FIFA 20: Why Cristiano Ronaldo absolutely deserves a downgrade

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Yes. You read that correctly.

But before you grab the pitchforks, let me explain exactly why I think this is going to happen.

The 34-year-old is unquestionably one of the greatest athletes - let alone footballers - of the modern age. But let’s be honest, he’s not as prolific as he once was.

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The Portuguese evolved his game from an explosive dribbler, capable of running rings around any defender, to a cunning poacher - using his speed and guile to get into the right positions when it matters most.

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CR7's cover star status may have protected his FIFA 18 / 19 ratings

Yet EA’s FIFA series has arguably not taken this evolution into account. Ronaldo, although still lightning fast, isn’t the livewire we saw 10 years ago - but his FIFA stats say otherwise.

With his top FUT card boasting 99 pace and 95 agility, this makes Ronaldo an unstoppable force with the ball at his feet. Often in Ultimate Team, CR7 can glide through even the tightest of defences - yet in real life this is much more infrequent.

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Some would argue that, as the cover star of both FIFA 18
and 19, EA may have been limited when it came to Ronaldo’s rating - perhaps
(and this is pure speculation) not tinkering with it too much to avoid
upsetting their poster boy.

But FIFA 20’s cover will almost certainly not feature the Portuguese - with EA possibly opting for Neymar, Raheem Sterling or Jadon Sancho.

So, what does this mean for Ronaldo’s rating? Well, he’s almost certainly going to be in the 90s - but expect his pace and agility to take a big hit.

It’s only fair as his current stats reflect a playing style of old - not his current poacher style.

Even though he has turned himself into a number 9, he has scored less goals since moving to Juventus. His 28 goals in all competition this past season is his lowest return since leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid back in 2009. Is this the start of the decline for the Portugal captain?

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We’ve mocked up what we think Ronaldo should get in FIFA 20... let us know if you agree in the comments.

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Ronaldo's possible card for FIFA 20... his pace stats have taken a hammering

FIFA 20 news and gameplay will be revealed at this year’s Gamescom expo in Cologne.

The annual gaming event, taking place between August 21-24, is often the convention of choice for EA to showcase more about their flagship football title.

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So, what can we expect to see?


Well, if last year is anything up go by, EA will be holding a hands-on preview with the game a couple of weeks before the expo.

Impressions and features will be embargoed until Gamescom, where the public will have their first opportunity to play the new FIFA.

You can read more FIFA 20 Gamescom news in our piece here.

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