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FIFA 18 Icons: 7 all-time legends we really want to see included

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Paul Gascoigne

Too many elegies of Gazza dwell upon unfulfilled potential, which grows tiresome.

Great Britain’s National Football Museum describes him as the “most naturally gifted midfielder of his generation.”

That’s a backhanded compliment. FIFA would be a brilliant vessel to act as a time capsule into the height of Gazza-mania to remember the peaks, not the depths, of his career.

So let Ultimate Team take that talent and freeze it. Gazza’s dribbling ability, eye for goal and effervescent work rate would fit into fun virtual teams.

Roberto Baggio

To call Baggio a striker belies his creative abilities, but to call him a No. 10 would undersell his prolific finishing ability, so he was famously referred to by Michel Plantini as a “nine and a half.”

Something else Baggio has also been referred to: the greatest Italian footballer of all time.

Baggio oozed panache: in his dribbling, volleys from the run of play or inch-perfect dead-ball delivery to the top corner. He would make for a tremendous attacker in Ultimate Team. An all-Italian front three of Baggio sitting behind Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi is mouthwatering.

*Tucks thumb between index and middle fingers, kisses them like a self-congratulating chef*

Edgar Davids

Similar to the Beckham theme of well-traveled, well-adored, Davids’ marauding career saw him play for Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Tottenham (… as well as Crystal Palace in the Championship and Barnet in League Two and Conference Premier).

Davids would be a contrasting addition to those preceding him on this list, as the well-rounded midfielder would be best utilized deeper and would imperiously win tackles. He has an icon’s resume and the nickname to match: he was called “The Mayor of the Street” in his youth.

Lastly, his mop would be an excellent addition to this “Permier League” squad alongside Carles Puyol, David Luiz, Carlos Valderrama, Gullit and others. (Cheers to Reddit user TheTinRam for that wonderful creation.)

Cafu

Don’t think we don’t care about the fullbacks! The most capped Brazilian male footballer of all time is someone we want to see in FIFA 18. Cafu represented Brazil in a quartet of World Cups, including twice being crowned world champion.

USA TODAY Sports-Richard Mackson

USA TODAY Sports-Richard Mackson

An indefatigable force up and down the right flank, he would immediately become one of the most sought-after defenders in the game.

Cafu would join the Brazilian icon contingent of Pele, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos in FIFA 18. Irrespective of who else is in that starting XI, that would have the makings of excessively beautiful attacking football and goals.

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