The most promising football player in the world… does not appear in EA Sports FC 24

Poor Lamine Yamal didn't make it into the new FIFA...

The most promising football player in the world… does not appear in EA Sports FC 24
Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

If you’re a football fan, you probably know that there’s a 16-year-old boy at F.C. Barcelona who’s a machine. He’s one of the great promises of Spanish football. He has been a starter for his club and has even made his debut with the national team, scoring a goal as well.


This young talent is Lamine Yamal, a Spanish-born player of Equatoguinean descent, and he is the brightest star among the world’s football prospects. No one of his age seems to shine brighter than him, honestly.

Nominated for the Golden Boy award, Lamine could be the next Messi, as is often said when a young player shows exceptional promise. In this case, it makes sense, as he plays for the same club and in the same position as the Argentine superstar.

Reasons why Lamine Yamal is not in EA Sports FC 24

Players have now discovered that they cannot play with Lamine in either friendly matches or Career Mode in the game, so many have criticized EA for leaving him out.

And while a few believe it’s the fault of Real Madrid and its tentacles of power, the reality is simpler and much more sensible: it’s a legal matter. In other words, Lamine is too young to appear.

The player from Esplugues de Llobregat was born on July 13, 2007, so he is 16 years old. This means he cannot sign a contract with EA for the use of his image, something that can only be done from the age of 17, as stipulated by EA.

This might seem odd, but we saw it happen in FIFA 20 with Ansu Fati, another F.C. Barcelona player who was a revelation during that season. When that FIFA edition was released, the young forward was 16 years old and couldn’t appear in the game.

As you can see, the reason is purely legal, and it should be understood. Since he won’t turn 17 until this season is over, we most likely won’t be able to play with Lamine Yamal until EA Sports FC 25, which is not that far off.

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Journalist specialized in technology, entertainment and video games. Writing about what I'm passionate about (gadgets, games and movies) allows me to stay sane and wake up with a smile on my face when the alarm clock goes off. PS: this is not true 100% of the time.

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