Man United midfielder Scott McTominay chosen as Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 cover star alongside Lionel Messi and fans are baffled

30 Jul

Scott McTominay has been revealed as one of the cover stars of Pro Evolution Soccer 2020… and such a shock selection has been met by surprise from fans of the game.

The Manchester United midfielder joins Lionel Messi, Serge Gnabry and Miralem Pjanic on the front cover of the popular game.

Scott McTominay has surprisingly been picked as one of the PES 2020 cover stars
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McTominay posted a picture of the game on Instagram and said he was ‘proud’ to feature on its cover.

The Red Devils signed a partnership with Konami earlier this month which will see them officially licensed in the latest edition of the hit video game series.

The 22-year-old midfielder was perhaps a surprising choice seeing as he is not yet an established regular starter with the club.

He could be set for a bigger role this season, however, with the departure of Ander Herrera and speculation continuing over Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.

Established stars such as David de Gea, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, or Pogba himself, may have been a more obvious selection as a Man United cover star for PES 2020.

Konami have also signed an exclusive deal with Juventus to be officially licensed in the soon-to-be-released game, which means EA Sports will not be able to use the Serie A club’s name, kits or stadium in FIFA 20.

The reaction on Twitter to the news McTominay is a cover star has been mixed, with some fans congratulating the midfielder for making the cover.

Most, however, were baffled by the choice to select McTominay.

Juventus sign exclusive Pro Evolution Soccer deal and will be known as Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 20

16 Jul

Juventus will not be officially licensed in FIFA 20 after the Italian champions signed an exclusive deal with Pro Evolution Soccer.

The agreement with Konami and eFootball PES 2020 means that the latest edition of the Pro Evo series will be the only game to feature a full licensed version of the Serie A side.

Juventus’ kits, team name or stadium will not be included in the next instalment of the FIFA franchise because of the deal.

EA Sports confirmed that Juventus will be known as Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 20 and future FIFA Mobile Seasons.

They will feature a custom badge and kit, though the players will be authentic and will continue to have their live ratings updated based on their real-world performances.

PES2020 is the place to go if you want to play with Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus team-mates
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PES will also be getting exclusive access to the Juventus players to recreate their likeness as best as possible.

“The new and exciting partnership with Konami will see the eFootball PES series have exclusive use of Juventus intellectual property within console football video games, including the team name, the crest, and official kits,” a statement on Juventus’ website read.

“In addition, the development team has been granted in-depth access to the players themselves, via full-body 3D scan, in order to recreate their likeliness in the game as accurately as possible.”

The Juventus squad will appear in the game with accurate likenesses

Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director Brand and Business Development at Konami Digital Entertainment, said: “Our comprehensive partnership with Juventus FC, one of the greatest teams in the world, is a clear statement of intent for eFootball PES 2020 – the only console game where you can play as the Italian giants.

“With eFootball PES, playing is believing and we’re proud to have Juventus FC believe in us and our exciting future together.”

PES will also have access to the Allianz Stadium to try and build the most realistic representation of Juventus’ home in the new game.

Two images of the Allianz Stadium in PES2020 were showed off on Twitter
PES2020 will be the only game in which you can play with a fully licensed Juventus

Juventus’ Chief Financial Officer Giorgio Ricci added: “We are particularly proud of the partnership signed with Konami.

“This agreement sees two global football and entertainment icons, PES and Juventus partnering together for the next three years, and it will allow us to easier identify with our younger fans, as well as increase our appeal to both sports fans and those of e-sports.”

Other teams licensed in PES2020 include Barcelona, Arsenal, Boca Juniors, Manchester United and Bayern Munich. The demo for the game is released on July 30 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows, with the full release slated for September 10.