Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi has agreed a deal with Fifa game developers Electronic Arts to front upcoming FIFA games.
Messi will find himself featuring on the upcoming release of FIFA Street next March and is widely expected to appear on FIFA 13 cover next year.
Messi, has previously featured on the cover of Fifa’s rival, Pro Evolution Soccer for the past three years.
General manager of football at EA Sports, Matt Bilbey, said: “Our FIFA franchise is the number one selling sports video game franchise in the world, and Lionel Messi is the number one player in the world, so this agreement is a true partnership of superstars.
“With Lionel Messi on our team to front upcoming FIFA games we have the world’s best and most exciting player to help EA Sports maintain its global leadership in the years ahead.”