Cristiano Ronaldo has been removed as the cover star of FIFA 19.
The Juventus star was the face of the game when it hit the shelves in September following his transfer from Real Madrid to the Serie A club.
The 34-year-old, though, has been replaced by Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, PSG’s Neymar and his team-mate Paulo Dybala.
Ronaldo has hit the headlines in recent months for allegations surrounding his personal life after he was accused of rape, which he vehemently denied, and he also accepted a fine for tax evasion in Spain.
EA has sought to clarify why the Portugal international has been removed from the cover of the game.
“With the UEFA Champions League coming to EA Sports FIFA 19 this year, we have a unique opportunity to offer a range of new content to players that reflects the real-world excitement of football,” they told Eurogamer.
“We often celebrate different talent across our sports games.
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“And with the UEFA Champions League knockout stages underway we are featuring some of the biggest stars in football and bringing new players a range of content to get excited about.”
When asked about Ronaldo’s situation, EA has said: “We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo.
“We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.”