Text/Video/Pix: Gardner sparkles as Villa's FIFA 13 king
Gardner emerged victorious after going head-to-head with team-mates Joe Bennett, Matt Lowton and Ciaran Clark on the latest edition of the popular EA Sports football title.
Having won last year's FIFA 12 competition during the pre-season trip to Hong Kong as well as the FIFA Street tournament in April, the midfielder lived up to his tag as football console king.
But it was a close call as he edged out defender Lowton on a penalty shootout in the final.
Gardner kicked off with a 2-1 victory over new signing Bennett.
Clark and Lowton faced each other in the second semi-final with Lowton advancing on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
It was a similar story in a closely-contested final although Lowton was unable to get the better of Gardner when the match went to spot kicks.
The award-winning EA SPORTS game FIFA 13 is out now- and what better way to celebrate than by downloading your FREE Villa cover for the game.
EA SPORTS - our official football action game partner - have kindly produced a special Villa sleeve featuring cover stars Gabby Agbonlahor, Darren Bent and Stephen Ireland.
Make sure you download the special sleeve for the PS3 and XBOX 360 packs.
Check out the picture gallery of our stars taking part in the FIFA 13 challenge.
Don't miss out on the chance to watch the special video of our stars going head-to-head at FIFA 13.