The Argentine is set to take legal action against the Japanese developers, claiming he did not grant them permission to use his likeness. Argentina legend Diego Maradona is suing video game developer Konami for using his likeness without permission in Pro Evolution Soccer 2017.
The game, which was released last year, included retired players such as Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, and Gary Lineker which could be used in the ‘myClub’ mode. Maradona was also included, and given an overall rating of 97, though the former Napoli man claims he did not give permission to the Japanese publisher and will ‘initiate legal actions’.
“I heard yesterday that the Japanese company Konami uses my image for its game PES 2017,” Maradona said on his Facebook. “Unfortunately, my lawyer Matias Morla will initiate the corresponding legal actions. I hope this is not another scam.” To compound Konami’s alleged gaffe, it has been suggested that rival game FIFA 17 may be on the verge of releasing the licensed version of Maradona.