It’s a yearly instalment for any self-respecting football fan and the latest edition of FIFA is very much on its way.
In the run-up to the newest release, EA Sports will be sharing a number of player ratings on the game throughout September to whet fans’ appetites.
Here’s 80th through to the 61st to continue on from the previous edition…
20. Jan Vertonghen (85)
Tottenham’s Belgian defender earns himself an overall increase of 2, having been rated 83 on FIFA 17, with his shooting, passing, dribbling and defending all increased individually by 2 as well.
The 30-year-old was a key component of the Premier League’s best defence last season, conceding only 26 goals with Spurs as they finished runners up to Chelsea in the title race, and should be a tough opponent to face in the game.
19. Angel Di Maria (85)
The Argentine has seen his overall rating drop from 87 in FIFA 17 to 85 this time around, a strange decision from EA seeing as he racked up 13 goals and 13 assists in all competitions for PSG last season.
However, the former Real Madrid winger will still be an exciting player to use in the game, due to his explosive pace, tricky dribbling and 5* skill moves, and of course, his chemistry links to Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the Ultimate Team game mode.
18. Filipe Luis (85)
The former Chelsea full back sees his FIFA 17 rating carry over into this year’s edition, and continues to prove a solid left back option in game.
Luis is capable of getting up and down the wing due to his high attacking work rate, and can be played behind either club-mate Yannick Carrasco or fellow Brazilian Neymar on strong chemistry links if you’re a fan of Ultimate Team.
17. Lorenzo Insigne (85)
The little Italian has earned an increase of 2 to his overall rating from last year’s game, after an immense season with Napoli which saw his register 18 goals and nine assists in all competitions.
As a result of his 5′ 4″ frame, 89 rated dribbling and 90 rated pace, Insigne looks to be one of the trickiest players on this year’s game, and if played alongside Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik, Napoli may be the people’s choice of team this year.
16. Cesar Azpilicueta (85)
Azpilicueta has gone up one rating from FIFA 17, and has also seen his card move from a left back to a centre back, a questionable decision for FIFA players who are perhaps unwilling to use him there due to his 5′ 10″ frame.
Nevertheless, the dependable Spaniard still has an exceptionally high rating for defending, and is a well rounded player to use.
Just hope he doesn’t come up against Christian Benteke…
15. Miralem Pjanic (85)
The classy Bosnian playmaker remains the same overall as last year’s edition, as well as a decent in game option due to his long shot ability, crisp passing and close control.
The former Roma man also has an impressive 4* weak foot and 4* skill moves, which make him a unique, interesting central midfield option for any FIFA fan to use, especially due to his chemistry links with Paulo Dybala in FUT.
14. Jordi Alba (85)
Alba has always been one of the most popular left back choices in FIFA, and that doesn’t look like changing this time around.
The former Valencia full back sees his overall rating drop by one, his dribbling drop by one, and his physical drop by three, although fans of FUT will not be put off by that due to the arrival of Ousmane Dembele and that potent left side link up the pair will have.
13. Keylor Navas (85)
The Costa Rican maintains his lofty 85 overall rating from FIFA 17, but arguably should have been increased as he starred for Los Blancos on their run to a La Liga and Champions League double.
Not much has changed for Navas, although his speed rating has increased by seven, meaning his in game reflexes will be even more sharper than before and make him a popular choice for FIFA players.
12. Blaise Matuidi (85)
Juventus’ new bargain £18.2m man drops down from 86 to 85 for this year’s game, but as always is a very popular in-game choice as a result of his high/high work rates and chemistry links with the likes of Paul Pogba and Franck Ribery.
Perhaps not the most exciting player to use in FIFA 18, though Matuidi will always be a reliable, cheap option in FUT and allow for creativity through hybrid squads.
11. Casemiro (85)
Casemiro has come from nowhere to become one of the best central defensive midfielders in the world, and those at EA Sports have clearly acknowledged this due to his overall rating increasing by three.
