EA Sports have released their latest edition of FIFA 15 Ultimate Team of the Week and the headline news is undoubtedly the inclusion of an in-form Cristiano Ronaldo at 96, after the Real Madrid man hit five against Granada.
Over the past few months Ronaldo and Madrid have been coming under increased pressure from fans and the media but they responded in the perfect way on Sunday by thrashing Granda 9-1 as Ronaldo once again moved ahead of Lionel Messi in the race for the Pichichi.
Ronaldo is joined in the team by Manchester United star Ander Herrera after he scored twice during the club’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
The Spaniard produced two cultured finishes and overall another excellent performance as United continue their revival in recent months as they look to try and stay ahead of arch rivals defending champions Manchester City.
Everton fans will be thrilled to see Phil Jagielka make the team as a SIF after his winning goal and all round excellent display in the 1-0 win over Southampton.
Blaise Matuidi is rewarded for his goal and performance in PSG’s Classique victory with a SIF card of his own, up at 85.
Quaresma and Hulk lead the line along with Ronaldo whilst Jeremy Mathieu and Ricardo Rodriguez join Jagielka in the defence.
The team will be available from 6pm UK time and you can see the full team below.
Sometimes you just have to sit back and wonder how some of EA Sports’ employees deserve to make a living.
You also have to wonder if some of the developers at EA are football fans or have access to a television in their caves to see what actually goes on in the real-life version of their leading game.
Let’s start off by giving credit where credit is due. FIFA is almost untouchable in the football gaming stakes. Pro Evolution, as quirky as it once was, has severely dropped off since the release of the PlayStation 3 back in 2007. This lack of competition means us football fans, who enjoy a dabble on a console from time to time, have to accept the ratings EA awards as gospel even if we vehemently disagree with them.
FIFA’s dominance means they must have the cream of the crop working for them, right? Wrong. Every year the game has glitches and problems that, to a less than expert gamer even, look simple to eradicate. All this before the players’ ratings are taken into consideration.
Of course, a dodgy looking player rating isn’t entirely EA’s fault. A player can rope them in with a string of fine displays before going on the most barren of spells that leaves fans and pundits bewildered.
These players, that have often just secured a big move after becoming too ‘good’ for their old club, make chairman, managers, supporters and game developers look like morons. It’s a weird food-chain of unfulfilled promise.
Here are 10 players that need their ratings decreased when the January updates come into play.