EA Sports’ FIFA video game has become ubiquitous in the world of modern (actual) football, and each annual release is awaited by legions of fans, many of whom are the players themselves. And of course because each player is distilled into six ratings, plus an overall rating, revealing and reacting to those ratings has become an industry of its own as well.
As silly as that may be, some take it more seriously than others.
And one end of the scale, we have have N’Golo The Wiseman, who reminds all the young’uns that this is just a game and it’s quite silly at the end of the day, which it is.
“Like I said, it’s a game. We need to understand it’s a game, and don’t take it too seriously [mic drop].”
-N’Golo Kanté; source: Chelsea TV
But some, especially the younger generation, do take it a bit seriously, especially when it comes to the “pace” rating — probably because unlike all the other categories (shooting, passing, dribbling, defense, physical) are far more subjective than pace, which can be very easily measured. The players know who the fastest is on the team, and how fast they are compared to each other. So, for example, when Reece James and Fikayo Tomori both get the same rating, the one who’s actually faster will certainly see it as a point of professional pride.
Speaking of which, won’t somebody just race Christian Pulisic already!? (Careful with that hamstring, Christian.)
It’s all in a bit of fun of course. Throw in a few tweets, a few laughs, and Billy G in his best Scottish accent, and we’ve got a winner from Chelsea TV.