Cristiano Ronaldo to be face of PES 2008

The Manchester United midfielder will be the pan-European face of the latest incarnation of Konami's sports game.

Back in May, Brazilian sportsman Ronaldinho was revealed as the star of the box art for FIFA 08 for the third year running, along with becoming a Mii in-game in the Wii version. Now Konami has announced its own star for rival footie title Pro Evolution Soccer 2008--Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo will be joined by "selected local talent" whose names will be announced at a later date.

A virtual Ronaldo shows off his ball skills.

Ronaldo was born in Portugal, and started playing football when he was only three years old. The now-22-year-old plays for the Portuguese national squad, as well as Manchester United--where the youngster took over the number 7 shirt previously held by David Beckham. He won both the Professional Footballers' Association's 2007 Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

PES 2008 will offer a number of extra features over the previous incarnation of the game--Pro Evolution Soccer 2007--including a new Teamvision AI system, and extensive edit options in the next-generation game versions.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is due for release in Autumn for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Nintendo DS in Europe. No North American date has yet been set, but previous PES games have shipped on the continent several months after their European release.

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Alex7992
Alex7992

I don't hate Lampard as hate is a strong word, I just think he is seriously overrated. In the last world cup he was awful (I went, I should know). And as a season ticket holder at Manchester United Ronaldo hardly dived if he did at all. Admitted when he first joined Man Utd he dived a lot but Wayne Rooney argued with the referee much more than he does now but Sir Alex stopped it. Michael Owen used to be called a diver for Liverpool but the truth is players like Ronaldo are so fast (like Owen used to be) that only a slight nudge could send them way off balance. Drogba is a diver but he dives less know so you can't call someone a diver because they get a lot of freekicks for their team. Congrats to Ronaldo. Plus PES cant get every player they want on the cover.

Seifer_Almasy_1
Seifer_Almasy_1

here we go, another guy jumping on the 'i hate lampard' truck, do me a favour, dont listen to the hype, but actually go and find out how much that guy has contributed to chelsea's cause, over the last god knows how many years, lampard is one of the best midfielders, what he does aint stylish, aint pretty, but he always gets the job done, this is why teams like barcelona want him...everyone probly heard bout ronaldinho goin to chelsea next yr...wouldn't surprise me if lampard "coincidently" went the other direction

samisonfire
samisonfire

Seifer_Almasy_1, i can understand your point tht Christiano Ronaldo isnt the only good player out there ... but you could have actually put some thought into the players you listed there ... i mean, lampard , seriously, what were you thinkin ?

Seifer_Almasy_1
Seifer_Almasy_1

instead of naming players who u claim to b "complete" i will name players who are influential no matter what opposition they face messi arteta essien lampard gerrard drogba fabregas berbatov richards scholes ai can go on all day but i wil leave it there, realise that ronaldo is ONE of many high quality players right now, and he is not THE BEST PLAYER in the premiership let alone the world.

Seifer_Almasy_1
Seifer_Almasy_1

"For the people who says Cristiano Ronaldo suck and dont deserve the cover i just want let u know that u dont understand a thing about soccer cristiano is one of the most complete players in the world he is tall he is fast he is one of the best in the world dribling he is strong he can do long shoots he can win ball in the air and he wasnt the best scorer in premiership but he is a WINGER not a striker soo if u say he sucks tell me one player more complete than him excluding Kaka" first of all its not soccer, its football, long shots??? how many long shots has he scored?? do you know?! cos i live in england and watch the premiership and trus me he dont score many, strong??? he has good balance but he is not strong, that is why when he is marked by an experienced, STRONG defender he is not influential and instead opts to win freekicks by sucking in fouls or diving.

Raidor_Sena
Raidor_Sena

For the people who says Cristiano Ronaldo suck and dont deserve the cover i just want let u know that u dont understand a thing about soccer cristiano is one of the most complete players in the world he is tall he is fast he is one of the best in the world dribling he is strong he can do long shoots he can win ball in the air and he wasnt the best scorer in premiership but he is a WINGER not a striker soo if u say he sucks tell me one player more complete than him excluding Kaka

xRobinho10x
xRobinho10x

f*ck it congrats to ronaldo but whos gonna join him as "selected talent"

matty_sen
matty_sen

hes a -puff?, u dnt put puffs on the cover of games?

