FIFA 17 Cover Vote Starts Today

You have the option of voting for one of four footballers for this year's FIFA cover.

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Lionel Messi has been FIFA's main cover star for four years, but this time, the box won't feature him at all. FIFA 17's cover vote begins today, giving you four options to choose from: Manchester United's Anthony Martial, Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, Chelsea's Eden Hazard, and Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus.

There are several ways you can vote for a cover athlete. You can start by going to the official website, where you'll be able to choose which of the four soccer players should grace FIFA 17's box art. Once you've chosen who you want to vote for, you can then earn extra votes by sharing your vote on social media. Additionally, you can earn FIFA Ultimate Team items and card packs as you get more votes.

"James, Martial, Hazard, and Reus represent exciting, attacking football and epitomize the innovative play that fans can expect in FIFA 17," EA Sports senior producer Nick Channon said. "We're excited to see fans rally around their favorite players and see who they select as the cover star for the franchise and the footballer who will represent FIFA 17 globally."

The vote lasts until July 19, while a winner will be revealed later in the month.

FIFA 17 releases for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on September 27. The PS3 and 360 versions won't come with all of this year's features, however, as last-gen console players won't get to experience the new story mode.

EA Sports titles normally holds votes to determine its cover athletes. NHL 17's cover will be adorned with St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko. However, Madden 17 decided to skip the cover vote this year and named New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski its star.

"With this election year upon us, we don't want you to lose sleep over another big decision," EA said about the lack of a cover vote. "So, we decided to take the pressure off this year and hand-select someone for the job."

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