The FIFA team rounded out an exciting week of player ratings releases by dropping the game’s Top 40-31 stars. Instead of the previous 20 per day releases, fans were given ten of the top 40 new player ratings.
Out of the lastest batch of releases, only two saw downgrades. Premier League midfielders Mesut Ozil and Paul Pogba suffered a -1 drop. Pogba still holds on to his vaunted five-star skills, at least.
Bayern’s Arturo Vidal is the only player on the list to avoid a rating change, which keeps him at an 87 overall. His FCB teammate Jerome Boateng was not so lucky. A season of injuries saw him fall from a 90 to an 88 overall.
Marcelo continued the overpowered Brazilian full back trend by increasing from an 86 to an 87. Paris Saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani increased by one as well.
Premier League favorites Christian Eriksen and N’Golo Kante received sizable upgrades — on paper. Eriksen increased by two while Kante jumped from an 83 overall to an 87. But Kante’s total stats somehow increased by just three.
It’s worth noting: How overall is calculated is tweaked annually, as is how it’s calculated for certain positions. Kante’s move to CDM on his base card alone could account for half of the overall increase. We’ll have to wait and see which stats are most important in the game in a few more weeks.