Ahead of the official release of EA SPORTS' FIFA 20 gameplay, fans of Liverpool have expressed their dissatisfaction with the ratings of some of their side's stars. The backlash ensued after the names of the top 100 players were revealed on Monday.
In contemporary times, EA SPORTS have retained the culture of conducting a countdown of the top ranked 100 players prior to the release of a new FIFA game play. This year has not been an exception. However, the franchise discarded its conventional mode of releasing 10 names every hour by dropping a bulk release.
Reports that have emerged claim that the initiative was employed to override any sense of suspense and surprise ruined by a leaked list of ratings that surfaced on the net last week. Just as it was the case in the unconfirmed top 100 list, Lionel Messi ranked the highest with an overall rating of 94 and was followed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr with 93 and 92 respectively.
Top 100 #FIFA20 player #ratings (finally) revealed!— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) September 9, 2019
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In scope, reigning European champions Liverpool had seven players named in the Top 100 list with Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson and Fabinho being the stars featured. However, the overall ratings of some of the names have drawn criticism from fans who believe their players could have ranked higher than some big names from other teams.
For instance, Mo Salah - who was phenomenal for the Reds last season - was ascribed an overall rating of 90, causing him to be one short of what former Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne received.
Young full-back Trent-Alexander Arnold who also impressed last season could not break into the Top 100 list whereas UEFA's Best Goalkeeper of the Year Allison Becker was rated par with out-of-form Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea at 89.
Below is how some Liverpool fans reacted to the ratings of their stars:
Firmino should be 88 and Fabinho should be 86— (@Dylan_Gill1) September 9, 2019
Salah , vvd firmino deserves more— tota (@totamo11) September 9, 2019
Becker, mane should be 90. Firmino 88— Tez (@Telegoniccolt) September 9, 2019
How come KDB has 91 rating on fifa and Mane 88? That's some real BS. Mane won the golden boot and the UCL.— E L E M E N (@nanaqwofy_) September 9, 2019
FIFA ratings are nothing more than a popularity contest, lol. Sadio Mane and Alisson have a case for Balon d'Or yet they don't even have a 90 rating. And honestly, City deserve more 90 rated players as well.— The Dark King (@AbduUgas) September 9, 2019