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FIFA 18: There’s something very, very strange going on with Leo Messi’s latest card

We have no idea what's going on

It’s been a frustrating World Cup for Leo Messi, who’s been overshadowed by his arch rival Cristaino Ronaldo by some margin.

But that all changed this week as the Argentina ace was instrumental in his side’s victory 2-1 against Nigeria.

Head up Leo, it could have been worse

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Head up Leo, it could have been worse

And as a reward, EA Sports awarded him a new World Cup card – complete with a number of boosted stats.

Let’s take a closer look.

The Barcelona legend has 90 pace, 92 shooting, 89 passing and 97 dribbling – making him a real threat with the ball.

So far, so good.

That’s until you have a look at his other 95-rated card, using Futhead’s handy comparison tool.

Hmmmmmmmm

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Hmmmmmmmm

As you can see, despite both cards having a 95 rating, his World Cup card is significantly worse.

It’s down two points on pace, one point on shooting, passing – in fact, there’s not one stat that’s better.

What’s that about, EA?

But it gets worse. Take a look at this 94-rated Messi.

Erm…

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Erm…

Yes, our thoughts exactly – they’re almost identical – bar a few meaningless boosts to defence and physicality.

We’d that that extra pace point any day.

It’s not the first time we’ve spotted something fishy going on with the ratings.


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Despite a boosted World Cup card following Germany’s emphatic 2-1 win against Sweden, EA Sports only gave Toni Kroos an 84 rating for free kicks.

This is the same player who, as his team was facing elimination from the tournament, rocketed a free kick into the top corner.

Kroos celebrates his late strike against Sweden

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Kroos celebrates his late strike against Sweden

What is going on?

To help put this into perspective, Swedish defender Andreas Granqvist was boosted up to 95 penalties for the match before – after scoring against South Korea.

 


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