Football fans tend to get annoyed when you try to tell them ‘it’s only a game’, but it seems the same goes for FIFA 18, which is literally only a game.
The latest in EA Sports’ series comes out later this month, and the games company has started the slow drip of player ratings ahead of its full unveiling.
The top 100 players in the game will be announced in the coming days, but numbers 100-81 are already out.
Only a few Premier League players are included among those 20, but one notable decision has irked a fair few fans – and no, it’s not the choice to name Manchester United and Chelsea flop Radamel Falcao the 95th-best player in the world.
Manchester United and Liverpool have both enjoyed fast starts to the new Premier League season, occupying the top two spots in the table with unbeaten records after three games.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has starred for United, setting up five of his team’s 10 goals so far, while Liverpool’s Sadio Mané tops the goalscoring charts with three goals in as many games.
The pair being separated by a single point in their FIFA 18 rankings shouldn’t be a massive deal, really.
However, you know full well how football fans are a protective bunch.
That means Mané’s rating of 84...
And Mkhitaryan’s score of 85.
Have prompted comments like this…
Mane - 13 goals 5 assists— Jack ~ Brfc (@Jackobrfc999) September 6, 2017
Mhky - 4 goals 1 assist
Wonder who Fifa rated higher...
Can't believe Mane is rated 84 on FIFA, lower than Mkhitaryan. Should be 85+— C. (@ChukaOkeke_) September 6, 2017
Genuinely disgraceful as to how Sadio Mané, one of the best players in the Premier League, is rated lower than Henrikh Mkhitaryan.— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) September 5, 2017
A handful of other Premier League men have had their ratings announced, including Tottenham’s Dele Alli (93rd with an overall score of 84) and Manchester City trio Vincent Kompany (84th), İlkay Gündoğan (89th) and Bernardo Silva (100th).
We expect there will be more controversy as the countdown continues.
In the last game, the highest-ranked Premier League player was Zlatan Ibrahimović in seventh – will he retain that honour, and will world record man Neymar move up from third?
FIFA 18 will come out in the UK on September 29, and there have already been suggestions that a classic feature could make its return.
(Images: EA Sports)