If you’re familiar with the EA Sports FIFA franchise, then you’ve probably played Ultimate Team. If not, its essentially a game mode that lets you build a team and compete against other people’s clubs. Here is a look at how some of our current players would line up on previous versions of FIFA Ultimate Team.
GK: Shay Given (85) – With Jack Butland not making his ultimate team debut until FIFA 13, Shay Given finds himself in the goal of our throwback X1. An impressive 85 rating at the age of 33? No f**** Given.
RB: Glen Johnson (82) – I’m not sure what’s more of a throwback, his miniature afro or his ridiculously good stats from his time at Liverpool.
CB: Ryan Shawcross (74) – Possibly one of the best silver centre-backs ever was Shawcross on FIFA 10. Ryan’s highest rating in the game came the following year, FIFA 11, in which he had an 82-rated inform. He’s the only player in the team to be at Stoke for every single season since the games release. Legend.
CB: Marc Muniesa (67) – Fresh faced, 19-years-old, fan favourite Muniesa broke out of the Barcelona youth set-up in FIFA 12.
LB: Erik Pieters (70) – An angry-looking Erik in his PSV days, in which he later peaked at a 78 rated inform before moving to Stoke on FIFA 13.
RM: Marko Arnautovic (77) – This isn’t actually Marko’s first card. He had a striker version for Inter Milan before he swapped Italy for Germany, where he spent 3 years playing for Werder Bremen.
CM: Joe Allen (66) – Wee Joe first appeared on Ultimate Team in FIFA 11, as a 66-rated, 20-year-old centre midfielder for Swansea. He made his £15 million move to Liverpool the following season.
*“Joe Allen looks like he belongs in the Hobbit”- Ben Rowley, TBPTV Blogger
CM: Bojan (81) – Dubbed the next Messi, Bojan had a remarkably high rating for a 19-year-old at one of the biggest clubs in the world. In the time since, he’s had spells at Roma and Ajax before settling for the bright lights of the Bet 365 stadium on FIFA 14.
LM: Xherdan Shaqiri (61) – Shaqiri’s first ever FIFA card was surprisingly at left back. As a 61 overall bronze card, he’s the lowest rated player in the team. He’s come a long way since.
ST: Jonathan Walters (74) – Super Jon’s first card came as a right-winger for Ipswich Town. His transfer to Stoke was the following year where he went on to receive a 74-rated inform.
ST: Peter Crouch (77) – Crouch’s first card was on FIFA 10 during his time at Spurs. He’s maintained a steady card rating in the years since, typically between 75 and 79, and has been downgraded to a 76-rated non rare this time around.
Compiled by Tom Hammersley
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