Saturday 10 Apr
Updated Saturday 10 Apr 22:30

Pablo Fornals: Playing Ludo gives me a competitive edge!

Pablo Fornals celebrates


Pablo Fornals has revealed his competitive spirit is not confined to the football pitch.

The West Ham United midfielder’s desire to win is evident every time he pulls on a Claret and Blue shirt, and his commitment, work-rate, goals and assists have all played an important role in the Hammers’ resurgent 2020/21 season.

With eight Premier League games to play, West Ham go into Sunday’s fixture with Leicester City challenging for European qualification, and Fornals, who experienced UEFA Europa League football with former club Villarreal, is eager to help the Hammers achieve it.

And he revealed that his desire to return to continental competition is fuelled by his passion for the board game Ludo! 

“Obviously, I am an ambitious guy and it doesn’t matter what team I’m playing in or what I’m doing,” he revealed. “Whether I’m playing basketball or playing chess or playing Ludo with my girlfriend, I want to win everything! That’s why I play football or do sports, because I’m motivated to try to improve and to win another one for myself.

“I’m really good at Ludo! This lockdown I used to play with my friends every day and every night! It’s a popular game in Spain, so we used to play a lot. I have a proper board and everything, so even when I am in Spain I used to play with my friends and we are punished when we lose and these things!

“It’s a game but it makes you ready to compete at everything!”

Ludo is a game but it makes you ready to compete at everything!

Pablo Fornals

And West Ham will need to compete for every ball when they face a Leicester team which has lost just one of 15 away matches this season and arrives in Stratford sitting third in the table, one place and four points ahead of the Hammers.

A win will close that gap to just a single point, ensure West Ham stay in the top four and strengthen the Irons’ claims for European qualification.

For Fornals, that same desire to win that serves him so well on the Ludo board will serve him and his teammates well at London Stadium on Sunday.

He concluded: “If you review the season, we started with the target of being safe as soon as possible, as we do every season, but once we did that goal we started to dream, to keep pushing, to never give up and to fight against everyone and I think this is what brought us to where we are in the league at this moment.”


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