One of the greatest additions to FIFA has been the inclusion of icons, icons are famous players from the past. Previously these players were called 'legends' from FIFA 14-17, but were changed to icons in FIFA 18. The difference with icons is that each player gets three versions with their own ratings from different periods in their career.
Lets explore 10 icons that we would like to see be added to FIFA 20.
Didier Drogba (92-89-86)
Didier Drogba was a striker that was feared by defenders around the world for his strength and ability to score at any moment.
The Ivory Coast legend made his name at Chelsea, after moving from Marseillie for £24million. Although it was unknown upon his arrival whether he would make an impact in the Premier League, there was no doubt about the impression he left. He scored 104 goals for the Blues and won every major honour available, including the UEFA Champions League. His international presence still stands, he is Ivory Coast's all-time leading goalscorer and a two time African player of the year.
His ability to perform on the big stage made him the ultimate big game player and his record in cup finals is unmatched.
One of the greatest players of his generation, although we only saw his ability peak for a short period of time.
Despite being a talented player, Milan didn't necessarily deliver the accolades he deserved; only winning the league title and UEFA Champions League once. Nevertheless, he still scored 70 goals in 193 appearances as an attacking midfielder. His pace, creative passing and goal scoring ability saw him win a number of awards including FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d'Or.
Watching Kaka in his prime was mesmerising and something that will never be forgotten.
Xavi was the embodiment of the tiki-taka style of play and is regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time.
In his career he won 31 trophies for Barcelona and Spain, making him one of the most decorated Spanish players of all time. In his club career at Barcelona, where he played for 17 years, he achieved eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles. For Spain, he was able to win the World Cup and two European Championships.
This humble and brilliant playmaker will live on as an icon of the game.
Samuel Eto’o (94-90-87)
Samuel Eto’o was one of the most complete strikers in the game.
The Cameroonian’s successful stint at Mallorca awarded him a £24million transfer to Barcelona, where he scored 108 goals in 144 appearances. He was part of a formidable generation that saw him headline in a trio, with Messi and Henry, that scored 100 goals between them. On the international stage, he is the all-time leading goalscorer for his national team and in the African Cup of Nations; a competition he won twice.
The former FIFA World Player of the Year’s colourful personality is just as memorable as his goals.
Nemanja Vidic (93-90-86)
Potentially one of the greatest centre backs of all time, Nemanja Vidic is regarded by many as an inspiration when it comes to defending.
After establishing himself as part of the 'Famous Four', which was a name given to the Serbian National team's defence after conceding only one goal in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, he was awarded with a £7million move to Manchester United. From here the rest is history, Vidic went on to win multiple honours with the club. In particular, he won three consecutive Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League and was named in the PFA Team of the Year three times in a row. He also won the Premier League Player of the Season twice, one of which came in the 2008/9 season where United went 14 games without conceding a goal; an all time record.
The Serbian is a cornerstone of defensive football and deserves his place in FIFA 20.
Andrea Pirlo (92-89-86)
Andrea Pirlo, an attacking midfielder turned deep-lying playmaker, will always be well known for his incredible technique and insane vision.
The Italian had a long career, which didn't start out ideally, but saw him excel at both AC Milan and Juventus in his new role. He won everything he could win at Milan, on more than one occasion, before leaving for Juventus. Juventus had not won a trophy since 2003 before his arrival, they went on to win four league titles in a row.
The 2006 world cup winner is thought highly amongst his peers and will forever remain a legend of the game.
Philipp Lahm (92-89-86)
Philipp Lahm is one of the best defenders to play the game, his well rounded ability is why he was able to stay on top for such a long time.
The 'magic dwarf’ was a versatile player that could attack, defend and play on both sides of the pitch. Despite being a full back by trade, he was often deployed as a defensive midfielder due to his great technique. Lahm won 8 Bundesliga titles, five of which he won in a row, as well as multiple domestic trophies; including a World Cup winners medal.
If there was one thing you could count on at the end of FIFA, it was Lahm to get a Team of the Season card; it's time for him to return in FIFA 20.
Francesco Totti (91-88-86)
Francesco Totti personifies everything that it means to be a club hero, he is still known as ‘The King of Rome’.
Well known for his brilliant attacking instinct, Totti contributed with both goals and assists. Totti's career started and ended at Roma where he won the Serie A, two Coppa Italia trophies and two Supercoppa Italiana titles; not forgetting his World Cup winners medal in 2006. During his career, he scored 250 goals in the Italian league, which makes him the second highest scorer of all time.
‘The gladiator’ is a legend of the game in Italy, who won many individual awards, and his legacy deserves to be immortalised in FIFA 20.
Nicolas Anelka (89-87-85)
When a team needed a goalscorer, Nicolas Anelka was the man to call.
The Frenchman’s career saw him play for thirteen clubs in total, but three periods in his career stood out; Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea. At Arsenal, he won two major trophies and during the 1998/99 season he scored 17 goals; he was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year Award. He went on to Manchester City from here, where he scored 30 goals in the first two seasons. When he moved to Chelsea, he won 3 major trophies and the golden boot award. On the international stage, he won the UEFA European Championship in 2000.
Anelka’s ability to both score and assist is something that made him a memorable addition to the Premier League for so many years.
Oliver Kahn (93-90-88)
Oliver Kahn became the foundation of one of the most dominant teams in Bundesliga history.
In the 14 years he was at Bayern Munich, he kept 247 clean sheets. Domestically, he won eight league titles and six league cups; he also won both European trophies. Individually, he won multiple awards for his performances - most notably he received the UEFA Best European Goalkeeper award four times in a row and the Golden Ball; the only goalkeeper in World Cup history to do so.
Icon goalkeepers are in short supply and Oliver Kahn would be a great addition to FIFA 20.