PES 2021: AC Milan Iconic MomentsWe currently have six AC Milan Iconic Moments released in PES 2021 this year. Whenever any new AC Milan Iconic Moments are released in PES 2021, this review will be updated with the new set of players.
Marco Van BastenPlaying Style: Fox in the Box
Looking back at that Iconic MatchVan Basten became the first man to net four times in the Champions League when AC Milan destroyed Swedish side ITK Goteborg in 1992, the highest count ever scored in the European competition. This record stood for a massive 20 years until Messi scored 5 goals against Leverkusen in 2012. Scoring the first goal in the thirty-third minute, Marco added three more goals within a span of 10 minutes in the second half from which the pick of the goals was his third in the 61st minute: a sublime bicycle kick from just inside the box. His stellar season helped him pick the Ballon d’Or a month later. Unfortunately for the legendary Dutchman, Van Basten’s career effectively came to an end later that season when he required yet more ankle surgery as his side lost to Marseille in the Champions League final.
Player AnalysisOne of the best strikers of PES 2021, Marco Van Basten enjoyed the best of cards, his Legend Version as well as the Iconic Moment card from PES 2020. This season too, the card is really good, but not an upgrade over the previous version. As a pure striker, Van Basten still hits the bar of expectations, but few stats being downgraded does make a difference. Before going to the detailed review, we suggest you not worry if you don’t pack Van Basten in the current draw, as his better card is available in the Shop thanks to the eFootball Program.
Formation DiscussionSimilar to last year’s card, he works better in a two CF formation. Formations like 4-3-1-2, 3-4-1-2 are great fits. Although few people might not find him effective in this position, he has attributes to play the best at a CF formation supported by wingers like a 4-2-1-3 where two wingers make runs while he collects the ball deep and then distributes forward. He thrives best under a counter-attacking manager with a short-passing style of play.
Playing Style: Goal Poacher
Looking back at that Iconic MatchThe 2007 UEFA Champions League Final was contested between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece, on 23 May with 63,000 people in attendance. Liverpool, who had won the competition five times, were appearing in their seventh final. Milan, who had won the competition six times, was appearing in their eleventh final. AC Milan made sure there was no Liverpool comeback this time. The Rossoneri got the better of Liverpool by beating them 2-1, thanks to two goals by Filippo “Pippo” Inzaghi for its seventh European Cup title.
Player AnalysisNo would dare not to mention Filippo Inzaghi when there is a question of the best Super-Subs in the game. Not because of someone’s being forced to tell so, it is because of how dangerous this guy is when he comes on the pitch as a sub, just like he was distinctively known for his Poaching skills. The latest version is a big upgrade to the PES 2020 IM statistically when it comes to the Dribbling and Passing departments, but has stats downgraded for finishing and acceleration. Let us see in detail how the card is built-in PES 2021.
Formation DiscussionInzaghi works the best as a Super-sub, but if necessary, you can play him at the top but with someone playing the second fiddle to him in an SS/advanced AMF role. H. Flick’s 4-2-3-1 is the best fit for Inzaghi, followed by 4-2-1-3, 4-3-1-2 working the best for him too.
Playing Style: Classic No. 10
Looking back at that Iconic MatchAC Milan faced Juventus on a Sunday matchday on 30th December 1990 in the Giuseppe Meazza. With around 83,000 fans in attendance, the match was expected to be a treat for football fans around the world. Arrigo Sacchi played a 4-2-2-2 double 6 formation, with Massaro and Gullit at the top. However, the men in red did not disappoint. Goals from Carlo Ancelloti and Ruud Gullit ensured the win for AC Milan. Carlo’s first goal of the season came in the 45th minute from a right-footed shot. Gullit followed in the 55th minute, scoring the second goal and also his 2nd of the season from a Frank Rijkaard through ball on the right, followed by a sublime bottom left corner finish.
Player AnalysisA rare breed of a Physical attacking midfielder, Gullit is a monster on the pitch with his exceptional attacking prowess and physical capacity. Don’t doubt his Classic No. 10 playstyle, which isn’t popular amongst players, because his game really differs from what you think. Gullit is one of those players with whom you can hold the ball for a long time and bully players as your wish by utilizing the best of his physical attributes. The previous version was also a very good card, and the new release has also packed some great stats that show on the pitch.
Formation DiscussionGullit works the best as a central AMF/SS/CF. He fits better in formations like 4-2-1-3, 4-2-2-2, and the 3-2-3-2 fits perfectly for him. If you plan to use Gullit as an SS/second fiddle CF, preferably have him at the left SS role in 2 CF formations.
Playing Style: Classic No. 10
Looking back at that Iconic MatchThe Milan derby was one of the most sought matches in football history and remains to be one of among others. On 28/09/2008, AC Milan faced Inter Milan with 80,000 people in attendance at the Giuseppe Meazza to witness all-time popular Milan derby. The Milan derby was lit up with some Brazilian magic just before the break when Ronaldinho put AC Milan in front with a superb header from a delicious Kaka cross.
