PES 2017: The 13 best teams to play as and why

When faced with a choice that includes Sansagiulo, Maseadeira and Lancashire Claret, you might think you’d be staring at the wine list in the Burnley branch of Pizza Express. But as you’ve probably guessed from the headline, they’re actually just three of the made-up team names on the latest version of Pro Evolution Soccer.

With only a few official licences sprinkled around the leagues picking a team to play as can be a bit of pain as you try to work out who’s who. So we’ve done the hard work for you, picking out the best licensed teams to take charge of and selecting those with made-up monikers that represent a particularly PES-friendly challenge.

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Tom Wiggins is a freelance writer and editor. He has written for various magazines and websites for the past 17 years, including FourFourTwo, Stuff, GQ, Esquire, TechRadar, Yahoo Sport UK, Red Bull, TrustedReviews, ShortList, Wareable, FACT Magazine, Louder, Metro, The Set Pieces, Decrypt Media, In Bed With Maradona, and The Ambient.