Let me just start this review off by saying i am honoured to have used this card and even happier to own it! The title of thw review doesn't only reflect my thoughts on how good the card is but more towards how i got him, so long story short a mistake i will not be making in Fifa 19, i did too many Prime icons this year, wasted a massive chunk of my coins on them! It got to a point where i felt forced to use them, so when R9 was released i thought to myself why not! Having 5 prime icons shaved a massive 2.2 million coins off of R9 not only that i felt like the shackles came off i could build any team i wanted around one of the best and my favourite players of all time!
So to the review, i am going to start off by saying you have to give this card time, especially if you have never used any version of R9 yet, for the simple fact that as soon as i got him i jumped straight into D1 to test him before the Weekend League, thinking i will out pace and out strength any defender no problem and score every shot easily, while R9 makes this easier obviously this wasn't the case, after my first 5 games i was left a little frustrated expecting more, i was playing him in a two striker formation paired up with Mbappe and the SBC Kaka behind at CAM, i usually roll with 4231 so i switched to this formation and played R9 upfront on his own, and my word the difference was night and day, he shone so much here. So my first bit of advice would be don't expect to win every game because you have him and give him time like any other new player to gain the experience to play him at his best.
The second part of this review i will compare him, after 50 games, 10 D1, won the division in my 10th game, and 40 games in the Weekend League 29/11 he had scored 67 goals and 20 assists, you might not think that is brilliant but the way i learnt to best use this card is don't force it to him as good as a player is Football and Fifa alike will always be a team game, he is like the bait, players expect you to feed R9 at any oppurtunity i used this to create space for my other players. Let me start off by saying there is still one player i prefer and think is better (in my opinion) to R9 and that is Cristiano Ronaldo (any version) i don't know why he just feels better for me, i use R9 at St and CR7 at Cam in a 4231. Apart from CR7 no one comes close to this R9 card for me, maybe the Prime Henry and Ronaldinho if i had to give runner ups, but i only used the loan versions of these cards for 20 games.
I will just give the Pro's and Con's below or this will become a really long review but one con i have to give which is more an opinion that makes this card imperfect for me, is his workrates as M/M this obviously causes him to come deeper to recieve the ball which makes sense seen as though he can bully his way through defenders or just skill them to death i get it, but for me i prefer him to stay up there and get in behind so if you are like me and prefer your striker to do so, don't forget to set his instructions to get in behind.
- Double 5*
- Links to anyone
- Best shot in the game
- Takes time to get used to him.