Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas may have endured an alarmingly poor start to the Premier League season, but that has not impacted upon the Spaniard’s stats in FIFA 16.
Fabregas had been identified as one of the main culprits for Chelsea’s dire performances in their opening five fixtures - of which they won only one - although the champions were able to return to winning ways this weekend.
But Fabregas does, at least, have the backing of FIFA 16’s developers, with the former Arsenal captain rated as the second best passer in the latest release of the enduringly popular series.
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Fabregas has a passing rating of 90 - which is bettered only by Italian veteran Andrea Pirlo, now of MLS side New York City, who has a very impressive rating of 93.
The Chelsea playmaker is narrowly ahead of David Silva - with only one point in it - while the Manchester City maestro is in third position above Toni Kroos and Xabi Alonso, of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.
Andres Iniesta, Dani Parejo, Antonio Cassano, Francesco Totti and Lionel Messi make up the remainder of the top 10, and there will undoubtedly be some Barcelona supporters questioning why their players are not further up the list.
A more glaring omission may perhaps be Kevin de Bruyne - Manchester City’s record signing - who produced more assists than any other player in Europe’s top leagues last season. Something worthy of a place in the top 10?
Fabregas, meanwhile, was joint second with Messi - each player contributing 18 assists over the course of the campaign - as both Chelsea and Barcelona triumphed in their domestic leagues.
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