A few months ago, Diego Armando Maradona has accused Konami for having used his image in PES 2017 without paying its rights to exploit the image of the soccer player. The publisher defended itself by claiming to be in possession of all the necessary authorizations, but today came the turning point, thanks to the work of the lawyer of the Argentine footballer.
Well, we would like to inform you that that Diego Armando Maradona has come to an agreement with Konami that has offered Maradona some money (no information on how much it was given) to smooth out the situation and promote the game until 2020.
The dispute is concluded in favor of Maradona, who has obtained the payment of a sum better not specified for the image rights issue, as well as a contract of PES Ambassador until 2020. Diego Armando will be the next ambassador of Pro Evolution Soccer and he will be involved in the promotional campaign of the next three football games of Konami.
The “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”) said he was satisfied with the agreement and has assured that he will use part of the money received from Konami to improve the status of some football pitches in poor areas of Argentina.
This is an unexpected turn, given the tone Maradona had taken for the dispute, with Konami who had sent one of its top executives, Takayuki Kubo, to directly discuss the issue in Argentina. In short, as usual, all is well that ends with a trade agreement.