It’s now less than a week before FIFA 17 hits the shelves, so we’ve decided to create an interesting little head-to-head: the fastest players in the game versus the strongest players.
Speed and strength have been always been the attributes that FIFA players look to when assembling their teams - particularly on Ultimate Team - and that’s unlikely to chance on the latest instalment of EA Sports’ hugely successful franchise.
But which team would win if you had the eleven quickest players up against the eleven strongest? Let’s see if we can find out…
For speed, we’ve taken the XI players with the best ‘Pace’ attributes.
For the strength, because there is no ’Strength’ attribute on the cards, we’ve gone for the closest thing: ‘Physicality’.
This lot are all rapid...
Goalkeeper: Guillermo Ochoa - 87 Speed
The Mexican goalkeeper, currently on loan at Granada from Malaga, is lightening quick off his line.
Right-back: Hector Bellerin - 95 Pace
The Arsenal full-back is one of the quickest players on the entire game.
Centre-back: Nathan Smith - 88 Pace
A former Jamaica international, now 29, currently plying his trade with Yeovil Town.
Centre-back: Kebba Ceesay - 88 Pace
The 28-year-old Gambia international plays for Djurgardens in Sweden.
Left-back: Jordi Alba - 93 Pace
The Barcelona star is the quickest left-back on the game.
Central midfield: Jeff Louis - 90 Pace
Ninety pace is rapid for a central midfielder, so Caen’s Jeff Louis could be a bargain signing on Ultimate Team.
Central midfield: Taison - 90 Pace
Taison, a Brazil international, plies his trade in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Left-wing: Nnamdi Oduamadi - 94 Pace
Nnamdi Oduamadi is a Milan player, currently on loan with HJK Helsinki.
Right-wing: Mathis Bolly - 96 Pace
Mathis Bolly has been the fastest player on past instalments of FIFA in terms of sprint speed and the Greuther Fürth player remains one of the quickest in FIFA 17.
Striker: Jamie Vardy - 93 Pace
He turns 30 in January, but Jamie Vardy is still lightning.
Striker: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 96 Pace
Not only is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang one of the world’s best strikers, but the Borussia Dortmund star is also one of the quickest.
You wouldn't want to mess with this lot...
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
Goalkeepers don’t have strength attributes, unfortunately, but there aren’t many stronger players in his position than the world-class Manuel Neuer. He gets the nod from us.
Right-back: Callum Paterson - 90 Physical
You wouldn’t want to get into a scrap with the Hearts and Scotland right-back.
Centre-back: Jelle Van Damme - 89 Physical
Jelle Van Damme doesn’t just have one of the best names in football, he’s always one of the strongest players.
Centre-back: Rafal Grodzicki - 87 Physical
Nope, us neither. The Polish defender plays for a club called Ruch Chorzów.
Left-back: Sead Kolasinac - 85 Physical
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international, who plays for Schalke, takes no prisoners on the pitch.
Central midfield: Marouane Fellaini - 90 Physical
Managers like Marouane Fellaini because he’s so awkward to play against. The Manchester United star can be a bit of a bully, but his style is effective.
Central midfield: Cheikh N’Doye - 90 Physical
The Senegal international plays for Angers in Ligue 1.
Left-wing: Cristiano Ronaldo - 80 Physical
Cristiano Ronaldo is an absolute machine and has the joint-highest physicality for a left winger on FIFA 17 alongside Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic.
Right-wing: Moussa Sissoko - 85 Physical
Moussa Sissoko can power past defenders with his physicality - when it suits him.
Striker: Islam Slimani - 88 Physical
Leicester City’s record signing certainly knows how to handle himself.
Striker: Adebayo Akinfenwa - 80 Physical (But strongest in game)
The FIFA legend himself. Adebayo Akinfenwa only has 80 for physicality but, according to EA Sports, is still officially the strongest player in the game.
Which team would win?
There’s a mixed bag of quality on both teams but you’d have to fancy the strongest XI with their attacking line-up of Ronaldo, Sissoko, Slimani and, erm, Akinfenwa.
Not to mention they have the world’s best goalkeeper in between the sticks.
However, imagine the joy that Vardy and Aubameyang would have up against Van Damme and Grodzicki.
It could be carnage.
Which team would win a 90-minute match? Post your score predictions in the comments below.
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