Queens Park Rangers offered a club-record sum to acquire Loïc Rémy, the French international footballer, from Marseille, but to hear the striker tell of it, the money wasn't the deciding factor; it was a video game.
Specifically, EA Sports' FIFA. After a four-hour talk with QPR chairman Tony Fernandes, the two played some FIFA. Console preference was not specified.
"We just played a game of FIFA—it was good and showed to me what a good person Tony is," Rémy told QPR's official web site. "He showed his human side to me as an owner of the club I wanted to join. It was a special moment for us both."
In the gaming session, Rémy, with Bayern Munich, blanked Fernandes' Argentina national squad 6-nil. In a rematch of both sides, Fernandes fought back to a 4-4 draw in full time, ultimately losing on penalties.
QPR's CEO said, somewhat tongue in cheek, "Tony told me he let him win!" Whatever the case, the real winners are QPR.
QPR is no stranger to FIFA; manager Harry Redknapp cameoed throughout this excellent trailer for FIFA 13's launch.