I can sum up the Winter Refresh in three words, R.I.P. Let us all have a moment of silence for the upgrade investors (including some myself) as EA threw yet another investor curveball to the masses. The 50 selected cards received their upgrades, while an additional squad of Winter Refresh players hit the market this past Friday. In amongst the squad was the new/old Milan signing in none other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic … the focus of this week’s review. There has been a craving for a Zlatan SBC and this was a close second, bringing another useable option to the ST pool in the Serie A. After deciding to Dare to Zlatan I once again flip-flopped between the 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 with Zlatan as my ST in both formations. I decided, in the end, to go with the SNIPER chemistry style despite the majority selecting ENGINE or HUNTER … my reasoning is that regardless of the ENGINE style, 53 BALANCE is not even close to adequate and might as well be 30, so I opted for the focus on the 99 FINISHING that comes along with SNIPER, dropping to 48 BALANCE. In the end, I had dreams of my Flashback Zlatan in FIFA 19 dominating the center of the pitch, but what I got was a nightmare performance that I couldn’t wait to end. Zlatan was the lion (or lion cub?) in the following squad:
Perhaps the biggest discrepancy I have noticed between card stats and in-game performance is Zlatan’s 88 pace. 89 ACCELERATION & 86 SPRINT SPEED somehow equaled out to a snails crawl. I could have tried HUNTER of course, but an even bigger issue for Ibra was the dribbling. Even with a boost to 89 AGILITY I could not get this bus to turn and at least 10 times this weekend I turned defenders and shot as I normally would, only to realize that Zlatan had not completed the full swivel … then watched the shot go haplessly wide. One of the worst feelings in FIFA is when you like a player in real life and can’t wait to try them, only to be disappointed by their quality, and I experienced that all weekend long.
Linkability & Current Game Strength
Linkability Rating: 3/5
Current Game Strength Rating: 4/5
You will note that Prime Larsson was in the squad this weekend and for two reasons. One I wanted to review a Prime ICON as soon as I could... and two the squad building options around Ibra are so limited that I needed the strong green link to fit him in.
One of the lowest ratings I have provided in this category in a while. Ibrahimovic just does not fit the current game at all. The drop back, overload ball side merchants just squeezed Zlatan for everything he had, and he did not have the pace or dribbling to get out of it. The one saving grace was his ability to hold the ball up in these tight quarters and make chances through strength. 99 STRENGTH & 97 BALL CONTROL paired nicely with 99 COMPOSURE, 99 FINISHING, and the 4 STAR WEAK FOOT once you get the ball into his feet in the box. In the end, Ibrahimovic still managed 16 goals in 20 matches and while not as clinical as Martinez or Greenwood, he was right there.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 3.5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 4/5
Again, the speculation of some sort of Flashback or at one point an EOAE card for Zlatan has driven the hype train into the station on this card. If it were not for the larger than life personality of the man himself I do not think this card is beyond an 800k option, if not even cheaper.
You have to play to Zlatan’s strengths to get this rating out of him, with his strength being … his strength. In-game he appears massive in size and can hold off any defender, and I do mean any. It was one of the only times I have witnessed my opponents Van Dijk or Varane bounce off of my attacker when trying to pressure from the back. If you wrap your mind around the fact that no matter how open the run you can never lead Ibrahimovic with the ball it will save you a huge headache and slower build-up is much more effective. I have been through just about all of the negatives, but even worse, he was tired after 85 minutes even as a ST given the 68 STAMINA.
It is a shame that they didn’t give this man a proper send off in the end. Sure, the stats are boosted and he is a decent option, but he just doesn’t fit the current gameplay at all. For curiosity’s sake, I even lobbed up a variety of crosses to the big man just to see what might happen, only to have my opponents TAA, Wan Bissaka, and even Semedo launch themselves above me and ruin quality chances. To close, I always know a review is not going well when I am a) checking how many games until 20 after every match, b) constantly checking my phone every half or pause to see how many coins I am losing when I sell, and c) having lengthy conversations with the on-screen player about how poor their performance has been and how soon I will be selling them after their last match… this is normal right? In the end I can’t recommend this guy even to the most loyal of Ibra followers. He might be the lion in real life, but he is not the king of the FIFA jungle. Cheers for reading.
So. I knew when home boy Zlatan got a banging card, it was one that I must pick up. I've used his best version in every iteration of FIFA, so I was prepared to shell out whatever the cost was for him. When he was first released, I was scared, initial poor reviews from people I trust (marshall89 and futbin review), so I was hesitant pulling the trigger. I waited for his price to drop, and picked him up on bid at 910K. What a steal! I have used 94 Ronaldo, Shapeshifter Messi, and many other top tier players but man, They don't compare.
