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FIFA 19: 8 players who deserve rating downgrades for flopping at the World Cup

EA Sports will be watching this lot closely

When we think of the World Cup, we think of the best players on the planet.

But sadly, despite how good they are on paper, sometimes the best can have absolute shockers.

Which brings us to today’s article – eight players who have been so mediocre that EA Sports should seriously consider giving them a downgrade come FIFA 19.

David De Gea

Head up, Dave

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Head up, Dave

Best goalkeeper in the world? Reaaaaaally?

The Spaniard has an incredible 90 rating on this year’s game – but has looked very shaky for Spain in the tournament so far.

EA ratings scouts are no doubt keeping a close eye on World Cup performances and on the evidence thus far, De Gea could be doing his FIFA 19 rating some serious damage.

There’s still time for him to turn it around though.

Robert Lewandowski 

Sit down if you’ve been utter crap

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Sit down if you’ve been utter crap

The Bayern Munich talisman scored a record-breaking 17 goals in qualification but has never scored at a World Cup.

In fact, he’s been extremely poor for Poland at this tournament – and questions need to be answered.

Bear in mind that Lewandowski’s standard card is 91 rated – with 88 shooting and 81 pace – none of which we saw.

His FIFA 19 score needs to reflect this.

Willian

Willian who?

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Willian who?

The Brazilian may have been one of the best players in the Premier League last season, but he’s been pretty forgettable in Russia.

Despite starting in all the games, he’s struggled to leave his mark – often overshadowed by Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.

There’s still time, but on this evidence his 84 rating could take a hit.

Thomas Muller 

If only Thomas could see what was coming…

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If only Thomas could see what was coming…

World Cups are this man’s bread and butter – having scored 10 goals in his first two tournaments.

Sadly, Muller has been pretty woeful in this campaign – and was devastatingly ineffective up front for Germany.

The 86-rated striker did nothing to justify that lofty score – so we’re almost certain he’ll take a hit.

Ousmane Dembele 

Did you keep the receipt?

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Did you keep the receipt?

After flattering to deceive in the first game, Demeble was unceremoniously dropped for France’s final two group games.

The Barcelona youngster, who has spent much of this season injured, failed to link well with Antoine Griezmann and Thomas Lemar – reducing the French attack to mediocrity at best.

His 83 rating is certainly looking in danger unless he turns it around.

Joshua Kimmich

Cheer up, hun

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Cheer up, hun

We expected great things from this youngster.

Kimmich is arguably Germany’s biggest talent – and biggest letdown.

The 84 rated right back, who received a number of upgrades throughout the season, was particularly underwhelming for his country.

If EA Sports was watching, the rating scouts will be doing some serious damage to his overall score.

Kalidou Koulibaly

Sigh…

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Sigh…

Arguably one of the best defenders in Serie A last season, but looking some way off his 84 rating.

In fact, his Team of the Season card was a phenomenal 94-rated beast.

Sadly, after this World Cup his FIFA 19 score will be significantly lower.

Emil Forsberg 

How big are Zlatan’s boots to fill?

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How big are Zlatan’s boots to fill?

He may be dubbed ‘the next Zlatan’ but Forsberg has done nothing of note in this year’s tournament.

His 83-rating is actually a tad on the conservative side, but this was a prime chance for the Swede to stake a claim for a bigger score.

Sadly unless he pulls out all the stops, we doubt it’ll improve – it may even take a hit.