As usual Lionel Messi is the cover star for the latest FIFA title and is joined by a different co-star in each region of the world. What is unusual this year is that the co-stars in several regions have been decided by fan voting, and the results are now in. Over nine million votes were cast to decide whose visage would appear on the latest cover of the hugely popular video game franchise and throughout this second week of July EA have been slowly releasing the results.
Today we finally discovered that in the UK the cover co-star will be Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson who edged out Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane and Thibaut Courtois in the voting.
On the 8th July it was announced that the Latin American region has strangely picked Chelsea bench-warmer Juan Cuadrado as their representative. The Colombian midfielder has only made 13 appearances for Chelsea (mostly as a substitute) since his £24 million move from Fiorentina but is clearly popular in the Latin American region as he edged out other high-profile players including Edinson Cavani.
A few hours later it was revealed that voters in France had selected Antoine Griezmann of Atlético Madrid as their cover co-star. The French forward had a prolific season for Madrid in his first season during 2014/15, following five successful years with Real Sociedad and was called up to the full international team in 2014.
On the 9th July we found out that Marco Fabián of Club Deportivo Guadalajara will be on the FIFA 16 cover in Mexico. The goal scoring midfielder has spent most of his career with Chivas and is now a full Mexican international, having earlier helped his country towards a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics with the under-23 team.
However possibly the biggest story is that in Australia the co-star joining Messi on the cover is female defender Steph Catley who won the fan vote (against two other female players) and becomes the first ever woman to grace the cover of a FIFA game – in one part of the world at least. However it’s now been revealed that there will actually be three cover stars in Australia, so an extra male player will be joining Messia and Cately but won’t be revealed until mid-August.
In other news Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund will grace the front cover in Japan (this was not one of the regions decided by fan voting). Kagawa returned to Dortmund in 2014 after two seasons with Manchester United, following his earlier success with the German team.
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