FIFA Ultimate Team: The game mode's seven greatest cult heroes

FIFA Ultimate Team

EA Sports revolutionised the FIFA franchise back in 2010 with the introduction of the Ultimate Team game mode.

Ever since, it has been the go-to for the majority of players and it seems to be getting better with each passing year.

Squad battles, squad building challenges and the ever frustrating 'Weekend League' have transformed Ultimate Team into a global phenomenon.

The goal for the majority of players is to one day earn themselves either a Lionel Messi, a Cristiano Ronaldo or one of the coveted Icon cards.

However, throughout the history of the game mode there have been certain cards which have become cult figures.

Players have been able to snap them up for a pittance and use them to such devastating effect that you would think it was Messi or Ronaldo in disguise.

So without further ado, here are seven of Ultimate Team's greatest cult heroes.

FABRIZIO MICCOLI

If you never paired Palermo's bullish striker with Udinese man Antonio Di Natale at any point, you're simply not doing Ultimate Team correctly.

Miccoli with Palermo

Like an Italian Carlos Tevez in his prime, Miccoli was frankly unstoppable for a number of the game's editions.

He only featured on the game mode for four years, with his last outing coming in FIFA 13 after he secured a move to Lecce.

It was FIFA 10 where Miccoli was particularly devastating and you can see his cards from that year below.

Miccoli

A base rating of 85 and his boost to 89 literally made him unstoppable. Not a household name, but without a doubt a FIFA legend.

WELLITON

The thought of the legendary Ronaldo Nazario reincarnated is a scary thought for anyone attempting to defend on the game and Welliton wasn't far off of being just that.

Back in FIFA 12, the sight of Spartak Moscow's Brazilian striker in a lineup was almost enough for any player to just quit the game as soon as possible.

He may have been rated just 83, but he felt closer to 93. You can view his monster of a card below.

Welliton

That 92 pace used to tear defences to shreds. No wonder Russian League teams were the hip thing back then.

After his successful time with Spartak, Welliton moved to Turkish side Mersin Ä°dmanyurdu in 2014 and is now in the UAE with Sharjah FC.

JIMMY BRIAND

A lot was expected of the exciting French forward in real-life while he was at Lyon, but it was virtually where Briand enjoyed his finest hour.

EA turned him into a cut-price beast on FIFA 11, a striker that really could do it all.

Briand

Those stats speak for themselves.

At 5'11", Briand was impossible to shrug off the ball as well, with his 85 dribbling allowing him to drift past players at will.

He's still going in France with Bordeaux and is now rated 77 on FIFA 19.

SEYDOU DOUMBIA

A striker who has been a cult figure in the FIFA franchise pretty much every single year.

The Ivorian is renowned for his blistering pace and as every FIFA player knows, speed is the key on the game.

His finest card came back in 2015 when he sealed a move to Roma, which allowed gamers to earn chemistry from Doumbia far easier.

Doumbia

If you ever paired him with Victor Ibarbo and Gervinho in attack, then you really were playing the game correctly.

Doumbia is now in Spain with Girona.

MICHEL BASTOS

The Brazilian winger really did have it all on FIFA.

Bastos spent four seasons with Lyon between 2009 and 2013, scoring 40 goals along the way and on FIFA 12, he was simply a must-have on the left-wing.

Bastos

Pace, dribbling, passing and a devastating left foot made him a nightmare to play against.

His move to Schalke back in 2013 didn't exactly go to plan and he is now back in Brazil with Sport Club do Recife.

ALEXANDER ESSWEIN

The lowest rated card on the list, but that didn't seem to matter, with Esswein destroying defenders for fun back on FIFA 13.

He felt like a German version of Sergio Aguero and was probably responsible for a lot of broken controllers.

Esswein

His 90 pace rating is obviously impressive, but the rest of his stats appear pretty low to the naked eye.

But don't be fooled, as Esswein in-game was the definition of 'beast'. Has there ever been a greater 75 rated card?

YASSINE CHIKHAOUI

The final cult figure is one of Ultimate Team's most iconic in-form cards.

While at Swiss side FC Zurich back in 2015, the Tunisian playmaker received a nice boost from 77 to 80.

And for some reason, he was handed stats that you would associate with the world's finest midfielders.

Chikhaoui

He was outrageously good.

There weren't many players on FIFA 15 better than Chikhaoui and his name will forever be etched into the game's folklore.

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