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Electronic Arts Inc. announced Thursday that EA SPORTS(TM) has signed FC Barcelona and Argentine national team player Lionel Messi, to a multi-year endorsement contract that will see him become the global face of the EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer franchise.

The biggest transfer deal this season sees our FIFA Ballon d’Or 2010 winner transfer to EA SPORTS and make his debut in March, 2012 on the cover of FIFA Street…



(EA Sports newsrelease)
From the creators of the award-winning EA SPORTS FIFA Football franchise, and inspired by street football styles and stars from around the world, FIFA Street is the most authentic street football game ever made. Enjoy a unique and fun experience where everything from the environments to the gear to the music is true to the sport and its culture.

Whether performing one panna after another without breaking a sweat the way the game is played in Amsterdam, or a physical, fight-for-possession style the way players compete in London, fans will enjoy a superior fidelity of ball control and responsiveness than anything ever experienced. Plus, for the first time ever, utilize aerial skills to maneuver past opponents, an all-new sophisticated wall-play mechanic and over 50 brand new spectacular skill moves.

Street Ball Control - Enjoy a superior fidelity of ball control and responsiveness than anything ever experienced. Street Ball Control replicates the touch, creativity and flair street stars bring to the streets. Take on the challenge of beating - and embarrassing! - your opponent.

All-New Skill Moves - Over 50 never-before-experienced skill moves – double the amount found in FIFA 12 – that will enable you to beat your opponents and look good doing it.

Complete Authenticity - The most authentic street football game ever created replicates the way the game is played by street football players all over the world. Play with and against the stars of the most popular clubs in the world - or real-life street players - and compete at more than 35 locations around the globe.

FIFA Gameplay Engine - Powered by the critically acclaimed FIFA 12 gameplay engine and the revolutionary Player Impact Engine, FIFA Street delivers an arsenal of groundbreaking street dribbling styles and trick moves that ignite the one-on-one battles.

Own the Street - From parking lots and parks to gyms and rooftop arenas, FIFA Street will feature cool and unique environments where the world plays street football. More than 35 different environments, including iconic locales like Rio de Janeiro, London, and Amsterdam.

Complete Customization - Enjoy customizable matches to replicate the unique ways the game is played around the world. Choose from different size pitches, number of players, and match types. Take on the challenge of performing trick moves and panna’s in a game in Amsterdam, authentic futsal styled matches with no wall play in Spain, or a physical 5v5 contest with assigned player positions in the UK.

EA SPORTS Football Club - FIFA Street will be connected to EA SPORTS Football Club, so from the first nutmeg on, you will be contributing to your Football Club identity.

Additional modes and online features will be revealed in the months ahead.

Messi has scored 27 goals and 14 assists in 29 games this season in all competitions, receiving the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or 2010 award as the top soccer player in the world for last season’s campaign.

The diminutive forward was UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorer for three consecutive years, has made the current 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist and is a three-time La Liga Player of the Year!

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