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FIFA 18: Hundreds of players will be getting new Ultimate Team ratings TODAY

It's part of the upcoming Ratings Refresh from EA Sports

EA Sports has confirmed that hundreds of players will today see their FIFA 18 ratings permanently changed to reflect their real-life form.

The Vancouver-based developer employs a team of data collectors who have been keeping a close eye on some of the world’s biggest stars.

And if they haven’t performed, they could well receive a downgrade.

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Cover star Cristiano Ronaldo, who was recently awarded his place in the FIFA 18 Team of the Year and Team of the Week, is one player who could see his overall score lowered.

Despite an incredible year, the 33-year-old Portuguese has struggled for a majority of this season – only recently showing glimpses of his best form.

He’s notably not as quick as he was – and has is strike partnership with Karim Benzema has looked out of sorts.

Overall ratings usually usually climb or decrease by 1 – as shown by a handful of last year’s ratings changes

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool fan-favourite Mohammed Salah, meanwhile, are almost certain to see their overall scores bumped up.

Both players have been in exquisite form – with the former making the FIFA Team of the Year.

OK, how much of an upgrade and downgrade can players expect to see?

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been some way off his best this season – with a poll revealing that a majority of Madrid fans want him to leave the club

Usually players add / lose one or two points across their main attributes. This causes the overall score to typically climb or fall by one or two points.

Of course, any change in rating will affect the player price – ultimately causing instability in the market.

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Players who see their ratings slashed will likely fall in price, while those with increased scores will see their values soar.

So, if you own a Salah card you may want to hang on to it for the time being.

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Salah missed out on a Team of the Year place but will almost certainly get a boosted rating in the coming days