Electronics Arts’ FIFA gaming franchise is without a doubt the foremost authority on soccer related video games. The series has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and has an appeal which extends beyond the soccer world, with a number of high profile sportsman and music stars expressing their love for the game on their numerous social media accounts. With FIFA fever firmly gripping the gaming world after the release of FIFA 18 in late September, below is a brief rundown of the best and worst players in the latest instalment of the franchise, which will hopefully aid you when picking players for your ultimate team or deciding who to use to give your best friend yet another deserved beating on head to head mode.
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With Eden Hazard being the only outfield player in the English Premier League with an overall rating of 90 or above, the tricky Belgian winger’s pace and dribbling is far too good for most defenders – Hazard will certainly have to be to be on top form if his team are to overcome Barcelona in the next round of the Champions League, with the reigning Premier League champions looking a decent value at 3/1 to progress with football betting site Mr Green.
The same can of course be said for Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi with regards to Barcelona’s chances of course, who are rated at 92 and 93 respectively in this year’s game and with former teammate Neymar swapping PSG for Barcelona in the summer for a world record transfer fee of $263m, the Brazilian remains at 92 after another fantastic year. Nevertheless, Cristiano Ronaldo remains FIFA’s highest rated player for the second year running and after winning this year’s Ballon d’Or for the fifth time, it’s not difficult to see why.
Official: The new FIFA 18 cover staring Cristiano Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/JvH0vpTsic— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) August 20, 2017
While it’s easy to disregard the lowest rated players in the game owing to the fact that you’re highly unlikely to ever control them, the joint lowest player in FIFA 18 is rated just 46 and is actually a kitman if you can believe it. With every German team required to have four homegrown players from their academy in their squad, Bundesliga 2 outfit Erzebirge Au have registered their kitman Tommy Kassemodel as a player as a loophole around these rules. Pretty clever eh?
Kassemodel is one of 10 players on FIFA 18 to be given a 46 rating, a list which includes 19- year-old Cambridge striker Matt Foy. Foy has been rather philosophical about the “honor”, stating that he’s happy to not be the standalone worst player in the game and that the little grief he’s received “isn’t too bad” and is “mainly from people at home”. Other 46-rated players in the game include Crewe’s John Lundstram and Grimsby Town’s Max Wright but if it’s any consolation to these guys, they’re all still extremely young and probably relatively unknown in the game developers’ eyes.
Time To Play The Game
Some of the more hardcore FIFA fans will know that while ratings are obviously important, there are players who play much better in-game than their stats would suggest and vice versa. The only way to truly discover the hidden gems out there is to get playing, so what are you waiting for?