The full release of FIFA 21 is just days away, with some already getting their hands on the newest edition, and excitement is high.
As part of their build up to the release, EA Sports drip-fed fans with various ratings and attribute reveals. There were no real surprises at the top of the ratings list with Lionel Messi coming out on top ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski in third.
At the same time, EA have released the top 10 players in each position, breaking them down to full-backs, centre-backs, goalkeepers, central midfielders, wingers and strikers. But another thing that has been the topic of conversation is the pace of certain stars.
Romelu Lukaku wasn’t happy with his own pace, taking to the comments section of an Instagram post to voice his discontent while fans were bemused by Jadon Sancho’s pace rating of 83.
And the early signs are that pace and wing-play is key, particularly when it comes to competitive games on Ultimate Team.
So, who makes it into EA’s top 20 fastest players for FIFA 21? We’ve taken a look at the speed demons.
If you played Ultimate Team in FIFA 20 and opened some packs there’s a high chance you received Rafa from Benfica. Although the Portuguese league is not one many use to build their squads around, Rafa is an interesting player with 94 pace and can be a super sub.
8=. Iñaki Williams
Club: Athletic Bilbao
Mr. Reliable for Athletic Bilbao has not missed a game in forever and his pace is just one of the killer attributes to his game. And it’s the same case in FIFA 21 with Iñaki Williams keeping his pace of 94 from the previous edition, moved into a ST position too!
8=. Krépin Diatta
Club: Club Brugge
Moving over to the Belgian league with Club Brugge, there’s an exciting midfielder in Krépin Diatta, whose 81 dribbling will be vital alongside his pace of 94.
8=. Chidera Ejuke
Club: CSKA Moscow
There was a time when CSKA Moscow were a must-use in Kick Off mode, boasting the likes of Seydou Doumbia and Ahmed Musa. But now, in FIFA 21, they have Nigerian winger Chidera Ejuke to cause the problems with his pace of 94.
8=. Nikola Mileusnić
Club: Adelaide United
Everyone loves a fast bronze player, though their use has been somewhat phased out of Ultimate Team following the revamp a few years back. But Australian winger Nikola Mileusnić should still get some love with his pace of 94.
8=. Tom Barkhuizen
Club: Preston North End
The fastest Englishman in FIFA 21 is not Jadon Sancho. It’s not Kyle Walker or Raheem Sterling. It’s Preston North End midfielder Tom Barkuizen. The 27-year-old has decreased in overall rating from FIFA 20, but keeps his pace of 94.
8=. Aurélio Buta
Hiding in the Belgian leagues is another pacy player in Aurélio Buta. The 23-year-old right-back can be used as a keen dribbler, with 76 dribbling but is also fairly decent at the back, boasting 67 defending.
8=. Kim In Seong
Club: Ulsan Hyundai
A pacy addition in the K League is left-midfielder Kim In Seong, who has kept his pace rating of 94 from FIFA 20, although his dribbling has decreased slightly.
8=. Leon Bailey
Club: Bayer Leverkusen
One of many young Bayer Leverkusen stars (albeit slightly older now at 23), Leon Bailey was a good influence on the bench in the Bundesliga last season, although his progress was hampered by injury. But while his overall rating has dropped by two to 80, the Jamaican’s pace has in fact increased by three from FIFA 20.
8=. Ismaïla Sarr
The conqueror of Liverpool’s streak last season, Ismaïla Sarr put the Reds defence to the sword with his blistering pace and calm finishing. Although his shooting is a respectable 77 in FIFA 21, the standout attribute is Sarr’s pace, coming in at 94. He will be key in any Championship-based Ultimate Teams.
8=. Gelson Martins
Although Monaco are not the side they once were, they do have some interesting players on their books, particularly when it comes to FIFA 21. One player who will no doubt catch the eye of pace-lovers is Gelson Martins, whose pace of 94 will cause problems despite it in fact dropping by one from his FIFA 20 stats.
8=. Achraf Hakimi
Club: Inter Milan
Formerly Borussia Dortmund’s lying wing-back and now Inter Milan’s man, Achraf Hakimi was causing devastation down the Bundesliga’s flanks with his electrifying pace. Despite that, Hakimi has seen his pace drop by one for FIFA 21, though that hasn’t stopped him from making it into the top 10.
8=. Sadio Mané
Sadio Mané was Liverpool’s biggest attacking threat last season as the Reds secured the Premier League title. On top of his finishing, Mané’s pace is key to Liverpool’s attack, helping the Reds counter with devastation. But while his overall rating has been boosted by two, to 90, the Senegalese forward has kept his pace of 94 from FIFA 20.
4=. Anibal Chalá
The second-fastest player in France (more on the first a bit player), Dijon’s Anibal Chalá clocks in with a pace of 95 from left-back, though it is his only standout stat for FIFA 21 with an overall rating of 69.
4=. Kensuke Nagai
Club: FC Tokyo
A name that may not be too well known to European football fans, Kensuke Nagai is representing the J-League in FIFA 21’s list of fastest players, coming in with pace of 95 at the age of 31.
4=. Daniel James
Club: Manchester United
Daniel James may not have had the best of first seasons as Manchester United but he remains a threat with his pace, echoed in FIFA 21, keeping his winter upgrade pace of 95.
4=. Vinícius Jr
Club: Real Madrid
He may have had to settle for substitute roles in Real Madrid’s La Liga win last season, but Vinícius continues to be an exciting prospect. Known for his abilities on the ball, Vinicius has good dribbling and, for FIFA 21, pace of 95 – bettered only by two players so far.
1=. Adama Traoré
Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers
The Premier League’s number one speedster, Adama Traoré is of course at the (joint) top of FIFA 21’s pace rating, with a total of 96. Combined with 86 dribbling and his strength, there aren’t many more over-powered cards.
1=. Alphonso Davies
Club: Bayern Munich
There may not be a more talented young full-back in world football right now than Alphonso Davies. The converted winger was a breath of fresh air for Bayern last season as they romped to the Treble, using all his skills learned as a winger to cause devastation from the back. One of his best attributes is his pace, which he puts into use both defensively and offensively, and it has risen from 91 in FIFA 20 to 96 in FIFA 20 – alongside his rating boost of nine.
1=. Kylian Mbappé
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
The man every fan would want their club to sign in real life and every game would want on Ultimate Team, Kylian Mbappé is the (joint) fastest man in FIFA 21 and it’s a title he is likely to hold until FIFA 22. The Frenchman has pace of 96, which he puts to devastating use for PSG, keeping his level from FIFA 20, despite the overall rise. But they had to leave some room for boosts when he gets his inevitable special cards.