Cristiano Ronaldo may be one of the world’s best players right now – but at 32, the Portuguese is in the twilight years of his career.
Not that this matters as, according to FIFA 17, the Real Madrid star will have a few more years at the top of his game. Five, in fact.
YouTuber Rich Leigh conducted an experiment on FIFA 17’s Career Mode to see how many seasons Ronaldo had left in him.
After the first year or two, while there are steep drops in the Portuguese’s physical stats – notably his speed, acceleration and agility, large parts of his game remain largely unaffected.
Aged 33, his ball control and dribbling are still an impressive 90, while finishing and shot power are 92 and 91 respectively.
Early signs, then, are good.
Fast forward a few years and 37-year-old Ronaldo is set to retire at the end of the season.
But a closer look at his stats reveals the now 74-rated player is still very, very good.
Ignoring his physical stats – which include a woeful 28 for acceleration and 41 for sprint speed, the Portuguese remains lethal in front of goal.
Shot power is an impressive 89, while finishing, dribbling and ball control are all in the 70s.
Vision is rated 83, while his positioning and composure are still well into the 80s and 90s.
As we’re seeing at the moment, Ronaldo is moving away from dribbling the ball and running at players – rather picking his time to strike with short, well-positioned bursts.
If FIFA 17 is anything to go on, the Los Blancos ace (who is playing for Barca in the video), will continue down this path – becoming an even more intelligent player who pops up when you least expect him to.
Don’t go anywhere just yet, Ronaldo.
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