The Bundesliga hasn’t been the most exciting division in recent times, with Bayern Munich winning six titles on the bounce, and no one really getting near them. Even still, you cannot deny the quality over in Germany, with some of the world’s best plying their trade for the likes of Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.
So, who could come out on top in the Bundesliga player ratings for FIFA 19? Will Bayern Munich’s 20-point gap at the top of the table last season help or hinder them? Plus, Germany’s woeful performances at the World Cup could have an effect on their internationals. RealSport predicts the top 10 Bundesliga players for this year’s game.
1 Manuel Neuer (OVR 92 ↓ 91)
Manuel Neuer keeps his place as the best Bundesliga player on the game, but he should still receive a fall. The Bayern Munich stopper featured just four times last season due to a metatarsal fracture before returning at the World Cup and understandably showing some ring rust.
Due to his lack of game time, Neuer’s overall should decrease to 91, but if he gets back to his best he could overtake David de Gea (FIFA 18 OVR 91) as the best goalkeeper in the world once again.
2 Robert Lewandowski (OVR 91 ↓ 90)
Robert Lewandowski may have scored 41 goals in 48 games last season, but his stock didn’t increase due to the gulf in class between Bayern and the rest of the Bundesliga. The question was where was the number nine when the German giants faced Real Madrid in the Champions League, and he also failed to score for Poland at the World Cup.
Expect little to change in Lewandowski’s overall rating, but it could just slip down a touch. Now 30, his best days are behind him.
3 James Rodriguez (OVR 86 ↑ 88)
The Bundesliga’s best player last year was undoubtedly James Rodriguez. Signed on a two-year loan from Real Madrid, the attacking midfielder scored eight goals and notched 14 assists, firing his new side to the title.
After his 86 rating last year, it will increase this time around, but by how much? An 88 OVR is the least the Colombian deserves.
4 Mats Hummels (OVR 89 ↓ 88)
Mats Hummels could be the first to suffer from Germany’s poor World Cup, but it wasn’t really the centre back’s fault as he was often hung out to dry with no defensive protection in front of him.
The Bayern man is still amongst the best defenders in the world, and although his OVR should drop, expect this to be a marginal decrease to 88.
5 Thiago (OVR 88 ↓ 87)
Thiago is a strange one. Obviously a very talented and technically brilliant player, but his 88 OVR of last year still looks too high. Seven goals last season is a useful return, but four assists is not enough given the quality around him, especially for a creative midfielder.
Due to his all-round game, Thiago’s overall should not take a serious hit, but an 87 rating would be more appropriate.
6 Jerome Boateng (OVR 88 ↓ 87)
Jerome Boateng was perhaps the worst player for Germany at the World Cup, and it may be a question of how much his rating drops for FIFA 19. The centre back has also been linked with a move away from Bayern Munich, and if he remains at the club, he could be displaced by the promising Niklas Sule (FIFA 18 OVR 84).
EA are hesitant to slash player ratings too much, so expect Boateng to drop by just one overall point to 87. This season will be a big mental test for the 29-year-old.
7 Marco Reus (OVR 86 ↔ 86)
The first non-Bayern player in our top 10 is Marco Reus. The Borussia Dortmund man came back flying following another injury setback, scoring seven times in just 11 Bundesliga appearances. His comeback earned him a spot in Germany’s World Cup squad, and he is now the club captain of BVB.
The left midfielder should keep hold of his 86 overall for FIFA 19, but don’t be surprised if his position changes over the course of the campaign, with Reus featuring in a range of roles for Dortmund.
8 Arjen Robben (OVR 88 ↓ 86)
Arjen Robben just keeps going. The 34-year-old lifted his seventh Bundesliga title last season but his seven goals and 12 assists is considerably less than his 30-goal involvement in the previous season. The new season could be the one where the right midfielder’s place in the team is under serious threat.
We expect Robben’s 88 OVR to drop to 86, but that still keeps him as a world class player. Let’s see if the flying Dutchman can prove us otherwise.
9 Franck Ribery (OVR 86 ↓ 85)
It’s a similar story for the older Franck Ribery, but the 35-year-old is perhaps showing the benefits of retiring from international football at a young age. The left midfielder shone in the big games against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Real Madrid last season, but can he do it again for another season.
Due to those big-match performances, Ribery’s overall should drop by just one point to 85. With Kingsley Coman (FIFA 18 OVR 82) and Serge Gnabry (FIFA 18 OVR 79) waiting in the wings for Bayern, the starting lineup could look very different for the champions at the end of the campaign.
10 David Alaba (OVR 86 ↓ 85)
David Alaba makes it nine out of ten Bayern Munich players, and it was a close call between the left back and his teammate Joshua Kimmich (FIFA 18 OVR 84). Alaba’s career seems to have stagnated, although he is one of the best in his position in the world, but he looks to have lost ground to Marcelo and Jordi Alba and is under threat from the likes of Filipe Luis, Marcos Alonso and Alex Sandro.
As a result, expect the Austrian Alaba to decrease slightly to 85 for FIFA 19. At the age of 26, he still has time to get back to his best.
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