So, FIFA 17 is now released and football fans around the world can finally start playing the new game, rather than talking about it.
In the weeks leading up to the release, we’ve slowly discovered the player rating with professionals also how EA Sports rate their ability.
But it’s not just the existing professionals that are included on the game.
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FIFA features dozens of former professionals as legend players in their ultimate team mode with the likes of Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being included this in this year’s game.
But there is one new legend being introduced to FIFA 17 that doesn’t appear too impressed with his ratings. Step forward, Rio Ferdinand.
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The former Manchester United defender has discovered how EA Sports rate him and he doesn’t seem too happy - despite the 88 overall rating.
Ferdinand’s attributes are:
Pace - 81
Shooting - 48
Passing - 65
Dribbling - 67
Defending - 90
Physicality - 86
Not bad, but Ferdinand is angry with two attributes in particular.
He tweeted: "Launch day of @EASPORTSFIFA are u sure!! In my prime.. 81 Pace & 65 Passing! Don't let me come in and have to tear the place down! #FIFA17.”
Having played 455 appearances in all competitions for the Old Trafford club - winning six Premier League titles, three League Cups and a Champions League - Ferdinand established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe during his prime.
Ferdinand may claim that he deserves a better pace rating than 81 but towards the end of his career, the defender struggled with the speed of Premier League football.
That was epitomised in 2012 when Gareth Bale surged past him at Old Trafford to score for Tottenham leaving Ferdinand unable to deal with him. Take a look at Bale vs. Ferdinand below:
Ok, Ferdinand only played for two seasons following that campaign so probably wasn’t at his prime, but it probably suggests why EA Sports have only given him a pace rating of 81.
As for passing, though, Ferdinand has a point.
While he was a tough tackling centre-back, there was no doubt the former England international could play. He enjoyed bringing the ball out of the back and could spray 30-yard passes with ease.
Just take a look at some of his passes during his heyday:
Either way, with defending stats of 90 and physicality stats of 86, there is no doubt Ferdinand will be a very solid defender on FIFA 17.
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