EA Sports have revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be their global cover star for FIFA 18, which will be released on September 29.
The Real Madrid star capped off another superb season by scoring twice in the Champions League final against Juventus, cementing his status as the early favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
And Ronaldo has landed one major individual honour for 2017 already by being named as the face of the world’s most popular football game for the first time in his career.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 5, 2017
His presence at the centre of FIFA 18 will pit him in yet another battle against Lionel Messi, with the Argentine having signed a deal with Konami to promote Pro Evolution Soccer after featuring on the cover of FIFA 16.
FIFA fans can already pre-order the ‘Ronaldo Edition’ of the new game, which costs £79.99 and features up to £40-worth of Ultimate Team packs as well as a Cristiano Ronaldo loan card and exclusive kits.
According to EA, Ronaldo recently took part in a motion-capture session at their studio in Madrid to create the most accurate in-game likeness of the 32-year-old ever.
“The world’s best player has helped fuel the biggest leap forward on the pitch that we’ve ever delivered,” said Aaron McHardy, a senior producer of FIFA.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Cristiano – working with him we learned a lot about his unique play style and what makes him so special. His passion, energy and global fanbase make him the perfect ambassador for FIFA 18.”
“It is a real pleasure to be on the cover of FIFA 18,” Ronaldo added. “It’s a great feeling and I am grateful to have been chosen.”