Ronaldo named 'FIFA 18' cover athlete

Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid C.F. Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid C.F. EA SPORTS

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid C.F. will be gracing the cover of EA Sports' FIFA 18 video game when it launches worldwide on Sept. 29.

“It is a real pleasure to be on the cover of FIFA 18,” said Cristiano Ronaldo.  “It’s a great feeling and I am grateful to have been chosen.”

Ronaldo participated in a motion capture session recently at a mobile EA Capture studio in Madrid.  Data capture of Ronaldo’s acceleration, run cadence, skills, and shooting technique were all recorded to bring authenticity to his likeness and personality in FIFA 18.  His data also influenced important gameplay elements like fluidity, player responsiveness, and explosiveness.

“The world’s best player has helped fuel the biggest leap forward on the pitch that we’ve ever delivered,” said Aaron McHardy, Senior Producer for EA Sports FIFA.  “We are extremely excited to partner with Cristiano - working with him we learned a lot about his unique play style and what makes him so special.  His passion, energy and global fanbase make him the perfect ambassador for FIFA 18.”

FIFA 18 will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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