Soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed that EA was using his name and face in FIFA 21 without permission and declared “it’s time to investigate.”
In a weird tweet, AC Milan striker (39 years old, still scoring goals on the left, right and center) uses his name and face on EA in a $ 1 billion annual mega franchise. I wondered if I gave him permission to do it.
Ibrahimovic pointed his finger at FIFPro, the world’s leading professional footballer, but he claims he was unaware. EA (and actually PES developer Konami) allows the use of the faces of thousands of footballers through FIFPro each year. Teams and leagues are negotiated separately.
Someone is making a profit with my name and face without any agreement.
Time to investigate
— Zlatan Ibrahimobi? (@Ibra_official) November 23, 2020
In a statement in response to Zlatan’s comments sent to , EA noted the deal with FIFPro.
“EASports FIFA is the world’s leading football video game, and every year we work with numerous leagues, teams and individual talents to secure portrait rights of players to include in the game to create a genuine experience. doing.
“One of them is a long-standing relationship with FIFPro, the world’s leading professional footballer. FIFPro has partnered with many licensors to negotiate deals that benefit players and their unions. . “
It is worth pointing out that EA signed a partnership agreement with both Milan clubs in July, which includes the use of AC Milan kits, players and stadiums. This is a publicly announced deal prior to the launch of FIFA 21 earlier this year. Perhaps Zlatan didn’t receive the note?
Stunningly, Spurs winger Gareth Bale also called for an investigation.
— Gareth Bale (@ GarethBale11) November 23, 2020
The advent of football icons in FIFA can be very beneficial to players. EA recently signed a deal with David Beckham for a former English star to appear on the Ultimate Team in the form of three icon cards. It will be available in packs starting in December. FIFA 21’s Digital Box Art has already been rebranded to fill Beckham’s face. According to The Mirror, Beckham has won £ 40m on a three-year deal in FIFA 21. Now that’s great.
It seems unlikely that Zlatan’s investigation will go anywhere, but since this is the Zlatan we are talking about, he will probably end up in a special case deal that makes him happy.
Anyways! Look at this goal Zlatan scored over the weekend. This guy is just amazing.