While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are celebrated as the best players in FIFA 18, spare a thought for those at the opposite end of the spectrum.
Of course, just featuring in the biggest football game in the world must feel pretty special. But it can’t be as exciting if you’re known as one of the worst players in the game.
In FIFA 18, there are 10 players with a rating of 46. Grimsby Town’s Max Wright is one of them; Leslie Sackey, a centre-back who players for Scunthorpe, is another.
Needless to say, both probably came in for some stick from their teammates when the FIFA 18 ratings were released.
You’re wrong if you don’t think players take their ratings seriously. Michy Batshuayi said he wouldn’t play FIFA 18 after seeing his 77 dribbling rating, while Kyle Walker called Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane out for a race after EA Sports gave both players higher speed ratings.
It may only be a game, but it matters.
The worst FIFA 18 player isn't even a footballer
There’s something fascinating about one of the 10 players who has a rating of 46 - one of them isn’t actually a professional football player.
Tommy Käßemodel is in the game as a centre-midfielder for German side FC Erzgebirge Aue. But he isn’t a centre-midfielder - he’s Erzgebirge’s kit man.
Why is he in FIFA 18?
And this isn’t a mistake from EA Sports. Erzgebirge have actually signed Käßemodel to their squad as a player due to the requirement of German clubs to have four players in the senior squad who were brought through from the academy/youth system.
At the start of last season, Erzgebirge needed one more player to meet the quota. And Käßemodel met the requirement because he had once been a youth player at the club.
Erzgebirge signed him to a professional contract just so they met German football guidelines. He doesn’t actually play for the team, and you can see him carrying out his day job by clicking HERE.
Crazy stuff, huh?
Käßemodel just 23 pace
Quite how EA Sports managed to give Käßemodel ratings is anyone’s guess. He had 23 pace, 45 dribbling, 42 shooting and 48 passing, so we don’t recommend purchasing him for your Ultimate Team.
As for Erzgebirge, it’s a brilliant - if not cheeky - way of exploiting a loophole.