EA Sports have announced that Robin van Persie is to have a FUT icon card in FIFA 22.
Robin van Persie retired from playing in 2019, following 18 glittering seasons as a professional. The Dutchman scored 144 goals in 280 Premier League appearances across spells at Arsenal and Manchester United, lifting an FA Cup with the former and one Premier League title at Old Trafford. Now, the legendary forward to be playable within FIFA's Ultimate Team mode, in which you can build squads of current and retired icons of the game.
The introduction of van Persie – along with former United teammate Wayne Rooney – into the game follows David Beckham's addition to FIFA 21. Another United legend is being added this year in the form of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, while Everton cult hero Tim Cahill is set to be introduced to FIFA 22, too. Eagle-eyed gamers have noticed too that Rooney is featured with the classic Nike Total 90 boots that he used to play in - which is a new addition to the game.
The flying Dutchman 🇳🇱Welcoming @Persie_Official to #FIFA22 as a #FUT ICON 💪Learn more 👉 https://t.co/lCYdCMptLr pic.twitter.com/iR1MYOzCpQSeptember 21, 2021
There are three tiers of card for each icon - and Van Persie is no different. The three cards for the forward are rated 87, 89 and 91.
Van Persie is the latest icon added the game, joining Cafu, Iker Casillas and RVP's former Manchester United teammate Rooney, who have all been part of EA's marketing campaign for the series.
Rooney's cards are rated at 87, 89 and 91. Casillas's cards are rated 87, 89 and 92, while Cafu has 88-rated and 90-rated RB cards, along with a 93-rated RWB card.
"In Robin van Persie’s long career, he was known world over as a deadshot number 9 with highly refined technical ability - which saw him score some incredible goals," EA say of van Persie, "The most successful goalkeeper in Real Madrid’s grand history, the story of 'San Iker' [Casillas] is a classic football fable."
"A key cog in some of Brazil and Europe’s greatest sides, Cafu’s attacking play down the right of the defence made him a legend of the game and inspired all his sides to triumph. Playing in Brazil, he won an incredible 11 domestic titles in just four years."
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Ed McCambridge is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working for the magazine and website. Ed has been living in Berlin since 2015 and worked as a Bundesliga reporter before joining FFT. Formerly a season ticket holder at AFC Wimbledon, he's now often found at Stadion An der Alten Försterei, bratwurst in hand, on Saturday afternoons.
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