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FIFA 18: What EA Sports did to these 3 stars will bring tears to your eyes

These troubled players have had the downgrades from Hell

Per Mertesacker is a pretty decent defender – but he’s got a reputation for being one of the slowest around.

However, that wasn’t always the case.

Back in FIFA 11, the Arsenal star – plying his trade at Werder Bremen – had a more-than-useful 61 pace.

Per wasn’t always a cart horse

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Per wasn’t always a cart horse

Now, he was hardly Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but we’ve seen worse… a lot worse.

Little did Per know he was lined up for what some gamers have called ‘the downgrade of the century’ in the next game.


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Come FIFA 12, the German’s pace score dropped nearly 30 points to 39 pace.

This then went on to set then tempo for the rest of his career – with his FIFA 18 sitting at a woeful 27.

That monumental downgrade hasn’t gone unnoticed – and it’s touched the hearts of hundreds of gamers on the FIFA sub-reddit.

That pace though

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That pace though

One wrote: “Legend has it he once beat Usain Bolt in a 100m but he started 30 minutes before Bolt.”

We’re sure that’s a true story.

Daniel Sturridge

Per isn’t the only player to receive a substantial downgrade.

Liverpool’s Sturridge boasted an incredible 89 pace in FIFA 17 – however, injuries and poor form saw the striker plummet to 76 in this year’s game.

Ahh the gold old days

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Ahh the gold old days

If he gets through this terrible injury spell then he may well see pace climb again – but right now, it’s likely to get another downgrade in FIFA 19.

Carlos Tevez 

Tevez returned to FIFA 18 – after spending a few months in China.

The Argentinian rejoined his boyhood club Boca Juniors after, what he described, as a seven-month ‘holiday’ playing for Shanghai Shenhua.


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Sadly, although the 33-year-old was once a real force in the game, his FIFA 18 stats are far from impressive.

The striker has dropped from an overall rating of 83 to just 78 – and his pace is now hovering around the low 70s, down from 81.

Tevez is one of a number of players added to the game via squad updates

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Tevez is one of a number of players added to the game via squad updates

It’s a far cry from his best card on FIFA 14, which boasted 88 pace, 91 dribbling and 94 shooting – with an overall of 92.

It’s not all bad news, though.

Tevez still has 85 shot power and 82 composure, so he’ll be sure to finish some chances.

The forward endured a miserable time in China, netting four goals in 16 appearances.

When you’re playing terribly but your bank balance keeps rising

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When you’re playing terribly but your bank balance keeps rising

Still, during his time there, he was the highest earning player in the world with wages of £650,000 a week.

When it comes to FIFA, though – we doubt he’ll be worth the money.

Maybe there’s a few Man United fans amongst the EA Sports collective?