FIFA 21 ICONs ratings predictions for Ultimate Team | FUT 21

Published: 31/Jul/2020 15:21 Updated: 18/Aug/2020 16:22

by David Purcell


EA SPORTS unveiled Manchester United’s iconic striker Eric Cantona as the game’s first legend card in Ultimate Team, and now we’ve got some rating predictions for the rest of the new ICONs in FIFA 21. 

Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC players will be looking forward to jumping right into the action for FIFA 21’s launch. Before that time, they will also get access to the game via the FIFA 21 beta, EA Access, and the FUT Web App when they come out.

No matter when you first get to try out the game, though, it could be months before you’re able to afford your first ICON card in-game.

They are typically very expensive, but that’s part of the appeal really – and the fact that they have strong links with most players.

FIFA 21 Eric Cantona Icon
Eric Cantona has been the first announced ICON in FUT 21.

Cantona, Cech, Xavi, Vidic, Cole, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Eto’o, Torres, Suker, and Puskas. The list of new Icons is sure to have FIFA fans dreaming of that supreme pack luck. Yet, as we all know, there are going to be three versions of each player.

The subsequent ratings are broken down from different parts of their careers and it’s safe to say that nobody wants the Manchester United version of Bastian Schweinsteiger when there are going to be multiple Bayern Munich ones out there.

So, without further ado, let’s run through some of our rating predictions for the next roster of legends.

Ratings predictions for FIFA 21 ICONs

Like all good sides, we’ll kick things off at the back and slowly work our way forward, so first up is Petr Cech. The recently retired shot-stopper is sure to have cards from both his Chelsea and Arsenal days. He was tough to beat on the actual pitch, so he’ll be tough to beat in Ultimate Team.

Moving forward a touch we’ve got Cech’s former teammate Ashley Cole, Nemanja Vidic, and Philipp Lahm rounding out the backline. Each of them was a formidable defender in their heyday and we expect nothing less than top-class overalls for them all.

  • Petr Cech: 88 (base), 90 (mid), 93 (prime)
  • Ashley Cole: 86 (base), 88 (mid), 91 (prime)
  • Philipp Lahm: 87 (base), 89 (mid), 93 (prime)
  • Nemanja Vidic: 90 (base), 91 (mid), 93 (prime)
Petr Cech in FIFA
Petr Cech was the second confirmed new ICON for FIFA 21.

The midfield selection is slightly lacking in depth for FIFA 21, but it more than makes up for it in silverware. There is Xavi and Schweinsteiger, two absolutely world-class midfielders in their prime. The former propelling Barcelona to their golden era, while the latter held down the fort for Bayern and German.

Again, it’s unlikely that either is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to ratings, but will they do enough to cement themselves amid the Gullit’s of the Ultimate Team world? Who knows.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger: 88 (base), 90 (mid), 92 (prime)
  • Xavi: 90 (base), 93 (mid), 95 (prime)
Xavi is back in FIFA 21 as an Icon, and we couldn’t be happier.

The strike force is certainly one area that has plenty of depth when it comes to new ICONs in FIFA 21. Cantona, Eto’o, Suker, Torres, and Puskas. All absolutely class forwards across different generations – each with their own successes at both the club and international level.

However, there should be some differences in ratings with this group. Take Puskas and Cantona for example. The latter has an award named after him while Cantona is the ICON who has been given the spotlight in FIFA 21. They’ll be highly rated, no doubt. Suker, though, might fit in with the likes of Shearer and Rush rather than Pele.

  • Eric Cantona: 91 (base), 93 (mid), 95 (prime)
  • Samuel Eto’o: 87 (base), 89 (mid), 91 (prime)
  • Davor Suker: 85 (base), 86 (mid), 88 (prime)
  • Fernando Torres: 86 (base), 89 (mid), 91 (prime)
  • Ferenc Puskas: 88 (base), 90 (mid), 93 (prime)

There you have it. That’s what ratings we think will be the new FIFA 21 ICONs will get. What do you think these ratings will be? Let us know on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK. 