Player AnalysisOn paper, the AC Milan version of Ronaldinho compared with the Barcelona IM version and the Legend version looks the weakest among the three, where the old purchasable Nike version not included in the discussion. Here, the only improvement comes from the massive upgrades of Heading and Jump stats. It had to be, as this card is from the later stages of his career. But still, Ronaldinho is the same, whatever the version it might be. With the Classic No. 10 playing style, just like his other versions, Ronaldinho is still a dribbling beast, so players with good dribbling skills utilize the best of him. In this case, Ronaldinho’s pace becomes a concern. He feels a lot slower, undeniably because of his low pace stats, he can be easily chased down by opponent defenders. Yet, he is still very good on the ball. This case is similar to the PES 2021 Messi. Ronaldinho is a flashy player by far and has fancy dribbling skills to prove the point. Dribbling remains his best asset.
Formation DiscussionHe is best suited as a central AMF in formations like 4-2-1-3, 4-3-1-2. In this case, Ronaldinho has better heading ability, so you can take advantage of that by making him run centrally to meet the ends of some crosses inside the box. Even though not the fastest for the position, he can fit well as a left SS/LWF and can cut inside to curl the ball in, which utilizes the best of his abilities.
Playing Style: Orchestrator
Looking back at that Iconic MatchThe 1990 European Cup Final was held amongst a 58,000 crowd between AC Milan of Italy and Benfica of Portugal on 23 May at the Praterstadion in Vienna, Austria. Arrigo Sacchi’s side had won the trophy in Barcelona the previous year, hammering Steaua Bucharest 4-0. This win would make AC Milan the only side to defend their title in European history and eventually did so. The final itself was a tight affair. The Portuguese, coached by Sven Goran Eriksson, was well marshaled at the back by Ricardo Gomes and future Roma stalwart Aldair. Marco Van Basten found it hard to free himself from the attentions of the two uncompromising Brazilians. In midfield, both teams tried to impose their style. Milan pressed aggressively as their coach demanded, looking to place The Eagles on the back foot throughout. Meanwhile, Benfica strived to play through their midfield duo Jonas Thern and Valdo despite the constant pressure. Defenses remained on top as the last quarter of the game neared. The winning goal came in the 68th minute for Milan when Frank Rijkaard ran through the opposing defense and scored the only goal of the match. Alessandro Costacurta stepped forward from the backline and slid a lovely ball into Van Basten. The Dutch center forward had dropped free of Aldair into a number 10 position and in one touch he played in his compatriot Frank Rijkaard. With perfect timing, the midfield man had filled the space Van Basten had vacated. After one touch to collect the ball and another to set it in front of himself. Rijkaard was one on one with Silvino. He slotted the ball into the net with the outside of his right foot and low for the only goal on the night. Although the competition soon became The Champions League, Milan remains the last side to retain the old European Cup, where Real Madrid has the legacy to be the only team to defend it twice consecutively.
Player AnalysisThis card is of a similar profile compared to his PES 2020 Iconic Moment version. Even though there are some changes to the stats, they both seem similar on paper. In PES 2021, Rijkaard comes as a Ball playing DMF with great defensive stats. Being an Orchestrator in the game, Rijkaard has that fine balance between offensive and attacking prowess. Not the offensive stats that would interest you, but way enough to be active as an attacking unit as well. Rijkaard is good in forwarding passing with 90+ Passing stats and has also great control on the ball, which will help you a lot in moving the ball forward. His Weighted Passes are very accurate and have a lot of range along with it.
Formation DiscussionHe can play as a sole DMF but is advisable to go with a Double Pivot behind an offensive midfielder because of Rijkaard being the best as a ball distributing DMF. 4-2-1-3, 3-2-4-1, 3-2-2-3, 4-2-2-2 are some amazing formations that thrive well with Double Pivots.
Playing Style: Build Up
Looking back at that Iconic MatchThe iconic match was the same European night (covered in the Filippo Inzaghi section) After the match, The European Champion Clubs’ Cup was presented to Milan captain Paolo Maldini in the Guest of Honour’s box, as UEFA President Michel Platini favored a return to the tradition of winning captain receiving the trophy among the fans.
Player AnalysisThe older version of Iconic Maldini is often in the discussion of being one of the best CBs in the game. Even the legend version is also one of the “go-to” picks for many players in the game. What makes the call surprising is that both the cards were of Offensive Fullback playstyle. This made Maldini versatile, but still, some fans wanted a pure defense dominating CB Maldini, to recreate the domination of his defensive presence in the game just like he did in real life. As a pure defender and not focusing on the offensive attributes, the new IM Maldini is a monster addition to any defense. He can make any average backline world-class in the game until there is scripting involved (just a joke). The Build-Up version of Maldini gets heavily downgraded offensive stats compared to the Offensive Fullback one, but comes with added stats to defensive attributes. Still, Maldini remains to be a great ball passer with 85+ stats in both Low and Lofted Pass. Considering the card to be 38 years old, these stats suggest how good Maldini was even during the final years of his career.
Formation DiscussionNothing much to discuss here, as Maldini can fit in any formation, and players who like using 3 ATB (at the back) formations like 3-2-2-3, 3-4-1-2, etc. can easily play him as a central CB to maintain the balance in the middle. Conservative pressing, All-Out defense seems a better managerial choice.
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