PES Become a Legend Guide

PES Become A Legend (BAL) is an awesome way to experience the playing career of a soccer player. This tutorial will detail the basics of the BAL game mode. Screenshots in this tutorial are obtained from PES 2013.

Starting Out

You can start off as a new player, or a real player. It is tedious, yet rewarding, to start off as a new player and gradually build up new career. Players looking for a quick entry into first team matches and international matches should start with a real player.

Once in the game, you can change squad number, check out your stats, adjust training schedule, search for new clubs etc.


Regardless of your position, if you enjoy running all over the pitch to get involved in the action, building up your stamina will be a good investment. Once your stamina falls into red, you will be substituted out. A high level of stamina will allow you to play a whole game. If you are starting the BAL mode as a real player, choosing a player with high stamina will be recommended.


PES 2013 BAL has the same boots boosting mode in Master League. Your PES Patch may be able to disable the function. In any case, you will unlock a new pair of boots for your player each time you receive the Man of the Match award. In boots boosting is enabled, your stats will improve with certain boots. If not, these will just be for aesthetic purpose.

BAL Salary

Your salary is used to pay for the agent fees. You can switch to a better agent once you have more money.


You can choose any of the camera from exhibition mode where you control the entire team, or you can use the Player camera, where you view the game from the player’s point of view. Normal camera mode makes it much easier to play, as it is more familiar to most players, we get to see the entire pitch, know where our players are, know where our opponents are, and these help us to make decisions easier.

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Normal Camera Mode. Image credit: Konami

Player camera needs some getting used to. The camera is constantly spinning as the ball changes position, which may give you a headache. Once you have the ball, you can’t really see where most of your teammates are, or where the opponents are. You can only see things ahead of you. You have no idea if there are anybody beside you. If you received the ball with your back on goal, it is very hard to decide on what to do, since you can’t see the entire pitch. Sure, the radar might help a little, but the radar orientation may not always be the same as the direction you are facing. By the time we orientate ourself to the radar, the ball might be stolen. However, I still enjoy player camera. It is much more realistic, and alot of exciting! The action is much faster, you need to make decisions fast despite all the uncertainties, and you feel more like a real player. Scoring a goal from the Player Camera mode will give you great satisfaction!

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Radar may be confusing in ‘Player’ Camera mode. Image credit: Konami

Some tips to overcome the limitations of Player camera are

  • Familiarise yourself with the player camera mode. Get used to the orientation of the radar and try to mentally turn the radar 180 degrees if required to know the positions of your teammates and opponents.
  • After playing a couple of games, you will roughly know where your teammates are, where they will run to, and will feel more confident of making a pass in their direction without looking. For example, when you receive the ball outside the box as a centre forward, you will usually be supported by two wingers, and you can quickly pass the ball to either flanks.
  • When you are not in possession of the ball, you can also hold L1/LB and hold your left analog stick in one direction. This will rotate the player camera and allow you to view the position of players around you, such that you can make use of this information when you receive the ball.
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Hold L1 and push analog stick to view surrounding players. Image credit: Konami

Top Difficulty

Play at the highest difficulty. Anything below that will give you lousy teammates and frustrations.

Calling for the Ball

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Calling for the ball in open play. Image credit: Konami

Press R2/RT twice to call for the ball. This will only work if you are in a good position, and it is logical for your teammate to make the pass to you. PES 2013 BAL is quite realistic. AI Players will not make silly passes. If the action is at the right corner flag and you call for the ball in a left back position, you will never ever get the ball. On the contrary, when you are in a good position, your teammates will make the pass without you calling for it. Being unmarked helps. Running into space also gives your teammate the opportunity to play a through ball to you too. Simply start your run forward, and not worry too much if your teammate pass to someone else. The AI is smart (if you are playing for a good team), they will work together, exchange passes, draw defenders away, before sending a nice through pass for you. This is a huge improvement from previous Become A Legend editions.

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Calling for the ball during corner kick. Image credit: Konami

Do note that you are unable to call for the ball when you are running. Release the left analog stick, press R2/RT twice, and make sure your player waves his hand frantically before using the left analog stick to make him run forward.