Seifer_Almasy_1
Seifer_Almasy_1

Christiano is one of the best, if not thee best player in the world at the moment. Why not have him on the cover? And to all those people whinging, its a COVER! Get over it! anyone who says thing like this clearly have NO understanding of football and probably dont even watch the team they support. how can u say he's the best player in the world!?!?! wot u mean to say is he is the best attacking midfielder/winger in the world, and even that is NOT TRUE, there a far better players than him, but u guys see some step overs and then u ejaculate dont? u guys r idiots, TRULLY!

Seifer_Almasy_1
Seifer_Almasy_1

fuzzibluedude Ronaldo is one of the Top 3 players in the world you Fool, one good season, do you know anything about football you tool. let me guess a liverpool fan ? TOP 3 PLAYERS IN THE WORLD!?!?!?......UR AN IDIOT

Eddie-Vedder
Eddie-Vedder

He deserves it, if he keeps playing the way he has been playing the last few years and doesn´t suffer any major injury, he´s on the path of becomming one of the greatetest if not the greatest player of all time, I used to hate him cause he looked like a bimbo lol, but the dude just plays to well not to like him.

wars45
wars45

dam it i hate the guy but then agin i hate him becues he plays for man u hate them but i love pro woo bring it on now am online cant wight to play it online woooooooo

carewisonfire
carewisonfire

Christiano is one of the best, if not thee best player in the world at the moment. Why not have him on the cover? And to all those people whinging, its a COVER! Get over it!

tomorules29
tomorules29

im glad he is on the cover and im an arsenal fan, i want to see gerrard on there as the local player like terry was last year, just ope they dont make him like adriano like the last go cuz he was completly over-rated he cant even get into brazils first team in real life lol

aurimace
aurimace

will be better than fifa becouse of new AI :) anyway better than fifa08

karrot_07
karrot_07

Christiano Ronaldo is awesome, IMHO only Kaka is a better player than him right now, great move Konami.

joeyd66
joeyd66

hopefully ronaldo wont be a super player like adriano was last year

dubsbr
dubsbr

i dont actually think piciking cristiano ronaldo was a bad deal, but there are other for the job, like messi, ronaldinho gaucho, henry, trezeguet, robinho and alexandre pato i just hope the game is better than wepes 2007 was

wowgod
wowgod

i need to disagree with every1 saying adriano was a superman in the last game. i scored much more goals with ibrahimavich in the last game henry though was a pain he could score ott goals all game long

renesito
renesito

Putting C. Ronaldo was the worst thing Konami has ever done. I honestly don’t want a cry baby in front of such a good game. I won’t be able to play the game because I will be constantly bursting into laughter as I look at his watery eyes. They should have gone with Kaka. But I bet C. Ronaldo cried and beg to be in there, plus he is a cheap whore.

El_Esbirro
El_Esbirro

i really don't care about the cover...all they put is flashy players. DelPiero and Juventus should be the only ones on the cover. Now about the game...dude we got PES WE 2007 like in january, now not even a year past and konami is already throwing PES WE 2008??? naaahhh i don't think it's worth it.

Seifer_Almasy_1
Seifer_Almasy_1

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fuzzibluedude
fuzzibluedude

Ronaldo is one of the Top 3 players in the world you Fool, one good season, do you know anything about football you tool. let me guess a liverpool fan ?

brain_slug
brain_slug

i dont want him on my cover... oh well. with face animations id quite like to hack him..

Seifer_Almasy_1
Seifer_Almasy_1

By the way, to the idiot named 'bigmick07' who is the idiot who said Christiano got player of the yr and ronaldinho didnt, listen you idiot, YOU are the one who doesn't know what you are talking about, how can ronaldinho get player of the yr when hes not even in the premiership!?!?!? whta you mean to say is WOR|LD player of the year, and NO christiano Ronaldo hasn't won that so just shut the hell up! Fool!

