Mo Salah has just been crowned the PFA Player of the Year – and was rewarded by EA Sports with a brand new 98-rated card.
It’s pretty incredible.
The Egyptian boasts 99 pace, 98 shooting, 95 passing, 99 dribbling and 92 physical – making him one of the game’s very best players.
But look closely and something is not what it seems.
When compared to the Cristiano Ronaldo’s 99-rated Team of the Year card, which is rated at 99, Salah’s 98-card actually scores higher in a number of attributes.
That 25-year-old Liverpool star’s total stats add up to 548, whereas the Portuguese’s are 534, Futbin data can reveal.
Total in-game stats are 2566 and 2510 respectively, favouring Salah.
The Egyptian beats Ronaldo on acceleration, volleys, passing, vision and nearly all the dribbling sub-skills.
There’s simply no way that Ronaldo should have a 99 and Salah a 98 – other than perhaps the political nightmare it would cause with Ronaldo if he was no longer the game’s highest rated player.
And it gets worse for the Real Madrid ace.
So, who came top of the list?
Step forward Harry Kane, who beat the likes of David de Gea, Neymar, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe to be the Dream Team community’s FIFA 19 cover star of choice.
Now, there’s a couple of catches, here.
One name who arguably should have been on that list is Salah, who’s been a sensation since signing for Liverpool.
In fact, a poll from FIFA site FP revealed a whopping 77 per cent of FIFA players want the Egyptian to be FIFA 19’s poster boy.
But before you get excited about the prospect of another cover star, there’s another factor to take into account.
We’re almost certain that Ronaldo would have signed a multi-title deal.
After all, Ronaldo is a brand – and being on the cover of the world’s most popular football game will only strengthen that.
We’ll likely see the cover star announced in June – ahead of E3 – in the EA Showcase.
It’ll also be the first time we see the trailer, using the in-game Frostbite engine.