We’re two weeks away from the release of FIFA 17, and already fans are getting obsessive over the stats for the players.
There was mild fury over Cristiano Ronaldo being better than Lionel Messi, eyebrows were raised when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named the best player in the Premier League, and now there’s a new FIFA stat to get fans worked up: pace.
Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has topped the charts this term on 96, with Norwigian-Ivorian Mathis Bolly of Greuther Fürth in second place and Inter Milan’s Jonathan Biabany coming third in the speed stakes.
In terms of the Premier League’s lightning merchants, Arsenal’s Hector Bellerín is the quickest the league has to offer. This will please many Gunners fans, who complained about Theo Walcott beating Bellerín for pace in FIFA 16 when the Spaniard out-ran him in training.
Walcott, for what it’s worth, isn’t even in the top 20. Neither is Leicester City whippet Jamie Vardy, who rinsed many a centre back last term and his continuing to do so this season.
Raheem Sterling (his pace rating of 93 puts him in 15th) and Leicester’s Ahmed Musa (93 takes him to 19th fastest) are the only other Premier League players to make the cut.
See the full list of FIFA 17’s speed merchants below:
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund – 86 (96 Pace)
- Mathis Bolly – Greuther Fürth – 67 (96 Pace)
- Jonathan Biabiany – Inter Milan – 76 (95 Pace)
- Hector Bellerín – Arsenal – 79 (95 Pace)
- Jurgen Damm – Tigres UANL – 73 (95 Pace)
- Ernest Asante – FC Nordsjælland – 69 (95 Pace)
- Gareth Bale – Real Madrid – 90 (94 Pace)
- Hector Villalba – Club Tijuana – 74 (94 Pace)
- Jefferson Cuero – Monarcas Morelia – 74 (94 Pace)
- Ryo Miyaichi – FC St. Pauli – 70 (94 Pace)