The launch of an update in the Ultimate Team mode of the FIFA 19 videogame has reignited the debate on who was the biggest soccer player ever: Pelé or Maradona?
The launch of an update in the Ultimate Team mode of the FIFA 19 videogame has reignited the debate on who was the biggest soccer player ever: Pelé or Maradona? For Electronic Arts, the company which produced the game, the Brazilian is ahead of the Argentinian.
As well as 39 other soccer stars, Pelé was given a new card in the Ultimate Team, called Icon Prime Moments, reflecting the best moment in each player’s career.
The Brazilian received the highest possible score in the game, 99. According to EA, it is based on his performance in 1970, year in which he won the World Cup for the third time, at the age of thirty. The company even mentions his performance in the final of that championship, against Italy.
“Pelé opened the score against Italy only 18 minutes into his third World Cup final. Finding a space in the far post after a ball reposition, Pelé leaped in order to head a cross made by Rivelino before jumping into Jairzinho’s arms, in an iconic celebration,” says the game’s description.
Maradona’s card has a score of 98. In its description, EA indicates the year of 1986 as the height of the Argentinian’s career. Once again, it points out a World Cup moment, when the star scored an amazing goal against England, in the quarter-final.
“Picking up the ball in his own field, Maradona quickly distanced himself from two English players before making his way towards the attack. Leaving behind one player after another, Maradona kept running with the ball towards goalkeeper Peter Shilton, before finishing his play in style,” it describes.
Even though the Argentinian player is only one number below Pelé’s score card (99 against 98), the maximum price of the Brazilian’s card within the game is 15 million coins, as the game’s currency is called. Maradona’s card, on the other hand, is worth a maximum of 7.5 million coins. For comparison purposes, Lionel Messi, with an overall 94, can be sold for up to 1.3 million coins, less than one-tenth of the value attributed to Pelé’s card.
In 2000, FIFA held an election to define the greatest player of the century, and, at the time, split the award between Pelé and Maradona, a fact which sparked controversy. The division annoyed the Argentinian player, who had won an open voting on the internet with 53.6 percent of the votes against Pelé’s 18.53. Other players were also mentioned.
A commission of former players, of which Pelé was not part, did not agree with the result, and FIFA held a parallel voting, this time through “FIFA Magazine”, a magazine published by the entity in several languages. In this new election, the King of Soccer obtained 72.75 percent, against 6 percent for Maradona.
A third consultation was made, with high-ranking members of soccer’s maximum entity, and Pelé won again. That is why it has been decided to split the award, in order to minimize controversy.
In the ranking within FIFA 19, three ex-players share the third place, with a 95-score card. They are Dutch Johan Cruyff, Italian Paolo Maldini, and Russian Lev Yashin.
As well as Pelé, another Brazilian who has the Icon Prime Moments card is Sócrates, with a score of 92.
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O lançamento de uma atualização dentro do modo Ultimate Team do jogo Fifa 19 reascendeu o debate sobre quem foi o maior jogador de futebol da história: Pelé ou Maradona? Para a Eletronic Arts, produtora do game, o brasileiro leva vantagem sobre o argentino.