Good Morning! Today I am going to be starting a new series of concept Icons that would be great to see in FIFA. I will go through their background, why they deserve a card, and the card itself. It should be fun to learn about these icons before they get into the game. And today, we start with Er Bimbo de Oro, L’Ottavo Re di Roma, Il Gladitore, Francesco Totti.
Francesco Totti was a one-club wonder… but not in a bad way. Having spent his professional career at Roma, he has brought wonder to the fans of Italian Soccer and to the world with his fantastic performance as a pure #10, or, as we love to say here in America, a playmaker. He started off on the wing under Zdeněk Zeman, where he would develop physically and mentally before being deployed as a #10 under Fabio Capello, the following coach, in a 3-4-1-2 and in the 3-5-2 formation. His elegance and technicality with both feet earned him much praise, being able to play all along the front line.
His time at Roma was one filled with highs and lows, as with all FUT icons. However, in his most prominent years, he was a fantastic player who was being utilized as a creative attacking midfielder due to his fantastic passing and playmaking abilities. It was in this role, in 1999, that he would hoist the Scudetto for Roma, marking the third time in Roma history that they were crowned champions of Italy. Totti finished the 1999 season with 13 goals, tying his personal best.
In the following years in Roma, Totti would go on to claim numerous awards and nominations, including a Ballon d’or nomination in 2000 and 2001. He was named Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year for 2000 and 2001.
The most impressive thing about Totti would be his consistency as a top Italian player throughout his years as a player, even being able to play until his late 30s. He would go on to equal Paulo Maldini’s record of playing in 25 Serie A seasons.
Francesco Totti’s trophy cabinet includes a World Cup Trophy and a Euros trophy. While he has never won a champions league trophy, he is still recognized as an incredible player, and as some would say “a true #10”. He was validated by opinions of every top player, who all recognized him well enough that he was put on to the top 100 football players of all time.
In terms of play style, he is someone who is a prolific goalscorer who was renowned for his ball control, vision, creativity, and passing. Known for his work rate and willingness to contribute defensively, he was someone who utilized his balance, dribbling skills, and acceleration in order to get past his opinions. He was also able to shoot powerfully and accurately on both feet. His most recognized technique, however, is his chipped shot technique, with one of the most famous instances coming in the penalty shootout of Italy’s Euro 2000 semi-final against the Netherlands.
As one of the best players of his generation, as well as being one of the greatest players of all time, he deserves at least a 91 rated card in the FIFA Ultimate team. His Icon Moments, however, is a 94, signifying his year of 1999-2000 being the year where he received his first nomination for Ballon D’or, being named the Serie A Italian Footballer of the year, as well as leading his Italian side to winning the Euros. While he did not receive the Ballon D’or, he still competed at that level. Along with Del Piero, these two lead the Italian side to a Euros and a World cup. Below are his cards.
Baby (Starting Season as a CF for Roma, around 1995. 4* Skill Moves, 4* weak foot, Medium/Low Work rates, chip shot trait, outside the foot trait, finesse shot trait)
Mid (Season as a Left wing under Zdeněk Zeman before his strengthening program. 4* Skill Moves, 4* Weak Foot, High/Medium work rates, chip shot trait, outside the foot trait, finesse shot trait)
Prime (Season with Fabio Capello, as a CF employed on the front line. 4* Skill Moves, 5* Weak foot, High/High Work rates, chip shot trait, outside the foot trait, finesse shot trait)
Icon Moments (Penalty against Australia in World Cup before eventually winning the World Cup. 4* Skill Moves, 5* Weak foot, High/High Work rates, chip shot trait, outside the foot trait, finesse shot trait)
And that’s Totti, our first Icon Concept. Thank you for reading. Next one is a German Machine!