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Remembering The Legendary 89-Rated FIFA Player Who Was Completely Made Up

Remembering The Legendary 89-Rated FIFA Player Who Was Completely Made Up

One of the best things about the Football Manager series is when a regen comes along and becomes an absolute world-beater. If you get there far into your save, your team can be full of players who don't exist and it's loads of fun.

It can sometimes be the case on FIFA career mode, where they use made up players in your youth squads.

PES are more renowned for their made-up players as they don't have access to the rights for certain leagues, teams and players - hence the dodgy names like 'North London Red' And 'Trad Bricks'.

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Pro Evo had a number of made up players as part of the Master League default team, but you might not be aware that FIFA also had made-up players many years ago.

That's because in FIFA 08 and FIFA 09, EA Sports did not have the licenses for the Netherlands national team and so they had to make up some players.

Image: EA Sports
Image: EA Sports

The main made-up player they came up with was football legend Hans de Noteboom, who many believe was based off Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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The 31-year old striker was 89 rated, with a potential of 90 and had unbelievable statistics such as 95 heading, 92 shot power, 92 finishing, and 89 ball control.

Image: FIFA Index
Image: FIFA Index

He was the ninth best rated player on FIFA 08 - better than David Villa, David Trezeguet, Carlos Tevez, Didier Drogba, Francesco Totti, Miroslav Klose, Adriano, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luca Toni among others.

De Noteboom was so good that someone even created a brilliant tribute to him - something you'd expect to watch on BT Sport or Sky Sports.

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When the licensing issues were ironed out, Hans de Noteboom was rendered obsolete. His playing career was no more. Players could no longer bang goals in with the 6'2 marksman.

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However, his FIFA legacy did not die there.

From FIFA 11 onwards, De Noteboom is a referee on the game and has an average card and foul strictness.

Image: EA SportsImage: EA Sports

If you're playing with teams in the Eredivisie, chances are that former lethal striker Hans will be officiating the game.

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What a legend. A proper unsung hero of the FIFA series.

Are there any other made up players that you remember?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Football News, Football, Netherlands, EA Sports, FIFA 18

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