The FUT Birthday celebrations continue in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, handing fan-favourite cards incredible skill moves and weak foot upgrades throughout the campaign.
The event is bigger and better than ever this year, with FUT Birthday Icons making an appearance for the very first time!
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FUT Birthday Icons
FUT Birthday is an annual promo in Ultimate Team which celebrates the anniversary of FUT by handing boosts to fan-favourite players.
This year the campaign is even bigger than ever, with FUT Birthday Icons included!
We're not sure if these are the Alternate Reality Icons initially leaked by the data-mining account Fut Scoreboard, but the FUT loading screen officially confirmed these new versions were coming.
The new Icons are a part of the Campaign Icon program EA introduced in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, which has replaced Prime Icon Moments.
This allows Icons to be released throughout the season which are relevant to the power curve of the game at that point, and they can be linked to the promo event at the time too.
We saw this happen with FUT Heroes in FIFA 22 during the FUT Captains and Shapeshifters promos and have seen Campaign Icons rolled out during the World Cup celebrations with World Cup Icons and then during Team of the Year with TOTY Icons.
FUT Birthday Icons Release Date
The FUT Ballers promo made way for FUT Birthday, with the first set of special cards being released on Friday, 24 March at the usual time of 1pm ET / 6pm GMT.
The FUT Birthday Icons were released at the same time as the main Team 1 side.
The promo will run for two weeks, with a Team 1 and Team 2 release of FUT Birthday Icons, as we saw with Team of the Year Icons.
The FUT Birthday Icons Team 2 was released on Friday, 31 March.
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EA has assembled a group of some of the best cards in the game in the form of the FUT Birthday Icons squads.
Team 1 saw the first eight Icons selected for FUT Birthday cards with each being handed boosts and special skill moves or weak foot upgrades too.
Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas has been bumped up to 95 OVR and handed a five-star weak foot.
Manchester United icon Eric Cantona could be the pick of the bunch, though, as the Frenchman has been boosted to 94 OVR with five-star skill moves and a five-star weak foot.
Another former Red Devil is included too, with Northern Irish winger George Best handed an incredible card that now boasts five-star skill moves.
The likes of Lothar Matthaus, Jairzinho and Ronald Koeman aren't bad either...
Team 2 brought another eight upgraded Icons, with insane defender Paolo Maldini handed a 95 OVR which has 87 PAC, 87 PHY and 97 DEF!
Eusebio and Kaka also made the cut, with both possessing 5-Start Skill Moves and 5-Star Weak Foot abilities.
Wayne Rooney gained a 92 OVR, with top pace, shooting, passing, dribbling and physicality, making him a total beast in the final third!
The full list of FUT Birthday Icons is as follows:
- Ferenc Puskas (OVR 95)
- Eric Cantona (OVR 94)
- George Best (OVR 94)
- Lothar Matthaus (OVR 94)
- Jairzinho (OVR 93)
- Ronald Koeman (OVR 92)
- Ian Rush (OVR 92)
- Rui Costa (OVR 91)
- Paolo Maldini (OVR 95)
- Eusebio (OVR 94)
- Kaka (OVR 93)
- Patrick Kluivert (OVR 93)
- Marcel Desailly (OVR 92)
- Wayne Rooney (OVR 92)
- Juan Sebastian Veron (OVR 92)
- John Barnes (OVR 90)
FUT Birthday Icons Leaks
All the leaked cards for FUT Birthday Icons have since been released in-game.
If we spot any more card leaks we will update this section, but it appears that all the items have now been released.