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FIFA 19: EA Sports just revealed Cristiano Ronaldo in a Juve shirt… but there’s a catch

This will surely anger some fans

Cristiano Ronaldo officially completed his £105million move from Real Madrid to Juventus this week.

And to mark the occasion, the 33-year-old was unveiled in his new Juve kit by EA Sports.

FIFA 19 Standard and Champions Editions are available to pre-order from GAME and Amazon

A short video posted on Twitter shows the Portuguese star sporting his famous No 7 shirt, alongside Giorgio Cheillini, Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa and Emre Can.

But there’s a catch.

Cheer up, Ronnie

Cheer up, Ronnie

EA confirmed the new shirt will only be in FIFA 19 – and not be in this year’s game.

This suggests gamers thinking about skipping this year’s update in the hope that EA would update FIFA 18’s kits, may be left disappointed.

There’s still no word as to whether Ronaldo will be updated in FIFA 18’s roster – although this seems likely given that EA did something similar with Neymar after his move from Barca to PSG.

What are the biggest changes this year?

There are a host of new gameplay features and tweaks set to arrive to this year’s game.

Here are the most important.

Neymar was a big part of the FIFA 19 trailer

Neymar was a big part of the FIFA 19 trailer

Sweet spot

If you tap Circle or B just as your foot hits the ball, you massively increase the chance of striking it into the top corner.

It’s all about timing, so get it wrong and you’ll be punished with a scuffed shot.


Game plans have been introduced this year – which are set up before a match.

Here, you can set what tactics your team has depending on certain situations – such as if they’re 1-0 up or losing a match.

Once you have made the plans, simply assign to a D-pad press and you’re good to go.

FIFA 19 Standard and Champions Editions are available to pre-order from GAME and Amazon

Unlike last year, when it was hard to see if a tactical option had been executed, there’s now a clear toggle for on-the-fly instructions.

We’ve seen this before

We’ve seen this before

You’re also now able to adjust your team’s width and depth, as well as instruct your full backs what kind of runs to make in attack or your centre back to cover certain areas of the pitch.

There’s greater control over your team’s defensive style, too – with new settings: “pressure after possession loss,” “constant pressure,” “drop back,” “balanced,” and “pressure on heavy touch.”

Sounds great!

Revised mini-map

A simple but welcome change.

One team will now have triangle icons, the other will have circles – so it’s easier to see who’s who.

Graphics look to have been tweaked and improved

Graphics look to have been tweaked and improved

Champions League

EA has got everything from the Champions League logo including the commentary team, Derek Rae and Lee Dixon.

It’ll also have its own mode and the ability to create custom tournaments. Amazing.

Europa League

This was slightly overshadowed by the Champions League announcement, but yes the Europa League will also be in FIFA 19.

Expect the full broadcast package, too.

General gameplay 

Passing has been re-worked to feel more natural, while a active touch system allows better first touches from different parts of the body.

It also opens up the possibility of a feint attack – where, as the ball approaches, you can shift your weight one way, before going the other.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the cover of FIFA 19

Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the cover of FIFA 19

Stepovers, too, are reportedly easier to pull off and look more convincing – making it harder for your opponent to defend against.

Finally, 50/50 battles over a loose ball will now take into account more variables than last year – such as reaction time.


Juventus themselves then went ahead and shared an official photo of their new signing in the famous black and white through their Twitter account, with the actual Ronaldo looking much happier than his computer-generated counterpart.