Barcelona Iconic Moments in PES 2021We currently have these nine Barcelona Iconic Moments which have been released in PES 2021 this year. Whenever any new Barcelona Iconic Moments are released in PES 2021 or the coming seasons, this review will be updated with the new set of players.
Playing Style: Roaming Flank
Looking back at the Iconic MatchOne of the Iconic nights of football, where the greatest displayed a masterclass performance. A match remembered by football fans all over the world, this match elevated the El Clasico rivalry to another level. Barcelona faced hosts Real Madrid in a packed stadium. As iconic as it gets, Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal to send them top of La Liga with an injury-time winner against 10-man Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, with Ramos sent off earlier before this event. Casemiro scored first for the hosts before Messi and Ivan Rakitic put Barcelona in front and Sergio Ramos was shown a red card for a wild lunge. However, the substitute James Rodriguez found the back of the net to bring it to level to 2-2. But Messi, who scored his first with a superb jinking run and finish, fired in from the edge of the area from a Jordi Alba cutback to win it for Barcelona after a wonderful Sergi Roberto run from the Barca half.
Player AnalysisMessi this year has been a bit nerfed following the chopping of some of his stats, especially speed and acceleration. Although real-life won’t be close to it, the game had to adapt to some new stats. However, this card is way better, with boosted pace stats and also with a playstyle change from Creative Playmaker to Roaming Flank. Here, you can find him in the best of the positions to receive the ball and tends to move to the central areas of the pitch more often.
Formation DiscussionWorks in any formations with wings. Being a Roaming Flank, he can easily fit at RWF in 4-3-3 or 4-2-1-3 formations. At AMF, he has enough pace and stamina for a whole 90, so you can use him as a lone AMF in 4-3-1-2 formation or as a right AMF in 4-2-2-2 formation.
Playing Style: Classic No. 10
Looking back at the Iconic MatchChelsea won 5-4 in this encounter at Stamford Bridge on 8th March 2005, as Ronaldinho produced moments of brilliance for the Catalans who were leading 2-1 in the first leg. Despite early goals from Gudjohnsen, Lampard, and Damien Duff within the first 19 minutes, Barcelona pulled back within half-time via two goals from the Brazilian wizard Ronaldinho.
Player AnalysisOne of the greatest magical wizards with the ball, the King of Tricks and Skills made it a treat for the audience and players on the field. The Smiling Assassin was a nightmare to play against when he was in possession. He was one of the best with his close control of the ball and dribbling in-game. Comparing the Iconic Moments with his Legends version, The pace and ball control with excellent set-piece taking skills is improved in this version. Ronaldinho is excellent in taking on defenders with his skills and 97 balance to beat the best of the defenders. The finishing and curlers are excellent as Ronaldinho can score and run on the sidelines and celebrate with his special dance celebration.
Formation DiscussionHe is suited for the central AMF position in 4-2-1-3 of L. Roman or T. Bindewald. He can also be played as a central AMF in 4-3-1-2 of J. Spaak and D. Millesi. In such AMF formations, Ronaldinho can also be played as the CMF along with a goal-scoring AMF. In the case of the 4-3-3 formation of Luis Enrique and G. Southgate, he can also be played just behind the striker as a left SS/LWF. Ronaldinho can also fit in as a left AMF in the 4-2-2-2 of Hansi Flick or M.Preuss behind the CF’s, where he can provide through passes to the attacker or curl in the long shots from the left with his right foot. In such a formation, he can line up alongside the likes of Messi, who would play on the right AMF.
DecoPlaying Style: Creative Playmaker
Looking Back at the Iconic MatchBarcelona faced Espanyol in the Olímpic Lluís Companys on 7th January, 2006. Placed first in the league, Barcelona needed the three points to strengthen their top place in the title race. The match started with Barcelona having a lot of possession, but not getting the goal they needed. But Deco broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute to score from an Edmilson assist. Scoring his 3rd goal of the season, he continued a very good performance to the 2nd half as well. Eto’o scored the 2nd goal for Barca before Tamudo scored one for the hosts to end it 2-1.
