Pro Evolution Soccer will always be known as the lesser half-brother of FIFA in football simulation, since it’s at a disadvantageous position in terms of licensing. So it must be exciting for fans to have access to real life legendary players in the game, but Konami might get in trouble for that after Argentinian World Cup winner, Diego Maradona threatens to “initiate legal actions” against PES publishers Konami.
The whole fiasco started when Konami introduced Legends in PES 2017, which is a stable of retired players that can be used in myClub mode. It features some of the best players that have graced the football field, including Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Gary Lineker, Ronald Koeman, Thierry Henry, and Diego Maradona. The Argentinian is also the best player in the game if you manage to snag him into your team, with a rating of 97, which is even higher than the 94-rated Lionel Messi.
Maradona expressed his intentions to sue Konami via an official statement on his Facebook page:
I heard yesterday that the Japanese company Konami uses my image for its game PES 2017. Unfortunately, my lawyer Matias Morla will initiate the corresponding legal actions. I hope this is not another scam...
Despite Maradona’s apparent unhappiness with the issue, this is not the first time he’s featured in the game, with past versions of PES using the fictional name “Malgani” to mask over the character, just like how they usually do it for unlicensed materials. We hope this wouldn’t end up to be a severe financial blow for Konami, or else it’ll complicate their efforts to catch up with FIFA as the leading football simulation game.