How the players' looks have changed since PES 2010
Some of the biggest football leagues in Europe kick off their new seasons this month, with the English Premier League starting tonight, much to delight of fans.
With the new season comes a fresh batch of sports games to entice us into helping our favorite teams enjoy glory of dominating leagues and cups across the globe, signing multi-million earning soccer stars that we could only dream of (unless you support the elite clubs such as Barcelona or Manchester City). Aside Football Manager, there are two main football/soccer games that go head to head for supremacy on console and PC - FIFA and PES.
The PES franchise has made a slight tweak to its name going forward, with the new game sporting the name eFootball PES 2020 to help promote its esports values - and from early game footage, it looks set to be the most realistic and enjoyable PES experience yet. With most games, the graphical enhancements available make the likes of PES even more satisfying for fans who get to see their favorite players and stadiums come to life in the virtual world.
It's easy to forget just how far we've come in terms of game graphics, which got us thinking about how much they've changed for the PES franchise since 2010. Here, we take a look at some of the world's most famous football stars and how they appear in eFootball PES 2020 compared to PES 2010.
Lionel Messi (PES 2010 v eFootball PES 2020)
PES 2010 club: Barcelona
eFootball PES 2020: Barcelona
We'll never forget the first time that we saw a young, floppy haired Lionel Messi come on as a substitute in a friendly against Porto, and the rest is history. The Argentinian has made over 450 appearances for Barcelona, netting 419 goals in the process, and still remains one of the best footballers in the world.
He's also added a few tattoos to his body over the years, which have been captured in accurate detail in the recent PES games. We're sure Konami always give Messi some extra love, seen as the player has been the cover star since PES 2009.
Standing at just 1.70 meters tall (5 ft 7 in) did not stop Messi from becoming a versatile attacking player. Messi will be 32 going into eFootball PES 2020, so players can still expect high level performances from the Barcelona captain.
Cristiano Ronaldo (PES 2010 v eFootball PES 2020)
PES 2010 club: Real Madrid
eFootball PES 2020: Juventus
Breaking through the 'B' team at Sporting CP, Cristiano Ronaldo soon found himself at Manchester United where he excelled and became the player that we know today. From a lanky youngster with hair highlights that looked like spaghetti, Ronaldo soon became a style icon both on and off the pitch.
In the 2009-10 season, Ronaldo made a dream move to Real Madrid, costing the Galacticos £80 million to bring him to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Still deemed as one of the best players currently in the game, and of all time alongside Messi, Ronaldo is currently playing in Serie A with Juventus.
His appearances in older PES games was pretty realistic, but it's fair to say Ronaldo's likeness in eFootball PES 2020 is uncanny.
Ronaldinho (PES 2010 v eFootball PES 2020)
PES 2010 club: AC Milan
eFootball PES 2020: Retired
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, known to many of us as just Ronaldinho, was one of the most skilful players to grace the footballing world. English fans will know him for 'lobbing Seaman' in the 2002 World Cup for Brazil.
Sadly, Ronaldinho retired from the beautiful game in January 2019, having played for some of the best clubs in the world - and one of just seven players to win the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d'Or.
The 'Ronaldinho 2019' legend player is available for those who opt to purchase the eFootball PES 2020 Legend Edition.
Andrés Iniesta (PES 2010 v eFootball PES 2020)
PES 2010 club: Barcelona
eFootball PES 2020: Vissel Kobe
Named as the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker in 2012 and 2013, former Barcelona and Spain international midfielder Andrés Iniesta is now playing out what could be his final footballing days with Japanese club Vissel Kobe.
A remarkable accomplishment for the Spaniard is that, since 2009, he has been included in the FIFA World XI nine times, as well as being selected in the UEFA Team of the Year on six occasions.
Gianluigi Buffon (PES 2010 v eFootball PES 2020)
PES 2010 club: Juventus
eFootball PES 2020: Juventus
The Italian Stallion and one of the best goalkeepers of a generation, Gianluigi Buffon is still rocking it in between the goal posts at 41 years old.
He began his professional career at Parma before moving to Juventus, where he made over 500 appearances for the club. After a season with top French side Paris Saint-Germain, Buffon made a welcome return to Juventus.
As well as being part of trophy-winning teams throughout his career, Buffon is the most capped player in the history of the Italy national team, the fourth-most capped footballer of all time, the most capped European international player ever, and even made the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004 by legendary footballer Pele.
The graphics have massively improved over the years in PES, and this chap keeps getting handsomer with each year. Gamers who purchase eFootball PES 2020 or eFootball PES 2020 Legend Edition will get the authentic Juventus experience this season, as the club has agreed an exclusive partnership deal with Konami.
This means that the team name, crest and official kits are only available on eFootball PES 2020, so get ready to see 'Piemonte Calcio' if you decide to play FIFA 20!
Get ready for the new season by grabbing your official eFootball PES 2020 Steam PC key from Fanatical now.