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FIFA 18: 9 players who were very, very lucky not to get a downgrade

These once bright stars aren't shining like they used to

EA Sports confirmed the Ratings Refresh period has come to an end – without any players getting downgrades.

While a handful saw improved scores across the board – there were arguably even more who deserved to see their ratings knocked down a point or two.

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So, who got off lucky? We’ve mocked up what we think some of the new scores would be – if downgrades were on the cards, that is.

Let’s kick off with struggling Chilean, Alexis Sanchez – who’s not having the best time at United.

Alexis Sanchez 

Club: Manchester United


It hasn’t been the best start for Sanchez who’s struggled to find his feet at his new club.

There’s no doubt he’s got bags of talent, but on stats alone the 29-year-old would have been at risk of losing a few points.

His shooting and finishing are under the most scrutiny – he’s netted just once in nine appearances in all competitions for his side.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Club: Real Madrid


Now, before you say anything, just hear us out. Yes, Ronaldo has managed to find form again after a shaky start to the season – but does he still deserve to be the best player in the game?

One of the biggest talking points is his pace – which at 90-rated – is perhaps too high for the 33-year-old.

Running at defenders isn’t really his game any more, so his dribbling, too, is perhaps a tad optimistic.

Ronaldo’s still an amazing player – but his cover-star status may have saved him from a downgrade this term.

Joe Hart

Club: West Ham


It’s been a torrid season for the West Ham keeper who looks a shadow of competent shot-stopper he was at Man City.

After another shocking performance against Burnley at the weekend, even the fans have had enough.

Hart’s incredibly lucky to not have his ratings slashed – but come FIFA 19, we could well see his overall score plummet into the 70s.

Sergio Ramos

Club: Real Madrid



While Ramos is still undoubtedly class in possesion, there are some question marks over his leadership this season.

He needs to get Madrid by the scruff of the neck and pull them through this tough patch.

Instead, he’s put in a string of average performances for a Real Madrid back-line that keeps leaking goals.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

Club: Manchester United


The Swede came back from injury only to get crocked again – which means we’ve seen precious little of the greatness we know he’s capable of.

Sadly, though, at the age of 36, his powers will almost certainly be on the wane.

An overall rating of 88 ranks him amongst the game’s best – but can we still confidently say that’s the case?

Yaya Toure

Club: Manchester City


He was once one of the greatest midfielders on the planet. However, with a surplus of younger options, Toure has struggled to make the cut this year.

At the age of 34, we’re almost certain his best days are behind him and sadly, his FIFA 18 rating needs to better reflect that.

Time waits for no man.

Karim Benzema 

Club: Real Madrid


Another Real Madrid star capable of brilliance but drastically under-performing this season.

The 30-year-old has looked sluggish after a promising start to the season and has failed to gel with Ronaldo as well as he usually does.

In La Liga, the Frenchman has netted just two goals from 13 games – and while his Champions League stats fare slightly better, there are signs his best days could well be over.

Real Madrid fans are growing impatient.

Vincent Kompany 

Club: Manchester City


Man City’s crocked captain can be incredibly effective when he’s on form – but we’ve hardly seen him action.

A host of horrific injuries have hampered Kompany’s playing time considerably, and there’s a sense his FIFA 18 rating is perhaps a tad too generous.

Add to the mix the proposed signing of Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte and the 31-year-old risks sliding further into the fray.

David Luiz 

Club: Chelsea


The Chelsea star was imperious last season and a key man in Chelsea’s league triumph.

But he’s been replaced by Andreas Christensen for a majority of this season.

At 30-years-old, there’s still some time – but even his biggest fans are starting to lose patience.