FIFA 23 Icons: Japanese star set to be DOWNGRADED to a FUT Hero

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FIFA 23 is drawing closer, and the news and rumours surrounding the upcoming game just keep coming.

The latest leak has indicated that Japanese legend Hidetoshi Nakata will be downgraded in FIFA 23 from an Icon to a FUT Hero.

Check below for everything you need to know regarding this surprising turn of events.


Prolific leaker FUTSheriff has taken to Twitter to reveal that Japanese Icon Hidetoshi Nakata is listed to arrive as a FUT Hero in FIFA 23.


This would be a surprising turn of events, with EA never opting to downgrade Icons before.


Another Icon, Jay Jay Okocha, has also been leaked to receive this downgrade.

Changing it so Icons are predominantly only the higher-rated players in the game should make them a bit more special again, something that hasn't always been the case in recent years.

However, with the growing number of promo players, this still could be hard to keep on top of in FIFA 23.

FUT Heroes

FUT Heroes were new items in FIFA 22 that represent the unforgettable moments that turned the individual players into fan favourites.

The FIFA community view FUT Heroes as one level below an ICON in Ultimate Team.

FUT Heroes have league-specific chemistry which is tied to their specific hero moment, providing a green Club link to any player within the same league, as well as the usual nation link.

Throughout the FUT 22 season, we saw the FUT Heroes gain upgrades in the FUT Captains and Shapeshifters promos, to keep them in line with the increased power curve of the game.