Player AnalysisThe Portuguese legend has great ball control and dribbling skills which can help him to beat defenders. He has necessary upgrades compared to his Legend version, which was more of a midfielder with more assisting abilities. Deco, as a creative playmaker is great as he can make runs in counters, where he can provide assists and pre-assists. Deco isn’t that quick, who can charge with his pace and dribbling from the center to the goal. In the case of Deco, He has low pace and acceleration. His finishing is decent for long-rangers outside the box. It is recommended to use him plainly as an attacking midfielder or a central midfielder with a goal-scoring attacker.
Formation DiscussionHe is best suited as an AMF/CMF in 4-2-1-3(Eg: L. Roman or T. Bindewald) . Deco isn’t a lethal goal scorer and cannot charge into the box during the attacks. He can chip in during counters, making a great final pass. This makes Deco a great option in the 4-3-3 of G. Zeitler and Luis Enrique. He can also be played as a sole AMF in 4-3-1-2 of Fernando Santos and C.Valbuena.
Carles PuyolPlaying Style: The Destroyer
Looking back at the Iconic MatchBarcelona faced arch-rivals Real Madrid in a quarter-final El Classico in the Copa Del Rey on 18th January 2012. Madrid started the match strongly with Cristiano Ronaldo finding the net past Barca shot-stopper Jose Pinto. Post the goal, the Catalans bounced back but did not find the net till half-time. 3 minutes into the second half, Xavi’s corner kick met a diving Carles Puyol who leveled up the score with a fantastic diving header. In the 76th minute, Leo Messi produced a sensational pass to find Abidal, who calmly sent it past Casillas into the net. Barcelona was left with a 2-1 advantage into the second leg of the competition.
Player AnalysisBeing a CB with a Destroyer playing style, Puyol is fantastic in winning the ball higher up the pitch. With excellent Physical Contact of 96, He can win the ball off their feet. Puyol has 99 Jump and Acrobatic Clear which can help him to compete against long-ball spammers with Mbappe. Puyol is highly aggressive and tends to try to win possession higher up the pitch. It is advised to use a build-up CB like Van Dijk who stays at the back. De Ligt can be used with him, being very fast and can easily cover the tracks left by the Catalan.
Formation DiscussionHe needs to be played with a Build-up CB who can distribute in any 4 ATB formation. Some formations where he can thrive are L.Roman’s 4-1-2-3 or G. Zeitler’s 4-3-3 or Ronald Koeman’s 4-3-3. In case, you prefer a 3 ATB manager (Eg: Antonio Conte) and have Puyol, he’s the best option you can get. Puyol fits in the center perfectly, with two Build Up CB’s supporting at his left and right.
Patrick KluivertPlaying Style: Targetman
Looking back at the Iconic MatchBack in 2002, Barcelona faced a CD Tenerife side away in a La Liga game. Barcelona lined up in a 3-5-2 formation with Kluivert and Rivaldo upfront. The Catalans were in front in the 15th minute with a back-volley from Carles Puyol. The Dutch national striker started to go on a goal-feast after that. Kluivert bagged in 4 goals with assists from Xavi, Barjuan, Saviola, and Gabri.
Player AnalysisMuch like the legend version of Kluivert, He is one of the best target men in the game. Kluivert has a great kicking power (89) and is one of the finishing in this card is fantastic (98). Possessing a decent pace, Kluivert is a master of the art of holding the ball in the box for the inside forwards to cut in. One of the greatest buffs in this card will be his passing, as he links up quite well with people around him. He is the person who can latch onto the mistakes of the opposition defenders, win duels physically and bring you a goal or two.
Formation DiscussionYou can use him beside a counter-attacking fast CF in C.Valbuena’s and Hansi Flick’s 4-2-2-2 and G.Gasperini’s 3-2-3-2. He can also be deployed as a lone CF in the 4-2-1-3 of L. Roman and J. Laporta and 4-3-3 of Ronald Koeman and Luis Enrique.
