It could only further compound Konami's alleged failure to properly license the retired legend if Federation Internationale de Football Association were to legitimately secure Maradona's likeness. Even if the character is removed or replaced, the damage has already been done and Konami is very well aware that they did not acquire the legal permissions in the first place. In our PES 2017 review, we gave it a 9.5, calling it a "great all-around football game" for its AI, online play, and "slick gameplay".
Despite ending his playing career in 1997, Maradona is included as a "legend" in one of the game's modes, alongside the likes of Ronaldinho, Hristo Stoichkov and Gary Lineker.
As of writing, Maradona is still accessible in PES 2017.
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Maradona stated his intentions on his Facebook page yesterday.
Within PES 2017's myClub mode, players can build their own dream team of football players both that are now actively playing along with former players.
The company states that they are using the likeness within the basis of the license. On the day of March 30, the Pibe de Oro said he had given the green light to his lawyer for legal action. It will be interesting to see how Maradona responds since he revealed plans to pursue legal action against Konami, noting that, "I hope this is not another scam".