In football, it’s commonplace to go from being regarded as word-class to worthless in the space of a season. Accordingly, the FIFA ratings scythe can be remorseless.
In the upcoming edition of FIFA 20, we thank a host of underperforming big-names for providing cause for some plummeting ratings.
RealSport looks at which players will suffer a rating drop on FIFA 20.
Shkodran Mustafi (OVR 82 – 78)
This one has been coming for a while. Frankly, this writer can barely believe he was afforded as high rating as 82 on FIFA 19. Whenever Arsenal commit a comedy of errors at the back, which is more often than most teams, Mustafi seems to find himself at the heart of it.
A depressing fact for Gooners is that Mustafi is their most expensive defensive signing of all time. If it weren’t for his blunders against Crystal Palace, Arsenal would have qualified for the Champions League, costing the Gunners even more than the ludicrous millions they spent on him.
Nemanja Matic (OVR 86 – 82)
Position: CDM, CM
Club: Manchester United
Spoiler alert: Nemanja Matic is not the only Manchester United player to feature on this list. When Matic signed from Chelsea, many hailed him as the missing link to turn United back into contenders. The reality is that far from his best days at Chelsea. Matic was largely ineffectual last season, combining with Fred to create a severely disappointing United base of midfield.
Jerome Boateng (OVR 86 – 83)
Club: Bayern Munich
It is baffling to think that Boateng is only 30, considering that he’s declined at the rate of someone three or four years older. Boateng’s last three seasons have been plagued with injuries and poor form – the last year has been particularly traumatic after Boateng endured a torrid World Cup.
He was kept out of the Bayern line-up by Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule and publicly retired from Germany duty by Joachim Low. His star has fallen quickly – as recently as FIFA 17 he was rated 90.
Alexis Sanchez (OVR 87 – 83)
Position: LW, LM
Club/Country: Manchester United/Chile
Alexis Sanchez may well go down as the worst Manchester United signing in history. What was supposed to be a steal from Arsenal, a swap with the unwanted Henrikh Mkhitaryan under Manchester City’s nose, has turned into a total disaster.
Not only has Sanchez forgotten how to score, pass or simply keep the ball, his exorbitant wages have ruptured United’s wage structure, leading to players like Marcus Rashford and David de Gea to ask for similar raises.
Gonzalo Higuain (OVR 88 – 84)
Gonzalo Higuain’s loan to Chelsea promised to provide the Blues with the deadly striker they lacked in the wake of Diego Costa’s fall out with the club. What they got was a player who was clearly past it. Higuain was unable to keep up with the pace of the league, seemingly straying offside during every Chelsea attack. His stint at Milan was no happier.
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Gareth Bale (OVR 88 – 85)
Position: RW, LW, ST
Club: Real Madrid
Gareth Bale’s recent Real Madrid career is becoming a soap opera where, despite the drama, you wish it would end simply to spare the protagonist some dignity. Bale, once one of the world’s most lethal players, is clearly not wanted by Zidane. If he is to stay at Madrid – which his cancelled move to China suggests will happen – he is likely to be behind 19-year-old Vinicius Jr in the pecking order.
David de Gea (OVR 91 – 88)
Club: Manchester United
David de Gea went into the 2018 World Cup as the undisputed best goalkeeper in the world. His howler in the opening game against Portugal was the catalyst for a series of blunders, haunting de Gea’s season. For years, he was the saving grace in an otherwise poor Manchester United defence. Last season, he was as culpable for their failures as anyone. On FIFA 20, he is unlikely to even be in the conversation for the best goalkeeper in the game.
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