Seifer_Almasy_1
Seifer_Almasy_1

why is ronaldo on the front? just because he has one good season!?! what about the consistent players like Kaka, Messi, Berbatov, Fabregas???

Seifer_Almasy_1
Seifer_Almasy_1

yes i agree, they completely ruined pro evo 6 by making certain players supermen...players like Rooney, Adriano, Henry etc. also they better have INTELLIGENT DEFENDERS and KEEPERS this time around because im really sick of headless chicken defenders who run around without a clue and idiotic keepers who leave 3/4 of the goal wide open for the attacker to score in

littletotheleft
littletotheleft

they should ship this to north america at the same exact time as europe. i neeeeeed this. anyone else think the copa america is insanely wonderful this time around. so much offense.

Samfisher_1
Samfisher_1

yeah cool, we all love man u and ronaldo...just dont unfairly overpower ronaldo and make him the greatest player on the game...because he isnt

loulantosdotcom
loulantosdotcom

I agree with the dude below, as long as they don't make Ronaldo absolutely unplayable in this edition, and we don't have loads of whores selecting Man Utd and Portugal just so they can run him the length of the pitch and score from 50 yards... over and over again... It will be cool!

andypolack
andypolack

Brilliant. So this will mean Man Utd and Portugal are unbeatable on Pro Evo. Bad enough with Adriano last time. Come on it being Torres next year!

Skuad_Knight
Skuad_Knight

Cristiano rules! Too bad Konami doesn't see the potential customers on the Wii... Bring PES to the Wii! And make it better than the DS version, it SUCKS!

Galzakian
Galzakian

Awesome, can't wait for PES2008!

345669
345669

go Ronaldo, Hes One of the Best in the world, and its great to see him on the cover of Pro Evo especially cause he plays for Manchester United Who I Support

Merlin89
Merlin89

@Bigmick: Pro Evo is usually the better game but Fifa is catching up quick, but yea definately pro evo first. @Sal_stinger: Riquelme? no where close man! lol, riquelme is pretti good but no where near C.Ronaldo, messi and robinho maybe, but personally i think Kaka is better than C.Ronaldo and he proved it during champions league. The cover is well deserved tho, i just wonder who the "local" guys are.

GamerForca
GamerForca

@ bigmick07- Are you retarded? I said Ronaldo is the best player in the world, so you want me to shut my mouth because you think he is the best player in the world? :|:|:| Btw I'm Portuguese.

sal_stinger
sal_stinger

Name one player who is better than him? Hmm L. Messi, Riquelme, Robinho and there are many more. I just can't think of their names right now. You gotta except the fact that most of the Argentinian players have been under rated. I am not saying C.Ronaldo isn't a good player, he's really good and all but...there are many other players who are better than him.

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

Ronaldo this season has been inspirational. Yes, you people who didnt watch the EPL should just shut up. Diver? cheat? please...He has proved to be even more lethal than that. Both feet can send wicked passes, lightning fast ball control, and charismatic as ever on field. Shut up if you don't know anything.

bigmick07
bigmick07

GamerForca- You have no clue what you are talking about so keep your mouth shut. Cristiano Ronaldo actually won the player of the year award, Ronaldinho did not. Anyway this game looks great, i'll have to see which is better though (Fifa 08 vs. PES 08) before i buy one.

GamerForca
GamerForca

LOL @ all the British (and all the other) fanboys that continue to cry about "R0n@ld0 is teh divEr!!11seven!1! Waaaaahhhh, mommy!!!1!11!!2!!!" He's a great player and probably the best in the game right now, get over it children.

laboy
laboy

Iam a Manchester United Fan...and this new is great !. Congratulation Cristiano !!

rikjor2412
rikjor2412

im sorry guys but anyone who thinks ronaldo is overated is having a laugh. name 1 player who has been better than him this season. NO ONE!

sal_stinger
sal_stinger

In my openion, C. Ronaldo is a good soccer player, but he's a bit....over rated.

MChammertime05
MChammertime05

@TeamR Yeah, you are right. I just don't like it when people call it cheating. He is still a really good player and it is fun to watch him play soccer (when he doesn't act lol).