FIFA 15 Cover Revealed: Messi To Star As Global Athlete Again, Regional Player Announcements Coming

EA Sports has revealed the box art for FIFA 15, announcing that Argentina and FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be the global cover athlete.

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For each regional version of the title, other players from those areas or leagues will be added to the cover alongside Messi to appeal to consumers in that region. Those athletes have not yet been announced, but the solo Messi art can be seen in the image above.

FIFA 15 is set for release on September 23 in North America, September 25 in Europe and September 26 in the UK.

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“This is Messi’s fourth appearance on a FIFA cover after featuring on FIFA Street, FIFA 13, and FIFA 14,” EA Sports posted on its website. “In that time, Messi has set the record for most goals in a year (91) and marked a milestone as the only player to receive the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times.

“Messi was originally announced as an EA Sports Football Ambassador in November 2011, a partnership that has not only put him on the cover of multiple FIFA titles but also brought a new street football pitch to Barcelona thanks to the Messi foundation and EA Sports.”

The regional cover athletes for the major markets around the globe should be revealed over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for that news. The North American version of FIFA 14 featured Manchester United and Mexico’s Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.