In response to FIFA 20’s Icons, Pro Evo have some old school ballers of their own in PES 2020 – the PES Legends.
Konami have added to their collection of legends from last year for PES 2020, with Ronaldinho the cover star for the Legend Editions.
Last year’s cover star David Beckham is still a legend in PES alongside some other familiar faces, but with the ongoing licensing battle, Konami are looking to pinch as many legends as they can to add to their larger collection of licensed teams.
The PES Legends are set up in a 3-2-2-3 formation but this can be changed to a formation of your choice in the menu.
Oliver Kahn (OVR 90)
Notable clubs: Bayern Munich
German titan Oliver Kahn is the only licensed and fully scanned legend goalkeeper on PES 2020. The Bayern legend lifted eight Bundesliga titles and a Champions League with the club, and on the international scene won the 1996 European Championships. One of the finest ‘keepers we’ve ever seen.
Patrick Vieira (OVR 88)
Notable clubs: Arsenal, Juventus, Inter Milan, Manchester City
The ‘Invincible’ midfielder Patrick Vieira is an absolute rock in midfield, very few players can get past him. His aerial ability makes it very hard to win anything in the air. Definitely a player you want in your side, especially with three Premier Leagues, four Seria A titles, a World Cup and a European Championship in his trophy cabinet.
Lothar Matthaus (OVR 87)
Notable clubs: Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan
After captaining West Germany to victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Lothar Matthaus was named European Footballer of the Year. That was just the tip of the iceberg in a long and prosperous career for the midfielder, with seven Bundesliga titles, a Serie A and a European Championship to his name.
Pavel Nedved (OVR 88)
Country: Czech Republic
Notable clubs: Lazio, Juventus
Pavel Nedved was a key member of the Czech team which reached the final of Euro 1996, during which he attracted international attention. He also captained the national team at UEFA Euro 2004, where they were defeated in the semi-final by eventual champions Greece. For Juventus however, he did strike gold, winning two of his three Serie A titles as well as the 2003 Ballon d’Or at the club.
Hidetoshi Nakata (OVR 85)
Notable clubs: Perugia, Roma, Parma, Fiorentina, Bolton
Widely considered to be one of the greatest Japanese players of all time, Hidetoshi Nakata may just be one of the finest talents that never reached his true potential. The attacking midfielder scored 10 goals in his first season Italy, later leading to a move to Roma where lifted the Serie A title. Bizarrely, Nakata chose to retire after the 2006 World Cup, when he was just 29 years old.
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Andres Iniesta (OVR 90)
Notable clubs: Barcelona, Vissel Kobe
Andres Iniesta will mostly be remembered for his extra time World Cup winning strike for Spain against Holland, during a dominating period for Spanish football. With La Roja he also won two European Championships, and for Barcelona… just the nine La Ligas and four Champions League titles. Due to his Barca connections and being based in Japan, he helped Konami develop the gameplay for PES 2020.
David Beckham (OVR 89)
Notable clubs: Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan
Known for his range of passing, crossing ability and bending free-kicks as a right winger, David Beckham has been hailed as one of the greatest midfielders of all time. He was runner-up in the Ballon d’Or in 1999, twice runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year and in 2004 was named by Pele in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. Although worldly renowned as an individual, he did claim a Champions League title and six Premier Leagues with Man United.
Francesco Totti (OVR 87)
Notable clubs: Roma
Francesco Totti spent his entire career at Roma, winning a Serie A title, two Coppa Italias, and two Supercopa Italias. He is the second-highest scorer of all time in Italian league history with 250 goals, and is the sixth-highest scoring Italian in all competitions with 316 goals.
Johan Cruyff (OVR 92)
Notable clubs: Ajax, Barcelona, Feyenoord
Considered to be one of the most influential figures in football history, Johan Cruyff was near untouchable on the football field. The Dutchman claimed eight Eredivisie titles and three European Cups with Ajax, scoring over 280 goals for the club and winning the Ballon d’Or three times.
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Gabriel Batistuta (OVR 88)
Notable clubs: River Plate, Boca Juniors, Fiorentina, Roma, Inter Milan
At international level, Batistuta was Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer with 54 goals in 77 official matches, a record he held until 2016, when he was surpassed by Lionel Messi. He is the only player in football history to score two hat-tricks in different World Cups, and was the firepower in the Roma 2001 Serie A winning side.
Diego Maradona (OVR 97)
Notable clubs: Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli
An advanced playmaker who operated in the classic number 10 position, Diego Maradona was the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then world record £5 million, and second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9 million. Of course, he will mostly be remembered for his two goals against England on route to the World Cup trophy in 1986.
Ronaldinho OVR – 81
Notable clubs: PSG, Barcelona, AC Milan
Ronaldinho won two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d’Or, but it was the 2002 World Cup when he burst onto the scene. Part of the ‘Three Rs” alognside Ronaldo and Rivaldo, the attacking trio blitzed through the tournament to claim the trophy. Other highlights include a remarkable goal against Chelsea in 2005, as well Champions League glory in 2006. His low rating in PES 2020 could suggest there is another version of him to come.
Ji-sung Park OVR – 86
Country: South Korea
Notable clubs: PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United
Park is the most successful Asian player in history, having won 19 trophies in his career. He is the first Asian footballer to have won the UEFA Champions League, going with his four league titles at Manchester United and two with PSV Eindhoven.
Konami mentioned that they are still awaiting confirmation of some legends and that we should look out for announcements.
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