The most iconic legends of football are coming to FIFA 18 Ultimate Team™ with FUT ICONS. Explore distinct versions of each ICON with Stories, featuring unique items for milestone career moments. See the ratings for FUT ICONS like Ronaldo Nazário, Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho, and more.
The legendary Brazilian striker's deadly mix of explosive pace, lethal finishing and dazzling skill made him one of the most feared strikers in the world. A two-time Ballon d'Or winner, Ronaldo Nazário became one of Real Madrid's famed galácticos when he joined the club.
One of the last true bohemians of football, Ronaldinho personifies what Jogo Bonito is all about. With endless creativity and superb technique, the Brazilian attacking midfielder was equally capable to score a beautiful goal or to serve the perfect pass for his teammates to shine. Ronaldinho won the biggest trophies in the world and he did so while playing beautifully and with a smile on his face.
One of the most gifted footballers of all-time, Maradona was a fearsome dribbler who could make any defender look lost. He lit up the 1986 World Cup with an astonishing run and finish against England, dribbling around almost half of the opposition, earning him FIFA's Goal of the Century award.
One of the Premier League's all-time great strikers, Henry's incredibly elegant yet unbelievably deadly finishing won him the Golden Boot four times in his eight years at the club. A World Cup winner on home turf in 1998, the Frenchman remains the country's top scorer having amassed 51 goals in 123 appearances.
Arguably the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game, the “Black Spider” remains a Dynamo Moscow icon, the club where he spent his entire 20 year career. Estimated to have kept 270 clean sheets and saved over 150 penalties, Yashin remains the only keeper to ever win the Ballon d'Or.
The only player to score more goals for Brazil than Ronaldo Nazário, Pelé was quite simply one of the greatest footballers of all time. Six Brazilian Championships, three World Cups and over 600 competitive goals in a career spanning 21 years justify his status as one of the all-time legends of the game.
A complete, versatile and dynamic player, Ruud Gullit had the ability to play admirably in multiple attacking positions. A key member of legendary AC Milan and national Dutch teams, Gullit's unmistakable quality and look remain fan favourites.
One of the best attacking left backs in the history of the game, Roberto Carlos' privileged left foot delighted at both club and international levels. The Brazilian’s iconic free-kick goals transcended the game itself making him one of the most successful footballers ever.
Considered one the best African players to ever step onto a football pitch, Jay-Jay Okocha was a powerful and skilled attacking midfielder. With enviable technique, speed, dribbling and power, Okocha excited fans around the world for almost three decades.
With a powerful and tenacious style of play, Patrick Vieira was able to control a football match from the midfield with few equals. The combination of his physicality, athleticism and technique allowed Vieira to become one of the most complete midfielders of the modern era.
A tremendous physical presence in the box, Peter Schmeichel is regarded as one the greatest goalkeepers to ever play the game. A two-time winner of the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper, Schmeichel became a revered Manchester United icon. With 24 trophies and 11 goals to his name, many will always consider the Danish keeper to be the best of all time.
Sobering defending and long curly locks were Carles Puyol staples throughout his career. A hard-nosed defender, Puyol's grit, determination, and leadership inspired those playing around him and earned him the respect of his rivals. Puyol was a key cog in teams that won the biggest trophies in the world. With ample success at club and international levels, the Catalonia native will go down in the history books as one of the best defenders of his generation.
Alessandro Del Piero
Regarded as one of the best Italians to ever play the game, Alessandro Del Piero enamoured football fans around the world for over two decades with his flawless technique, lethal finishing, and accurate free-kicks. A 2006 FIFA World Cup winner, Del Piero will be remembered as a prolific goal scorer who was able to convert in every tournament he participated.
One of the most prolific English goal-scorers, Michael Owen's rise to stardom came at a very young age during the 1998 World Cup. Blinding speed, intelligent movement, accurate passing, and lethal finishing were some of the attributes that made Owen a goal-scoring machine.
