EA Sports have the unenviable task of rating the world’s top players ever year.
No matter what decision they make, football fans will always have their complaints and that’s certainly understandable when big debates are being settled with single numbers.
That was especially the case this year when FIFA 19 even attempted to end the age-old argument between Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
Fans were given a teaser of the new ratings upon the release of the demo but now the official verdicts are being unveiled.
The company are working their way through the new game’s top 100 players by making a certain number of them public each day.
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By the end of it all, EA will have cast their verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as well as top players such as Luka Modric, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Those talking points will have to wait for now, though, and even the first 40 reveals by EA are starting to cause debate.
Liverpool fans were rather miffed when they saw the new Virgil van Dijk card, especially considering his physical and pace stats were both given a downgrade.
LIVERPOOL FANS REACT TO EDERSON AND OTAMENDI RATINGS
Nevertheless, 85 represented a solid rating ahead of the second announcement but supporters aren’t happy once again.
Two key Manchester City players made their way into the latest list with Nicolas Otamendi and Ederson both being handed an 86 card.
That means that EA have categorically ranked both City players higher than their Liverpool counterparts of Van Dijk and – of course – Alisson Becker.
To say that decision hasn’t gone down well on Twitter would be putting things mildly and Kopites are passionately defending their players on social media.
Check out the reaction below:
No way Otamendi & Ederson are better than Van Dijk & Alisson.Just because they won the league now their players are getting massively overrated
— Rajoun Buddo (@Jon_Van_Dijk) September 7, 2018
Man City ratings are v inflated. Everyone knows Fernandinho is on the decline and doesn’t deserve an 86. Otamendi is a travesty and shouldn’t be anywhere near 86. Also, Ederson higher than Alisson is wrong but that’s v close and can’t blame anyone for thinking it’s fine tbh
— Callum (@LFCallum) September 7, 2018
Ederson and otamendi higher rated than Alisson and VVD 🧐🧐😷 https://t.co/tz2nlS2uQe
— ً (@bubbIxs) September 7, 2018
Why is Ederson ahead of Alisson ffs
— Pucado (@Pucadopr) September 7, 2018
How otamendi is rated higher than van dijk is an absolute joke 😂😂😂
— Charlie Price🇪🇬 (@charlieprice69) September 7, 2018
Otamendi 86 and Van Dijk 85…what a bloody scripted joke that is https://t.co/50bJGpEdjO
— Bor (@EoinBor) September 7, 2018
Giving Ederson the nod over Alisson is certainly an eye-catching move from EA, especially when you consider the Liverpool man is chosen as Brazil’s number one.
As for Van Dijk, supporters are starting to consider him as one of the best centre-backs in world football after an impressive 2018 and fail to see how Otamendi has outperformed him.
The Argentine has come on leaps and bounds under Pep Guardiola but there’s a strong argument that – for all his promising showings – he remains inferior to Van Dijk.
You can certainly understand why Liverpool fans are so angry with the decision, even if City’s Premier League win stands as a pretty substantial counterargument.
Kopites will have to keep their fingers crossed that Alisson and Van Dijk maintain their form this season and work towards proving EA wrong.
City hold the advantage at the moment but Liverpool fans will be hoping the winter upgrades change things.