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FIFA 23 Icons: Full List, New Leaks, And More

FIFA 23 Icons: Full List, New Leaks, And More
Images via EA Sports

Written by 

Harry Boulton

Posted 

8th Aug 2022 11:52

The FIFA 23 Icons are some of the most desirable cards to obtain in the game, as they are immortalisation of the legendary careers of some of football's greatest players. Each year in FIFA, EA tend to add a handful of new Icons for players to try out, both as new players retire, and as they continue to go through history. So, for a full list of the FIFA 23 Icons, and some leaks of what to expect further, check out the rest of this guide.

  • Want some more info on new content? Check out the FIFA 23 women's clubs that are arriving in the upcoming title.

What Are FIFA 23 Icons?

FIFA 23 Icons Details

If FIFA 23 is your first FIFA game, or you're new to the Ultimate Team game mode, then Icons can seem a bit confusing at first. To boil it down to the basics, Icons are special cards reserved exclusively for the legends of the game. This includes players like Pelé, Zinidine Zidane, and Paolo Maldini, among many others. They are also not to be confused with FIFA 23 Heroes, which are similar, but more suited for players of a slightly lesser stature.

Each Icon will receive four variants across the course of the year, meant to represent specific stages of their career. At the start of the FIFA 23 cycle, base and middle versions of the Icons will be available, then Prime versions a couple months later, and finally Prime Icon Moments, which represent one of the greatest goals, matches, or tournaments of each player's career.

Icons are not only great because of their insane stats, but they also circumvent the headache of chemistry in game, by soft linking to every single card no matter the country or league, and strong linking to any player that shares the same nationality. This means that they can effortlessly be slotted into any team, and they can make using certain obscure players a lot easier too.

FIFA 23 Returning Icons

FIFA 23 Returning Icons

The FIFA 23 returning icons list is largely going to be the same as the previous year, but there are a few key exceptions. FIFA 23 will have to go on without any versions of both Diego Maradona and Marc Overmars, due to controversies surrounding them outside of the game. 

Here is a full list of the returning FIFA 23 Icons that you will be able to obtain, based on leaked information:

  • Alan Shearer (England)
  • Alessandro Del Piero (Italy)
  • Alessandro Nesta (Italy)
  • Alfredo Di Stéfano (Argentina) - Leaked
  • Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
  • Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
  • Ashley Cole (England)
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
  • Bobby Moore (England)
  • Cafu (Brazil)
  • Carles Puyol (Spain)
  • Carlos Alberto (Brazil)
  • Christian Vieri (Italy)
  • Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands)
  • Claude Makelele (France)
  • David Beckham (England)
  • David Trezeguet (France)
  • Davor Suker (Croatia)
  • Deco (Portugal)
  • Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands)
  • Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
  • Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)
  • Emilio Butragueno (Spain)
  • Emmanuel Petit (France)
  • Eric Cantona (France)
  • Eusebio (Portugal)
  • Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
  • Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)
  • Fernando Hierro (Spain)
  • Fernando Torres (Spain)
  • Filippo Inzaghi (Italy)
  • Franco Baresi (Italy)
  • Frank Lampard (England)
  • Frank Rijkaard (Netherlands)
  • Garrincha (Brazil)
  • Gary Lineker (England)
  • Gennaro Gattuso (Italy)
  • George Best (Northern Ireland)
  • Gerd Müller (Germany) - Leaked
  • Gheorghe Hagi (Romania)
  • Gianfranco Zola (Italy)
  • Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)
  • Henrik Larsson (Sweden)
  • Hernan Crespo (Argentina)
  • Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
  • Hugo Sanchez (Mexico)
  • Ian Rush (Wales)
  • Ian Wright (England)
  • Iker Casillas (Spain)
  • Jairzinho (Brazil) - Leaked
  • Jari Litmanen (Finland)
  • Javier Zanetti (Argentina)
  • Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
  • John Barnes (England)
  • Josep Guardiola (Spain)
  • Juan Roman Riquelme (Argentina)
  • Juan Sebastian Veron (Argentina)
  • Kaka (Brazil)
  • Kenny Dalglish (Scotland)
  • Lauren Blanc (France)
  • Lev Yashin (Russia)
  • Lothar Matthaus (Germany)
  • Luis Figo (Portugal)
  • Luis Hernandez (Mexico)
  • Marcel Desailly (France)
  • Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
  • Michael Ballack (Germany)
  • Michael Essien (Ghana)
  • Michael Laudrup (Denmark)
  • Michael Owen (England)
  • Miroslav Klose (Germany)
  • Nemanja Vidic (Serbia)
  • Paolo Maldini (Italy)
  • Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
  • Patrick Vieira (France)
  • Paul Scholes (England)
  • Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)
  • Pele (Brazil)
  • Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)
  • Petr Cech (Czech Republic)
  • Phillip Lahm (Germany)
  • Raul (Spain)
  • Rio Ferdinand (England)
  • Rivaldo (Brazil)
  • Robert Pires (France)
  • Roberto Baggio (Italy)
  • Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
  • Robin van Persie (Netherlands)
  • Ronald Koeman (Netherlands)
  • Ronaldinho (Brazil)
  • Ronaldo (Brazil)
  • Roy Keane (Ireland)
  • Rui Costa (Portugal)
  • Ruud Gullit (Netherlands)
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)
  • Ryan Giggs (Wales)
  • Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
  • Socrates (Brazil)
  • Sol Campbell (England)
  • Steven Gerrard (England)
  • Theirry Henry (France)
  • Wayne Rooney (England)
  • Xabi Alonso (Spain) - Leaked
  • Xavi (Spain)
  • Zinedine Zidane (France)

