Panini America has announced an exclusive autograph and memorabilia agreement with United States men’s national soccer team player Christian Pulisic.
Under the terms of the agreement, the sports and entertainment collectibles company will produce autographed trading cards and memorabilia for the 18-year-old, who becomes the first soccer player to join Panini America and Panini Authentic, the brand’s memorabilia branch, on an exclusive basis.
Pulisic, who currently plays for German side Borussia Dortmund, said: “Like most soccer-loving kids, I was a huge fan of Panini soccer stickers growing up. But I never dreamed that I would one day be joining the Panini family as part of such a meaningful relationship.
"It's flattering – and humbling – to join a roster of athletes that includes the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Andrew Luck, Dez Bryant and more. I enjoy working with the Panini America team and look forward to creating unique pieces of autographed memorabilia that my fans will cherish.”
Mark Warsop, chief executive of Panini America, added: “Christian is an amazing talent that has commanded the attention of US soccer fans unlike any player has in many, many years. We're honoured to have him join the Panini America team.
“His performances in the Champions League and Bundesliga in Germany have been nothing short of remarkable and fans back home are really taking notice. We're excited to be able to offer those fans something unique that they won't be able to find anywhere else. For his fans and for us, these next few World Cup qualifiers can't get here fast enough.”
Pulisic is widely regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in US soccer, and became the youngest American to play in a Fifa World Cup qualifying game when he made his debut for the USMNT at the age of 17. The midfielder is now an integral part of his national team, and is in the squad to play Trinidad and Tobago in Colorado on Thursday.