In case you’ve been living under a rock, the 2018 FIFA World Cup has started. As a result, FIFA 18 released a new World Cup mode for its players. In the mode, players can participate in an authentic representation of the World Cup. Along with introducing new player ratings for the tournament, FIFA 18 also released 17 World Cup icons for players to use in Ultimate Team. These players are regarded as some of the best to feature in the World Cup, and they have INSANE stats. These players will strike fear in the hearts of your opponents.

Below is a list of all 17 FIFA 18 World Cup Icons.

FIFA 18 World Cup Icons:

 

Pelé

  • Nation: Brazil
  • World Cup Tournaments: 4
  • World Cups: 3
  • Goals: 12
  • Matches: 14

 

Diego Armando Maradona

  • Nation: Argentina
  • World Cup Tournaments: 4
  • World Cups: 1
  • Goals: 8
  • Matches: 21

 

Ronaldo

  • Nation: Brazil
  • World Cup Tournaments: 4
  • World Cups: 2
  • Goals: 15
  • Matches: 19

 

Lev Yashin

  • Nation: Russia
  • World Cup Tournaments: 4
  • World Cups: 
  • Goals: N/A
  • Matches: 13

 

Theirry Henry

  • Nation: France
  • World Cup Tournaments: 4
  • World Cups: 1
  • Goals: 6
  • Matches: 17

 

Lothar Matthäus

  • Nation: Germany
  • World Cup Tournaments: 5
  • World Cups: 1
  • Goals: 6
  • Matches: 25

 

Bobby Moore

  • Nation: England
  • World Cup Tournaments: 3
  • World Cups: 1
  • Goals: 
  • Matches: 14

 

Gary Lineker

  • Nation: England
  • World Cup Tournaments: 2
  • World Cups: 
  • Goals: 10
  • Matches: 12

 

Carles Puyol

  • Nation: Spain
  • World Cup Tournaments: 3
  • World Cups: 1
  • Goals: 1
  • Matches: 14

 

Ronaldinho

  • Nation: Brazil
  • World Cup Tournaments: 2
  • World Cups: 1
  • Goals: 2
  • Matches: 10

 

Laurent Blanc

  • Nation: France
  • World Cup Tournaments: 1
  • World Cups: 1
  • Goals: 1
  • Matches: 5

 

Jay-Jay Okocha

  • Nation: Nigeria
  • World Cup Tournaments: 3
  • World Cups: 
  • Goals: 
  • Matches: 9

 

Rui Costa

  • Nation: Portugal
  • World Cup Tournaments: 1
  • World Cups: 
  • Goals: 1
  • Matches: 2

 

Deco

  • Nation: Portugal
  • World Cup Tournaments: 2
  • World Cups: 
  • Goals: 1
  • Matches: 5

 

Luis Hernández

  • Nation: Mexico
  • World Cup Tournaments: 2
  • World Cups: 
  • Goals: 4
  • Matches: 7

 

Miroslav Klose

  • Nation: Germany
  • World Cup Tournaments: 4
  • World Cups: 1
  • Goals: 16
  • Matches: 24
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Hidetoshi Nakata

  • Nation: Japan
  • World Cup Tournaments: 3
  • World Cups: 
  • Goals: 1
  • Matches: 10

 

Notable Misses

It’s hard to argue against the players listed above. Pretty much all of them are regarded as some of the best players to grace the World Cup. The list does raise some eyebrows with regards to players featured and left off. For example, Jay-Jay Okocha.  A great player with exceptional skill, who was a star in the EPL, didn’t do that much in the World Cup. Zero goals in nine matches for a second striker isn’t great, but his impact was his movement and setting up the goals. He is regarded as a great player, but for me, he isn’t a World Cup great. For me, someone like Toto Schillaci is a prime example of a World Cup icon. A relative nobody, Toto burst onto the World Cup scene leading the tournament with six goals.

Now I know FIFA needs to obtain licensing agreements to feature players, so that may have been an issue along with others. But still, its hard to have a list of World Cup icons without these names:

P.s these players are in no particular order. I am just going off my vast soccer knowledge.

  • Franz Beckenbauer
  • Gianluigi Buffon
  • Paolo Rossi
  • Zinedine Zidane
  • Cafu
  • Carlos Alberto
  • Paolo Maldini
  • Jus Fontaine
  • Gerd Muller
  • Joan Cruyff
  • Antonio Carbajal
  • Dino Zoff
  • Bobby Charlton
  • Paul Gascoigne
  • Gheorghe Hagi
  • Roger Milla
  • Fabio Cannavaro
  • Mario Kempes
  • Gabriel Batistuta
  • Gordon Banks
  • Thomas N’Kono
  • Michel Platini
  • Eusebio
  • Romario
  • Xavi
  • Raul
  • Oliver Kahn
  • Toto Schillaci
  • Fernec Puskas
  • Zico
  • Franco Baresi

What are your thoughts on the 17 FIFA 18 World Cup icons list? Is it good, bad, so-so? Let me know some players that aren’t mentioned that should be on the list.

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Francesco Lo Presti
Soccer fanatic, lover of sports and VERY Italian.

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