Johan CruyffPlaying Style: Hole Player
Looking back at the Iconic MatchBarcelona faced Aston Villa in the Quarter-finals of the 1977/78 UEFA Cup on March 1st and a crowd of 49,619 came out in anticipation. The goal from none other than Cruyff was a thing of beauty, he was in the center circle when he took possession of the ball, ran unchallenged, and then from a good 20-yards out he pulled the trigger. The ball swerved beyond a hapless Jimmy Rimmer.
Player AnalysisOne of the best offensive players in PES Mobile, Cruyff manages to impress with his improved shooting qualities against the legend version. Everyone is aware of the awesome runs he makes past defenses in the legend card, The IM Cruyff is even a notch faster. One of the rare low-rated performances in the legend card was his shooting, as IM Cruyff has now his shooting boots, in which his long-rangers can find the way into the net. The dribbling stats are fantastic (almost everything touches 99), which makes Cruyff very smooth. Form 8 is a bonus, as He will always be in the best of form.
Formation DiscussionHe could also play as a wide SS in G. Zeitzler’s 4-3-3 or Ronald Koeman’s 4-3-3. He can also slot in as a left-wide SS in Luis Enrique‘s 4-3-3 and L.Roman’s 4-2-1-3. Cruyff is fantastic for creating chances with through passes as well which makes him a good option for AMF in Fernando Santos and C.Valbuena. This does lessen chances for Cruijff’s goal-scoring though.
Xavi HernándezPlaying Style: Orchestrator
Looking back at the Iconic MatchIt was a battle of bragging rights at the Camp Nou, Barcelona where leaders Real Madrid faced a Barcelona team, who had won all the trophies last season. With Real on the back of seven straight league victories, star striker Cristiano Ronaldo challenged Barcelona, who did beat a struggling Almeria side 8-0. The kick-off saw Xavi start the rout when he latched on an Iniesta-deflected shot past Casillas in 10 minutes.
Player AnalysisThe PES Iconic Moment 2021 version of Xavi is an orchestrator, Xavi lines up beside the Defensive Midfielder. He can initiate attacks from deep and move forward. Creating spaces, he can put in an assist for your attacker’s makings runs into spaces. With his insane dribbling and ball control qualities, Xavi can keep hold of the ball in pressure situations. The PES 2021 Iconic Moment of Xavi is quite good in his work rate and helping in winning the ball back from the opposition. This is rounded off by great set-piece-taking qualities.
Formation DiscussionXavi is the perfect creator for your team, his passing is very accurate. He can be paired as a midfielder in the 4-2-3-1(Ex: F. Cudoreni, Ronald Koeman ) or 4-3-1-2 (Ex: D. Millesi, J. Spaak) alongside a Destroyer or an Anchorman in DMF preferably, in a Double Pivot role. He fits better in a Possession-based formation where he can control the play and find an odd attacker with some defence-splitting passes. You could also play him in the 4-2-1-3 of L. Roman and P.Boer, 4-2-2-2 of S.Raya and 4-3-3 of Luis Enrique or L. Scaloni.
Andres IniestaPlaying Style: Hole Player
Looking back at the Iconic MatchSince suffering from a ligament injury in September, Lionel Messi was named on the bench for the first time when Barcelona faced Real in the Bernabeu. Suarez opened the scoring in the 11th minute, before Neymar sidefooted home, on an assist from Andres Iniesta, who was taking on Madrid himself. Into the second half, he played a lay-off with Neymar Jr. and the Madrid defence was still as he fired into the top corner of the net. It was truly an iconic match for Iniesta. Taking on the defenders for fun, the Spanish wizard earned applause from Madrid fans at Bernabeu, as he left the pitch. The match finished 4-0 as Enrique’s Barcelona retained the top spot in the table.
