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FIFA 18 Cover Star: 8 players who could have been the next face of EA SPORTS FIFA

We pick out the talent who has what it takes to on the front of EA SPORTS' next amazing football game

FIFA 18 is a few months away, but already there’s speculation about who’s going to be on the cover.

Although footage emerged last month showing Paul Pogba on the game’s menus, several question marks have been raised over its authenticity.

So, who’s going to be the FIFA 18 cover star?

We pick out eight world-class players with star potential – and explain why they’re in the running.

Let’s kick off.

Cristiano Ronaldo


Back in January, we mocked up a FIFA 18 cover with the Portuguese superstar – because we think he’s definitely in the running.

After all, Ronaldo has had his best ever year and has been one of the world’s greatest players for some time.

At 32, surely this is the time to honour him?

He’s got global appeal and is the perfect weapon against PES 2018 cover boy, Lionel Messi.

Paul Pogba


The Manchester United ace has had an up and down season, but he’s still got mass global appeal.

That being said, we think it’s unlikely he’ll make the cut – but would probably feature in the game somehow, maybe in The Journey Season 2.

Antoine Griezmann


The Atletico Madrid striker is now a global superstar, so would be a great choice to front FIFA 18.

However, at 26, he’s young enough to be the face of FIFAs down the line – so he may be one for the future.

N’Golo Kante


The Chelsea star has had a phenomenal season with the Blues and has built up a huge fan base.

Although he has potential, we doubt he’ll grace the cover this year – but if he keeps up this form, it’ll only be a matter of time.

Dele Alli


There were reports earlier in the year that the Tottenham star was in the running – but we think this is highly unlikely.

Ali may have had a standout season but time is on his side and EA will likely wait until he’s more established.

Adebayo Akinfenwa


The Wycombe Wanderers star is hugely popular in the FIFA community, and is an official ambassador for the game.

While we’d love to see him on the cover, we doubt this would happen – but we’re almost certain he’ll feature in the game.

Paulo Dybala


The Juventus star has gone from strength to strength this year – and is now amongst the best players in the world.

Like Griezmann, though, time is on his side – and EA may be looking to use him on the cover at a later date.

He’s most likely been considered this year, but now’s not his time.

Gareth Bale


An up and down season for the injury-prone Welshman hasn’t helped his chances, but when he’s at the top of his game, there are few better.

A true global superstar but perhaps doesn’t hold the mass appeal as a Dybala or a Ronaldo.

We’ve pulled together everything you need to know about the FIFA 18 cover star below

FIFA cover stars through the years

  • FIFA 17: Marco Reus
  • FIFA 16: Lionel Messi and Jordan Henderson
  • FIFA 15: Lionel Messi and Arturo Vidal
  • FIFA 14: Lionel Messi
  • FIFA 13: Lionel Messi, Joe Hart and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • FIFA 12: Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshire

Will there be different FIFA 18 cover stars?

No, EA will stick with one cover star for all versions of the game.

Can I vote on the next cover star?

No, EA will be making the decision, but you can have your say on the Dream Team FIFA 18 public vote.

Who was on last year’s front cover?

Marco Reus was on FIFA 17’s cover.

When will it come out, and will there be a demo?

We’re almost certain that FIFA 18 will launch in late September – most likely on the 26 September.

FIFA 17 was released on 29 September, FIFA 16 on 22 September 2015 and FIFA 15 on 23 September 2014.

For those wanting early access, the demo usually lands a week or two before the game launches – but expect EA Access members to get first dibs.

Will Cristiano Ronaldo still be the best player?

It’s been an incredible year for the Portuguese, so he’ll definitely remain the game’s best player in FIFA 18.

Some believe he may have a stats downgrade, though – especially with regards to his pace and dribbling (which we’ve mocked up below).

Ronaldo will likely be the best player in FIFA 18 – despite him getting slight downgrades in pace and dribbling

Ronaldo will likely be the best player in FIFA 18 – despite him getting slight downgrades in pace and dribbling

How much will it cost?

FIFA 18 will cost around £49.99 – but given the demand, some outlets may undercut this.

We expect the cheapest the game will go for at launch to be around £45.

When can I pre-order it?

Pre-orders should kick off around June 6, if last year’s campaign is anything to go by.