Some of the world’s biggest players will see their FIFA 18 ratings permanently changed next month as part of the EA Sports Ratings Refresh.
Depending on their real-life form, scores will be upgraded or downgraded.
We’ve recently picked out 7 players who deserve to get their ratings downgraded in Ratings Refresh – but what about the ones who deserve a boost?
Let’s take a look at the stars who are more than likely to get an upgrade – kicking off with an absolute no-brainer.
No player in European football scored more goals than Harry Kane in 2017.
The Spurs star has taken his game to another level in the last year and was rewarded with a Team of the Year place alongside (misfiring) Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Kane’s netted 21 goals in 22 games in the Premier League this campaign – and 31 across all competitions.
His standard card is rated at 86 – which is far too low for a forward now undoubtedly in the world-class bracket. Expect his shooting and pace scores to get a real bump.
The Egyptian’s return to English soil has seen him become one of Premier League’s deadliest forwards.
He’s seen multiple boosted cards throughout his FIFA 18 career – his highest being an 88-rated monster.
While we won’t see his Ratings Refresh card reach those lofty heights – expect at least an 86 in standard gold form, with boosts to shooting and dribbling.
Club: Man City
After Man City’s disastrous experience with Claudio Bravo between the sticks, Ederson has come in and steadied the ship considerably.
The 24-year-old has been in brilliant form this season, with his distribution allowing him to create chances from the back.
At just 83 rated, and with a low 82 score for kicking, we’d expect to see a big increase.
The 20-year-old Brazilian broke on to the scene in stunning fashion for Watford – but has tailed off slightly in recent weeks.
Still, despite being inconsistent, he’s been one of the surprise packages of the Premier League season, showing glimpses of gold-card potential.
A 73-rating standard rating, then, seems a tad low – and while he can’t expect a gold this term, expect his overall to climb to around 76.
Club: Man City
It’s weird that Sterling is still just 23-years-old – he seems to have been around forever.
The right winger’s strike rate is not to be sniffed at – with 14 in 22 games in the Premier League. His Champions League ratio fares even better – with four from five games.
A base card of 82 does reflect his transformation under Pep Guardiola – with the 71 shooting stat in particular standing out for all the wrong reasons.
Pace will likely climb by one point – but it’ll be dribbling and shooting that get the biggest bumps – likely boosting his overall score to around 85.
Messi is as good as ever at 30-years-old.
The legendary No10 has netted 19 goals in 20 games in La Liga – and 26 from 31 across all competitions.
Although he’s received plenty of upgrades this term, his standard card is still just 93 rated.
When you think that out-of-sorts Ronaldo is at 94, this seems a bit off. EA needs to do the right thing and bump Messi up to at least a 94 rating – especially given Ronaldo’s dip in form.
Dribbling should be at least 97 while passing, without a doubt, should be much higher than 86 (EA has always given the Argentine lower stats in this department).
Lazio have been scoring goals for fun this season and a lot of that is down to this man.
The 27-year-old’s hit rate really is something to behold – 20 goals in 19 games in Serie A.
Add to the mix a handful in the Europa League and Coppa Italia and you’ve got one of the in-form strikers in the world right now.
His 82-rated gold is crazy considering this form – so we’d expect a rise to at least 84 – with boosts to pace, shooting and dribbling to reflect his attacking prowess.
So, when exactly will the Ratings Refresh happen?
If last year is anything to go by, the Ratings Refresh will take place between February 17 and February 27.
Updated ratings will apply to new base items in packs, however some existing In-Form versions of select players will be automatically updated too.
OK, how much of an upgrade and downgrade can players expect to see?
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.
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 Mohamed Salah card you may want to hang on to it for the time being.
Who do you think deserves an upgrade / downgrade? You can let EA know by filling in this form here