The clock is ticking down for the highly-anticipated release of FIFA 20, with just under a fortnight to go before the video game enters our lives.
In the build-up to September 24 (the official release date), EA Sports have been enticing fans with various titbits and teasers, making the already unbearable wait just that little bit more gruelling.
So far we’ve been treated to the fastest players in the upcoming instalment of this video game franchise, while we now also know which stars sealed their positions in the top 100 – and which ones didn’t make the grade.
Now, EA Sports have unveiled a biggie: the five-star skillers. When all else fails in the final third, we’ve all been there when frantically pressing buttons seems like the best option, hoping to pull off some sort of Ronaldinho-esque flip-flap or rabona.
Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t, but one things is for sure, when it does – by some fortune – come off, we definitely meant it. But either way, that magical moment wouldn’t have been possible without the five-star skillers. So, who cut the mustard this year?
As if having ridiculously ‘OP’ stats were not enough, EA Sports have thrown five star skill moves into the equation, making these 90+ players virtually unplayable.
Only two players in this ‘god tier’ were gifted the highly-desirable trait. And no, Lionel Messi wasn’t one of them. Instead, perennial Ballon d’Or competitor Cristiano Ronaldo and former Barcelona teammate Neymar made the list.
The Juventus talisman boasts a 93 rating this year and couples his balletic skill-set with outrageous in-game stats for pace, shooting, passing and dribbling.
Neymar meanwhile comes in at 92 with the PSG trickster combining his insatiable 95 dribbling ability with five star skill moves, a truly deadly blend. Oh, and did we mention this ultra-bipedal superstar also boasts five star weak foot?
Moving away from the footballing pantheon, EA have included 27 players with a rating of 80 or above to boast the moniker: five-star skiller.
In the upper bracket Kylian Mbappe (89) – the fastest player on the game – joins compatriot Paul Pogba (88) as the two highest rated 80+ players to possess the ultimate skill-set.
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Further down the line, Thiago Alcantara (87), Angel Di Maria (86) – the third Parisian already – Philippe Coutinho (86) and Marcelo (85) also enjoy the fleet-footed motion that comes with the trait.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of course, also makes the cut, with the 37-year-old LA Galaxy phenom enjoying an 85 rating, making him the best-rated player in Major League Soccer this year.
Elsewhere, Riyad Mahrez, Memphis Depay, Jadon Sancho, Douglas Costa and Ousmane Dembele make up the 84s, with the latter also joining Neymar in the elite band of five star weak foot players.
Entering the lower tier of the 80+ players, there were also maximum skill attributes afforded to Wilfried Zaha (83) – of course – Marcus Rashford (83), Juan Cuadrado (83), Federico Bernardeschi (83), Stephan El Shaarawy (82), Xherdan Shaqiri (82), Gelson Martins (82), Quincy Promes (82) and Marlos (82).
Ajax hero David Neres (81) dazzled European football last season and deservedly earns his place in this first-class listing, while trivela specialist Ricardo Quaresma (81) naturally takes his habitual slot, and ambipedal duo Jesus Corona (81) and Nani (80) retain their positions as two of only four players to boast both a five star weak foot and five star skill moves.
Finally, Ignacio Piatti (80) from Montreal Impact joins Zlatan in representing stateside football, while Atletico Madrid wonderkid Joao Felix (80) earns the mantle.
Descending further down the list and approaching the silver cards now, there were 17 players ranked 70 or above to join Ronaldo and Co in this coveted list.
For the remaining gold cards, Newcastle newcomer Allan Saint-Maximin (79) clinched the skill-set, alongside Vinicius Junior (79), Martin Odegaard (78), Eljero Elia (77), Amine Harit (76), Carlos Villanueva (76), Luciano Acosta (76), Matias Fernandez (75), Yannick Bolasie (75), and Sam Larsson (75).
As for the 70+ silvers there were traits handed out to Aiden McGeady (73), Farid Boulaya (73), Alexandru Maxim (73), Jordan Botaka (71), Ricardo Kishna (71), Chanathip Songkrasin (71) and Driss Fettouhi (70).
There were just three players below the 70-rating mark to clinch five star skill moves and only one bronze player in Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (58), while Gary Mackay-Steven (69) and Ilsinho (68) were the only two in the 60s to scoop the balletic quality.