FIFA 19 Icons guide: who’s worth buying if you can’t afford Ronaldo or Pele?

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With the climax of the 2018-19 football season now in sight, many FIFA 19 players are already planning their end-game super squad – after all, there’s a reason its marquee mode is called Ultimate Team. For most, acquiring one or two FIFA 19 Icons is a key element of that strategy. Yet outside of the pay-to-win crowd, few are likely to be able to cough up the 6.5 million coins required for Ronaldo, or 4.8 million for Pele.

However, there are a handful of solutions available for those keen to get in on the Icons game. Below we present six FIFA 19 Icons who’ll set you back less than 600,000 coins each, but still transform your team to a terrific degree. Beginning with a man capped 77 times for his country, and guaranteed to deliver (at least) 77 assists between now and season’s end should you decide to snap him up.

Hidetoshi Nakata (CAM, 88 OVR)

With 90 Ball Control, 90 Composure and 93 Vision the long-time Japanese captain will lay on chances for your forwards all match long, and can be snagged on the transfer market for around 500,000 coins. Even better, he’s available as a Squad Building Challenges reward until 25 February, which should only set you back a maximum of 470,000 coins – and earn you seven tidy packs en route to completion. Use our FIFA 19 Web App guide to steer you towards that goal.

Alessandro Nesta (CB, 92 OVR)

Like Nakata, the imperious Italian can currently be acquired as part of a limited-time Squad Building Challenges set. It runs until the end of February and is completable for just short of 595,000, assuming you follow the solutions found at Futbin. Buying him directly off the market will take you over the 600,000 budget, but you could instead plump for his mid-tier or ‘baby’ cards, rated 90 and 88 respectively. The former goes for around 500,000 coins, the latter in the 480,000 range.

Emmanuel Petit (LB, 85 OVR)

470,000 coins is the cheapest you’ll find an Icon for, with a few regularly available at that price. Petit can be easily captured at that asking price, as cynics look at the Frenchman’s comparatively low overall rating and write him off as unusable. More fool them. His 80 Pace rating isn’t outstanding for a left-back, but he’s close to faultless from a defensive standpoint, and I often switch him to central midfield for the last 30 minutes of games. At 6 ft 1 and with 87 stamina, he’s an impassable defensive wall in front of your back four as opposition forwards tire.

Marc Overmars (LW, 88 OVR)

Come here looking for Pace? Overmars is the man for you. But avoid forking out 590,000 coins for his prime 90-rated version: instead, for 470K, you can snaffle his 88-rated card. It boasts exactly the same Sprint Speed rating of 94, at a saving of 120,000 coins. Happily, the flying Dutchman’s feet are as balletic as they are rapid, with ratings of 86 Ball Control, 87 Balance, 88 Reactions and 89 Composure guaranteed to leave opposition right-backs chasing shadows and/or sobbing into the nearest corner flag. 

Sol Campbell (CB, 85 OVR)

In January I wrote about my FIFA 19 weekend league rewards after entering FUT Champions for the first time ever. The 17 wins amassed over that weekend wouldn’t have occurred without Campbell anchoring my backline. 86 Sprint Speed, 91 Strength and 87 Heading Accuracy see him effortlessly quell both aerial and ground attacks, and his 6 ft 2 frame makes him a force on attacking set pieces too. I love this card. You can nab it for around 540,000 coins.

Alan Shearer (ST, 91 OVR)

Sufficient strength (88) to hold the ball up, just enough pace (81) to sneak in behind the last man, insanely effective when attacking crosses (94 Heading Accuracy), and a finesse demon on the deck (95 finishing): Shearer’s prime card is one of the most well-rounded in the entire game, with his 84 stamina guaranteed to keep him a threat well into injury time. It’ll set you back just north of 550,000 coins, but a couple of weekend leagues with him leading the line should see you recoup a significant chunk of that outlay. 

FIFA 19 is out now. More interested in domestic footballing bliss than the everlasting hunt for better Ultimate Team cards? Then immediately switch your attentions to our comprehensive FIFA 19 career mode guide