Balloon World Cup with cars as obstacles was masterminded by Gerard Pique

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique created the spectacularly bizarre Balloon World Cup featuring cars and everyday items like furniture.

Organised and masterminded by former Spain star Pique and internet celebrity Ibai Llanos, the maiden tournament was hosted in Tarragona, Spain on Thursday.

The rules are simple in that the balloon is not allowed to touch the floor and each match is played on an 8m x 8m court with living-room furniture and even a small car as obstacles.

Peru’s Francesco de la Cruz defeated Jan Spiess of Germany to win the inaugural tournament and become the very first balloon world champion.

De la Cruz beat Spiess 6-2 in the final, and said: “I am very, very happy, I thank God that I have been able to achieve this.”

Pique – who was also behind the World Cup-style rebranding of the Davis Cup – is pleased with how the tournament was conducted, and called on people to step out of their comfort zone when it comes to life.

“It's been amazing, it's something totally different,” the 34-year-old said. “Sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone and try new things.”

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The idea for the tournament was inspired by a popular series of viral videos made by three siblings in Oregon.

Antonio, Diego and Isabel Arrendondo played the game during the pandemic when lockdown was implemented and they posted videos of the action onto social media platform Tik-Tok.

Antonio and Diego played together in the World Cup, which included teams from 32 countries – the same number from the FIFA World Cup – taking part.

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“We played the game as kids, and then, during the start of quarantine for Covid, we wanted to play it again,” Antonio said.

“We started arguing with each other over if it hit the ground or not, so we started taking videos in slow-mo to see if it did, and then finally it got to the point of let's post this video of us on Tik-Tok.

“When I woke up the next morning it was completely viral, like a million likes, and then after that we just decided to keep playing and played more and more until one of our rounds got the attention of Ibai and Pique.”

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