26 July 2019 21:49
EA Sports have confirmed that Real Madrid's Eden Hazard and Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk will feature on the cover of the next instalment in their FIFA series, FIFA 20. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar featured heavily on the cover of the various versions of FIFA 19, but fans will now be able to see two new stars grace the cover of the game. EA Sports took to Twitter to confirm the news, with Hazard set to feature on the Standard Edition, and Van Dijk on the Champions Edition. What Is the FIFA 20 Release Date? The FIFA 20 Standard Edition is available worldwide on September 27 and the Champions Edition is available 3-days prior on September 24 via pre-order.
On his place on the cover, Hazard said: "EA SPORTS FIFA is the biggest Football game on the planet, and I have been playing it for years against my brothers. "I am lucky to have been on the cover before but to be on FIFA 20 globally is amazing and I hope to excite as many gamers as I do when I take the field for Real Madrid this season!" Back on the cover of @EASPORTSFIFA! Not bad for a lad from a small village in Belgium! #FIFA20 #brainelecomte pic.twitter.com/RNGXlwuoxf — Eden Hazard (@hazardeden10) July 26, 2019 Van Dijk added: "It is a huge honour for me to be on the cover of FIFA 20. I've been playing FIFA for as long as I can remember and so it's an extremely proud moment for me to be representing Liverpool on the cover of such an iconic game." There was no update as to which player will feature on the cover of the Ultimate Edition, with news on the game expected soon.
Dream come true! It's an honour to be representing @LFC on the Champions Edition cover of @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA20 pic.twitter.com/Tu6HDAZbce — Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) July 26, 2019 EDEN HAZARD and Virgil Van Dijk will feature on the front cover of FIFA 20 when it is released in September. The Liverpool centre-half will only appear on the champions edition while the Belgian superstar's face will adorn the standard version of the game. 1 Eden Hazard and Virgil Van Dijk will feature on the front cover of FIFA 20 Having won the Champions League with Liverpool and narrowly missed out on the Premier League to Manchester City, Van Dijk will be the first defender to be a cover star since Brazilian great Roberto Carlos in 2003. And the PFA Player of the Year will be the first centre-back to feature since Sol Campbell in 2000. EXPECTING BIG THINGS But the real star of the show will be Real Madrid's new hitman who will feature on the cover for the second time after his 2015 appearance alongside Lionel Messi. The 2020 version will be only the second instalment in seven which hasn't featured either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the Portuguese megastar was quietly dropped by EA last season amid rape allegations he has now been cleared of. The standard version of the game which sells up to 25million copies each year will feature Hazard in his new Los Blancos kit. After his £130million move from Stamford Bridge, the 27-year-old is expected to produce big things in the Spanish capital. For a football player, it's like a dream. Eden Hazard on being a FIFA 20 cover star And FIFA are clearly aware of the expectation having featured the star pointing to his new club crest. Speaking of his pride at being selected again Hazard said: "For a football player, it's like a dream. "Because you know when you play football, you just play FIFA… It's something I'm very proud of." FIFA tweeted to announce the news but left fans in suspense by withholding the name of the player who will star on the Ultimate Edition of the game. However, the EA Sports brand is under pressure this year after Ronaldo's Juventus team signed an exclusive deal with their bitter gaming rivals PES 2020. As a result no Juventus branding, kit or stadium will feature on FIFA for the first time in 25 years. This is just one of the big steps taken by Konami - PES creators - as they have also secured both Brazilian domestic leagues which means FIFA 20 will be without teams such as Sao Paulo, Vasco da Gama or Santos. EA had a similar situation with FIFA 19 when Argentinian giants Boca Juniors were de-licenced from the game midway through the season after signing a similar agreement with PES. FIFA 20 will be released worldwide on September 27.