Beckham var på forsiden af FIFA 98 for snart 23 år siden og det er 7 år siden han er gået på pension. Nu er det afsløret at EA betaler ham 40 millioner britiske pund, eller ca. 335 millioner kroner, for en 3 års sponsoraftale for FIFA. Ret vildt.

Det skulle være flere penge end han har tjent på at spille fodbold. Det er Mirror der kommer med historien.

*Opdatering…

EA har været så venlige at komme med følgende udtalelse i forbindelse med historien fra Mirror: “We’ve seen the reports on the terms of our deal to bring David Beckham back into our EA SPORTS FIFA game. We don’t disclose specific details, but we can be definitive that the figures being reported are being completely sensationalized through irresponsible reporting, and are in no way accurate.”

Efter yderligere dialog på sociale medier så har EA desuden følgende kommentar:

“We are aware of discussions around licensing of players in EA SPORTS FIFA. The current situation being played out on social media is an attempt to draw FIFA 21 into a dispute between a number of 3rd parties and has little to do with EA SPORTS.  

To be very clear, we have contractual rights to include the likeness of all players currently in our game. As already stated, we acquire these licenses directly from leagues, teams, and individual players. In addition, we work with FIFPro to ensure we can include as many players as we can to create the most authentic game. In these instances, our rights to player likenesses are granted through our club agreement with AC Milan and our long-standing exclusive partnership with the Premier League, which includes all players for Tottenham Hotspur

FIFPro Statement:

“In light of recent media reports, FIFPRO wishes to clarify the manner in which it obtains the image rights of players, and its role in defending the employment rights of professional footballers worldwide. FIFPRO, a not-for-profit organisation, acquires image rights via player unions in nearly 60 countries. These rights are made available to Electronic Arts and other clients in the video gaming industry.  FIFPRO’s relationship with the video gaming companies complements separate arrangements they directly agree with clubs, leagues, governing bodies and individual players. FIFPRO member unions decide how best to use the revenue generated, either by distributing funds directly among players or providing services in kind such as legal advice, second-career planning and mental and physical assistance. FIFPro is reaching out to the players and their representation that have recently raised concerns so we can address their questions. As the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacts the football industry, we are proud of our member unions for having supported tens of thousands of footballers around the world.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/11/25/three-hundred-players-considering-legal-action-against-ea-sports/

EA’s response to Raiola’s statements:

“Mino Raiola is a respected player representative who we have partnered with for many years, including this year when our relationship ensured his client Erling Haaland would be part of our FIFA 21 marketing campaign. We have also enjoyed a great working relationship with Zlatan Ibrahimović, who has appeared in every FIFA since 2002 and regularly received awards as part of our FUT experience. Gareth Bale’s eSports Company Elleven utilises our FIFA game as a key platform for his professional eSports athletes and we’re confident Gareth and his team see significant value in our partnership, as evidenced through this recently released content.”