FIFA 21 player ratings: EA make mistake with Erling Haaland's massive upgrade


Erling Braut Haaland has the footballing world at his feet right now.

To say the Norwegian burst on to the scene in 2019/20 would be like saying Cristiano Ronaldo would be half-decent in Sunday League or Lionel Messi has been an alright player for Barcelona.

It's, erm, quite the understatement.

Haaland's stellar 2019/20

And it's just so because Haaland produced the sort of statistics you'd expect from a seasoned number nine in their prime, not a 20-year-old who's just joined one of Europe's top five leagues.

We're talking about a player who rammed home an astonishing 28 goals in just 22 games for Red Bull Salzburg at the start of the campaign, including a debut Champions League hat-trick.

Funnily enough, that was sufficient to earn himself a move to Borussia Dortmund and yet another treble on his bow in a competition quickly silenced those who thought he would take time to settle.


Haaland earns FIFA 21 upgrade

Boy have those detractors been proven wrong with Haaland completing 2019/20 with 16 goals from 18 appearances, of which only 11 were league starts, in the yellow and black of BVB.

Haaland even showed the world that he was fired up for the 2020/21 campaign with his first three goals for Norway over the last week, featuring two belters against Northern Ireland.

So, it should come as no surprise that Haaland received a monstrous upgrade when EA Sports revealed their player ratings for FIFA 21 on Thursday afternoon.

But what about his pace?

Haaland skyrocketed from an overall rating of 73 on the previous game to a total of 84 on the upcoming release with his ridiculous goal-scoring rate boosting his shooting statistic by 17.

It looks, by all accounts, to be an alteration worthy of Haaland's remarkable rise to the top and it says a lot that nobody has a problem with him being placed in the world's 100 best players.

But... this is the FIFA 21 ratings we're talking about here, so unless you've been living under a rock, you can probably anticipate that at least one of EA's decisions has been disputed.


Remarkable sprint vs PSG

In the case of Haaland, that surrounds their decision to award him 84 pace which, albeit an upgrade of three compared to FIFA 20, looks ill-fitting of his sprinting from last season.

In fact, there's one particular moment that comes to mind in terms of proving that Haaland deserves more praise for his speed and that came during the win over Paris Saint-Germain.

Aside from scoring two goals in a famous Champions League win, Haaland also showed his determination with a mind-blowing sprint during a Dortmund counterattack - check it out:

Only 84 pace... really?

But hey, it's just the camera right? He's actually running in treacle, right? Yeh, no.

Haaland was reportedly clocked at 6.64 seconds across 60 metres, which is good enough to have qualified for the event's final at the 2018 World Indoor Championships.

Now, as an athletics fan, I hate to pour cold water on that statistic by way of Haaland running on turf in football boots and not from a complete standstill, but it's mightily impressive regardless.


And if nothing else, it surely proves that EA Sports should have boosted Haaland's speed into the region of 87-89 or even beyond the magical marker of 90.

That being said, it's clear that EA have dropped plenty of controversial decisions when it comes to pace this year, though, with Serge Gnabry apparently being slower than Ciro Immobile...

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