The World Cup expansion for FIFA 18 allowed many gamers to get their hands on the most elusive players in FIFA Ultimate Team, ICONs from the history of football.
Introduced in FIFA 14 as Legends, ICONs have become some of the best and most popular players in FIFA Ultimate Team, and FIFA 19 promises to be no different.
Each ICON has three different versions, the highest rated of which is the player's Prime ICON i.e. when they were at their peak during their playing career. For example, new ICON Steven Gerrard has an 89-rated edition for 2000/01, a 91-rated version for 2004-2006 and a latter-era Liverpool captain card with an overall score of 86.
A host of new ICONs have been announced for FIFA 19, with these legends of the game set to be included alongside some of the best players from past editions of FIFA.
What new ICONs are in FIFA 19?
England midfielder Frank Lampard has also been added to FIFA 19, along with Gerrard, with many eagled-eyed Liverpool fans pointing out that EA Sports have given the former Reds captain a high rating of 91 compared to Lampard's 90 overall score.
Ultimate Team players can strengthen their frontline with the additions of Johan Cruyff, Eusebio and Raul, as well as Brazil legends Rivaldo and Socrates. Claude Makelele is sure to be a popular option in central midfield, with his French nationality allowing him to have good chemistry with the winners of the 2018 World Cup and help build hybrid teams.
Italy's recent history is represented by Gennaro Gattuso, Roberto Baggio and Fabio Cannavaro, while Clarence Seedorf's all-round attacking stats make him an interesting proposition for FIFA 19.
These new ICONs will take their places in Ultimate Team alongside many legendary players from previous editions, who are set to be included once again this year.
How can I get ICONs in FIFA 19?
There are numerous ways to add ICONs to your Ultimate Team, but they will still be difficult to acquire in FIFA 19 due to their high ratings and ability to generate good chemistry links with players of any league or nationality.
The most straightforward way to get ICONs is on the Transfer Market, where other gamers have put their players up for sale. These can sometimes cost a lot of in-game coins, especially for the top-rated legends.
ICONs can be opened in packs from the Store. These packs can be bought with in-game currency or else FIFA Points, but the chances of pulling an ICON or a very highly rated player are usually low. You just have to be lucky, or patient, or both!
Prime ICONs are now all available from the very start of the season and are available both in packs and through Squad Building Challenges (SBCs). Versions found in packs are sellable on the Transfer Market, while SBC rewards are untradeable and often require multiple special cards (Team of the Week, Man of the Match, etc.) to be submitted to complete their challenges.
Full list of FIFA 19 ICONs and ratings
Note: The ratings above are for the Prime version