In the build-up to FIFA 21’s October 6 release date, EA Sports have released this year’s FIFA ratings and some of the ratings were shocking, to say the least.
A number of players got some nice upgrades, while quite a lot of players also received some very unexpected downgrades – with that said, here’s a look at 10 of the most surprising player ratings going into FIFA 21;
Serge Gnabry was by far one of the best wingers in the world last season. His impressive displays led Bayern Munich to victory in the Champions League as well as the Bundesliga scoring 23 goals and making 14 assists – so as one would expect going into FIFA 21, Gnabry was due for an upgrade.
Gnabry received a +1 upgrade to his 84 ratings from last year making him an 85 rated player going into FIFA 21, however, that +1 upgrade feels more like a downgrade considering the manner in which it came.
While Gnabry received a +1 boost to his overall FIFA rating, he also received a -8 downgrade to his pace, bringing his pace down from 90 to 82 which is shocking because of his top speed in the Bundesliga was recorded at 36.4km/h.
To put things into perspective, Kylian Mbappe’s top speed has been recorded at 38km/h which compared to Gnabry’s top speed isn’t too far off – but Mbappe’s pace is rated 96 on FIFA 21 while Gnabry’s speed is rated 82.
Does a 1.6km/h difference in top speed really warrant a 14-point difference in pace on FIFA?
Jadon Sancho enjoyed a sensational campaign at Borussia Dortmund last season scoring 17 goals and making 16 assists in the league, and those performances have earned him a rating upgrade going into FIFA 21, as he’s been upgraded from an 84-rated player to an 87-rated player.
However, like Gnabry, Sancho’s pace has been downgraded for no apparent reason. Last year he had 88 paces on his 84-rated card – we expected him to receive a pace upgrade that would bump his pace up to at least 90, but somehow he’s received a -5 downgrade to his pace instead.
His top speed was clocked at 34.6km/h, so he’s definitely much faster than what EA is making him out to be.
Thiago Alcantara was an instrumental figure in Bayern Munich’s midfield last season as he consistently dictated the pace of their midfield proceedings while also creating lots of goalscoring opportunities for his teammates.
Considering he was so influential in Bayern’s Champions League winning season, it’s come as a huge surprise that EA has decided to downgrade his rating from 87 to 85 instead of increasing it to an 88 or 89.
He is quite literally one of the best midfielders in the world, it’s a shame that his standing in world football won’t be accurately reflected in FIFA 21.
Aubameyang proved to be Arsenal’s most important player last season, as he scored 22 goals and quite nearly won the Premier League’s golden boot.
Considering his impressive individual season, we expected him to receive a +1 or +2 upgrade going into FIFA 21, but instead, he received a surprising – 1 downgrade which took his rating down to 87.
Werner started FIFA 20 as an 83-rated player but had his rating upgraded to 86 during EA’s winter refresh promo.
Going into FIFA 21, he was expected to retain his 86 rating, or even receive a +1 or +2 boost, but instead, his rating has been downgraded to 85, which is very strange considering how well he played for Leipzig last season.
Werner was one of the most prolific strikers in Europe last season scoring 28 goals and making eight assists in 34 league appearances. He certainly should be rated higher than 85.
Robert Lewandowski took the world by storm in the 2019/2020 season. He scored 15 goals in 10 Champions League appearances and also bagged 34 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances making him the most prolific striker across Europe’s top five leagues.
He has quite literally been the best player in 2020, but despite his phenomenal goalscoring record, and his contributions to Bayern Munich’s trophy haul, EA Sports have, for some weird reason, made him the 3rd highest rated player in FIFA 21, with a 91-rating, when in fact, he should be the highest-rated player in the game instead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
There are two things wrong with David Alaba’s FIFA 21 rating, the first of which is somewhat understandable, but the second very surprising.
David Alaba was an 85-rated player in FIFA 20, and despite playing a key role in Bayern Munich’s title victories, he has been downgraded to an 84-rated player in FIFA 21.
Considering his position was moved from left-back to center-back, we understand why EA decided to reduce his rating, however, we don’t understand why EA decided to reduce his pace from 83 to 77 – after all, he hasn’t gotten any slower in real life.
David de Gea
David De Gea’s performance levels dropped for Manchester United last season, but he still managed to put up some impressive displays in the Premier League, which is why his FIFA 21 rating is so surprising.
He was an 89-rated goalkeeper on FIFA 20, but after a -3 downgrade, he’s set to be an 86-rated goalkeeper on FIFA 21, putting him outside of the elite bracket of goalkeepers in.
Despite scoring 8 goals and making 21 assists Bundesliga assists for Bayern Munich last season, Thomas Muller will be an 86-rated player in FIFA 21 – the same rating he had in FIFA 20.
And if that isn’t bad enough, despite retaining the same rating, EA has nerfed his pace (72 to 68) and shooting (83 to 82).
EA always seems to find a way to make Thomas Muller unusable on FIFA.
Haaland has gone from being a 73 rated player on FIFA 20 to being an 84 rated player on FIFA 21. While that’s a substantial upgrade – Haaland deserves a higher rating considering he was one of the most prolific strikers in Europe last season after scoring 44 goals across all competitions.