Paris Saint-Germain star, Kylian Mbappe has been announced as the front cover star for EA Sports FIFA 21 game edition. Mbappe would also be featured as the face on all the three editions of the video game - the Standard edition, the Champions edition, and the Ultimate edition. It would be the first time in three years that only one player would appear on all covers of the different editions of the video game.
How did Kylian Mbappe become the FIFA 21 cover star?
The 22-year-old French star was chosen as the video game's cover star after beating out competition from other superstar players including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk and Eden Hazard. The Bondy-born striker was chosen as the global cover star after Barcelona's and Juventus' exclusive deal with Konami's e-Football Pro Evolution Soccer ruled out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo from being the cover star.
Kylian Mbappe's impressive season with PSG and his popularity on the game made him an obvious choice for votes amongst the users of the game. Other players who were up for the vote to be the global cover star were Paul Pogba, Mohamed Salah, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski, Heung-min Son, Kevin de Bruyne and Christian Pulisic.
Who are the former cover stars of EA Sports' FIFA Video game?
In FIFA 20, the cover star position was given to Dutch defender, Virgil van Dijk for the standard edition. While the Real Madrid duo of Eden Hazard and Zinedine Zidane were the cover stars for the Champions and Ultimate editions of the game respectively.
FIFA 19 was covered by the quartet of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin de Bruyne, Neymar and Paulo Dybala. In previous editions, Wayne Rooney has appeared on 3 editions (FIFA 10, FIFA 11 & FIFA 12), Kaka on 2 editions (FIFA 11 & FIFA 12), Lionel Messi on 4 editions (FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15 & FIFA 16), and Cristiano Ronaldo on 2 editions (FIFA 18 & FIFA 19).