FIFA 17 will be released later this month, and as the countdown to the release of football’s biggest game continues, EA Sports have been revealing little bits of information about the new game.
Last week, the player ratings were released, with Cristiano Ronaldo the highest-rated player in the game. While Lionel Messi fans may argue, the decision to rank CR7 the highest is not too much of a surprise. However, there were some decisions that raised a few eyebrows…
Chelsea duo better than Mahrez
After the remarkable season he had last year, Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez might be a bit disappointed with his 81 rating, consider that the Chelsea duo of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard managed ratings of 86 and 88 respectively.
Reus above Müller
The same could be said FC Bayern München forward Thomas Müller, whose rating of 87 is pretty impressive but still one below fellow Bundesliga star Marco Reus, despite the Bayern man scoring eight more league goals than his BVB counterpart.
Higuain can’t outscore Zlatan
Then there’s Gonzalo Higuain, who had an incredible season over in Italy, banging in a remarkable 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances for Napoli. Over in France and Zlatan Ibrahimović was also impressive with 38 goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances, but the 88-rated Argentine might think that he deserves to be closer to the Swede’s ranking of 90.
Kane misses EPL top 20
Speaking of goal-scoring exploits, and it’s been another impressive campaign for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who put away 25 goals in 38 appearances to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer. But does he make England’s top 20? Nope. His rating of 83 just wasn’t good enough, but Chelsea’s Diego Costa managed a rating of 85 despite scoring just 12 goals last season.
Spurs duo behind Arsenal playmaker
There are further surprises in midfield, where Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla enjoys a rating of 86, placing the Spaniard above the Tottenham pair of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.
Schweini almost as good as Pogba
The ratings also cast a doubt on the business acumen of those in charge of Manchester United, who brought 87-rated Paul Pogba to the club at great expense, along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has the same rating. However, the Red Devils already had 86-rated German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger at the club.
Rashford nowhere near Rooney
The same is true of Wayne Rooney, who at 86 far outranks his younger colleague Marcus Rashford on on 76. It will be interesting to see if the young striker is able to outscore his veteran team-mate.
Payet a pass above Messi
Much of the talk around the ratings has concerned Lionel Messi, on 93, falling behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who takes top spot with 94. But did the Argentine maestro know that his 86-rated passing is inferior to West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet, on 87?
Keepers the best of the rest in Bundesliga
Considering the domestic dominance of Bayern, it is unsurprising to see Die Roten dominate the Bundesliga top 20, with 14 of Germany’s finest. Main rivals Dortmund add four, leaving just two spots for the rest of the league. These are filled by Yann Sommer of Mönchengladbach and Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, both goalkeepers.
Goalkeepers highly rated in Ligue 1
Goalkeepers are often underrated, but apparently not in France, where the men between the sticks account for a full quarter of the top 20. These include, in ascending order of rating, Kevin Trapp, Danijel Subašić, Anthony Lopes, Vincent Enyeama, and Stéphane Ruffier.