There are a handful of Icons that have supposedly downgraded to the Heroes card type, meaning that we could potentially see a more selective Icon collection, meant only for truly the best of the best. For more information about which Icons have been downgraded, make sure to read our FIFA 23 Heroes guide.

  • Want to know more about FIFA 23 crossplay? Don't miss our guide, which goes over everything you need to know to be prepared.

FIFA 23 Icons Leaks

There have been a couple of fairly prominent FIFA 23 Icons leaks hovering about that will be very exciting if they do arrive in game. Generally the way people start speculating about various new Icons entering the game is due to the creation of various themed tifos, game faces, and game data that include certain unreleased players. 

 

The four players that have been most prominently leaked as FIFA 23 Icons so far are:

  • Alfredo Di Stéfano (Argentina)
  • Gerd Müller (Germany)
  • Jairzinho (Brazil)
  • Xabi Alonso (Spain)

Di Stéfano has been rumoured for quite a while now, appearing in the database in the first half of the FIFA 22 cycle. A lot of players were speculating that he would be added into the game mid-cycle like they did with Riquelme in FIFA 20, but they might be saving his big arrival for the new game. 

Additionally, many players have been surprised that it has potentially taken this long for Gerd Müller to arrive as an Icon in FIFA, as he held countless ridiculous goalscoring records that have only in the past couple of years been broken. One thing that is for sure is that he will have a mean shot with either foot.

The two most recently rumoured FIFA 23 Icons that have been allegedly added are Jairzinho and Xabi Alonso, from Brazil and Spain respectively. We suspect that very few players will turn down the opportunity to use another skillful Brazilian winger, and Xabi Alonso will be perfect for any team needing some deep-lying creativity.

There have been a handful of previous leaks that have since been rectified or disproven, which will bring disappointment to players looking forward to specific cards in the upcoming game. The FIFA 23 Icons that don't appear to be coming any more are:

  • David Villa (Spain)
  • Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina)
  • Zico (Brazil)

David Villa and Batistuta seem to have simply not been added to the database, meaning that they might be coming in the future but perhaps not right now.

It is a bit more complicated in regards to Zico though, as has was in the database - and seemingly had a supremely meta card - but has since been removed due to contractual issues. The unfortunate likelihood of this situation now is that we might never see Zico in a FIFA game, as that bridge might have been burned forever.

So, that completes our guide on the FIFA 23 Icons, letting you know which Icons will be returning to the new game from FIFA 22, and a glimpse at some leaks for knowledge of what's to come. Make sure to check out this guide for the FIFA 23 World Cup game mode for some more information on how it will tie in with the modes you're used to playing.

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