Lionel Messi has been awarded a special purple FIFA 16 card after scoring his 300th La Liga goal on Wednesday evening.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner netted his 300th and 301st league goals for Barcelona in the 3-1 win over Sporting Gijon at El Molinón - and after the game EA Sports revealed a new card for the world’s best player.
For those unaware of what a purple FIFA 16 card is, it’s a hero card - handed out to those who have achieved extraordinary feats. To see which other footballers have been handed purple cards, scroll down this page.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay5
Messi no doubt deserves his - although the 95 rating on the card seems a little low.
Surely the Argentina international should be around the 97 or 98 mark - if not higher - he is arguably the greatest footballer of all time, after all.
Other FIFA 16 purple card winners
Back in December, Bournemouth’s Harry Arter was awarded a hero card for playing against Manchester United just days after he and his partner lost their baby.
Other players to be bestowed with a hero card include Eden Hazard - for inspiring Chelsea to the Premier League title last season - and Harry Kane, who scored 31 goals in 51 appearances for Tottenham last season.
Award Heroes - via EA Sports.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC - England) - Named Player of The Year and in TOTY with 18 goals so far, winning League Cup & Premier League title.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur - England) - Lifted the Young Player of The Year award after scoring 30 goals so far this season.
Joe Garner (Preston North End - England) - Named League 1 POTY and followed that with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win to put Preston on the verge of promotion!
Patrick Bamford (Middlesborough - England) - Named the Championship's Player of the Year for a very successful loan spell from Chelsea.
Dele Alli (MK Dons - England) - Named Football League Young Player of the Year making him most impressive 21 or under player in all 72 FL clubs.
Stefan Johansen (Celtic - Scotland) - named Scottish FA Player of the Year yesterday after his club Celtic sealed the title.
Enjoy Messi while you still can
Football ran out of superlatives for Messi a long time ago now; the 28-year-old is simply a once-in-a-lifetime talent and we must all enjoy watching him showcase his extraordinary talent while we still can.
Fortunately, there’s no reason why Messi can’t play for another ten years before hanging up his boots.
Once his pace leaves him - although he’s never been reliant on speed to beat opponents - Messi looks certain to drop deeper into midfield.
Even these days, it’s not unusual to see Messi dropping back and dictating the tempo of matches from a deeper position.
One suspects that Messi could do a job anywhere on the pitch - perhaps with the exception of in goal.
Which other footballers deserve a purple FIFA 16 card? Let us know by leaving a comment below.