PES 2018: Legend player analysis

By Bees?! Posted on in Community, PES2018, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Over the past week PES 2018 has been showcased over in South America in a series of World Tour events. Among proceedings has been the reveal of four brand new legends who will star alongside Diego Maradona (previously announced at E3) on PES 2018.

We took a look at the players announced to give those not already in the know an idea of who they are, and why they’ll make a great addition to your myClub team.

Diego Maradona

Viewed by many as the best player ever to have graced a soccer pitch, Diego Maradona remains to this day the archetypal classic number 10 player. Famed for his immense dribbling skills, thanks in part to his low centre of gravity, the Argentine enjoyed a glittering yet turbulent career which contained celebration as much as it did controversy.

The PES 2018 version of Maradona captures El Pibe de Oro (The Golden Boy) as a 23 year old in 1982 having left his homeland to complete a world record transfer to FC Barcelona.

His stay in Barcelona didn’t last long. Despite notching 38 goals in 58 appearances and lifting the Copa Del Rey, issues both on and off the pitch throughout a tumultuous two years lead to Maradona departing the Catalan Club to play his trade in Naples – again for a world record transfer fee.

It was during his 7 years in Italy that he enjoyed his best years winning a whole host of domestic trophies as well as having a major hand (geddit!) in Argentina’s 1986 International success.

A short move back to Spain with Sevilla followed before returning to his homeland to see out his playing career at former club Boca Juniors via a brief spell at Newell’s Old Boys.

As a legend in PES 2018, the announcement of Maradona differs from his previous counterparts in that Konami have already revealed his rating (83) and how you can get him for you myClub team.

All users will receive the playmaker for their myClub teams as a pre-order bonus when purchasing the digital Barcelona Edition or the physical Legendary Edition of PES 2018 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

 

Romario

If you struggle to score in PES then this legend could well be for you!

Romário de Souza Faria – or Romário as he is better known – was simply a goal machine. Over the course of a  career which spanned 10 clubs (including a second or third return to many) the Brazilian talisman claims to have netted 1,000 times. Although this isn’t an official record oweing to the inclusion of goals scored in junior, youth and friendly matches it can’t be denied that the Brazilian was clinical in-front of goal – and this should be reflected in his playing stats on PES 2018.

Fondly referred to as Baxinho (The Little One) by his fans, Romario is best known for his time spent in Europe with PSV Eindhoven (1988-1993) and FC Barcelona (1993-1995) where he scored 166 goals in only 207 appearances.

He was equally as notorious for his exploits on the International scene bagging 55 goals including 5 which helped his Country achieve a major International Tournament success on American soil in 1994. To this day he remains Brazil’s third highest goal scorer, one place behind Ronaldo with whom he formed one of the most feared striking partnerships ever.

In the twilight years of his playing career Romário became something of a journeyman turning out for no fewer than four Brazilian teams as well as clubs in Qatar, USA and Australia before a stint as player manager of Vasco de Gama,

Nowadays Romario has swapped scoring for serving and is currently the Federal Senator for Rio de Janeiro. A celebrity in political power – who’d have thought it!

 

Marcelo Salas

Football celebrations used to be a lot simpler. Before the *grimaces* dab or the *clears vomit from throat* hotline bling there was Marcelo Salas’ El Matador… down on one knee, a quiet fist clench and job done, an iconic no nonsense celebration a million miles away from the multicoloured boots and sleeve tattoos of modern day football.

The celebration was used a lot too, 285 times to be precise (we’re going to presume Salas dropped the knee for every goal he scored!) in 523 appearances spanning 15 years.

His career got off to a blistering start winning the 1994 and 1995 Chilean Primera Division titles with Universidad de Chile adding the Argentine Primera Division in 1996 with River Plate.

The success didn’t stop following a transfer to Italy in 1998 where El Fenomeno’s goals helped fire the teams he played in to three Italian League Titles and a UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup win.

He also thrived on the International Stage and was only overtaken as Chile’s top goal scorer this year. The peak of his International career came in 1998 where he bagged 4 major tournament goals earning his aforementioned move to Europe.

In terms of PES 2018, as well as great finishing stats – especially with his left foot – Salas should also have high ratings for his control and technique, as well as his aeriel ability due to his prowess in heading a ball.

Socrates

In a club career that saw him turn out for Corinthians, Flamengo, Santos and er… Garforth Town, Socrates racked up over 600 as well as a further 60 caps as an integral part of the Brazil International team – all whilst performing the near impossible task of making a white headband look cool.

However there was more to Socrates than just football. Whilst playing he completed a doctorate in medicine (earning the nickname Dr Socrates) and was also heavily involved in Politics.

He bought this intelligence to the pitch too, especially in his astounding capability to read the game and dictate play from his attacking midfield position. Adept with both feet, Socrates also possessed incredible vision and technical ability on the football pitch, and earned plaudits for his measured through-balls and his specialty blind heel pass.

If that wasn’t already enough, his goalscoring record was also impressive, finding the net over 300 times for club and country throughout his career.

Expect the PES 2018 recreation of Socrates to have high control, dribbling and low pass ratings, all ideal for carving out chances when faced with a resilient and compact defense.

 

Iván Zamorano

The World’s most famous 1+8 (yes you have read that right), Ivan Zamorano – or Bam Bam as he was affectionately known, was part of a dying breed of striker rarely found in the game today.

A true battering ram of a forward, Zamorano earned the admiration of teammates and fans alike for his tireless work both on and off the ball to create chances for colleagues.

Despite his selfless style, Bam Bam was also a goalscorer in his own right. Famed for his aerial prowess, which included an incredible ability to linger in the air, he scored some spectacular headed goals in a career which spanned seven clubs across Europe and South America.

Of all the attacking partnerships formed during his playing days, arguably the most famous was the strike force he created in the Chile National Team alongside fellow PES 2018 legend Marcelo Salas. This helped him retire from International football having a record of scoring a goal every other game, and still see’s him third on his country’s all time goalscorer list.

Zamarano would be ideal for a myClub team which employs a target man, using the high strength and power stats he will undoubtedly be given to hold up the ball and allow space for teammates to attack into.

Which of the legends announced so far would you like to have in your myClub team? Or are there any other legends you’d like to see? Let us know on the Forum or on our Twitter Channel.

PES 2018 is released on September 14 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.