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Faker: “When I heard that Ronaldo would be part of the awards ceremony, I was surprised, and it was a very good experience to actually meet him.”

Faker said it was a "very good experience" to meet Ronaldo at MSI.
Faker (Lee Sang-hyeok) said it was a "very good experience" to meet Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo at the Mid-Season Invitational. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

Legend met legend when Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok met Brazilian soccer great Ronaldo at the end of the Mid-Season Invitational, For Faker, the meeting contributed to half of his happiness in the moment.

Faker told Daily eSports getting to meet Ronaldo during MSI’s awards ceremony was indeed a great moment in his career, but he refused to downplay the significance that came with holding up the trophy itself.

“When I heard that Ronaldo will be part of the awards ceremony, I was surprised, and it was a very good experience to actually meet him,” he said. “As happy as I was to meet Ronaldo, I was also very happy that my team won MSI.”

Riot Games announced Ronaldo’s inclusion one day before the finals, which turned many heads. The retired Brazilian footballer is a legend in Korea as well, and the moment in which the two legends met was celebrated by fans across all regions. Most notably was the reactions of Faker’s teammate, Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, who timidly shook Ronaldo’s hands twice before quickly covering his face with his hands.

On the topic of MSI, Faker said international tournaments all blend into another because he practices really hard regardless of the stage, and Brazil was just another stage for him. But what did set Brazil apart was the fans, as Faker said they “were very passionate, more so than any other region.”

Despite SK Telecom T1’s international triumph, the team is in an unenviable position of starting the League Champions Korea summer split only a few days after returning from MSI. The team has to play in five days on a new patch without much practice time. Faker seems to think fatigue is another challenge for his team.

“I think (managing our health) is a new project we need to work on,” he said. “I think we need to overcome this difficulty.”


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