Do you ever just sit back and reminisce on the days where you would come home from school at 3pm and just play video games until bedtime?
You'd get home, run straight into your bedroom, load up the PlayStation One or PlayStation 2 and then spend the next few hours gaming away like there's no problems in the world.
It truly was a blissful time and the innocence of childhood.
Well, be prepared to take a long journey down nostalgia road here and brace yourself for the greatest ever PS2 football games. With the help of Ranker and its readers, we now have a list of the greatest football games to be released on the console, and some of them are absolute classics.
We had legendary football games being produced and an abundance of titles to choose from. You had the likes of FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer that would be released every year, to the lesser known LMA Manager 2003 and David Beckham Soccer that were still unbelievable games.
Ranking them in order from best to worst is a mean task, especially with so many childhood memories attached to these games, but that's what they've done at Ranker, and the list is absolutely stacked with nostalgia.
Of course, the list doesn't involve EVERY single football game ever released for the PS2, but it certainly includes all the big ones.
So without further ado, here are the greatest football games for the classic console.
42. Freestyle Street Soccer
41. Animal Soccer World
40. Gaelic Games: Football 2
39. World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International
38. J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 5
37. World Tour Soccer 2002
36. World Tour Soccer 2005
35. Soccer America International Cup
34. Lego Soccer Mania
33. David Beckham Soccer
32. Manchester United Manager 2005
31. AC Milan Club Football 2005
30. Virtua Pro Football
29. Total Club Manager 2004
28. Total Club Manager 2005
27. Let's Make a Soccer Team!
26. LMA Manager 2003
25. FIFA 10
24. World Tour Soccer 2003
23. FIFA 11
22. FIFA 2002
21. FIFA 12
Feeling nostalgic already? We don't blame you!
As you can see from this section of the list, there are certainly some lesser known games that were released, but there were also some classics that don't even make the top 20!
LMA Manager 2003 only sitting at 26th, whilst FIFA 10, FIFA 11, FIFA 2002 and FIFA 12 fail to break the top 20.
Just goes to show how many great football games we had at our disposal on the PS2.
20. UEFA Champions League 2006–2007
19. FIFA 07
18. Sega Soccer Slam
17. This is Football 2003
16. FIFA 06
15. FIFA 08
14. FIFA 2001
13. FIFA 13
12. FIFA 09
11. 2002 FIFA World Cup
10. UEFA Euro 2008
9. Pro Evolution Soccer 5
8. FIFA Street
7. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
6. World Soccer Winning Eleven 9
5. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
4. FIFA 14
3. FIFA Street 2
2. Pro Evolution Soccer 6
1. Pro Evolution Soccer 2
TAKE. ME. BACK!
What a list of football games.
As you can see, FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer dominate the top 20, and can you really argue with that? It was truly a battle of the juggernauts to try and release the best game, and by this ranking, it seems that Pro Evo may have bettered FIFA when it comes to PS2 games.
Interestingly, FIFA Street 2 comes in above the original, which may spark debate, but can you really argue with Pro Evo 6 and Pro Evo 2 taking the top two spots?
One thing is for sure, the memories will stay with us forever.
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