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FIFA 19: This is what happens when a World XI takes on an Icon XI

Can Ronaldo and Messi outshine the likes of Pele and Maradona?

Who is better, Pele or Lionel Messi? Diego Maradona or Cristiano Ronaldo? Well, YouTuber Rich Leigh decided to find out – using FIFA 19.

He created two teams – one full of the best players in the world, and the other featuring stars from yesteryear.

And the results are exactly as intriguing as you’d expect.

Let’s take a look at the teams.

The icon XI – playing as Barcelona – features Brazilian Ronaldo up front, with Pele, Maradona and Ronaldinho sitting just behind.

A strong back line includes the likes of Paolo Maldini, Roberto Carlos and Franco Baresi, while Lev Yehsin’s in goal.

The Icons team is sheer class

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The Icons team is sheer class

The world XI, playing as Real Madrid, features the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar Jnr – arguably the strongest front three in the world.

Toni Kroos (who is actually not particularly effective in this year’s game) and Luka Modric assist Kevin De Bruyne in the middle, while David De Gea gets the nod in goal.

Interestingly, there’s no Kylian Mbappe – although it’s hard to see where he would fit in without dropping Messi et al.

Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar are just three of the big names in the team

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Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar are just three of the big names in the team

To test the teams – he simmed a match between the two.

After a hard fought first half, Messi netted the opening goal – with a stunning strike.

Who else?

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Who else?

It didn’t take long for the Icons to fight back, though, with Pele equalising with just five minutes left.

Game on.

Peles fires home in the 85th minute

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Peles fires home in the 85th minute

The match then went into injury time – and after remaining a stalemate ended with a penalty shoot out.

Sadly, substitute Gareth Bale sees his shot saved for the World XI – and the Icons went on to win.

In other news, if you’re getting fed up of FIFA, then you can give PES 2019 a go for next to nothing.

On the 13th December, those of you who own the Xbox Games Pass will be able to download and play PES 2019 for just £1.

If you don’t own the games pass, you can currently buy a 12-month membership for £47.99 as part of the Christmas sale, giving you access to 100’s of titles including PES and Mortal Kombat X.

An absolute bargain and great way to test out PES when recovering from Christmas dinner.

There are rumours PES will drop the Fox Engine for Unreal 4 next year

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There are rumours PES will drop the Fox Engine for Unreal 4 next year

Still on the fence? Here’s what makes PES 2019 so good

Konami has kept gameplay largely the same this year – and why wouldn’t they? PES 2018 was a nearly perfect execution of how football should feel.

This year, they’ve added 11 new skills, including the cross-over turn, no-look pass, controlled chip, dipping shot and rising shot.

Players also show Visible Fatigue, which impacts performance and behaviour.

Some player faces in PES 2019 are incredible

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Some player faces in PES 2019 are incredible

Elsewhere, new shooting mechanics take into account improved ball physics, player and ball position, and player skills and shot styles.

This all helps make PES 2019 feel absolutely fantastic to play.

There’s little-to-no input delay, dribbling is exhilarating and responsive while banging in goals from outside the area is an absolute joy.

Goalkeepers have improved this year, so won’t leak goals from corners – meaning scoring feels every bit as rewarding as it should do.

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