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FIFA 18: The oldest player on the game has a better weak foot than Antonio Valencia

Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Barry Richardson's stats leave a lot to be desired, but then again, so does Antonio Valencia's left foot

Ask yourself this question quickly – when was the last time you saw Antonio Valencia use his left foot?

Be honest, you can’t think of a time you’ve ever seen him use it, have you?

The Manchester United right-back is a stalwart and consistent performer for the Red Devils, but there is one thing he’s lacking – that being any ability with his left peg.


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So when it comes to looking at his FIFA 18 stats, his weak foot rating will be one area that will make him wince a little.

The Ecuadorian has somehow been handed a one-star weak foot rating, which puts him in a fairly undesirable club of one-footed footballers.

Antonio Valencia here, looking panicked as the ball touches his left foot

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Antonio Valencia here, looking panicked as the ball touches his left foot

To put that into context, even Arjen Robben has a two-star weak foot rating, and his right-foot is so redundant you’ll see it down the Job Centre every Monday waiting to pick up its Giro.

What’s more of a kick in the teeth for Valencia is the fact that the oldest player on FIFA 18, Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Barry Richardson, boasts a better weak-foot rating than poor Antonio.

To be honest, this picture makes us question whether Valencia can even use his right foot

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To be honest, this picture makes us question whether Valencia can even use his right foot

Richardson is 48 years old, and is still on the League Two clubs’ playing books, despite spending most of his time as the club’s goalkeeping coach.

However, since he’s fully registered with the club, he’s got his place on FIFA 18, making him something of a cult hero for gamers in the process.

And while his stats leave a fair bit to be desired (give him a break, he is probably twice your age), he can proudly boast of having a better weak foot than the two-time Premier League wining defender.

Here’s Richardson’s stats from the latest EA Sports game.

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And here’s Valencia’s FUT card from the latest game, with that 1* WF proving you absolutely don’t want to be sticking on him on the left side of the pitch.

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What must be more gutting for the Manchetser United right-back is the fact that he’s not actually completely awful with his left-foot.

In his club career, Valencia has scored not one, but two goals with his left peg – the first for Wigan against Derby in 2008, the other one for United against Otelul Galati in the group stages of the 2011/12 Champions League season.

Of course, he recently scored a worldie against Everton, hammering the ball home on the half-volley past Jordan Pickford with just three minutes gone.

And when you've got a right foot that can do something as devastating as that, who cares about the left?


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