Legendary Spanish player Xabi Alonso is apparently getting his own ICON card in FIFA 23. And the values look brutal.
VANCOUVER, CANADA – The release of FIFA 23 is fast approaching, but EA is skimping on info after the reveal. However, a leak has now found out which player will become the new icon and get their own icon card: Xabi Alonso. We reveal what the map looks like and how strong the stats compare to football gods like Pelé.
|name of the game||FIFA 23|
|Release (date of first publication)||September 29th|
|platforms||PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Google Stadia|
FIFA 23: Xabi Alonso as a new icon card – That’s how strong the Spanish hero is
This is what the new icon map looks like: Even before FIFA 23 kicks off at the end of September 2022, more and more information about EA’s last FIFA is slowly leaking out. Now there has been a leak of the latest icon card – honoring the most famous and talented football gods. Xabi Alonso has now also arrived in the FIFA Olympus.
But be careful, it’s still a leak, so no official information from EA. While dataminers have often been right in the past, the map is subject to change, so be skeptical. Here is the tweet with the new icon card of Xabi Alonso in FIFA 23:
These are Alonso’s icon values in FIFA 23:
- 87 CDM
- 81 PAC
- 80 SHO
- 83 pas
- 83 DRI
- 87 DEF
- 86 PHY
FIFA 23: How does the new icon map compare?
That’s why Alonso is now an icon: The Spaniard Xabier, Xabi, Alonso for short, celebrated successes with Real Madrid, FC Bayern Munich and Liverpool: Spain became world champion with Xabi Alonso in 2010. Alonso helped Spain win European titles in 2008 and 2012. The 2004 Champions League final is legendary, with Liverpool trailing 3-0 at half-time. But Xabi Alonso made it 3:3 – his team then won the title on penalties. In 2003 he was the Spanish footballer of the year, in 2015 he was even the goal scorer of the month (December).
In doing so, Alonso secured his place among football’s greatest legends. He retired from active football service in 2018 and is now a coach in Spain. He really deserves the icon card, doesn’t he? Because many users think on Twitter that other players should be preferred. Were the values at least convincing?
How good is the icon card? Xabi Alonso’s card is solid with a rating of 87. Unfortunately, no value particularly stands out. No value is bad or below 80 for that. Considering that Pelé has a breathtaking 98, Maradona 97, Alonso almost looks like a second division team. His compatriot Torres comes in at 91 – Xabi Alonso has above average Def and PHY scores compared to the top forwards.
But that wasn’t it with the icons in FIFA 23. Another leak shows the downgrading of an icon card to FUT Hero. What do you think of Xabi Alonso as an icon – does the Spaniard deserve it (and should be even stronger)? Vote in our poll.