Ever since their introduction in FIFA 14, Icon cards have played a crucial part in Ultimate Team. Every year EA adds new legends of the game for players to get their hands on. This year is no different. Here is every new icon announced so far.
Drogba is undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s greatest all-time players. He is Chelsea’s fourth all-time top scorer and Ivory Coast’s number one. During his time at Chelsea, Drogba won four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups and a UEFA Champions League. Whilst no doubt a prolific goalscorer, Drogba’s real strength was using his physical presence to create space for teammates. A complete forward in the truest meaning of the role.
A genuine contender for the title of GOAT, Zidane’s greatness cannot be overstated. Real Madrid spent €75,000,000 on the cultured midfielder way back in 2001. That kind of money, whilst common now, was unheard of at the start of the 21st century. Despite this, no one would doubt he was well worth every Euro. “Zizou,” finished his career with 15 trophies and an astounding 62 individual honors, including three Balon d’Ors. Arguably, his biggest highlight was his brace in the 1998 FIFA World Cup final.
Pirlo may very well be the greatest passer of the ball the game has ever seen. His ability to distribute a football 60 yards with little effort was a gift beyond belief. Andrea spent all of his youth and prime years in his hometown of Italy and established himself as a true Serie A great. Pirlo won 19 trophies throughout his hugely successful career. Most notably, Pirlo won six Serie A, two UEFA Champions Leagues and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Although not comparable to the first three on this list, Ian Wright holds his own as a legitimate icon of football. Having scored 239 goals in 501 league games, Ian Wright understood how to score a goal. In his peak for Arsenal, Wright scored 185 in just 279 starts. That makes for one of the best goals per game ratios the game has ever seen. Ian managed to win a Premier League title, two FA Cups, a League Cup, and bot a Cup Winner’s Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup.
Like many of the Brazilian greats of the 1970s, Carlos Alberto played most of his career back home. This often leads to fans undermining his achievements as he didn’t make it in Europe. However, his sensational performances in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, which Brazil won, proved his class. Alberto also featured in the FIFA World Cup Team of the Century alongside royalty such as Maradona, Yashin, and Pelé.
Ball playing-defenders may be the norm amongst world-class center backs now but that wasn’t always the case. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Koeman showcased some of the finest playmaking from a defender. His versatility and skillset were so varied that Koeman was capable of playing everywhere from sweeper to central midfielder. He is also the greatest scoring defender of all time, having well over 200 career goals.
We’re still waiting on details but it appears that Ian Rush and John Barnes will both join the icon roster too. Assuming this is true, there are still seven other icons to be announced before FIFA 20’s launch.