EA Sports recently confirmed that hundreds of players will see their FIFA 18 ratings permanently changed to reflect their real-life form.
As we expected, Ligue 1 has followed, with EA’s team of data collectors adjusting the ratings of some of the French top-flight’s biggest stars accordingly.
We’re pleased to see that among the players to receive upgrades include Bordeaux winger Malcolm – who was hotly pursued by both Arsenal and Spurs in January – and former Premier League favourite Mario Balotelli, who’s turning out for Nice these days and doing rather well for himself beside the French Riviera.
But one of the biggest upgrades is Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, who’s jumped by a massive two points from 82 to 84.
The 24-year-old has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season after being awarded the captain’s armband and also made three appearances for the French national team in 2017.
Another happy camper will be PSG youngster Adrien Rabiot, who rose from 80 to 82 after a strong run in the table-toppers starting line-up.
Other notable upgrades include Marseille’s Luiz Gustavo, who’s seen major improvements in his shooting and defending, while his Velodrome teammate Florian Thauvin will be happy to see major improvements to his shooting.
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.
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.