Messi Named FIFA 15 Cover Star -- Who Would You Have Chosen?

27-year-old Argentinian named global cover star for this year's professional soccer game from EA Sports.

Argentinian goal-scorer Lionel Messi, who had a few great chances to score yesterday in the World Cup final against Germany but did not do so, has been named the FIFA 15 global cover star. Though the 27-year-old ultimately came up short in the World Cup final, he is widely considered to be one of the world's best players. He was named Man of the Match four times and scored that many times during his nation's run to the finals.

Messi is no stranger to the cover of FIFA games. After all, the Barcelona striker was featured on the global cover of past games like FIFA Street (2012), FIFA 13 (2012), and FIFA 14 (2013). This is his fourth consecutive appearance as FIFA's global cover athlete. FIFA 15 will also have regional cover stars, though these have not been announced yet.

FIFA 15 launches September 23 in North America, September 25 in Europe, and September 26 in the UK. If you preorder the game, you'll be instantly upgraded to the Ultimate Edition, which includes various FIFA Ultimate Team digital bonuses.

This year's professional soccer game from EA Sports makes new strides in the area of authenticity. The developer promises that FIFA 15 will offer a "whole new level of visuals," with things like new character models and body rigging, visible breathing (you'll see a player's chest pulse as he breathes), and hair movement. Player jerseys in FIFA 15 will become dirty with mud and grass as matches unfold, and cleats and slide tackles will leave marks on the field.

All of this is made possible thanks to FIFA 15 running on the EA Sports Ignite engine, the same technology that powered this year's stunningly beautiful--but flawed--fighting game EA Sports UFC.

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cjtopspin
cjtopspin

I would have chosen Landon Donovan in the exact moment he found out he wasn't playing on the US national team....puckered lip...tear slowly trickling down his cheek....*beeeoooooooo*

koolcorp
koolcorp

I will not buy a FIFA game again, until they put Messi out of the cover. EA lazy staff 60 bucks for updated rosters, we deserved at least a different cover each year.

sayefahmed
sayefahmed

cr7 cr7 cr7 cr7 cr7 cr7 cr7 cr7 cr7 cr7 at least once one the cover with messi

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soroushso9so

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anshanlord
anshanlord

Manuel Neuer obviously! Messi sucked! so many better players in that cup!

netter99
netter99

Someone else, maybe the guy who set the champions league record this year for goals, I forget what his name is... Just somebody that made a name for themselves this year.

Onvi
Onvi

Vágner Love.

rskueem
rskueem

James Rodriguez, Germany and Dutch team, fk  overrated Messi!


bugsy007
bugsy007

The whole German National team would be a good fit eh?

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

That doesn't look like Messi to me on the cover

BradBurns
BradBurns

Tim Cahill of Australia should be on the cover. He almost single-handedly repelled an all out Dutch assault. I think I saw Robben and Van Persie cry a little when he shot that goal while the Dutch were still celebrating their own. Fastest response ever. 

I know it was just the world cup but if they keep going by best player overall then it's always going to be either Messi or Ronaldo.

Slagar
Slagar

Bleh. Messi is a fine choice, but there are plenty of other greats that would be nice to see up there. I suppose, he *is* a very popular player, and that's all that matters, right? >.>

AO490
AO490

neymar wouldnt of been a bad choice or Tohmas Mueller

acezeesawtooth
acezeesawtooth

I would of chosen Gotze's Girlfriend.  Ann-Katherin Brommel.  Google her you can thank me later.

kellqj
kellqj

M. Klose of course... 

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Suarez or Ronaldo. Messi is amazing, but doesn't need to be on the cover every year. 

nastro64
nastro64

hope there will be a key combination to press to make SUAREZ bite in this version

dragonlance01
dragonlance01

How about the entire Germany National Football Team as cover? Football is a team sport after all.

parabolee77
parabolee77

If it was up to me it would be Suarez, biting someone! That was the biggest story in football this year :D

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Well Ronaldo being the best Player in the world. Götze for inspiration to young aspirational players.

TzarStefan
TzarStefan

Götze or Robben, Messi doesnt deserve shit tbfh...

wexorian
wexorian

2013-2014 year messi won no championship and he sucked whole year still on cover and he still get's rewards , talk about hype behind "star" football player.

Keitha313
Keitha313

I'd of had Diego Costa, Fabregas and Hazard the three best players in the BPL now that Suarez has left.

sephsplace
sephsplace

I would of had that old Brazilian supporter on the cover :)

lacee148
lacee148

"Who Would You Have Chosen?" ... what about a copy - paste icon?

tgwenz
tgwenz

If they are still using the old collision system then go with Luis Suarez' teeth. Put those chompers on the cover and showcase realistic bite physics.

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

Mesut Ozil you could have it so his eyes follow you around the room

mari2kde
mari2kde

Messi , Messi , Messi....

Enough of this loser, we need Schweinsteiger !

Saladudo
Saladudo

It's *Argentine*.

*Argetinian* is not a word and sounds awful.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

I like Messi and all, but he was on last year's cover and he didn't even have that great of a season. I would have liked Bale, Neymar, Ibra, CR7, RVP (in Dutch kit, and not that hideous Chevy United shirt), etc. 

j_kizi
j_kizi

Im getting tired of FIFA and their love affair with messi, there are other football stars other than Messi, geez. Bale, Rodriguez, Robben, Ibrahimovic, Yaya Toure, Aguero, Hazard. Put them on the cover, change it up a bit.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@koolcorp Since 2008 you posted on this site once. thats a dumb comment to make. Are you going to play the game or sit there looking at the cover. Also buy digital if it bothers you so much.


Updated rosters, another stupid statement, game improves every year

BradBurns
BradBurns

@mari2kde I name like Schweinsteiger really rolls off the tongue. I can see it catching on already.


SCHWEIN...STEIGER-R-R.

sephsplace
sephsplace

@Saladudo Argetinian is a word, just so you know (although it is wrong, I agree)

solid_snake1461
solid_snake1461

When you have a cash cow, you've got to milk it. They are business people, not artists.

Saladudo
Saladudo

@j_kizi It took them too long to aknowledge him, it'll take too long to break off him.

koolcorp
koolcorp

@WolfgarTheQuiet I'm surprised that you take your time to reply to an stupid comment, come on dude, I'm just sick and tired of seeing Messi everywhere.

In the stupid attempt of "making it more realistic" EA has been making this game worst every year. It should be a about having fun not that stupid obsession of "making video game more realistic", if you want video become more and more realistic, there's something called really that most of gammers can't even handle.