FIFPlay, a site completely devoted to FIFA-related content, have been running the poll on who fans want to see front and centre when the next FIFA comes out in September time. And the results are very interesting.
In November, we told you how Spurs forward Heung-Min Son was leading the way with 48 per cent of the votes and while he’s still right in the mix.
A few months on and Son and Cristiano Ronaldo, cover star for the past two years, are neck and neck at the top of the poll. The two are both on 18 per cent of over 720,000 votes at the time of writing, though Ronaldo is just about edging it.
In third place is Lionel Messi with 124,500 votes, with his former Barcelona teammate Neymar, who has graced the Champions Edition this year, is in fourth after accruing 120,000 votes.
Then it’s Liverpool star Mo Salah in fifth with nearly 96,000 votes, Bayern’s Thomas Muller closing in on 69,000 votes and surprisingly, West Ham striker Javier Hernandez with just over 10,000 votes – which is more than Kylian Mbappe, Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and many more household names.
Even though it’s early days because there’s a long, long way to go until voting – and we must stress it’s entirely up to EA as to who they want to be the face of their game – it’s great to see so much support for Son.
Ronaldo was recently dropped from the latest box art as well as various other branding. Instead, Neymar is joined by Ronaldo’s Juventus teammate Paulo Dybala and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
“With the UEFA Champions League coming to EA Sports FIFA 19 this year, we have a unique opportunity to offer a range of new content to players that reflects the real-world excitement of football,” an EA spokesperson told EuroGamer.
“We often celebrate different talent across our sports games, and with the UEFA Champions League knockout stages underway we are featuring some of the biggest stars in football and bringing new players a range of content to get excited about.”
There has of course been the rape allegation against Ronaldo, along with the five-time Ballon d’Or accepting a hefty £16.6 million fine for tax evasion in January.
But EA have not commented on either matter and instead say his removal is merely down to them going in a different direction.
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