Finally! We have the new FIFA 20 ratings to dissect, as we
pay special attention to those players who have enjoyed breakout years. These
players have seen immense improvement over the past 12 months, and will be
heavily sought after on FIFA 20 Ultimate Team.
Here are the seven biggest ratings increases compared to
their first card on FIFA 19.
Virgil van Dijk (OVR 85 – 90)
An increase of 85 to 90 doesn’t sound seismic, but Virgil
van Dijk has had the best 12 months of any footballer on the planet. The Dutchman
took Liverpool to within a point of a deserved Premier League title, before
going one better and claiming the Champions League.
He didn’t stop there, skippering a Dutch side that lost in
the UEFA Nations League final. The athletic may even feel aggrieved he is not closer
to Messi & Ronaldo after claiming the UEFA Player of the Year award.
Kai Havertz (OVR 79 – 84)
Position: CAM, RM
Club: Bayer Leverkusen
One of the hottest prospects in world football, Kai Havertz
burst into life at Bayer Leverkusen last year. The wonderkid scored 20 goals
and added seven assists in all competitions, turning heads at some of the
biggest clubs in the world – including Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
With Julian Brandt leaving the BayArena over the summer, Havertz
will pay an even more prominent role. God knows how high the German international
will rise to this time next year.
Jadon Sancho (OVR 72 – 84)
Position: RM, LM
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Another Bundesliga superstar, Jadon Sancho has the biggest
rise of any player on FIFA 20 we have seen (so far). 13 goals and 19 assists
was a remarkable return for the teenager, forcing himself into the England squad.
More eyes will be on the Dortmund man this season, especially with a near world class rating of 84.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (OVR 78 – 83)
Also a young man likely to be starting for his country,
Trent Alexander-Arnold has everything you need from a full back. Bags of
energy, reliable in defence and a quality cross into the box.
With a Champions League title already to his name, the
20-year-old has the world at his feet.
Luka Jovic (OVR 75 – 83)
Club: Real Madrid
Benfica – Eintracht Frankfurt – Real Madrid. What a 12 months
it has been for Luka Jovic. The Serbian striker is just 21 years old and found
himself subject to a £54 million move to Real Madrid, less than two months after
his loan move from Benfica to Eintracht had been made permanent – for just £6.3
He may have to wait in the wings behind Karim Benzema, but
when Jovic has the chance, he rarely misses.
Nicolas Pepe (OVR 75 – 83)
Position: RM, RW, ST
Country: Ivory Coast
Nicolas Pepe, you know that average winger playing in
France? Few would have heard of the Ivorian a year ago, but he has had a useful
few seasons at Lille. His first season at the French side, where they were threatened
with relegation, he netted 14 goals and picked up five assists. A year later
and he had a further 23 goals and 12 assists to his name.
If the £72 million Arsenal signing gels with fellow attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, the Gunners can forget their defensive troubles and blow teams away.
Krzysztof Piatek (OVR 70 – 80)
Club: AC Milan
Another man with three clubs in a year, Krzysztof Piatek signed
for Genoa for just over £3 million from Cracovia at the start of the campaign.
Fast forward six months and that fee had multiplied by 10 – joining giants AC Milan
for £31 million.
His 30 goals for the two Italian clubs in a season made him
top scorer for both sides. Now he can do more damage with a whole season at
just one team!
Joao Felix (OVR 69 – 80)
Position: CF, ST
Club: Atletico Madrid
Benfica have a habit of producing young talent, with Joao
Felix the latest to leave the club for a huge fee. In his first professional
season, the teenager finished the campaign with 20 goals and 11 assists, earning
him a £113 million move to Atletico Madrid.
Felix was brought in, and given Antoine Girezmann’s shirt number, before the Frenchman had left the club, showing who their new main man is, even at such a young age.