Published On: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017

FIFA 18 Ratings Analysis: FUT Icons

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Gianluca Nesci

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theScore’s Gianluca Nesci takes a deep dive into the ratings from the newly released FIFA 18 video game.

F | MF | D | GK | FUT Icons

Note: Three versions of each FUT Icon will be available in FIFA 18, with ratings reflecting their skills at various points in their careers.

FUT Icon Country Rating (Year)
Ronaldo Nazario Brazil 90 (1994) – 96 (1997) – 94 (2002)
Ronaldinho Brazil 91 (2002) – 94 (2004) – 89 (2010)
Diego Maradona Argentina 91 (1982) – 97 (1986) – 95 (1989)
Thierry Henry France 87 (1997) – 93 (2002) – 90 (2009)
Lev Yashin Russia 89 (1954) – 91 (1960) – 94 (1963)
Pele Brazil 91 (1958) – 95 (1962) – 98 (1970)
Ruud Gullit Netherlands 90 (1979) – 93 (1987) – 86 (1998)
Roberto Carlos Brazil 86 (1994) – 91 (1998) – 88 (2002)
Jay-Jay Okocha Nigeria 85 (1994) – 90 (1998) – 87 (2002)
Patrick Vieira France 88 (1997) – 91 (2002) – 86 (2004)
Peter Schmeichel Denmark 86 (1987) – 90 (1992) – 92 (1999)
Carles Puyol Spain 86 (2002) – 90 (2008) – 92 (2010)
Alessandro Del Piero Italy 87 (1993) – 90 (1995) – 92 (2006)
Michael Owen England 88 (1998) – 91 (2001) – 86 (2005)
Deco Portugal 87 (2004) – 90 (2006) – 85 (2010)
Rio Ferdinand England 85 (2002) – 90 (2006) – 88 (2008)
Robert Pires France 88 (1998) – 91 (2006) – 85 (2009)
Alan Shearer England 89 (1995) – 91 (1997) – 87 (2000)
Alessandro Nesta Italy 90 (1998) – 92 (2003) – 88 (2006)
Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine 86 (1995) – 91 (2004) – 88 (2006)
Edwin van der Sar Netherlands 87 (1995) – 89 (1999) – 91 (2000)
Emmanuel Petit France 85 (1989) – 90 (1997) – 88 (2000)
Filippo Inzaghi Italy 87 (1997) – 90 (2003) – 85 (2007)
Frank Rijkaard Netherlands 88 (1988) – 90 (1990) – 86 (1995)
Gheorghe Hagi Romania 85 (1989) – 89 (1992) – 91 (1996)
Henrik Larsson Sweden 90 (1990) – 86 (2003) – 87 (2006)
Hernan Crespo Argentina 85 (1993) – 90 (1999) – 87 (2004)
Jari Litmanen Finland 90 (1994) – 88 (1999) – 85 (2002)
Javier Zanetti Argentina 87 (1998) – 92 (2005) – 88 (2010)
Laurent Blanc France 85 (1986) – 89 (1995) – 91 (1998)
Lothar Matthaus Germany 91 (1986) – 93 (1990) – 88 (1996)
Luis Hernandez Mexico 85 (1994) – 90 (1998) – 87 (2001)
Marc Overmars Netherlands 88 (1995) – 90 (1998) – 86 (2000)
Marcel Desailly France 87 (1993) – 88 (1998) – 91 (2000)
Marco van Basten Netherlands 89 (1985) – 93 (1988) – 91 (1992)
Michael Laudrup Denmark 85 (1985) – 91 (1992) – 89 (1995)
Paolo Maldini AC Milan 88 (1987) – 94 (1989) – 92 (2003)
Patrick Kluivert Netherlands 86 (1994) – 88 (1998) – 91 (2000)
Rui Costa Portugal 85 (1993) – 90 (1994) – 88 (2001)

Many of the greatest footballers in history will be available to FIFA Ultimate Team players in the newest edition of the game, but, as was the case during their time on the pitch, two men stand above the rest.

Brazilian legend Pele and Argentine peer Diego Maradona, whose storied rivalry mirrored the modern-day debate between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, are the two top-rated Icons, and thus the two best players in FIFA 18.

Don’t look, Diego, but Pele’s 1970 edition (rated 98 overall) just edges Maradona’s 1986 version, which comes in at 97 overall.

Both behemoths of the Beautiful Game captured the World Cup in those respective years. With Pele spearheading the attack, the 1970 Brazilian side is regarded as arguably the best ever, while the 1986 quarter-final against England was the platform for Maradona to pull off two of the most iconic moments in football history, scoring both the infamous “Hand of God” goal and the marvellous “Goal of the Century.”

The rest of the list is littered with the most recognizable names the sport has ever produced, offering balance across various positions, while also representing a host of great footballing nations.

Looking to add some flair to your game? Head to Brazil, where Ronaldo Nazario and Ronaldinho are waiting. Need a perfect defender? Italy has you covered with Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta. The Netherlands’ free-flowing attacking style is present in the form of Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, and Patrick Kluivert. France, meanwhile, brings no fewer than six icons to the table, headlined by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

More FIFA 18 ratings analysis:

F | MF | D | GK | FUT Icons



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