Fall of the King: Lionel Messi no longer the cover star of the latest version of the FIFA video game

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Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi might not be the cover star in the latest version of the FIFA video game series, according to reports. However, other news state that Messi could renew his deal with the FIFA game’s developer EA Sports.

According to Independent, the door is still open for the Argentina International to sign or renew his contract with the EA Sports. Unfortunately, the game publisher is already looking for possible replacements, and according to the latest rumors, the leading candidate to replace Messi in the FIFA 17 cover is another Real Madrid star, James Rodriguez.

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Game publisher EA Sports on Tuesday stunned the gaming world when it announced that the latest version of the FIFA video game won’t have Lionel Messi on the cover.

In addition to the huge announcement, EA Sports also announced that a vote will be held to decide the new cover athlete for FIFA 17 game series, and announced that the options are Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

CBS Sports wrote that voting for the next cover athlete for FIFA 17 will start immediately and will run until July 19. Additionally, the FIFA video game cover will be revealed in late July, and the game will be released in September.

Messi had been on the FIFA game series cover since FIFA 13. EA Sports remained tight-lipped about the Messi’s case, and did not provide any information about why the Argentina superstar was no longer on the FIFA 17 cover.

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The Barcelona superstar has been in serious trouble of late. In June, he missed a crucial penalty kick in a shootout against Chile in the Copa America final, which caused his country a title shot in the Copa America final. More recently, Messi was given 21-month sentence for tax fraud.

A five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Messi has won four Champions League and eight Spanish La Liga titles with Barcelona.

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