Trust your Teammates

Yes. AI Teammates are pretty good. You can trust them to make a defence splitting through pass for you to score. When you spot a teammate in a good position, you can pass the ball to him and feel confident that he will score from the chance. AI controlled teammates are also good with tracking the opponent and making tackles. Thus, there is no need to run around the pitch and try to be in the midst of all the action, though there is a strong temptation to do so. Stick to your given role, do it well, and you will usually be rewarded with a goal/assist and a victory. Also, when you have chosen to run in a direction, stick to it. Avoid changing direction suddenly, as your teammates are exchanging passes and trying to make a through pass to you. Sudden changes in direction will cause you to miss receiving the pass.

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Running into space. Image credit: Konami

Get Involved in Attacking Play

Try to help out in attacking play. Run into space, ask for the ball, try to make a pass, or take a shot on goal. Even though I say the AI teammates are pretty good, you cannot depend on them to create the entire attacking play themselves and score goals, because they will lose the ball very often if you are not involved. If you are playing on the right and your left winger is trying to dribble past his marker, good luck to you and be prepared to drop back, because more often that not, he will try to do too much and lose the ball. To get around this, you have to constantly call for the ball and get involved in attacking play, which can be as simple as receiving the ball, making a pass, and running forward to offer more options.

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Making forward runs. Image credit: Konami

Help Out Defensively, Sometimes

If you are an attacker, running up and down the pitch drains your stamina quickly and cause you to be substituted out of the match. There is no need to track back all the times, but when the ball is at your flank, hold R2 to face the ball carrier, and try to close down the line of passing. This restricts his options and force him to play long balls forward, which your defenders can win easily and regain possession.

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Hold R2 to face opponent and help out in defending. Image credit: Konami

Match Ratings

Other than scoring goals and providing assists, there are other (easier) ways to increase your match ratings. Having more touches of the ball helps. With the ball at your feet, you  can do more things and contribute to the team. Send short accurate passes and make successful dribbles to increase your ratings. Tackling successfully and intercepting opponents’ passes will help to improve your ratings too.

And some final words..

Go Where the Ball is Going

Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky once said, “Go to where the puck is going, not where it had been”. Our player only has that much stamina, and it must be put to good use. Anticipate where the ball will go and run towards the direction. For example, if a teammate is jumping to challenge for a goal keeper’s long punt, run towards him to receive his header pass. If the sideback is running forward with the ball, charge down the flank to receive his through ball. Make runs into space, provide support to the attack, and teammates will play perfect passes into your path for you to score.

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Image credit: Konami

And that concludes this BAL tutorial. I hope you find this useful, and do check out other tutorials.

Main image credit: Konami


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    Hi Zed,

    I always play BAL in every version of PES since PES 2011. Recently, I have download a gameplay patch for PES 2013 and I noticed that the game become more easier as my teammates just got more clever. They know when to pass and shoot. For your information, I just make a move from Juventus to Bayern Munich, and I score 11 goals in just 4 matches. The question is, is the patch that I installed in PES 2013 make the difficulty become more easier. I play Super Star difficulty. Thank you and sorry for my bad English. Ohh, by the way, I use X-it55 for the gameplay patch and PESEDIT for the whole patch.

  3. Zed Neo Author

    Hi Ammar,

    Wow, I can see that you are a real BAL fan! 11 goals in 4 matches, thats awesome, is almost like a hat trick every game! I play BAL occasionally, using Ronaldo, and his amazing stats allow me to average 1 goal a game. Yes I use PESEDIT too, is a great patch. As for the gameplay patch I have not tried it, so will not be in a good position to comment, but I googled it and it seemed that it was for PES 2012, and ported over to PES 2013. That’s all I know about it haha.

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    Haha, thanks for the quick reply. Yeah, sometime I think I played to much at the BAL mode. That’s why I don’t really good at Master League. Haha, but I hope after I ‘graduated’ from your University of PES, I can become a better player in Master League. Thanks for all the tutorials. It’s really great. I hope it will more next time.

  5. Zed Neo Author

    No problem, I happen to be online. You seemed to be a pro in BAL mode. If you ever wish to improve on this BAL guide, or write one for PES 2014, let me know 🙂 Thanks for your kind words. I hope that the tutorials have been useful for you. Let me know if you have other queries for PES and I will do my best to help!