When is Cavani coming to FIFA 21 Ultimate Team? Man Utd striker missing

Published: 1/Dec/2020 20:39

by Albert Petrosyan


FIFA 21 fans are perplexed by the fact that Manchester United’s newest forward, Edinson Cavani, is still missing from Ultimate Team. Here’s everything we know so far about when El Matador could be added to FUT.

If you scroll over to the available selection of Manchester United players in Ultimate Team, you’ll notice that a certain long-haired Uruguayan fella is nowhere to be found.

Despite having plenty of high-rated and special cards over the past 10 years of FUT, Edinson Cavani was omitted from FIFA’s hallmark mode this year, something which has a lot of players confused.

After his two-goal, one-assist performance for the Red Devils against Southhampton on November 28, many naturally assumed he’d be getting an In-Form in TOTW 10, only to realize he’s not even in Ultimate Team at all, and no one has any idea when he’ll be added back in.

Why isn’t Cavani in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team?

Cavani FIFA 20 Ultimate Team FUTMAS
EA SPORTS / @rodriguesrodo
Cavani’s last card in FIFA Ultimate Team was his FUTMAS item in FIFA 20.

While EA SPORTS have not come out and specifically stated why Cavani isn’t in FUT, it’s clearly because he wasn’t signed by United until after the game was released (remember, FIFA 21 was available as early as October 1 with all the early access promos).

That may confuse some of you who will point out the likes of Thomas Partey moving over to Arsenal on October 5 and still getting a FUT card, even a Ones to Watch. However, it’s important to point out that El Matador wasn’t on a team before getting signed by ManU – he’d parted ways with PSG and become a free agent before the game released, and players who are free agents don’t get cards in Ultimate Team.

So, the long and short of it is that the former Napoli star simply wasn’t on any team when the FIFA 21 player database was created and joined the Red Devils too late to get added in. Of course, one can argue that EA can just add him in now, which they can, but with Cavani not being a very popular card over the past few titles, it’s probably just not a priority for the developers.

Cavani in FIFA 21 career mode

What makes this whole situation even more bizarre is the fact that EA SPORTS went out of their way to add Cavani to Manchester United’s squad in career mode. Yup, you read that right – you can enjoy the prolific forward as a Red Devil in FIFA 21, but only in the offline modes.

Cavani FIFA 21 career mode
The Manchester United version of Cavani can be found in career mode but not in FUT.

When will Cavani be added to FIFA 21 Ultimate Team?

As mentioned above, this can happen technically at any time, but the likeliest scenario is that EA will add him during the Winter Refresh period, which is when all of the winter transfers, rating upgrades, and changes to skill moves and weak foot get applied.

While we don’t know when FIFA 21’s Winter Refresh will take place yet, the past two years’ have started on the 14th and 15th of February, respectively. Traditionally, winter upgrades arrive sometime between the start and end of February.

Cavani might even get a Ones to Watch, especially since the devs, in hindsight, will already know that he features and does well for Man United so there’s potential for him to receive In-Forms and other special cards.

Cavani FUT 21 rating, in-game stats, skill-moves predictions

Cavani's FIFA 21 stats
In-game stats for Cavani in FIFA 21 career mode.

This is a bit of a tough one to predict because Cavani’s FIFA 20 base card was 88-rated and it’s highly unlikely EA will give him that high of a rating in FUT 21. So, our best bet is to look at the player’s stats in career mode.

His rating offline is 84 overall, with High/High work rates, three-star skill moves, and four-star weak foot. Needless to say, the focus of this card’s in-game stats are shooting and physical, which are hallmarks of El Matadors’ play-style. His pace, passing, and dribbling stats, on the other hand, do leave a lot to be desired.

Our guess is that, once he is added in, the former PSG man will feature a slightly higher overall-rating, maybe 85-86, with only a very slight boost to all of the important in-game stats across the board.

There you have it – everything there is to currently know about Cavani’s absence from FIFA 21 Ultimate Team and when he could be getting added back in. As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter, @UltimateTeamUK, for regular FIFA updates, news, leaks, guides, and more.