Hard to believe that Mohamed Salah was only rated 83 when FIFA 18 came out last year.
Following his £36.9m move from AS Roma to Liverpool in the summer, the Egyptian was ranked well outside the top 100 highest-rated players.
But after scoring 32 Premier League goals in his debut season and guiding Liverpool to the Champions League final, a huge ratings boost was expected for Salah.
His individual statistics needed amending, too. Salah only had 73 shooting and 74 passing on FIFA 18, which were both far too low.
But anything upwards of 90 might have been too steep so EA Sports announced on Monday that they’ve given Salah an 88 rating for FIFA 19.
And his stats are as follows: 92 pace, 84 shooting, 79 passing, 89 dribbling, 45 defending and 72 physical.
Check out Salah’s Ultimate Team card in the graphic below.
Pretty impressive, right? Salah is now the 27th top-rated player on FIFA and it’s absolutely deserved. An argument could even be made that he should be higher.
However, there is one thing slightly odd about Salah’s stats – and it involves Real Madrid and Brazil left-back Marcelo.
Marcelo, who is also rated 88 but one place behind Salah in 28th, has been given higher dribbling than the Liverpool man with 90.
Salah is widely regarded as one of the best in the world when it comes to dribbling past opponents, so giving Marcelo a higher rating is a somewhat questionable call from EA.
Football fans are all aware of Marcelo’s skill set – he’s been given five-star skill moves on FIFA 19 – but there’s a difference between being good at skills and being good at dribbling.
Just ask Lionel Messi, who isn’t known for doing step-overs but still has 96 dribbling on the new version.