FIFA 19 is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing. New Ultimate Team cards.
While some players have performed well beyond their FIFA scores, others have fallen well short – and could be in line for a downgrade.
We pick out 18 players who’ll almost certainly have their ratings changed in FIFA 19 – 10 who’ll receive upgrades and eight who should be cut down a peg or two.
Let’s first look at the 10 stars who will definitely get a FIFA 19 boost – kicking off with a no-brainer.
The Egyptian’s return to English soil has seen him become one of Premier League’s deadliest forwards.
In fact, in many people’s eyes, he’s now a serious contender for the Ballon D’Or.
The 26-year-old has been rewarded multiple boosted cards throughout his FIFA 18 career – his highest being an 98-rated monster.
Expect at least an 90 in FIFA 19, with boosts to shooting and dribbling.
David De Gea
Club: Man United
Worthy of his Team of the Year spot and a shoe-in for an upgrade this year.
Diving and reflexes will see a big boost, bumping the Spaniard’s overall rating up to around 92.
He’ll almost certainly be the best keeper on the game – narrowly beating Manuel Neuer, who has spent much of the season injured.
Kane may not be the top scorer in the Prem (that honour goes to Salah) but Kane’s still been incredible this season.
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 Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
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.
One of the most exciting prospects in the world – and still only 19 years old.
He’s developed into a devastating attacking threat – combining well with Neymar and Edinson Cavani in a rampant PSG front line.
We’d expect a big increase here – especially when it comes to dribbling and pace.
An overall score of 87 would rocket Mbappe into the game’s premier attackers.
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 this year.
Club: Man City
It’s weird that Sterling is still just 23-years-old – he seems to have been around forever.
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 the 85 mark.
Messi is as good as ever at 30 years old.
The legendary No10 has netted 29 goals in 29 games in La Liga – and 42 across all competitions.
Although he’s received plenty of upgrades this term, his standard card is still just 93 rated.
When you think Cristiano 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.
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 28-year-old’s hit rate is something to behold – 29 goals in 31 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.
The Brazilian has been in blistering form for PSG since moving from Barca.
At 92 rated in FIFA 18, he can expect to climb a point to hit 93.
Bumps in pace and dribbling, albeit small, will make ensure he remains one of the game’s deadliest attackers.
The PSG man has been brilliant this season – and has been rewarded with multiple upgrades.
Not that we’re surprised… the 31-year-old has netted 25 times in 28 games this season, with 38 across all competitions.
His highest card so far on FIFA 18 is 90 rated – so can expect his FIFA 19 rating to climb closer to that.
So who is at risk of getting their scores slashed?
We pick out eight misfiring stars who absolutely deserve their ratings cut down to size.
The French midfielder is having a miserable time right now but on FIFA he’s still an absolute machine.
With high passing, pace, dribbling and defending scores – he’s exactly the sort of player Chelsea would want in their ranks.
Sadly, the £40million Frenchman’s debut season in England has gone from bad to worse.
The Chelsea star was imperious last season and a key man in Chelsea’s league triumph. But he’s been replaced by Andreas Christensen this season.
Club: West Ham
It’s been a torrid season for the West Ham keeper who looks a shadow of what he was at Man City.
Expect his ratings to be hit hard after a string of unconvincing displays for the London club.
There are reports his loan period from City may even be cancelled. Yes, it really has got that bad.
Club: Real Madrid
Real Madrid are currently third in La Liga – with boss Zinedine Zidane under fire.
But Ramos has to take his fair share of responsibility, too. After all, he’s the captain and should be leading from the front.
While he’s still undoubtedly class in possession, there are some question marks over his leadership this season.
Club: LA Galaxy
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.
However, at the age of 36, he’s still putting in some incredible performances for his new team, LA Galaxy.
An overall rating of 88 ranks him amongst the game’s best – but can we still confidently say that’s still the case?
Still great, sure, but he’ll drop a few points this year.
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 19 rating needs to reflect that.
Time waits for no man.
Club: Real Madrid
Another Los Blancos 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.
His best days could well be over.
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 was perhaps a tad too generous.
Add to the mix the signing of Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte and the 32-year-old risks sliding further into the fray.
The Chelsea star was imperious last season and a key man in Chelsea’s league triumph.
But he’s been replaced by Andreas Christensen this season.
At 31-years-old, there’s still some time – but even his biggest fans are starting to lose patience.