Lionel Messi may be one of the best players in FIFA 18 – but he’s just been made even more deadly.
Off the back of an incredible display for Argentina after his hat-trick against Ecuador saw his homeland qualify for the World Cup, EA Sports has rewarded the Barcelona maestro with his every own hero card.
The 30-year-old now boats a stunning 94 rating, one up from his standard 93-rated FIFA 18 card.
Pace climbs to points from 89 to 91, making him faster than standard Cristiano Ronaldo, shooting is up from 90 to 92, while dribbling climbs from 95 to 97.
Argentina’s chances of World Cup qualification had been on a knife edge after they drew 0-0 with Peru.
But Messi saved the day after his side went down 1-0.
Messi’s upgraded card isn’t the only piece of good news for FIFA fans this week.
EA Sports has finally added guest play to FIFA 18.
It follows pressure from thousands of gamers who have been campaigning for EA to include the feature after it was controversially cut from this year’s game.
Guest play, which featured in FIFA 17, lets two players to team up to play FUT Online Seasons and FUT Online Draft.
The mode is loved by fans, so many were shocked they discovered it was absent from FIFA 18.
In response, the FIFA community created the #bringbackguest hashtag and kicked off a Change.org petition, which has amassed more than 10,000 signatures.
Explaining why the feature was cut in the first place, a FIFA community manager wrote on EA’s website that it was “to create competitive balance for all players”.
The company has since stated: “We have heard your feedback about guest functionality in FUT Online Seasons and FUT Online Draft and are happy to announce that we have added this functionality back into FIFA 18 PS4/XB1/PC effective immediately.”
Hats off to EA for listening to the fans.