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With Konami revealing that Lionel Messi has departed the PES series this year, a replacement has yet to be named for Pro Evolution Soccer 2012.
The usual names have been doing the rounds in the PES online communities - Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres and Xavi all getting mentions.
But it seems that Cristiano Ronaldo is the clear favourite, and looks set to become the new face of PES later this year, with the release of PES 2012.
Admittedly, all the signs are pointing to the Portuguese star.
Yesterday, Konami posted this rather suggestive message on their official PES Facebook page;
"Did you see Cristiano Ronaldo's fantastic goal in the World Football Challenge match against the LA Galaxy last weekend? Check it out now and make sure to come by Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego tomorrow to see Real Madrid take on Chivas Guadalajara. Keep an eye out for the PES tent at the stadium for your chance to play and win! Dalton, PES-Team"
I track-backed their statuses and found these two posts, that were submitted all the way back in March 8, when Arsenal crashed out to Barcelona at the Camp Nou;
"Did you just see this goal Messi scored? Unbelievable, isn't it? /Nils -PES Team"
"Messi scored twice! Game over? /Nils -PES Team"
Since March, the PES team have only discussed PES 2011 related topics (Konami events, PES 2012 information, Champions League updates, Lionel Messi goals and leading on from that, Barcelona successes, etc - and also, Fernando Torres was mentioned when he was in London for a PES 2011 3DS photoshoot.
In the official PES 2012 press release, Jon Murphy also stated that "the new player has all the attributes of the new game, in that he is a strong all-rounder, skillful, fast, and capable of making magic happen on-field."
That sums up Cristiano Ronaldo pretty well, right?
With the release of PES 2012 only a few months away, are Konami now turning their attentions to the new cover star of the Pro Evolution Soccer series?
We think they are!
You'll remember that alongside Michael Owen, Ronaldo was on the cover of PES 2008.