HAS the ‘FIFA cover curse’ struck again after Kylian Mbappe was injured?
That is what fans have been left fearing as the Paris Saint-Germain superstar adorns the cover of FIFA 21, out on PlayStation and Xbox later this year.
Mbappe, a £200m target for Real Madrid in the past, was badly injured while playing for PSG in the French Cup final on Friday night.
It is not the first time the cover star on the popular FIFA games has been injured.
FIFA 21 makers, EA Sports, had only just announced Mbappe was their cover star this year.
But the curse has struck again.
In 2017, Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus was chosen.
However, he only ended up completing 24 matches that season with injury.
For FIFA 19, EA Sports pulled Cristiano Ronaldo’s image from the cover of their games.
Although he was not injured, he became involved in a rape lawsuit in the USA.
EA Sports decided to go with Neymar, Kevin De Bruyne and Paulo Dybala instead.
They choose Neymar again for FIFA 20 – but then had to axe that over legal issues.
He was replaced by Real Madrid star Eden Hazard.
And now the curse looks to have struck yet again.
Mbappe is a doubt for the Champions League after getting badly injured in the cup final against Saint-Etienne.
Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin was sent off following the sliding tackle as PSG went on to win the trophy again thanks to a solo Neymar goal.
After 31 minutes of the final, with the score 1-0 to Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe launched towards goal on one of his trademark runs.
However veteran centre-back Perrin lunged in and trapped the 21-year-old’s ankle under his knee.
It is not known how long the French superstar and World Cup winner will be out for.