Jordan Henderson capped an incredible day by being named as the cover star of EA Sports’ FIFA 16.
The 25-year-old midfielder was confirmed as Liverpool’s new captain today , replacing club legend Steven Gerrard, and has now seen off competition from Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to be voted onto the cover of the UK and Ireland edition of the game.
For the first time, fans around the world voted for their favourite player to be on the cover, and Henderson is delighted to have come out on top and be sharing the front of the world’s most popular football computer game with Lionel Messi.
“Being part of the first FIFA cover vote was an incredible honour and it’s an amazing feeling to know that the public voted for me to come out on top and to be on the cover of FIFA 16 alongside Messi,” said Henderson.
“I’m extremely proud to become the first Liverpool player ever on the cover and the support I’ve had from fans around the world over the past few weeks, particularly Liverpool supporters, has been overwhelming. It’s great to realise every young footballer’s dream.”
“Congratulations to Jordan Henderson for being chosen by fans as the EA SPORTS FIFA 16 cover athlete”, said Dan Holman, Head of Product Marketing for the UK and Ireland.
“We’ve been amazed by the support all four players participating in the vote campaign have received across the globe. It’s going to be a big year ahead for both FIFA 16 and Jordan Henderson. We wish him the best of luck.”
Aussie defender Steph Catley will be the first female player on the cover when she appears on FIFA 16 .
Catley, who played in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, will take her place alongside Barcelona star Lionel Messi on the cover of the Australian version of the game.
The 21-year-old was chosen through a public vote that picked her ahead of fellow World Cup players Kyah Simon and Katrina Gorry.
EA has already revealed that FIFA 16 will feature 12 women’s national teams for the first time – of which Australia is one.
“Words can’t describe the excitement I’m feeling about being on the cover of FIFA 16, it’s a dream come true,” Catley said.
“It’s been a huge year for the Westfield Matildas and getting this recognition from EA Sports and FIFA fans for all our hard work is a great step forward for women’s football on both a local and global scale.
“I’ve always been a huge FIFA fan and knowing that I will be playable in the game, as well as being on the cover alongside Lionel Messi, is a career highlight for me.”
England’s female team will also be included in the game.
“To be one of the first female players included in the game is something we’ll always be able to look back on and be proud of. Hopefully it will help raise the profile of the women’s game even further,” said England captain Steph Houghton.