Casemiro, like Matuidi, may not be a very exciting FUT option, but he will be cheap and allow the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to attack at will without having to track back.
10. Alexandre Lacazette (85)
Arsenal’s record signing remains an 85 rating following his £52.7m move to the Emirates, but as always, will be an incredibly popular choice for FIFA players due to his blistering pace and clinical finishing.
The French international sees his dribbling and physicality increase by one each, and his shooting drop by one, although that won’t concern FIFA fans who will very much be looking forward to pairing the former Lyon striker up top with Alexis Sanchez.
9. Miranda (86)
The former Atletico Madrid defender maintains his lofty 86 rating from last year’s game, and is always a popular player with FIFA fans as he can be paired alongside the likes of Thiago Silva and David Luiz due to his nationality.
The Brazilian sees his pace drop by four rankings, most likely because of his increasing years, but has an increase of four for passing, and one for defending, ensuring he remains a solid in game defender.
8. Pepe (86)
Besiktas’ new signing has dropped from 88 to 86 in overall ratings following his move to Turkey, but the 34-year-old still has the statistics to be an effective in game player.
For FUT fans, however, his move to the Super Lig will negatively impact his chemistry link possibilities, and may see him used less in the game mode than in recent years.
7. David Alaba (86)
Arguably the best left back in the game, Alaba does surprisingly drop down to 86 overall compared to 87 last year.
Nonetheless, the Austrian is still a menacing opponent for any winger to face in game, and is so well rounded that he has earned in-form cards at centre back and central midfield in recent years.
In addition to his excellent free kick statistics and 86 rating for pace, Alaba should feature heavily in most people’s Ultimate Team’s this year.
6. Petr Cech (86)
The 36-year-old drops to 86 overall compared to 88 last year, following a disappointing season for Arsenal in which he no longer looks as imperious as he once did in a Chelsea shirt.
The Czech Republic goalkeeper has seen his stats decrease in all areas, in particular his handling decreasing by three, reflexes by four and his speed by five.
He should still serve as a reliable, cheap option in goal, but he is by no means the keeper he used to be.
5. Javi Martinez (86)
Javi Martinez remains as one of FIFA’s biggest statistical conundrums. With no real outstanding stat other than his defending, the Spaniard has had his overall increased by two compared to FIFA 17, despite many of his stats decreasing or staying the same.
Competing against Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng for a starting berth at Bayern Munich, Martinez probably won’t feature heavily in many gamers’ squads on FIFA 18, despite his massive overall rating.
4. Marco Reus (86)
The injury prone Borussia Dortmund winger has had a drop in overall rating by two since FIFA 17, after a difficult season fitness wise in which the German largely struggled for form.
Despite this, he is a FUT fan favorite and has been for many, many years, and his rating drop shouldn’t see a decline in his use.
Reus’ pace has dropped by two as a result of his injuries, but his shooting has increased by two on the other hand, ensuring he remains a dangerous player in game.
3. Diego Costa (86)
The rebellious Brazilian’s rating has increased by one, but FIFA fans are still in limbo over which team they will be using the Chelsea striker in, such is the uncertainty over the forward’s future.
Wherever he ends up, Costa will be a handful for opposition defences in game due to his 88 rating for physical, in addition to his 83 shot and decent pace rating of 75 for a big man.
2. Sokratis (86)
Perhaps one of the most underrated defenders in game, Sokratis offers a cheap, dependable and solid option for FUT players, and his Bundesliga links allow him to slot in alongside some excellent players.
His high defending work rate means his positioning is almost always on point, and he fully deserves his overall rating increase of two which cements his place further as one of the game’s top defenders.
1. Franck Ribery (86)
A FUT icon, Franck Ribery has always been an exhilarating player to use in game throughout FIFA history.
His 5* star skills and 4* weak foot make him a fun choice of player to use, and whilst his pace may not be what it used to be, the Frenchman is still quick enough to be an effective player in game.
At the age of 34, Ribery’s rating may be on the decline from now on, so enjoy him whilst you can.