virtual pitch Wednesday, and when the second half came along, his FIFA skills became clear.

Richardson competed against Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard in Bleacher Report’s “Battle for the Belt” FIFA tournament. Richardson and Lingard had a battle of the storied rivalry, El Clasico, with Richardson playing with Real Madrid and Lingard using FC Barcelona.

Richardson defeated Lingard, 4-1, to move on to the next round, scoring three goals in the second half after he led 1-0 at halftime.

You can watch the full game here on B/R Football’s YouTube channel.

Lingard and Richardson had varying styles, with Richardson boasting the more aggressive offense and defense.

One of Richardson’s top players was Luka Modric, who scored the game’s first goal in the 29th minute. Richardson also scored with Modric late in the game to give himself a commanding 3-1 lead.

Lingard’s lone goal came in the second half, when Arthur Melo scored in the 75th minute.

Though the two athletes mainly focused on the game, they also talked about their respective sports, including what their routines are usually like. Richardson told Lingard that he eats a turkey club sandwich before every game. Lingard said he usually eats pasta, along with possibly some egg, before his matches.

During late March, Richardson said in an interview with The Stadium’s Shams Charania that he’s the NBA’s best FIFA player.

Judging by his performance against Lingard, Richardson certainly has a legitimate claim for that title.

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