An era of legends and talents now at the end of the race not only in the green rectangle. Because the farewell of some champions will inevitably mark the virtual world and video games. In the new Fifa 24, which has shed its skin and will be called EA Sports FC 24, we will have to do without some extraordinary football icons. Players like Zlatan Ibrahimovi?, Gareth Bale or even Andrés Iniesta will not be included in the Electronic Arts video game. The reasons for the absence of these stars are different. Some legends ended their long careers, other famous players moved to clubs whose league is not licensed. In the new EA FC 24, therefore, there will be no place for some champions from the recent past.
BALE AND IBRA: FUTURE AS ICONS?
Ibrahimov? He retired at the age of 41, so naturally he won’t be able to play. Perhaps the Swede will return to the game in the next few years as an icon or a hero. After numerous knee injuries, the Malmö giant seen in Italy with Milan, Juventus and Inter missed most of last season with the Rossoneri. Seeing him again in a video game, however, is not a mere utopia. Ibrahimov? It is possible that he will get an Icon card soon. Same fate for Gareth Bale, who surprisingly hung up his boots at the age of 33. The Welshman has repeatedly been at the center of controversy. The bone of contention is his passion for golf, which has led to football. In Fifa 23 he already received an interesting End of an Era SBC, which many players have completed. Future of the hero card? We will see it in the coming months or years.
Meanwhile, several world champions with their respective teams will also be missing. Mesut Özil’s talent shone between Real Madrid and Arsenal. His star then faded over the years. He ended his career in Istanbul with Turkey’s Ba? Ak? Ehir and could return as an icon, given the World Cup victory with Germany in 2014. However, Andrés Iniesta’s story is different. The Spaniard, who left Catalonia and his beloved Barcelona in 2018, has found asylum in the United Arab Emirates. After five years with Vissel Kobe in Japan, Iniesta moved to the Emirates Club, a UAE Pro League team that will not be available in EA FC 24.
Another lap, another world champion. Gianluigi Buffon had to deal with his identity document and leave football at the age of 45. To fully comprehend his greatness, his virtual career also comes under the microscope. Suffice it to say that his first appearance in video games is linked to FIFA 98. A good 26 years on the back of Buffon, who has gone through literally all eras: from PlayStation 1 to PlayStation 5, going through all the Xbox evolutions . , the Microsoft console. A record perhaps unattainable for any other player. However, the era of him can be said to have ended momentarily. We will surely see him again as an icon in EA FC 24. A small curiosity aside, in the last FIFA 23 FIFAe World Cup he was used as an outfield player thanks to an event called Shapeshifters, which changed the canonical roles of footballers. . Buffon often found himself in central defence. An absurdity for all football fans, but therein also lies the beauty of video games.