Player Review

Michael Ballack - 86 - Icon
2.0
Why did I choose Ballack!?
By bombrowicki, 11-12-2019

I thought, after reading and watching a bunch of opinions on this card, that it would be a midfielder for months. I am so disappointed. Got him from the icon swaps offcourse. Played a whole bunch of games with him as a defensive midfielder. Guys, he is really not very good. It is hard to describe how clunky and slow this guy feels. You put shadow on him, but that hardly even makes things better. He moves like a heavy duty tractor. God forbid you try to turn with him on the ball. It takes ages! Same thing with getting a pass off. Even in good gameplay it is so darn slow. In lag? Terrible! Only way is first time passes. This guy also can't finish anything. One on ones - nope. Long shots - nope. Headers - nope. He really plays under the stats he has. You would think he is a well rounded card, but you get a clunky, ball losing firetruck. Maybe I am not the best fifa player (gold 1 mostly and division 2) and there is a secret way to make him work, but I really hate him. Can't wait for an SBC that requires an icon! If you are still on the verge on deciding your swap icon, think again!

The only decent thing about him is his physical presence, that sometimes works to his benefit in defensive play, but there again I found him often way out of position, despite high defensive workrates. Gold Sissoko is so much better as a defensive anchor!

I am so pissed with myself for choosing this guy. Be cautioned!

-physical presence

-chemistry link

-slow and extremely clunky

-slow to get off a pass, a shot, a dribble

-drifts out of position

-offensively useless

-even loses headers on many occasions

Formation: 4222
Position: CDM
Games: 271
GPG: 0.03
APG: 0.07
2.0
Overall
1.0
Value
1.0
GC
1.0
Stamina
Pace (5/10)
Shooting (6/10)
Passing (7/10)
Dribbling (3/10)
Defending (7/10)
Physicality (7/10)
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