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As we close out Ratings season, it’s time to meet the EA SPORTS FC™ 24 Class of 24 ICONs.
The coveted title of ICON sparks heavy debate every year, but this year, we’re welcoming a new class of trailblazers from football history – including five groundbreaking ICONs who paved the way for women’s football – to Ultimate Team™. Between leading their clubs or nations to major honours and setting the bar higher and higher for generations to come, these ICONs have sustained and continued to shine throughout their careers, making them legends in their own right.
The Class of FC 24 ICONs are:
● Mia Hamm (USA): First. That’s Mia Hamm in a word. First winner of the Women’s World Player of the Year, first two–time Women’s World cup champion in 1999, and first woman inducted into the World Football Hall of Fame.
● Zico (Brazil): The greatest playmakers in world football idolized Zico’s creative genius as he invented new ways to glide past his opponents and set the all-time record for free-kick goals at 101.
● Bobby Charlton (UK): Knighted by the Queen of England, Bobby is only one of nine players to win the World Cup, the UEFA Champions League, and the Ballon d’Or.
● Camille Abily (FRA): A French and Olympique Lyonnais legend, Abily took home five UEFA Women’s Champions League titles in the last eight years of her career, scoring 15+ goals a season from midfield and creating chance after chance for her teammates to help transform her team into one of the most dominant sides in football history.
● Birgit Prinz (GER): Prinz was the pinnacle of German football for over a decade, winning every German Player of the Year award between 2001 to 2008 while leading Frankfurt to six Frauen-Bundesliga titles and six German Cup victories in those eight years. She was awarded the Golden Boot in the 2003 World Cup.
● Homare Sawa (JP): After scoring four times in her first international appearance for Japan at 15 years of age, Sawa went on to become an 11-time league winner, a World Player of the Year recipient, and retired as Japan’s record appearance holder and record goalscorer.
● Kelly Smith (UK): Ranked England’s second all-time top scorer averaging more than a goal a game, Smith is known for hoisting a glittering five English league titles alongside five FA Cups, and led the Arsenal to a memorable UEFA Women’s Cup victory.
● Franck Ribery (FRA): This elusive French winger set the then-Bundesliga record for titles, winning nine in just 12 seasons in Bavaria along with a memorable UEFA Champions League victory in 2013.
This year’s ICONs reflect EA SPORTS FC’s continued efforts to create the most authentic football gaming experience.
“It’s a real honour to be included among the ICONS and Legends of football in FC 24,” said Camille Abily. “I’m also delighted that this year the female players will be making their debut alongside the male players, which is excellent news for women’s football, and a great way of raising the profile and recognition of our sport among the general public.”
“Becoming a FC 24 ICON is quite gratifying for me. I am glad to have the opportunity to get closer to new generations by showing a bit of my career and who I was as a player,” says former Brazilian playmaker Zico. “It is an honour that my legacy will continue inspiring these generations through EA SPORTS.”
“I am very happy to be one of the first women to be integrated into FC 24 and to be part of the world’s game again” said formidable German forward Birgit Prinz.