Player AnalysisIniesta is one of a kind player, who feels great to control in-game. He can find his supporting midfielder with a One-Touch Pass or glide past defenders with his great dribbling and ball-control qualities. Being a hole-player, Iniesta can run into the box and take a shot. Double Touch and One Touch Pass is helpful in terms of quick buildup for Iniesta. Through Passing and Pinpoint Crossing traits also help with the great long balls and through balls which can feed your attackers with the goals.
Formation DiscussionIniesta can fit in any formation, can play in any midfield position (except DMF) without dropping familiarity. He can play under both Counter Attacking/Possession football managers. It is highly advisable to give him a free role, without defensive duties. The best formations would be a 4-3-3 (Ex: G. Zeitler and Luis Enrique), with an AMF it would be even better as Iniesta will fit perfectly. In a 4-3-1-2(Ex: Fernando Santos) formation, use him at the sole AMF/CMF formation.
RivaldoPlaying Style: Classic No. 10
Looking back at the Iconic MatchBarcelona faced a Rayo Vallecano side in the La Liga Matchday 34. Luis Enrique scored the opening goal for FC Barcelona in 6 minutes. Michel Sanchez leveled things up for Rayo Vallecano in the 17th minute. In the second half of the game, Rivaldo chipped a goal above the goalkeeper’s head to score a goal which put Barcelona in front. Rivaldo had scored the Goal of the Season, a truly classy display from a classy player. Luis Enrique, Overmars and Petit made the game 5-1, as Barcelona thumped Rayo Vallecano to emerge as winners.
Player AnalysisCompared to his card in PES 2020, Rivaldo’s kicking power has been drastically decreased. Being a Classic no. 10 playing style attacking midfielder, Rivaldo takes the control of the ball in the center of the pitch. Rivaldo’s pace has been increased. With great dribbling and ball control stats, Rivaldo doesn’t feel heavy and can run with the ball. Rivaldo’s trait of Long Range Shooting along with his 96 finishing, can let him score his goals from outside the box. Compared to Rivaldo’s Iconic Moment from last year, Rivaldo’s defensive awareness has been decreased. Rivaldo’s old IM card could intercept the ball from the defense line of the opponents, thus initiating attacks from the front.
Formation DiscussionRivaldo has the ability to be a great AMF. He could also play as a SS, with a central role. He can also slot in as an AMF in L.Roman’s or in-general 4-2-1-3. In 2 CF formations like 4-3-1-2 or the 3-4-1-2, you can fit him as a SS to get the best out of his finishing abilities.
Pep GuardiolaPlaying Style: Orchestrator
Looking back at the Iconic MatchBarcelona faced AC Florentina in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals. Gabriel Batistuta had scored an all-important away goal in the first-leg in Camp Nou, which finished 1-1. Barcelona opened the scoring in the second-leg with a goal from center-back Fernando Couto in the 30th minute of the game. 5 minutes later, it was the Spanish midfield Pep Guardiola, who scored a free-kick from outside the box, to score his first goal of the tournament. Pep marshaled the midfield play brilliantly and saw Barcelona sail to a 2-0 victory at the Artemio Franchi.
Player AnalysisPep Guardiola’s style of play is that of an orchestrator, as he can initiate attacks from the back. His speed isn’t stunning at all, which means that he can push forward, breaking opposition lines. Despite being smooth to use with 94 Ball Control, try playing 1-2’s with your teammates, for ball progression. Pep has excellent ball passing qualities with 96 low pass and 95 lofted pass, which are quite important attributes for switching the ball and finding attackers in the final third.
Formation DiscussionHe can also function as a DMF in the two-midfield pivot of 4-2-2-2 of S. Semak and M.Preuss or L.Roman’s 4-2-1-3, alongside a Destroyer preferably. This is because of Pep’s low defensive stats as a DMF. A destroyer is also useful for ball progression into the opposition half, as they have great pace. In the case of a generic 4-3-3 formation of Luis Enrique or a generic 4-2-3-1 of Ronald Koeman, you can also play Guardiola as a left CMF, to orchestrate the possession play.
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