I usually play till gold 3, as I like to play as little FIFA as possible, and they generally takes me 20 games. But this weekend, I played to gold 1, and tallied up 55 games in total just because how much fun I had with this card!!! He is a cheat! I had over 10 people message me after games saying "wow Ibra is so good" " what a tank up front" "WHY DO MY DEFENDERS NOT GET THE BALL!??". So satisfying after a few rough weekend leagues and crappy rewards. I paired him up top with MOTM Rebic, who is a beast of his own, and I had Sarr as the CAM right behind them. I actually enjoyed FIFA and Zlatan is the reason.
Biggest Perk of this man-- With 99 strength, it doesn't matter who their defender is, they will bounce off of you. VVD, ez. Prime Campbell, cakes. Headliner Varane, Get da foo outta here. Any fullback would rather run away than deal with this man. Slap a hunter on him and he does that incredddddibly infuriating thing where your defender will get in between him and the ball, but Zlatan gets around. I have no clue, and I felt bad for the people I was playing against. It just wasn't right, but it still felt soooooo good to spread those EAids.
In 55 Games, he has tallied 81 goals, and 30 assists. I can't complain about that.
Shooting - Kranks em. Longshots, easy. 1v1, easy.
Skills - So sticky with the ball, and much quicker than I anticipated. 99 strength and 96 aggression means he needs to get tackled 5 times to loos the ball.
Pace - I only played games with a hunter on him. Wow. Top end speed. if he starts even with someone he will break away. If he doesn't, they wont be able to knock him off the ball anyway.
Passing - Not bad! I was very impressed. Most strikers I have used can not pass for doodoo but he can! Very Happy, and proof is in his 30 assists.
Physical - Nothing to be said. Man is an amazing tank that demolishes people.
Stamina??? - Not a problem, I had him on stay forward, balanced attacking runs, and stay central. I took him into OT every game that was required, and he performed. Never completely ran out of stamina. I ran him at 93 stamina before games, still lasted.
SOOO, 1st of all sorry for my english. I was somehow able to pack 90 WR Ibra in an untradable pack, meaning that, no mater what, i had to use him in my main squad since i dont have the best team ever (team in game in the link below). Well, after i saw some reviews of him (most of them giving bad feedback) i decided do give it a go and have fun... im a G1 player currently playing in DIV2 and i gotta tell you.. this man is a beast... In the first 4 games i used hunter to boost is pace to the max but then i realized that dribble is what this card needs the most, so i sticked do sniper... used him in a 442 formation with werner 90 as the other ST and NIF mertens and dembele as RM and LM. (and again, teams link below)
and oh god, he is amazing. In 30 games he scored 43 goals and assisted 12
Pace - 8/10: Ibra has 88 pace but i gotta tell you, that even without the pace boost from chem styles he was quick for a man of his size. most of the time he would just outpace defenders due to his acceleration that is 89 i believe.
Shooting - 9,5/10: This right here might be the best reason why ibra is so so good, he simply does not miss.. very clinical inside of the box, even headers and volleys, he is amazing in the shooting chapter, outside of the foot, low drivens, decent curve, he does it all, and i think that happens cause of is composure, he wont shake and dont forget the 4 star WF. i wont give the 10 simply because there is no player that can score everything. Expect him to be on the right place at the right time every single time due to his positioning
Passing - 7/10: Dont expect him do be your game organizer, he has enough passing to do some nasty 1-2 but beyond that he wont do as you expect.. but, he can easily do some trough passes and trust me that he can hold up the ball pretty good so take advantage of that to win space and time when u make passes with him, his high composure will also help in the passing chapter.
Dribbling - 8/10: At first when i was using hunter i would say his dribbling would be a 5/10, ye... 5... but, with sniper i can say u have your problem solved... after i use sniper on ibra he started to preform, he turns really fast, respondes to the skill moves really fast, feels smooth on the ball and the 5 star skills are a good bonus since u can do a lot more skills that will help your attacking gameplay. And due to his size you can surprise every player that dont except ibra to execute that fast, either the turn or the skills, the only downside on this card is his balance... sniper boosts it a little but sometimes when he loses a strength challenge with the oponnent CB he will fall to the ground
Defending - ?/10: I dont think i can say a lot about defending, due to his agression he will intercept immediately afeter losing... he can win some duels on defensive corners. Since headers are not very good this year dont except him to score for you in every corner, but he will score some
Physicality - 9/10: And we're reaching to the stat that makes this card beautiful.. the physical stats.. let me start with the strength, he has 99 so be ready to see some VVD and Campbells get bullied by your ibra, it does not happen everytime but it will happen, he can pretty much bully everyone in this game.
Then his agression, its really useful if you play with an high pressing team like me that has instructions to try to recover the ball after losing it.
The other downgrade is his stamina.. 68 its kinda boring cause you can only play him till minute 90', after that he will be playing like he has cement on his toes.
-Pace (even without hunter you can say he his good)
-Opponents underestimate him due to his size
-5 star skills and 4 star wf
-Attacking Presence (good positioning)
-Stamina i think if you have to play beyond 90 minuted
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