With a mix of creativity, tactical awareness, impeccable technique, and relentless industry, Deco was a well-rounded midfielder. His accurate passing and potent mid-range shooting gave opponents nightmares and allowed Deco to shine at both the club and international level.
Considered by many as one of the best English defenders of all time, Rio Ferdinand combined relentless, hard-nosed defending with unique elegance, technical ability and precise ball distribution. Ferdinand's leadership and excellent vision helped him win numerous trophies with Manchester United and become a staple of the England national team for over a decade.
A pacey winger in his prime before transitioning to be equally at home in a central playmaking role, Pirès was one of the most elegant midfielders of the modern game. The French legend came to prominence as an Invincible in a career that included a World Cup and two Premier League winner’s medals.
The former England international still holds the record for most goals scored in the English Premier League after an illustrious eighteen-year career. Often viewed as the perfect example of the old school English center forward, Shearer relied on his strength to beat defenders, win headers, and smash the ball into the back of the net.
A 2006 World Cup winner with Italy, Nesta was one of the most feared central defenders in all of Europe for nearly twenty years. More technical and elegant on the ball than most in his position, Nesta was a game-changer whose trophy case is overflowing with personal and team honors from his time with Lazio and A.C. Milan.
Probably the greatest to ever wear the yellow and blue of Ukraine, Shevchenko is the only player from his homeland to win the Ballon d’Or. Gifted with equal finishing ability in both feet, Shevchenko is an A.C. Milan club legend and no player has scored more goals in the Milan Derby since it officially began in 1909.
Edwin van der Sar
The most-capped player of all time for the Dutch national team, van der Sar broke even more club and international records during his lengthy career between the sticks. In addition to a commanding presence and shot-stopping skills, van der Sar had a unique ability to distribute the ball with his feet that gave his teams a dangerous counterattacking weapon at the back.
A stalwart in central midfield for the French national team in their 1998 World Cup win, Petit played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe. As famous for his blonde, flowing locks as he was for his fierce tackling and unrelenting engine, Petit is seen as a paragon of defensive midfielders in the modern era.
Though his goalscoring tally in Serie A was formidable on its own, the fearless forward known as “Pippo” truly excelled in the UEFA Champions League. Calculating and fast, Inzaghi embodied the poacher archetype with his uncanny knack for knowing when a defender was about to make a mistake – and pouncing on it.
The talented Dutchman began his career as a central defender at Ajax before blossoming into one of the greatest defensive midfielders of all time at A.C. Milan. Rijkaard possessed many of the hallmarks of his position, like strength and composure on the ball, but it was his football intelligence that truly elevated him to the upper echelon of the sport.
Competitive, creative, and blessed with a left foot that could produce miracles, Hagi rightly earned the nickname “The Maradona of the Carpathians” due to his mesmerizing displays for the Romanian national team in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. Hagi was often deployed as an attacking midfielder, though his technique, speed, and finishing ability meant that he could play in virtually any offensive position.
One of the most-beloved players to ever don the white and green of Celtic, Larsson was also one of the most prolific goalscorers in the club’s history. Thanks to his flair for the creative when both scoring goals and providing assists, the Swedish forward was a notable influence on players like Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho.
Possibly the most well-rounded Argentine striker in history, Crespo picked up silverware nearly everywhere he went. His complete finishing skill was feared during his many years in Italy’s Serie A, where he scored numerous exciting and important goals. After three World Cups and numerous other matches for Argentina, Crespo ended his international career with the third-most goals in the country’s history.
Undoubtedly Finland’s greatest , Litmanen is both the most-capped player and the record goalscorer for his country. As a member of the legendary Ajax squad coached by Louis van Gaal, Litmanen became the first Finnish footballer to win the Champions League trophy as part of the club’s impressive 1995 trophy haul. A true legend of the Amsterdam club, Litmanen’s ability to magically create space for himself earned him the nickname “Merlin” from Ajax fans.
