With less than a month until the release of FIFA 20, EA Sports have teased fans by dropping the first batch of ICON Cards for Ultimate Team.
The popular game mode already boasts some of the most legendary names in football history, but 14 more have now been added to their virtual pantheon.
The likes of Ronaldinho, Pele and Diego Maradona have been up for grabs (if your lucky!) over the years, and now, there are a whole new crop of former stars added to the prominent pool available to users.
EA Sports have already announced major changes to the platform for this latest instalment, including tweaks to FUT, including some mouthwatering ICON card additions.
Among those to have made the grade this year are Zinedine Zidane, with “Zizou” being given three exceptional cards for his ‘baby’ ICON (91), ‘base’ ICON (94) and ‘prime’ ICON (96).
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Current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has also made the cut this year, with the Catalonian a prominent member of Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona “Dream Team” during his playing days, with his three icons earning a rating of 85, 87 and 90 respectively.
Two former Merseyside managers were also included this year, one from the red half in Kenny Dalglish (86, 90, 92) and one from the blue half in Ronald Koeman (85, 88, 91), with the former, Liverpool’s seventh all-time record goalscorer, and the latter another key member of Cruyff’s Barca in the ’90s.
And Koppites will be purring even further as EA Sports seemingly went full throttle on the Anfield legends conveyor-belt, drafting in John Barnes (86, 87, 89) and record scorer Ian Rush (87, 89, 91).
Ian Wright was the only call up from Arsenal (85, 87, 89), while across the M25, Chelsea will enjoy two additions this year in Didier Drogba (87, 89, 91) and Michael Essien (85, 87, 90).
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Heading to Southern Europe and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo (88, 90, 92) naturally succeeded in making this year’s fabled assortment, while 2006 World Cup winning teammate Gianluca Zambrotta (86, 87, 89) will also join the Old Lady cult hero in FIFA 20.
Moving across to Spain, Real Madrid’s seventh-highest record goalscorer and Mexico luminary Hugo Sanchez (87, 89, 92) will be in this year’s addition of FUT.
Finally, across the Atlantic, Pele’s 1958 and 1962 World Cup winning Brazil colleague Garrincha (90, 92, 94) received an apt introduction into the global franchise, as well as Pele’s 1970 WC winning teammate Carlos Alberto Torres (87, 90, 93).