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FIFA 18: 7 players that desperately deserve to become Icons in the new game

Which heroic figures would you like to see inducted into the 'Icons' squad for the next game?

The FIFA 18 launch might still be months away, but there’s no harm in envisaging how we’d like it to pan out.

While many fans have got more specific qualms about user experience, we’re more interested in the players who might take our fancy on the game.

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Particularly those who have either been neglected or ignored so far.

FIFA 17 provided us new ‘Legends’ cards for a number of iconic players who have recently retired, such as former Barcelona captain Carlos Puyol.

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Yummy.

These cards have now been replaced by Icons for FIFA 18, so which heroic figures would we like included in the new squad?

1 Xabi Alonso

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The Liverpool and Real Madrid great is set to announce his retirement at the end of the season, and EA should really do the honour of creating his ‘Legends’ card straight away.

Alonso will go down as one of the finest passers in history and is every manager’s dream player.

2 Nemanja Vidic

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The former Manchester United rock has so far been overlooked for a ‘Legends’ card but after retiring last year, he’s surely a candidate for FIFA 18.

Established a formidable centre-back partnership with Rio Ferdinand at United as they went onto win practically everything possible in the club game.

3 Antonio Di Natale

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One of the most iconic players in Serie A history, Di Natale regularly turned down advances from Europe’s biggest clubs to continue an exceptional career at Udinese.

Scored exactly 300 club goals in 686 appearances before retiring at the end of last season.

4 Raul

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The ultimate poacher.

Raul held Real Madrid’s goalscoring record until Cristiano Ronaldo blew it out of the water back in 2015, but he remains Madrid’s prodigal son.

5 Pablo Aimar

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The creative hub behind Valencia’s extraordinary development in the early 00s.

Aimar arguably never fulfilled his true potential but, on his day, was one of the most pleasing players to watch in world football.

6 Guti

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Like Aimar, his undisputed talent was let down by a lack of application but Guti remained a hugely popular figure in Madrid.

Seen as Spain’s answer to David Beckham, he’ll be remembered for one of the most memorable assists of all time when he set up Karim Benzema with an audacious backheel.

7 Steven Gerrard

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Liverpool’s captain fantastic is the most recent in our selection to hang up his boots and will almost certainly be recognised by EA Sports.

Gerrard has been one of the finest players ever to grace FIFA games down the years, alongside the likes of Ronaldinho and Francesco Totti.


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