Known for his class both on and off the pitch, the Argentine fullback has the fifth-most official appearances in all of world football. A mainstay for Inter and the Argentine national team, Zanetti also holds the all-time appearances record for both. Zanetti’s lengthy career was due in part to his seemingly unlimited supply of energy and versatility, but also to his leadership and calmness in almost any situation. Somewhat unusual for a defender, Zanetti only earned two red cards in his 1,114 official matches.
After a lengthy stay at his first club Montpelier, the French defender became a journeyman and spent time at clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United. But it was internationally where Blanc truly made his mark. He contributed heavily to France’s 1998 World Cup win, scoring the first golden goal in World Cup history against Paraguay and the winning penalty in the quarterfinal shootout against Italy, as well as helping his country concede only two goals in the entire tournament.
A complete midfielder with world class passing, shooting, and defensive skill who had few equals, Matthäus won the Ballon d’Or and the very first FIFA World Player of the Year award. He played on the dominant mid-1980s Bayern Munich teams and later helped Giovanni Trapattoni’s Inter Milan earn its first Scudetto in nearly a decade. As significant as his club career was, Matthäus cemented his legendary status with the West Germany (and later, Germany) national team. He is the most-capped player in German history, and played in five World Cups – more than any other outfield player in history.
“El Matador,” as Hernandez was dubbed by fans of the Mexico national team, was a ruthless forward whose legacy with El Tri helped define its modern era. Hernandez excelled for teams all over Mexico and a handful of South American clubs, but his status as Mexico’s all-time leading World Cup goalscorer truly impacted his iconic status.
A core member of the successful Ajax and Arsenal squads of the 1990s, Overmars was the perfect winger for that era. He may not have been the most imposing of players, but Overmars used his blistering speed, uncanny dribbling ability, and pinpoint crosses to terrorize defenses throughout Europe.
Despite spending much of his career as an imposing center back, Desailly’s ability to keep possession and kick off counters with his passing saw him move into central midfield during his very successful stint with A.C. Milan. Even though Desailly was born in Ghana, he proudly represented France and led Les Bleus to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 titles.
Marco van Basten
Prolific at scoring goals in just about every way possible, the Dutch striker’s ability to score acrobatically cemented his place in the legend of the sport. From bicycle kicks to volleys from impossible angles, van Basten’s goals stand out as some of the best ever. Even though he was forced to retire early due to injuries, van Basten picked up many individual honors, including three Ballon d’Or awards.
Picking up league titles in the Eredivisie, Serie A, and La Liga, the Danish midfielder played a crucial role in Johann Cruyff’s Barcelona “Dream Team.” A creative and unselfish presence in midfield, Laudrup’s playmaking abilities put many of his teammates at the top of the scoring charts. Laudrup’s technique and style on the ball was so groundbreaking and unique that it required an entirely new name: croqueta.
By far one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game, Maldini captained both A.C. Milan and Italy to greatness many times over his 25-year career. Maldini’s versatility meant that he played all over the defense through the course of his career, but he spent the most time at left-back before moving to central defense in his final few seasons. Whether it was forcing opponents off the ball with tight marking or inch-perfect tackles that left him with the ball and his opponents in a heap, Maldini excelled in every position and situation.
Another world class product of the successful 1990s Ajax teams, Kluivert was also a mainstay of the Dutch national team for a decade. While not as nimble and creative as many of the great Dutch forwards before him, Kluivert was still almost as incredible with the ball at his feet as he was when contesting headers and muscling past defenders. His greatest season was probably in 1998-99 for Barcelona, when he reunited with Louis van Gaal and formed an incredible partnership with Brazilian star Rivaldo en route to the La Liga title.
One of the top playmakers in Portuguese football history, Costa was another member of the strong A.C. Milan teams that dominated the early 2000s in Italy and in the UEFA Champions League. Despite being best in the number 10 role, Costa was versatile enough to be used all over the pitch – he could pull the strings and create goals for teammates from midfield or the wings, but he also had a wicked shot that earned him a number of impressive goals from distance.
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