- 19 September 2003
Simply put the whole game has stepped up in terms of professionalism meaning that even the worst players in any given league are far closer in ability to the best in the same said league. So it's much harder for the exceptions to stand out and so you have less exceptions.The speed of the game, the tiny amount of time spent by each player on the ball reduces the time for individual expression. Although theres still good and bad players, the variation in play styles between real players is so much less I find. I'm 37 so that era of true individuals is one I remember.
Boban, suker, rui Costa, batigol, khaladze and on and on.
Even in england, when was the last time anyone scored a goal like le tissier did every other month?
And I find that translates to pes. The sheer glee of controlling these idiosyncratic individuals just isnt there because those players dont exist.
Off the top of my head, The last great idiosycratic 'individuals' were probably zidane and ronaldinho.
I adore messi. But a lot of his game (but not his goals) is functional. Its supreme function taken to the extreme. Never a bad decision, never a bad pass. Yet you know what's coming.
And that's in large part because of the sheer blistering speed of the game around him and because he plays primarily of his left side, which reduces his natural range of motion, unlike say zidane and ronaldinho who played more laterally.
So you're not alone.
Le Tissier scored lost of great goals because not only was he a great player but also he mostly scored these great goals against lesser teams/players (don't get me wrong, he did also score against good teams). When he scored, those defenders/goal-keepers didn't do as well as most modern ones could. We still do get some amazing goals every month, it's just they are spread around the players, not limited to one or two special players (if they're all special, then are any of them special any more?).
It's not just that the modern game is faster. It's that everything has improved.
There are some amazing players in the past that could certainly cut it in the modern game, but most could not.
However, send any player playing regularly at a top flight club back 20 years and they would look like one of the top players in the game of that time (changes in ball weight and game rules not withstanding).
This is partly why I always start with terrible teams and strict transfer rules these days. As, without restrictions, it is far too easy to build a top quality team these days and even though there are far more great players in the game, the AI still seems to struggle to keep improving their teams 'correctly'.