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Now that the European soccer season is in full swing, FIFA is also back with it’s latest edition! FIFA 20 is scheduled to release on September 27th across all platforms. However, Electronic Arts (EA) recently revealed the ratings for the highest-ranked players.
The FIFA title is the most popular sports video game in the world. EA has elevated its franchise by introducing new in-game mechanism and a more realistic feel to the game over the years. But sometimes, they throw realism out of the window when it comes to their rating system
Occasionally, some “marquee” superstars are randomly given high ratings despite an average recent campaign with their club. Moreover, some players who outperformed many of these big stars are rated much lower due to the inferiority in their popularity or lack of marketability.
Most underrated FIFA 20 players: Virgil van Dijk, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kylian Mbappe, João Félix, Jadon Sancho
Even though FIFA have only announced ratings for the top 100+ players in the game so far, there are already some glaring numbers for last season’s impressive players. Virgil Van Dijk makes the top 10 ranked players (thankfully), but he’s still rated only 90.
Sure, he’s the highest-rated defender in the game. But considering he wasn’t dribbled past all season and was the most vital cog in Liverpool’s Champions League victory, he deserves a higher number. Let’s not forget he also won the UEFA Player of the Year award ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (rated 1 & 2, respectively) and is the likely Ballon D’or recipient. Come on FIFA, give defenders their due!
Speaking of defenders, Manchester United new-boy Aaron Wan-Bissaka is rated a shockingly low 79! It’s only a +1 increase from his FIFA 19 rating! AWB had a breakthrough season with Crystal Palace in which he kept the best defensive stats in the Premier League, often outperforming top wingers. Under-performing Jesse Lingard is rated at 82. Is there a manager in the world that would prefer having Lingard over Aaron Wan-Bissaka? Of course not.
Kylian Mbappe’s only received a +1 boost, which isn’t warranted after his sensational goal-scoring heroics at Paris Saint-Germain. He scored 37 goals in Ligue 1+Champions League last season, much more than some of the 90+ rated players. Ah well, his maximum potential I think will surely excite career-mode fanatics.
When it comes to youngsters with huge potential, João Félix hasn’t received much love from FIFA. He’s only rated at an 80 despite a breakthrough season in which he contributed towards 31 goals. He was also granted a record $130 million move to Atletico Madrid. FIFA doesn’t rate on transfer fees, of course, but there was no question that Felix is an elite talent. He’s continued to show why all summer.
However, the most grossly underrated player this year is probably Jadon Sancho. Rated at only 84, he’s criminally under-scored by FIFA after a terrific season in the Bundesliga. He scored 12 and assisted 14 goals for Borussia Dortmund, with only Lionel Messi matching the double-figure in goals & assists across the top-four leagues. He’s rated 10 points lower than Messi. While nobody is claiming Messi is over-rated, Sancho has earned a higher number based on output.
Most overrated FIFA 20 players: Neymar, Fernandinho, Alex Sandro, David de Gea, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo
Now that the underrated part is out on the way, there are some players rated well beyond what they deserved for last season’s performances. This might be controversial (which is fitting, as so is he), but for me, Neymar hasn’t warranted the 92 rating. He’s packed with talent but spent the crucial part of last season injured. He didn’t deliver in either the Champions League or Copa America and doesn’t deserve to be the 3rd best player in FIFA 20. Both Eden Hazard and Mo Salah are deserving more.
After securing back-to-back Premier League titles, seems obvious that Manchester City players would be rated high up. However, Fernandinho getting an 87 rating isn’t warranted for me. He did put in solid performances last season, but should ideally be in the 85 region. Considering that Nicolas Pepe, Sancho and even Trent Alexander-Arnold are rated way lower, this doesn’t make much sense.
Juventus is hilariously named “Piemonte Calcio” this season thanks to licensing issues. Not as funny is that left-back Alex Sandro is rated at 85! He wasn’t their best defensive option and didn’t contribute towards that many goals. He’s rated exactly as team-mate Matthijs De Ligt, which isn’t logical considering the Dutch teenager shone through on the biggest occasions last season. Sandro should be in the lower 80 region.
David De Gea maintains his rule as United’s #1 rated player, but isn’t warranted a rating as high as year’s past. He was too error-prone last season, rarely keeping clean-sheets in a difficult campaign. Rating him as much as Allison, who was influential to Liverpool’s Champions League win, isn’t fair or accurate. An 87ish rating would’ve been more fitting.
Luka Modric being involved in the top 10 ratings just isn’t justified for me. Just because he won the Balon D’Or last year doesn’t mean he should be handed a high-up rating. Modric sporadically contributed in Real Madrid’s stuttering La Liga campaign and flopped out in the Champions League. Considering that Karim Benzema– who was arguably Madrid’s best player last season- is rated at 87 itself proves the Croatian’s been overrated.
Finally, are we sure that Ronaldo is still the 2nd best player in the world? Sure, he still comes through in big moments during the Champions League. But at 34 years old, other players like Mbappe, van Dijk, Hazard, and Salah have eclipsed his overall productivity and impact.