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    Ohh sure, I will. But I’m not really good in English 🙁

  7. Zed Neo Author

    No worries. Feel free to suggest any post ideas you have and I can create posts about them 🙂

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    I want to be able to have more than one position. I want to play both right and left midfielder as well as central midfielder.

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    Hello! I’m a beginner in PES BaL and I play as a striker. I’m quite happy with all of it, but I want to know if skill cards I have to buy or earn them? and if I have to buy, what I should buy? what’s the best suited for a striker?

    Thank you! great tutorials here!

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    I joined At. MADRID which had a high playing opportunity rate but now they are hardly letting me play. ..

    I am already in Manager’s fav list. .
    What else should i do. ..??!

  11. Zed Neo Author

    Sorry to hear that. Is it because your player’s position is not used in the team’s formation?

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    is there become a legend pes 2013 online mode ???

  13. Zed Neo Author

    I doubt so. If there is I didnt notice it 🙂

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    big mistake.. online mode is the best … how about 2014 pes ??

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    Do you find the AI seem to not score? In my BAL. I’ve moved from a Portugese team (name escapes me) to PSV. I’m a striker and have scored around 6 in 4 appearances as no-one else seems to come into the box. The midfield seem to be afraid to actually help offensively, what do you think? Maybe i’m not playing on the right settings or something?

  16. Zed Neo Author

    Hi Darren,

    Yes one issue with BAL is that your team is rather heavily reliant on you, unless you are in a top team such as Real Madrid. There is nothing wrong with your settings. The team seemed to be unable to function properly without your inputs, which makes it quite frustrating as it means we have to do everything. Things get slightly better once you are in a top team, but most of the time you still have to do things on your own to create goals.

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    Yeah it’s pretty annoying when you’re having to score every goal by yourself, makes it feel less realistic. Both FIFA and PES seem to have problems like that on Be a Pro and BAL. Hopefully in the new PES, the AI will be much better and they will start to maybe get more goals, so you don’t have to carry the team. BAL has much better features, which is why I like that better than the Be a Pro on FIFA. The only real flaw I can see is the AI. That’s about it. Anyways, cheers for the reply!

  18. Zed Neo Author

    Yes we shall await the release of PES 2014 in September, thanks for taking the time to comment!

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    Is it possible to be loaned out in PES 2013 BAL? If so, how?

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    sad that trainers IQ is soo bad, it is a bit silly to keep on the bench (legend mode) player who has been choosen Man Of The Match week ago when playing barely 30 minutes…. or after full season of playing barely 20-25 minutes in average I have been choosen to Best Eleven of the Season……….. is this a joke?

    seems no one nowdyas can program properly real behaviour and system in football games… thats sad.

  21. Zed Neo Author

    Hi Adam, I dont think so.

  22. Zed Neo Author

    Hi Adam, I dont think there is the loaning option in BAL.

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    Hi, All pes friend
    how to play BAL in pes 2013 without online?

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    how to add 2013 players in pes2011?

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    It is extremely frustrating to play with the top player in a top league because literally everyone around me is playing shit. Is it just me or is it because I set the difficulty to the highest one that makes it so difficult to play properly, let alone win? I can’t believe everything Real Madrid is doing is standing still and getting the ball taken off or continuously slotting in through ball or long ball when it is clearly not working.

  26. Zed Neo Author

    Yes I understand how you feel, in some matches BAL forces you to do everything by yourself. It is quite irritating. Not sure if things will improve in PES 2014, but one new feature is that we can play as the goal keeper now 🙂

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    Hi friends,

    How do I improve the skill in BAL..?


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    how to get star rating in become legend pes 2013(the star top the overall rating) ?? if you know this tell me step by step why should i do for that ! 🙁

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    Hello ZED! Nice tutorial you have here!

    I’d like to become member here but unfortunately, I don’t have any credit card and ain’t used to pay something beyond bank account transfer (I live in Indonesia).

