You’ve probably never heard of the fastest player in FIFA 17.
His name is Mathis Bolly and he can apparently run 40 metres in 4.53 seconds. That’s twelve hundredths of a second quicker than Usain Bolt took to complete 40 metres when he ran the 100 metres in a world record time of 9.58 seconds in 2009.
Bolly shares a 96 pace rating in FIFA 17 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, which is released today, but everyone already knows about the Borussia Dortmund striker’s insane speed.
Bolly, on the other hand, is largely unknown outside of the gaming circle. He plays for Greuther Furth in Germany’s second division and, despite being born in Norway, chose to play international football for Ivory Coast.
It means that getting Bolly into your Ultimate Team while making sure that you have 100 chemistry could be difficult. Adding to that is the 25-year-old midfielder’s cost, which will set you back plenty of coins.
According to German football expert Archie Rhind-Tutt, Bolly’s father was a sprinter, which explains where the Greuther Furth man’s speed comes from.
In addition to his 96 pace rating in FIFA 17, Bolly has 65 dribbling, 61 shooting, 30 defending, 55 passing and 58 physical. It sounds like you won’t get much out of him other than the ability to roast every defender in sight.
EA Sports decide their ratings by relying on coaches and scouts, who watch real-life matches. We’ve unearthed some footage of Bolly in action and it’s clear just why he’s the fastest player in the game, just like he was in FIFA 14 and FIFA 15 (Theo Walcott took the title in FIFA 16).
If you thought that players didn’t care much about their ratings on a virtual game, think again. In response to his Ultimate Team Legends card, Rio Ferdinand tweeted: “@EASPORTSFIFA are u sure!! In my prime.. 81 Pace & 65 Passing! Don't let me come in and have to tear the place down!”
Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi even threatened to switch to Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer, FIFA’s main rival, after seeing his 59 passing rating in the new game.