FIFA 18: New Ultimate Team Icons revealed?

The FIFA 18 rumour mill has gone into overdrive as it looks like some new Icons could feature in the game soon.

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

Icons are a new edition to FIFA 18 Ultimate Team, replacing the Legends that we saw on FIFA 17 and previous titles, that were exclusive to Xbox. Icons, which include Brazilians Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario and Roberto Carlos have three FUT cards, each reflecting a different phase of their career

Twitter user FIFA RenderZ has seemingly leaked the addition of some new Icons and we take at look at the players who might be included.

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Franco Baresi (OVR 92)

Before the likes of Bonucci, Chiellini, Canavarro, Nesta and Maldini, Franco Baresi was the defensive linchpin for Italy. The centre back won six Serie A titles and three European Cups with AC Milan and lifted the World Cup with Italy in 1982. A true stalwart of the game, he only ever played for Milan and captained the club for a massive 15 seasons.

Baresi looks set to receive a 92 overall rating on Ultimate Team, which match his FIFA 17 Legend card. 

Emilio Butragueno (OVR 92)

Real Madrid’s original prime striker, Emilio Butragueno lifted six league titles during his 11 years at Los Blancos. The 54-year-old netted well over 100 league goals for the giants and had bagged 26 goals in 69 games for Spain. He twice finished third in the running for the Ballon d’Or, and you feel with better support he could have won a trophy with his country.

It’s perhaps a generous 92 overall rating for Butragueno, as he looks set to receive a boost of two from his FIFA 17 rating. 

George Best (OVR 90)

One of the most mercurial players the game has ever seen, many Manchester United fans would regard George Best as their best player ever going above Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Northern Irishman won a European Cup and two First Division titles with United and won the Ballon d’Or in 1968.

At the age of 59, Best passed away after a severe battle with alcoholism, but it looks as if you will be able to us him on FIFA 18. The right winger is to receive a 90 overall rating, matching his FIFA 17 score.

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Luis Figo (OVR 90)


Between Eusebio and Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo was the governor of Portuguese football. The 45-year-old was a regular fixture during Real Madrid’s prime Galacticos side which featured Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Raul and Ronaldo. The right winger also played for Real’s rivals Barcelona and Inter Milan, winning four La Ligas, four Serie A titles and a Champions League. 

It looks as if Figo will receive a 90 overall rating on his FUT Icon card, the same as his FIFA 17 Legend card. 

Paul Scholes (OVR 90)

A player who just seemed to get better and better, Paul Scholes could hit passes, make crunching tackles and score outstanding goals. The central midfielder played over 700 times for Manchester United, lifting 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions Leagues. 

Scholes’ leaked image shows an 88 overall rating, but given how young Scholes looks in his picture, it could suggest that this is from an earlier stage of his career. For that reason, we are expecting Scholes to receive a 90 overall rating.

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Pavel Nedved (OVR 90)

Not blessed with overwhelming pace, Pavel Nedved showed that hard work and near impeccable technique will get you to the top. The Czech claimed a shock Serie A title win with Lazio before heading to Juventus, lifting two more league titles. The 45-year-old played for his country for a massive 12 years, earning qualification to three successive Euros and finally the 2006 World Cup. 

A 90 overall rating would be an increase of one for Nedved from his FIFA 17 Legends card. 

Ruud Van Nistelrooy (OVR 90)

A fantastic poacher, Ruud Van Nistelrooy scored an impressive 382 goals in 659 games for club and country during his career. He enjoyed most success with Manchester United between 2001 and 2006, winning a Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup before heading to Real Madrid and lifting two La Liga titles.

The Dutchman’s 90 rating on FIFA 18 matches up with his FIFA 17 Legends card. 

Bobby Moore (OVR 89)

Perhaps the best English player of all time, Bobby Moore captained England to their famous World Cup win in 1966. The centre back has a statue outside Wembley commemorating his life and service to English football after sadly dying from bowel and liver cancer at the age of 53.