    But maybe I can share something here. I played BAL in beginner mode (PES 2012) and for those user who find it is hard to call the ball while ball is in team-mate possession, try to score 1-2 goal each game for about 5-6 games in sequence. Once they see how competent you manage the ball under your feet, they’ll eventually trust you to passed on the ball.

    No matter how riddiculous your position is, as long as you are 20m around the ball holder, they will pass you.

    Try to gain more respect by creating more assist for every match you played. 1 per match is enough; you don’t want to ruin the record for unrealistic statistic.

    For my own, I prefer to play dominating passes more than being a goal machine, eventhough I played as a CF (tried several position though). That way my teamwork would build faster along with my SP/LP speed and accuracy.

    Hope this little story would help 😀

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    How do you call for the ball in pes 2014 and how do you do a low shot

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    In pes2013 i put game dificulity on regular and i score like 7 or 8 goals in every match
    I’m a left wing forward

  32. Zed N Author

    Hi Tom,

    To call for ball, double tap R2/RT. To do a low shot, press Triangle/Y after charging up your shot.

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    how do you ask for more money from your current club

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    Hi i just started BLA in pes 2011. I wud like to know dat do u have to personally increase the stats or wil they increase on their own according to my performance. If i must increase them on my own how should i do it. Kindly help me out here.

  35. Zed N Author

    Hi Zishan,

    Your stats will increase on their own over time, based on the number of games you play and their performance. The type of stats that increase will depend on your playing position.

    Hope this helps!


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    Thanks a lot Zed…this wil b really helpful…n hw do u do a ground shot if u r playing wid a keyboard?? Thank u again..

  37. Zed N Author

    No problem at all. You are playing PES 2011? Not sure if the ground shot feature is present in 2011. For PES 2014, you press the through pass button after charging up your shot. I think that is pressing ‘W’ after pressing ‘A’ to shoot?

  38. Zed N Author

    Hi Nathan,

    I dont think we can do that.

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    Hey can you pls help me, how do i change my team in pes 13 BAL? i requested 2 teams and they coome to see me in stadio, but they dont take me in their team o.O whats wrong ?

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    HI~ I just want to make sure one thing, i’m playing become a legend in pes 2013 and i transfer to Barcelona in the second season i played. but i’m a CF and their formation only have 3 SS, is it mean that i’m always the substitute and can’t be the first team member? Because i’m already the manager’s top favourite in most position but he still only give me to play half or less in a match…
    if that’s the reason, is it no way to ask the team to change formation?
    thanks a lot and hope getting the answer soon…

  41. Zed N Author

    Hi Amanda,

    Yes I believe if your position is not used in the team, you won’t get much chances as the system can’t fit you in. Teams change formations for certain matches, but this is something we can’t control. I think for your case, the best option is to join a team that plays with a CF.

  42. Zed N Author

    Hi Eld,

    You will be able to earn a transfer, ideally to a better team, after you have played well and your stats improve.

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    Hi Zed,
    I liked the guide.Never knew how to call for the ball till i read this awesome guide.Five out of Five for the review. Do you know where to install a PES Editor 2.0 virus free? Where did you download your patch from?Pls Reply I hate seeing false logos, team names and some players.Once again, awesome review

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    Hi Zed,
    Awesome review.5/5 rating.Do you know where to get a virus free PES Editor 2.0.
    Where did you get your patch from? Hate seeing fake names and logos in PES. Pls Reply.

  45. Zed N Author

    Hi Guy,

    Thanks for your kind words. I will recommend the patch from pesedit. Have been using them for PES2014.


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    Hi Zed,
    CAn you tell me the exact link for it to download.


  47. Zed N Author

    Hi Guy,

    I will recommend the peseditblog 2014 patch. Not sure about the exact link but you should be able to find it in google 🙂


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    Heyy zed,
    Why does the player rating go really slow.. ?

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    hello, I created a character and played my first match for La BBVA..I scored 2 goals but after the match player status it showed 0 goals and 0 assists…I was is shock. how to solve my problem? thanks.

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    hi guys , i want to sign my player in become a legend to my team in master league ,, can you help me ??? pleaaase

  51. Zed N Author

    Hi Tuhin,

    I can’t really tell for sure. Probably a bug? Very sorry about that.

