Many footballers take their rating on FIFA very seriously – and several of the Premier League’s top 15 players on the game will be delighted to learn theirs have been upgraded for the 2019 edition.
Two, however, have had their ratings downgraded following their performances over the past 12 months.
Here’s how the Premier League’s leading players’ stats on FIFA 19 compare to on last year’s version of FIFA.
Kevin De Bruyne – 91 (89)
Unsurprisingly, De Bruyne is the joint highest-rated Premier League player in FIFA 19, having played a starring role to help Manchester City win the Premier League and League Cup last season.
The Belgian has been bumped up two points, moving up from being the joint third-best Premier League player in FIFA 18.
Eden Hazard – 91 (90)
Hazard retains his place as the joint-best Premier League player in the game, with an extra point in his overall rating.
The attacker was one of Chelsea’s best players last season, even though the club were having to deal with Antonio Conte’s fraught relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy – and he’s started the new campaign in fine form.
David De Gea – 91 (90)
The Spain international had a tough time at the World Cup, but his form for Manchester United in the 2017-18 season sees him gain a point to retain his place alongside Hazard – and now De Bruyne.
N’Golo Kante – 89 (87)
Kante has gone from strength to strength as a player and this is reflected in his most recent FIFA 19 rating.
Though the France international only earned an additional two points, the former Leicester City player has jumped up from 13th place on the Premier League list in 2018.
He can’t keep improving, can he?
Harry Kane – 89 (86)
The Tottenham Hotspur striker won the World Cup Golden Boot over the summer but missed out the Premier League prize in 2017-18 to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
In FIFA 18, the London-born striker found himself at 21st in the rankings, below Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Diego Costa.
But Kane is up to joint second after another year of great goalscoring.
Sergio Aguero – 89 (89)
Aguero’s rating remains unchanged after bagging another 30 goals for Manchester City last season, but he has lost his place as the Blue’ best player on the game.
Still, his virtual self continues to look better each year…
David Silva – 89 (87)
Having been only the 10th best Premier League player on FIFA 18, Silva has had a deserved boost after contributing 10 goals and 13 assists across all competitions for Manchester City last season.
The midfield maestro joins Aguero, Kane and Kante in joint second position. Not bad for a player coming up to 33 years old.
Mohamed Salah – 88 (83)
The man who scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season might feel he’s hard done by to be behind six Premier League players in FIFA’s rankings, but Salah has had the biggest ratings boost of them all.
His shooting rating, meanwhile, has unsurprisingly gone up from 73 to 84.
That’s some going.
Hugo Lloris – 88 (88)
After following up a good season for Tottenham by winning the World Cup with France, Lloris might feel a tad hard done by that he’s behind De Gea in the rankings.
Still, Lloris is the second best Premier League goalkeeper on the new instalment of the game, his rating unmoved.
Paul Pogba – 88 (87)
Pogba might be one of the most polarising players to feature in the Premier League.
One week, he’s the Red Devils’ future star, the focal point in which to build their team around, the next, some would say, he’s thrown under the bus – and criticised for supposedly not trying in matches.
FIFA has given the French star a vote of confidence, however, adding a point to his total.
Christian Eriksen – 88 (87)
Eriksen was once again one of Tottenham’s players last season, with his knack for scoring superb goals and creating chances from nothing still very much intact.
His FIFA rating has gone up by a point.
Romelu Lukaku – 87 (86)
The Belgian enjoyed a decent first season at Old Trafford last season, scoring 27 goals across all competitions.
But he still sits below Kane and Agero in the rankings, despite having a phenomenal World Cup in which he pulled off that dummy.
However, the 6ft 3in striker was ranked 86 in FIFA 18, the 20th highest in the Premier League, so it is an improvement.
Jan Vertonghen – 87 (85)
While Toby Alderweireld finds himself outside the top 20, Vertonghen is rated by FIFA as the joint 12th best player in the Premier League.
The Belgian has been awarded two more points to his overall rating after another solid season for Tottenham.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 87 (88)
Has your Arsenal mate been constantly reminding you that, aside from Salah, Aubameyang is the highest scorer in the Premier League since January?
Well, despite that, his rating has dropped a point from FIFA 18, making him one of only two losers on this list.
The Gabonese forward is equipped with pretty much everything you would want in a forward on a game: speed, strength, and shot accuracy, but perhaps his age of 29 stands against him.
Alexis Sanchez – 87 (89)
The only other player on this list to have had his rating downgraded, Sanchez has lost two points and dropped from fourth spot in FIFA 18’s Premier League rankings.
It is no doubt down to his form since swapping Arsenal for Manchester United in January, with hopes that a pre-season would see his best form return so far not materialising.