A Russian man has finally led his team to winning the European Champions League after playing the realistic and addictive Championship Manager Computer game for 20 years!
Ruslan Chekov took over as manager of Premier League outfit Chelsea in 1992 (who were then in the old First Division) - and has consistently won the FA Cup, League Cup, Premier League, Charity Shield and the now defunct Inter Toto Cup but the grand prize of the Champions League has always alluded him until late Sunday night.
From his bedroom in the Russian city of Minsk Chekov announced his triumph to his friends via e-mail.
"I have been playing this game every day for the last 20 years - the computer game tells me it is now the year 2217, according to the computer I am 314 years old. My stats say I have spent over a TRILLION pound on transfers - but it has been worth it! To finally lift the trophy after beating Spanish Champions Valencia 2-0 is the pinnacle of my life! It has been a blast!"
What was even more satisfying was that he beat English rivals Halifax, the current Premier League champions 3-0 in the semi final.
After finally winning the only trophy to allude him, Ruslan is thinking about what game to play next.
"I wouldn't mind playing one of those war type games" said the sad little Russian "or maybe now I will concentrate on living my life!"