  52. Zed N Author

    Hi Sid,

    Do you mean the growth in rating? Well the development curve for each player is different, and new players grow slower. But gradually after playing for a few seasons, your player will eventually become a good player with good ratings. So its just a matter of time 🙂

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    With PES 2010, I have TWICE become an attacking midfielder legend who retired at the age of 35, completing over 700 club level matches with over 1200 goals. I have received many awards including “Ballon d’Or” after winning titles for my clubs.
    My created player represents myself, esp physically and nationality.
    I reached the highest rate : 102, higher than Messi and CR7.
    I did that in regular mode.

    Now, I am playing with PES 2011, still in regular mode, it’s more difficult in that my speed is lower compared to the previous ones above. This time though, I choose Argentina as my nationality in order to get selected in National team. After about 2 and a half season playing for Getafe and Valencia, I was selected and since then I was progressing very well and able to keep the likes of Juan Roman Riquelme at the bench. Currently I am with Juventus at the age of 27 with a rate of 95 playing as an AMF/SS.

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    Hey..hi.Zed N
    Facing a problem with changing the control settings. I’m not able to control the whole team in player career mode in pes16. Can u help me please?

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    How do i become the freekock taker?

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    How to substitute in pes 16 on become a legand
    I am tired
    I dont want to play full game

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    Hey man,
    I can’t get new boots,i can’t change my agents….to say exactly i can’t find any options for thoose….is it cause i am playing offline??

    Thanks of the answer

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    hi guys
    I have been playing this mode for while now and I have even been awarded world player more than twice but I never seem to be called for the national team.
    please I need help because I am craving to see the national team games. any help with that?

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    I can’t control the whole team in my become a legend P.S. 2016 please help me

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    When the Ball away , How can ı control my player without joystick?. I mean there is a button for this in fifa. For example holding L1 (or another) lets your player move and have a Good and normal position when the ball away.

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    become a legend stage how to join a great team?? I’m now negotiation fc Barcelona but I can’t play that team plz help meee????

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    I want to make a big club call me without me being the first one to plead to them to take me.. is it possible in pes 15

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    Ja igram pes17 na pc i prvi tim mi je bio Swansa a drugi Porto a sada Psg. Od pocetka sam imao ovr68. A u Porto sam presao sa 75 i izasao sa 86. I u Swansa i u Porto sam igrao po 1.5 sezonu a sada sam u Psg trenutno od avgusta do februara dogurao do ovr91.

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    First Swansa ovr68 then Porto from ovr76 to ovr 86 now Psg from ovr86 to ovr 91. All thats for just 3.5 season(avg 2016-feb2020).

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    Hi guys, I’m fu** g mad for being substituted in the middle of the match,it’s only me whom the damn coach always change..what to do to keep stayin all 90 minutes??

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    I am playing pes 2009. I am at the third season. With over 100. I am currently at East London. I want to join Barcelona. But it’s not in any of the leagues. How do i join Barcelona. Plz help me.

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    I am paying pes 2009. I am currently at East London. I want to join Barcelona but it is not in any of the leagues. Should I play longer to see it. I want to join Barcelona. Plz help me. Tell me in which league its present

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    I started with 68 o something with Las Palmas as creative attacker. Became the second highest scorer in the first season, scored 24 goals and 4 assists. Just behind Suarez by 1 goal.
    2nd season I was in Barcelona. Scored 19 goals, 17 assists. Now im at the end of the 3rd season aged 20 for Barcelona. Currently the top scorer in Liga as well as Champions League.
    And the most badass thing is the rating is 90 at the age of just 20!!!
    I play Professional difficulty level.

    Anyway is this growth normal or m I playing real good?

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    Your Comment *
    hi how can I auto move player on the field when my team is in possession because I find it difficult to position my player well to get a pass in Pro 17 Become a legend.

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    Your Comment *place where can I receive my man of the match award

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    How do you get a new agent in pes 2018 become a legend?

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    I am playing become a legend in pes 17 but I couldn’t find to get rid of the retirement option. How can I retire with farewell match?

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    In every matches I’m in the bench. how to get my name in the lineup?

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    My player is just 22 and already retired. Why is that.

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