Can you guess these footballers from their unrecognisable appearance in FIFA and PES? | The Sun

FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer? Everybody has a view.

Many will look at the gameplay, while some will be influenced by which game their mates choose.

And some may even decide based on the players' appearances on the game.

Following some hilarious-looking AI players in the 90s and early-2000s, both games have got their acts together in recent years.

But even today, you can still see some very strange looking players on both games.

Here are some that have slipped through the net down the years.


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This Spurs star would go on to become a five-time Champions League winner and one of his country's greatest ever players.

And he had a great crop too, if you played Pro Evolution Soccer in 2008.

The only issue is the player had a far messier haircut at the time, even before he became known for his iconic topknot at Real Madrid.

We are talking, of course, about Gareth Bale.

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Gary Lineker would be delighted to see his three-season stint at Barcelona in the 1980s honoured with an appearance on Fifa.

The only issue is the picture is not supposed to be of the England legend, but an Argentine relative unknown who had just come through the ranks.

Despite making his debut in 2004, this future seven-time Ballon d'Or winner was still a relative unknown by the time FIFA 2006 came out.

The player in question is none other than the great Lionel Messi.

An Arsenal Invincibles centre-back, a two-time FA Cup winner and a Champions League runner-up.

Memorable for his long, straight hair? Nope, us neither.

This player didn't have quite the same importance to the Liverpool team he joined in 2013, but it's still no reason for PES 2014 to get his appearance completely wrong.

Unbelievably, it's Kolo Toure.

If it was understandable that Liverpool fans were being dragged through the mill with unrecognisable players on video games ten years ago, it is less so today.

However, that's exactly what happened with their star striker on FIFA 23.

We certainly don't remember Liverpool splashing out £80m on a bald Uruguayan last summer.

An update was soon released so that the AI player would bear at least some resemblance to the real Darwin Nunez.

David Beckham's replacement at Man Utd arrived in 2003 with a fresh face and iconic blonde streaks in his hair.

But there was none of that on FIFA 2004, where he seemed to have more of a Ryan Giggs look.

In the coming years, this man would become arguably football's most recognisable player.

It is, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo.

As Ronaldo joined Man Utd, the man with whom he formed such a lethal partnership was bursting onto the scene at Everton.

And FIFA 2004 didn't do a great job of capturing his image either.

EA Sports had eight months to prepare an AI player that looked like this future England captain following his famous winner against Arsenal in 2002.

But unfortunately they didn't manage to create much of a likeness to Wayne Rooney at all.

So FIFA didn't quite get Cristiano Ronaldo quite right 20 years ago, but surely things are better now?

Well, if you were told about an £86m winger from Ajax, you might imagine a picture like the above.

The only problem is the Red Devils signed a Brazilian with bleached blonde hair, not a Dutchman.

The FIFA image may not look anything like him, but the player in question is supposed to be Antony.

A blast from the past to finish things off.

This England midfielder looks like a cross between a ghost and a scarecrow at the old Wembley.

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The Three Lions went out in the group stage of Euro 2000, and it wouldn't be any surprise if the game's graphic designers got the boot early too.

The image is supposed to be of Jamie Redknapp.

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