Sky Sports, yes, Sky Sports – have published the top 20 rated Premier League players on FIFA 17, which proves how popular this kind of thing is.
The game is due out before the end of the year, and will no doubt be top of every teenager’s Christmas list – if they can wait that long!
This top 20 seems mostly legitimate, although it’s pretty lacking in Liverpool stars. We’d suggest Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino are as good, if not better than Diego Costa or Santi Cazorla – but EA Sports clearly disagree.
What’s more, Ibrahimovic, at 34, is probably not a better footballer than Eden Hazard anymore, while we cannot believe that last year’s champions Leicester have no inclusions – not even Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez misses out.
This doesn’t surprise us though. Even when Luis Suarez was at Liverpool, he wasn’t the highest rated Premier League player – ludicrously – with the makers preferring to pander to United or Chelsea.
20. Coutinho Liverpool 85
19. Willian Chelsea 85
18. Diego Costa Chelsea 85
17. Laurent Koscielny Arsenal 85
16. Dimitri Payet West Ham 86
15. Vincent Kompany Manchester City 86
14. Cesc Fabregas Chelsea 86
13. Santi Cazorla Arsenal 86
12. David Silva Manchester City 87
11. Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 87
10. Hugo Lloris Tottenham 88
9. Paul Pogba Man Utd 88
8. Kevin de Bruyne Man City 88
7. Eden Hazard Chelsea 88
6. Petr Cech Arsenal 88
5. Sergio Aguero Man City 89
4. Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 89
3. Mesut Ozil Arsenal 89
2. David de Gea Man Utd 90
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Man Utd 90