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Winning Eleven 2009 image character set

Lionel Messi to appear in commercials and other promotions.


Konami announced today that Argentine footballer Lionel Messi will serve as the image character for the Japanese version of Winning Eleven 2009.

The popular player will feature in television commercials and other promotions for the Xbox 360 and PS3 soccer title later this Fall.

Winning Eleven 2009 is the latest entry in Konami's world-beating soccer franchise. The game adds to the series new modes like Become a Legend and Legends, and features, for the first time, a proper contract with Europe's UEFA.

Both the 360 and PS3 versions will be released on November 27. PSP, Wii, and PS2 entries in the Winning Eleven series are also due out this year, but have not yet been given final release details.

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