Four FIFA 21 cover stars leaked including Mbappe & Alexander-Arnold

Four FIFA 21 cover stars and FUT Ambassadors leaked

Published: 21/Jul/2020 16:44 Updated: 22/Jul/2020 16:35

by David Purcell


EA SPORTS haven’t yet introduced players to the FIFA 21 cover stars, although it appears members of the community have beaten them to the punch and spotted the details early. 

There had been reports coming out of France that suggested Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain would be the cover star, following his involvement in the first-look trailer at EA Play, and the leak reported on July 21 appears to suggest that will be the case.

The French goalscoring machine was one of four names revealed, with Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, and Atletico Madrid all getting representation, if it turns out to be accurate.

FIFA 21 cover stars: Mbappe, Alexander-Arnold, Felix, Haaland

The leak, as seen below, states that Mbappe, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joao Felix, and Erling Haaland have been selected as the four players to spearhead EA’s branding for the next title.

It’s not actually a data mine or an inside source close to the developers that have spilt the beans, though. Anybody could have found these names if they were in the right place at the right time.

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Here’s an image that’s doing the rounds on Twitter.

The screenshot above was sent to us by reader ChrissyG_x, who stated the source code of a trailer page on YouTube reveals those names. However, the names have since been removed.

FIFA 21 reveal trailer date confirmed

The official EA SPORTS FIFA page on YouTube stated July 23 will be the day they press play on the first FIFA-only promo video.

This news comes just hours after players noticed hashtags on Twitter had been given official FIFA 21 icons, as seen below. These included Ultimate Team related phrases like FUT, as well as “Win As One” which could turn out to be the official slogan for the title.

While we don’t have any official reveal trailer just yet, based on this, it looks like four big players in the world of football are set to feature across the game cases and Ultimate Team loading screens – like other years gone by.

Now, all eyes turn to EA SPORTS to see who they officially announce as their cover stars. These four would be popular picks, no doubt about it.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic blasts EA over FIFA 21 game face rights

Published: 23/Nov/2020 18:01

by David Purcell


AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had the whole world talking about him due to his insane scoring run in Serie A, but has opened a new debate with FIFA 21 makers EA SPORTS over his game face rights. 

His team is sitting pretty at the top of the table in Italy’s top flight, and after scoring two goals in Milan’s 3-1 victory over Napoli on November 22, much of the talk surrounding the player was about a possible inclusion in Team of the Week 9.

That being said, if there’s one thing Zlatan does better than anybody, it’s control the conversation about him.

Ibrahimovic challenges EA over image rights

He certainly did that on November 23, as he took to Twitter to blast EA SPORTS for using his game face without “permission” – he says.

In a series of tweets, the player said: “Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? I’m not aware to be a member of Fifpro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manouver. And for sure I never allowed or Fifpro to make money using me.

“Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years. Time to investigate,” he adds in a follow-up.

As expected, the move has sent shockwaves on the social media platform.

The Swede is accusing EA SPORTS of using his face to make money, though his club AC Milan actually signed an exclusive agreement this year to allow the developers to use accurate face scans for the entire team. The same goes for other EA Official Partner Clubs, such as Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

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AC Milan are one of many EA Official Partner clubs.

There appears to be some confusion about the situation, between player, club and developer, and this story is likely to be a developing one. Should we hear more from Zlatan or other official sources, we’ll be sure to keep this article updated.

Fans of AS Roma will know the feeling of seeing their club restrict devs from using their player likenesses and official club branding in FIFA 21. Should Ibrahimovic pursue this further from a legal standpoint, there’s a chance his likeness could also be restricted for FIFA games in the future.