Surely one of the best things about becoming a professional footballer is that you get to feature in games like FIFA and Football Manager.
As we saw back in September when FIFA 17 was released, players like to see their stats as soon as possible and don’t want to feel shortchanged by the game’s makers.
But for one player, Leyton Orient goalkeeper Sam Sargeant, he made the unfortunate discovery in September that he has a pitiful rating of 45 - making him the joint-worst player on the game.
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Dream Team FC caught up with the 19-year-old, who hasn’t yet made a first-team appearance for O’s so far this season, and he was pretty cool with it.
In fact, he says that he’ll proudly claim the dubious honour of being the worst player on FIFA 17 as “a trophy”.
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Sargeant reveals how he reacted
“You grow up as a kid and you want to be on these games, so even though my rating is dreadful, it’s good to see my face there on the FUT card,” Sargeant told Dream Team FC.
“The joint lowest rated on the game? I’ll claim that as a trophy. The first thought after seeing my card was ‘Wow, I’m actually on the game.’
“Then I looked at my stats and was like, ‘Oh, they’ve been a bit harsh here, no-one’s going to use me in the game except for myself!”
Sargeant: I can't use myself on Ultimate Team
The teenager added: “To be fair, I haven’t even used myself on the game. I’m too scared, I can’t be losing games on Ultimate Team because of my own card.
“But the rating wasn’t a massive issue for me because it was just being on it that mattered.”
He's been getting some stick in the dressing room
Fair play to the lad. Not every footballer would display the same self-deprecating humour after finding out they were officially the joint-worst player on FIFA.
He confesses his teammates have given him a bit of stick, although he doesn’t take any of it to heart.
“The lads at football still give me stick about it now, but that’s all part and parcel of the changing room banter – I laugh along with them because I can see why they’re laughing,” he continued.
“But my schoolmates have all said about how incredible it is that I’m just on the game itself. I’ve got a younger brother and all his mates have bought me on the game and got excited about the fact I was on the game.”
Sargeant's message to EA Sports
However, Sargeant admits he would prefer not to be the worst player on FIFA and has asked EA Sports if they could boost his rating - even by a mark or two.
“Please make my rating higher!” he added, when asked if he had a message for the creators of FIFA. “I don’t want to sound big time, but if you see fit or you get the opportunity to give my stats a little bit of a boost, that would be very much appreciated.”
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