There are two types of people who play FIFA.
There are those who play the game for pure enjoyment; for the opportunity to take control of their favourite players and guide them to glory.
And there are those who are dead serious about winning. To the point that they will invest genuine money to ensure they have the strongest teams.
In one of the game modes, Ultimate Team, players earn coins by winning matches. Those coins can then be spent on buying new players and gradually improving the team.
But there is one way gamers can skip the grind - by spending real money on coins.
Plenty of avid gamers are fully prepared to spend their own pocket money in the game. The chances of getting Cristiano Ronaldo in a pack are minimal, and it would take a whole load of games to have enough coins to buy him, so the alternative is to get the credit card out.
The folks at Gamesradar have decided to find out how much it will cost in real money to build the best team in EA Sports’ latest edition of their hugely popular football series, FIFA 17.
Want Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in your team, but can’t be bothered to play endless matches in order to build the currency? Then be prepared to spend well into three figures.
How Gamesradar worked it out
Gamesradar’s Ben Wilson explained how he worked out the costs of each player.
“I pieced together GR+’s dream Ultimate Team below, using players’ current average transfer values.
“In order to do so, I placed a value of a highly specific £0.00015219047 (stay with me!) on each coin in the PS4 version of ‘FUT’. That’s based on someone purchasing seven packs of gold cards, to a value of 7,500 coins per pack (so 52,500 total), for £7.99.
“There’s a heavy Spanish focus, to guarantee maximum chemistry, and no place for wingers Neymar or Gareth Bale (whose stats don’t quite match those of Ronaldo or Messi) or Paul Pogba – the best central midfielder in the game, but a poor match for the rest of the side according to Ultimate Team’s algorithms.”
Here’s the result of Gamesradar’s calculations.
GK | David De Gea (Manchester United, 90) | 129,000 / £19.63
RB | Sergi Roberto (Barcelona, 83) | 18,500 / £2.82
CB | Gerard Pique (Barcelona, 86) | 18,750 / £2.85
CB I Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, 89) | 141,000 / £21.46
LB I Marcelo (Real Madrid, 86) | 38,750 / £5.89
CM I Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona, 87) | 45,000 / £6.85
CM I Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, 88) | 69,000 / £10.50
CM I Luka Modric (Real Madrid, 89) | 94,000 / £14.30
RW I Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 93) | 940,000 / £143.06
ST I Luis Suarez (Barcelona, 92) | 548,000 / £83.40
LW I Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 94) | 1,300,000 / £197.85
That’s a total of £508.31. Better get saving.
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