Over the years EA Sports has featured many a baller on the front of its yearly editions of FIFA. From David Platt to David Ginola and Sam Kerr – each inclusion signifies a movement in the world of football, setting the athletes up as legends of their game. But with 30 games now done and dusted, FIFA has been on quite the journey.
So, who are all the FIFA cover stars and who has featured more than once? Well, come with us on a nostalgic journey as we explore which names made it onto that coveted cover and in what years. We promise not to shout the name Wayne Rooney too much.
Here are all the FIFA cover stars right the way from the first FIFA International Soccer in 1993 to FIFA 23. While some years might feel a little… repetitive, don’t worry – this year’s cover certainly shakes things up a little.
Here is every FIFA cover star in order of appearance:
- FIFA International Soccer (1993): David Platt and Piotr Swierczewski
- FIFA Soccer 95: Erik Thorstvedt
- FIFA Soccer 96: Andy Legg and Ioan Sabau
- FIFA 97: David Ginola
- FIFA 98: David Beckham
- FIFA 99: Dennis Bergkamp
- FIFA 2000: Sol Campbell
- FIFA 2001: Paul Scholes
- FIFA 2002: Thierry Henry
- FIFA 2003: Robert Carlos, Ryan Giggs, and Edgar Davis
- FIFA 2004: Alessandro Del Piero, Thierry Henry, and Ronaldinho
- FIFA 2005: Patrick Vieira, Fernando Morientes, and Andriy Shevchenko
- FIFA 06: Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho
- FIFA 07: Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho
- FIFA 08: Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho
- FIFA 09: Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho
- FIFA 10: Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney, and Frank Lampard
- FIFA 11: Kaka and Wayne Rooney
- FIFA 12: Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere
- FIFA 13: Lionel Messi
- FIFA 14: Lionel Messi
- FIFA 15: Eden Hazard and Lionel Messi
- FIFA 16: Lionel Messi
- FIFA 17: Marco Reus
- FIFA 18: Cristiano Ronaldo
- FIFA 19: Cristiano Ronaldo
- FIFA 20: Eden Hazard and Virgil van Dijk (different covers)
- FIFA 21: Kylian Mbappé
- FIFA 22: Kylian Mbappé
- FIFA 23: Kylian Mbappé and Sam Kerr
As you can see, no one’s quite managed to top Rooney’s seven covers. Mbappé seems to be sneaking up on him, but with Kerr’s ground breaking inclusion this year, who knows what will happen by the time the EA Sports FC release date rolls around.
So there you have it, every FIFA cover star in one place. Now you’re up to speed, make sure to check out the FIFA 23 ratings, as well as all the details on FIFA 23 Icons and FIFA 23 Heroes – there’ll be some familiar names on those list.