Every year gaming fans are treated to a new installment of FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer. Both the titles have their own set of fans, but in recent years the FIFA franchise have arguably edged the big battle between the two. Today we have the news of a Lionel Messi transfer as he ditches PES in favor of the FIFA franchise.
An article over at CVG.com is reporting that EA Sports has announced it has signed probably the best player in the world. The Argentina and Barcelona star was once the face of fierce rival PES, but the publisher has revealed he is now “the global face of the EA SPORTS FIFA franchise.”
The company also said in a statement about the news “The biggest transfer deal this football season sees the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2010 winner transfer to EA SPORTS and make his debut in March, 2012 on the cover of FIFA Street”.
Barcelona’s star player will also become an EA Sports Football Ambassador and become “the cornerstone” of various advertising and marketing campaigns for the franchise. He will feature on packaging and used in social media activities around the world.
The publisher will also partner with the Leo Messi Foundation that supports educational, social, and health care initiatives for children from all over the world. Vice President and GM of Football at EA Sports, Matt Bibey, said “With Messi on our team we have the world’s best and most exciting player to help EA SPORTS maintain its global leadership in the years ahead.”
The star player said himself that he wanted to be part of the team responsible for the best football game available. He added “EA SPORTS is a brand that shares my values of creativity, excellence and social responsibility.”