We are predicting the West Ham and England legend to receive a peak rating of 89 on FIFA 18, matching his previous Legend Card on FIFA 17. His other card ratings could include 87 and 85. 

Fabio Cannavaro (OVR 89)

Another fine centre back, Fabio Cannavaro was the last defender to win the Ballon d’Or, and the first since Franz Beckenbauer in 1976. The Italian captained his country to their World Cup win in 2006, and enjoyed a successful club career with Parma, Inter, Juventus and Real Madrid, winning a UEFA Cup and two La Ligas. 

An image of Cannavaro’s 89 rating has been leaked, and you would imagine that this would be the 44-year-old’s peak card, and it is the same as his FIFA 17 rating.

Fernando Hierro (OVR 89)

The centre backs keep coming thick and fast, with Fernando Hierro the rock at the back for Real Madrid during their dominance in Spain during the 90s. The Spaniard won five league titles with Los Blancos as well as three Champions Leagues, a Copa Del Rey and two Intercontinental Cups. 

It looks to be an 89 peak overall rating for Hierro on FIFA 18, the same as what his Legends card was last year. 

Ryan Giggs (OVR 89)

One of the greatest stalwarts of the British game, Ryan Giggs played over 950 times for Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues. The left midfielder scored in an impressive 23 successive top-flight seasons but unfortunately never qualified for a tournament finals with the Wales national team.

Giggs looks set to receive an 89 rating on FIFA 18, once again matching his Legend card on FIFA 17.  

Gary Lineker (OVR 89)

One of the most likeable men in football, Gary Lineker is perhaps most known for presenting Match of the Day. He was a prolific striker back in the day, scoring 48 goals in 80 games for England, making him their third highest goal scorer. On the club scene, the forward played for Leicester, Everton, Barcelona and Tottenham, with his proudest achievement being Spurs’ 1991 FA Cup victory. 

The 57-year-old is on course for an 89 rating on this year’s FIFA, the same as what he received last year.  

Roy Keane (OVR 88)

The ultimate midfield hard man, Roy Keane did the dirty work for Sir Alex Ferguson’s highly successful Manchester United side for over a decade. The Irishman made 480 appearances for The Red Devils, winning seven Premier League titles (four as captain), four FA Cups and a famous Champions League as part of the treble winning season of 1998-99.

Now the Republic of Ireland assistant manager, Keane should receive an 88 overall rating on FIFA 18, to match what he received on FIFA 17. His 86 score that has been revealed looks to be from the early stages of his career. 

Jens Lehmann (OVR 88)

Jens Lehmann enjoyed a lengthy career spanning over 20 years, and he will be most remembered for his time at Arsenal. In his first season at Highbury, the German was the goalkeeper as The Gunners went the entire Premiership season unbeaten. An FA Cup was lifted a year later, but it was heartbreak in 2006 as Arsenal lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final.

An 88 rating would match up with Lehmann’s FIFA 17 Ultimate Team card. 

Gianfranco Zola (OVR 87)

Many Chelsea fans would regard Gianfranco Zola as their favourite player of all time, with the little Italian at the forefront of the side that built the club’s reputation. Over seven seasons at Stamford Bridge, Zola lifted the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two FA Cups, a League Cup and a Charity Shield. One year after he left the club, Jose Mourinho came in as manager, and the rest is history.

The 87 rating Zola received on FIFA 17 looks to have remained this year, and he is in the specialist position of centre forward.

Christian Vieri (OVR 87)

A bullish striker, Christian Vieri was one of football’s journeyman, but he found a home at Inter Milan following a world record £32 million move from Lazio. After nine clubs in his first nine seasons in professional football, the Italian would stay at Inter for six years, scoring 123 goals but only winning one trophy; the Coppa Italia in 2005. 

The forward is in line to receive the same rating he had on FIFA 17, an 87 overall.

Who would you like to see in the new FUT Icons? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Alastair Pusinelli

First console: GameBoy Color / Favourite Game: Assassin's Creed 2 / Currently playing: Football Manager 2020

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