EA Sports plan to axe Leo Messi from FIFA 17 cover

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When Leo Messi retires, he will no doubt have a special place in his house for the many Ballon d'Or awards, the Champions League winner's medals and, perhaps even space for his four FIFA covers.

Yes, ever since 2013, the diminutive Barcelona star has graced the front cover of EA Sports' flagship game, but, according to L'Equipe, that is all set to change later this year.

Messi's four-year contract with the gaming giant has come to an end and it is believed they are on the lookout for a fresh face ahead of the release of FIFA 17. We don't know for sure, but Jordan Henderson is unlikely to get a recall either.


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So who do EA Sports have in their sights?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, both of whom are likely to finish as runners-up to Messi at Monday's Ballon d'Or ceremony, are already tied to contracts with Konami, who produce FIFA's arch rival, Pro Evo, so they're out.

Taking a punt

That is about it as far as the game's biggest stars goes, so FIFA will opt for a player they think will become one in the near future. Step up, James Rodriguez.

The Colombian has had an up and down time of it since joining Real Madrid in 2014 and has even found himself out of the starting XI under Rafa Benitez. He has started just seven La Liga games so far this season, but the departure of Benitez and arrival of Zinedine Zidane could see him reinstated.

Better options

Of course, he still retains one of the biggest reputations in football, especially after his dazzling performances at the World Cup in Brazil, but is he really the best option for EA Sports? After all, there are some even bigger characters out there...

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