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Upgrades and downgrades

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In this article, we’ll talk about the players who performed less well and deserved to be downgraded, as well as predict which players will receive improved ratings in the new EA footsim.

You probably wanted to get at least a couple of these players into your team. If you try hard and earn a lot of coins, then this can be done. However, it is easier to buy FIFA coins than players can afford to assemble any team composition.

Downgrade

Cristiano Ronaldo

Last year’s demarche of Ronaldo against MU had a strong impact on the career of the Portuguese. The striker did not find a club in the top 5 leagues, and his initially inflated rating quickly collapsed. A good stretch in Al-Nasr slowed down the fall. In EA Sports FC 24, Cristiano’s rating will drop to human values of 86-87 points for the first time.

Chelsea players

Todd Boehly’s debut season at Chelsea almost destroyed the team. The American owner made a meme about the 4-4-3 formation, gave a lot of money for transfers, and fired two coaches, but the fans will remember the worst season in 30 years. Players who were considered tops a couple of years ago received major downgrades in FIFA 23 and left for Saudi clubs. The ambitious newcomers will also get it: Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount will start the season with a rating of 81. The Chelsea squad in the new part of the footsim will be much weaker.

Sadio Mane, Leon Goretzka and Thomas Müller

Formally, Bayern had a standard season: they won the Bundesliga and reached the 1/4 finals of the Champions League. But the Munich club’s deep problems speak of a team crisis. During the season, Bayern fired the head coach, club leaders Thomas Muller and Leon Goretzka began to play worse, and the universal ex-Liverpool striker Sadio Mane did not play at the same level. EA considered the season a failure, and in the autumn, it will lower the ratings of many players from the Munich base.

Joao Cancelo

A year ago, Joao Cancelo seemed like the perfect full-back. The Portuguese played on two flanks, connected perfectly to the attacks, and impressed with versatile skills. Unfortunately, Joao let his character down. He did not fit into Guardiola’s new scheme and could not stand it, so he ended up on loan in Bavaria in the winter. The stint in Germany was not bad, but the Munich club refused to buy the absurd Portuguese. Cancelo hasn’t lost his top skills, but he is no longer needed by the best team in the world.

Keylor Navas

The purchase of Gianluigi Donnarumma influenced the career of Keylor Navas. The eminent Costa Rican goalkeeper survived the first season, but in the second, he sat on the bench in all tournaments and was forced to look for loan options. Six months in Nottingham proved the level of the 36-year-old goalkeeper. The Costa Rican made many important saves and helped the team avoid relegation. Navas has one year left on his contract with PSG and will likely go on loan to a new team.

Rating upgrade

Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland briskly burst into European football. The season in Borussia dispelled doubts about the talent of the Norwegian striker, but the English record still surprised the fans. 36 goals in the Premier League and 56 in a season is the best result this year. Haaland’s current rating in FIFA 23 has already reached 90 points, but EA can put him on par with the best players in the world.

Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, and William Saliba

Arsenal led most of the season in the Premier League and changed the club’s status. Mikel Arteta built the dominating passing game he dreamed of for a long time, and the young talents of the Gunners have improved a lot. Almost the entire roster of Londoners will receive the upgrade, with the most notable upgrades affecting Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, and William Saliba.

Antoine Griezmann

An unsuccessful move to Barcelona nearly ruined Antoine Griezmann’s career. The first year after returning to Atletico also turned out to be difficult: Diego Simeone often released the Frenchman after the 60th minute due to contractual obligations, and his FIFA rating fell to 83. Last season is perhaps the best of Antoine’s career. Griezmann scored 16 goals and provided 18 assists, became the MVP of the 2022/23 La Liga season, and returned to the big leagues.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Victor Osimkhen, and Kim Min Jae

Napoli had a great season and won the league for the first time since Maradona. The Neapolitan players immediately skyrocketed in price, and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Victor Osimkhen, and Kim Min Jae were the most famous. The former player of Lokomotiv and Rubin impressed Italy with dribbling and tore through on the left flank until the spring recession. Osimhen has finally reached the top level and scored 26 goals in the league, while the Korean defender immediately hit the transfer targets of big clubs. EA will definitely increase the ratings of Napoli’s heroes, but so far, they are totally underestimating Kim. In the June patch, the Korean was given only 80 points, so we hope for a more honest assessment of the defender in the fall.

Gregor Kobel

Gregor Kobel is hardly remembered for his debut season at Borussia Dortmund. The second turned out to be much brighter: 80% of saves and 11 shutouts made the Swiss one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga of the 2022/23 season. EA has already upgraded the goalkeeper rating to 86 points, but we are predicting a slightly more modest score of 85.

Jamal Musiala

Bavaria’s young talent Jamal Musiala spent his first season at the top level. The skilled midfielder has made 32 assists in 47 games of the season and raised his transfer fee to a staggering €110m. Musiala will get a solid card in the new EA footsim.

Summing up, all athletes have ups and downs. EA tries to reflect all current events from world football in their game. This is one of the reasons why FIFA 23 is played all over the world.

Saumy Deepak Tripathi
A Bayern Munich fan who is deeply in love with football statistics. Has a soft spot for goalkeepers! (well only he knows why). You’ll find him vibing on 70’s classic songs and spends an abnormal amount of time cooking.

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