In case you weren’t aware, soccer fans anticipate EA Sports’ annual FIFA release with the same fervent expectation football fans reserve for Madden.
This year, EA Sports is doing things a bit differently, slowly releasing the top 50 player ratings in groups of 10. They started today with the first group of players, ranked 41-50 in the game. There was even a British newspaper liveblogging the release.
Here are the ratings so far:
50 – Giorgio Chiellini – 84
49 – Andrea Pirlo – 84
48 – Xabi Alonso – 84
47 – Iker Casillas – 84
46 – Cesc Fabregas – 84
45 – Hugo Lloris – 85
44 – Javi Martinez – 85
43 – Sergio Busquets – 85
42 – Jerome Boateng – 85
41 – Juan Mata – 85
Not that it’s a surprise given the talent pool, but half of the players on the list can be found on the Spanish national team.
In the youtube video, EA Sports included players — but not from the above list — reacting to their scores, similar to what Madden did with its rookie class. Manchester City attacker Samir Nasri pulled the old, I’m-laughing-but-seriously delivery, and said that he’s “not quite happy with my speed in the game, especially because I play on the wing.” He then matter-of-factly added: “I’m an 81 or 82 and it’s not enough.”
Tottenham’s Andros Townsend shared a similar sentiment and added: “I’m not going to talk about my stats because I’m quite disappointed to be honest.”
Rio Ferdinand may have been subtly auditioning for a role in Guy Ritchie’s next film, as he initially went full Vinnie Jones: “I don’t know who’s doing the stats at the headquarters; if you want me to come down there and talk to you properly face to face, I’ll do that, yeah?”
This is not the first time Ferdinand has been upset with his rating. Last year, he also tweeted his displeasure.
@EASPORTSFIFA I can’t believe you guys…Pace 60….ok I am not as quick as I once was but I am quicker than that!! 70 at least!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) March 20, 2013
The U.S. version of FIFA 15 will be released on Sept. 23.