Argentina legend Diego Maradona threatens to sue Pro Evolution Soccer creators

Callum Davis

Diego Maradona is threatening to sue the creators of the popular video game franchise, Pro Evolution Soccer.

The former World Cup winner claims Konami, who make the game, used his image without consent. 

“I heard yesterday that the Japanese company Konami uses my image for its game PES 2017,” said Maradona in a post on his Facebook page.

The former Argentina coach insisted he was ready to “initiate appropriate legal action.”

Diego Maradona features in the latest instalment of the popular franchise Credit: Pro Evolution Soccer 

Maradona's lawyer, Matias Morla, also alleged Konami acted 'illegally' in a strongly worded tweet.

“Konami used in an illegal way the figure and name of Maradona,” said Morla, adding, “we will take action against Konami with everything!”

A statement from Japensese video manufacturers Konami responded to the 56-year-old's legal threat.

"Our company is using [this player] appropriately, with the basis of the license within the contract."

Diego Maradona at the draw for the FIFA U20 World CupCredit: AP 

Maradona has today responded to Konami's statement with a Facebook post reiterating his desire to sue the company.

"Now Konami said publicly that the Barcelona gave the rights of my image!" said Maradona in a post on his Facebook page.

"All the silver I take you out, I'm gonna use it to make football fields for the poor kids," he added.

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