EA Sports’ flagship football-based video game franchise FIFA is one of the most popular and longest running gaming series. EA had started toying with the idea of launching a video game based on the most popular sport in the world, and by 1993 they had released the first game, FIFA International Soccer.
The game would consequently go on to be known as FIFA 94 in the years to come as EA launched one hit title after the other. Every year since then, a fresh, updated version has been released with FIFA 17 being the latest release of the series.
Here, we go through the entire series and pick the highest rated players in each position to create the ultimate, ‘Ultimate Team’. It should be noted that only the primary position of each player has been taken into consideration and the highest rated player in each position has been selected. (For instance, Lionel Messi’s primary position in FIFA 13 was Central Forward. Although he was rated 94 in the game, he does not make it to the team because there are other forwards who have been rated higher in previous instalments.)
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (97)
With an overall rating of 97 in FIFA 05, Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon became the highest rated goalkeeper in the history of the video game. However, when you take into consideration Buffon’s performances in the 2003-04 season, it certainly wasn’t one of his bests.
His club, Juventus, only managed one trophy in the entire season, the Supercoppa Italiana. Nonetheless, he still managed to edge out competition from Oliver Kahn, Edwin Van der Sar and Iker Casillas to be rated the top goalkeeper in the game.