The David Beckham Legend card was recently added to FIFA 21 Ultimate Team mode. Later it was announced that it was the Englishman who would become the face of the cover of the game on the new generation consoles. For this, Beckham will receive huge funds.
Becks will be the cover person for PS5 and Xbox Series X at the age of 45, making him the oldest athlete on the cover of FIFA. The current face of the series is 21-year-old Ligue 1 player Kylian Mbappe, by the way, holds the record for being the youngest athlete on the FIFA cover, Games24 says.
Beckham received three versions of FUT cards with an overall rating of 87, 89 and 92. His best card, rated 92, has amazing individual characteristics. Shooting, dribbling and passing are of particular interest, as Beckham was considered one of the best crossers and free-kicks of all time.
David is rumored to have signed an extremely lucrative deal with EA Sports, giving them permission to use his face. The Mirror says Becks will receive £ 40 million ($ 50 million) over three years, according to the deal. The amount is truly exceptional when you consider the fact that during his football career at Manchester United, the Englishman's contract provided for £ 100,000 ($ 133,000) per week, that is, approximately 5.2 million pounds per year ($ 6.9 million), while under a contract with Canadian developers in one year he will receive more than 13.3 million pounds. It should be added that for a five-year contract in LA Galaxy at the end of his career, the footballer received only 25 million pounds ($ 33 million). The amount fades against the background of the contract with EA, doesn't it?
This has already pissed off some of the star players. In particular, Milan's Swedish superstar and leader Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in a Twitter post, accused EA Sports of having his face and name in FIFA 21 without his permission. The Swedish striker also accused the football governing body FIFA and the FIFPro players' union of adding him to their list without his knowledge, calling for an investigation into the matter.
Tottenham London winger Gareth Bale responded to Ibrahimovic's tweet, also calling for an investigation.
Despite these allegations, it is important to note that Ibrahimovic's club Milan has signed an exclusive agreement with EA Sports. which allows developers to use accurate scans of players' faces after Canadians rival Pro Evolution Soccer lost the Italian club's license. However, it is not known exactly whether such an agreement was signed between the team and the Swede itself.