After months of social media lobbying, two of the Premier League’s brightest young stars have had their FIFA 19 likenesses resculpted. Download the latest patch – it’ll happen automatically next time you start the game – and you’ll note both Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace finally sport updated faces, haircuts and (in Zaha’s case) tattoos.
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Yet that pair covers a tiny part of the updated player list. Also getting makeovers are two very famous footballers from La Liga, while promoted clubs Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham finally get their first batch of likenesses to tie in with EA’s Premier League license. Below you’ll see the 10 best new FIFA 19 player faces, followed by a full list of all refreshed players.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Hardly a drastic overhaul for the flying Welshman, but still a pleasing one – his facial hair has had a trim, his cheekbones have been accentuated, and the loose locks around that famous manbun made even messier. This is the sort of incremental update you’d hope all major players would have annually – start a game with Arsenal and check out Hector Bellerin to see why.
Son Heung-Min (Tottenham)
The Korean forward’s update is similar to Bale’s: a haircut and some work on his top lip bum-fluff, rather than a full overhaul. With Serge Aurier and Davison Sanchez added over the summer, the entire Spurs first-team squad now has realistic likenesses – and you can play at their new stadium before it’s even opened in real life, as explained in our FIFA 19 stadiums guide.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Premier League fans love to hate the Palace man, or at least pretend to – I’d say more than 40% of teams I meet online have the silky-skilled Ivorian deployed up front. Whatever your feelings on the Eagles’ talisman, there can be no doubt over this new likeness. With hairstyle spot-on and neck tattoos updated, it’s one of the best FIFA player faces we have ever seen.
Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)
Zaha may split opinion among the global footballing fanbase, but he has a long way to go to catch the sport’s ultimate pantomime villain. EA’s new Costa likeness gives off the aura of a WWE heel, with his menacing stare and eight-days-unshaven facial foliage captured impeccably. Dab after scoring with this dude in Divisional Rivals to trigger peak FIFA rage.
Dennis Odoi (Fulham)
Don’t be surprised if you come up against Odoi online this season. While he’s only scored 69 overall, a pace rating of 82 makes him tempting for teams who play three at the back, where his speed can cover for other deficiencies. I plan to experiment with him in my Premier League ‘fitness’ team for that very reason. Okay, that and a goatee realistic enough to stroke through the TV screen.
Steven Sessegnon (Fulham)
Fulham receive more updated player faces than any other club: 13 in total, including the previously mentioned Odoi, and Steven Sessegnon, twin brother of 2017/18 hero Ryan Sessegnon. Which is especially curious as the latter does not get a scanned face in the update, despite being widely considered the West London side’s best player.
Neil Etheridge (Cardiff)
Sporting a haircut that you’d describe as ‘sharp’ in every possible sense, Etheridge instantly becomes one of FIFA 19’s best-looking goalkeepers – just be warned that his virtual abilities aren’t quite so flattering. Also new from Cardiff are Joe Bennett, Kadeem Harris, Sean Morrison, Josh Murphy, Callum Peterson, Joe Ralls and Bobby Reid.
Joao Moutinho (Wolves)
Wolves’ summer signing showcases the power of the Premier League within FIFA. Throughout his five-year stint at Monaco – one of the world’s biggest clubs – fans clamoured for the Portuguese midfielder to be scanned, to no avail. Yet within four months of crossing the Channel to sign for Wolves his real face is in. Great news for West Midlanders, but you can see why Ligue 1 fans feel spurned.
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
Lingard’s lobbying of EA, which began following the release of the FIFA 18 World Cup faces update, finally has the desired effect. His new scan has a squarer jawline than last year’s, with more bouffant hair to match his real-life ‘do. United fans get two for the price of one here, with young striker Joshua Bohui also added for the first time.
Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St Germain)
It’s not the Frenchman’s robust defensive qualities which make him stand out among the 48 players below – but a human-beacon hairstyle visible from the Eiffel Tower. Kimpembe’s blonde barnet turns him into the leading light on any Ultimate Team roster, and he’s a solid foundation for your Ligue 1, or all-French, side.
Full list of likenesses in the FIFA 19 player faces update:
- Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)
- Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion)
- Junior Fernandes (Brighton & Hove Albion)
- Mathias Normann (Brighton & Hove Albion)
- Joe Bennett (Cardiff City)
- Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City)
- Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City)
- Sean Morrison (Cardiff City)
- Josh Murphy (Cardiff City)
- Callum Paterson (Cardiff City)
- Joe Ralls (Cardiff City)
- Bobby Reid (Cardiff City)
- Daniel Arzani (Celtic)
- Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
- Floyd Ayite (Fulham)
- Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham)
- Joe Bryan (Fulham)
- Tom Cairney (Fulham)
- Ibrahima Cisse (Fulham)
- Fabricio (Fulham)
- Stefan Johansen (Fulham)
- Neeskens Kebano (Fulham)
- Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham)
- Kevin McDonald (Fulham)
- Dennis Odoi (Fulham)
- Jean Michael Seri (Fulham)
- Steven Sessegnon (Fulham)
- Joshua Bohui (Manchester United)
- Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
- Morgan Sanson (Marseille)
- Danny Batth (Middlesbrough)
- Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle United)
- Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St Germain)
- Enzo Fernandez (Rayo Majadahonda)
- Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
- Stefan Sturaro (Sporting Lisbon)
- Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur)
- Marc Navarro (Watford)
- Benny Ashley-Seal (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Leonardo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Ivan Cavaliero (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Roman Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Neil Warnock (Cardiff City)
- Slavisa Jokanovic (free agent)
FIFA 19 is out now. More worried with how your favourites play than what they look like? Then you need GR’s guide to the biggest upgraded FIFA 19 ratings.