Ballack is the player I chose with FUT swap ICONS, and I have no regrets. First of all, just look at his stats, he's so complete, he's 1m88 and he has double 4*, without playing with it you already know he's a good choice.
The lower stats on his card are pace (72) and dribbling (78) so I decided to play him with Engine chem style as a CM in a 433(2) alongside Jorginho and Kanté (yes I'm a Chelsea fan), but I don't know what EA smoked because he certainly doesn't feel like 72 pace ingame, he's surprisingly quick, and if you add his physical stat let me tell you, when Ballack runs no one take the ball from him. His shooting and passing stats speak for itself, he rarely misses a shot or a pass. I don't dribble so much with him as I pass the ball around a lot which is what you're supposed to do with Ballack and Jorginho as your midfield. Defensively, his physical will help a lot to move a player and take the ball away. So overall, I don't see any weakness on Ballack, if you need a CM and don't know who to choose as FUT swap ICON I'd advise you to go for him, you certainly won't regret it.
Powerful shooting, so powerful goalkeepers would rather concede than lose a hand
Passing of high quality
Physical beast (which helps both in defense and in attack)
You won't dribble the whole opponent's team and chip the goalkeeper like Neymar would do, appart from that... I don't know
Ballack is certainly a hit or miss in-game. Sometimes he's an absolute general banging in goals left and right, making beautiful passes, and showing a presence on defense. Most of the time he's a ghost, nowhere to be seen, not clutch at all, unable to complete fairly average passes. Certainly a bit disappointing for an icon, especially since I play him next to Guardiola who has never had issues. In my opinion steer clear, there are plenty of cards that will play similar to better at a fraction of the cost.
scores the occasional world-class goal
fairly strong on the ball but completely incapable of muscling the opposition of the ball because he can't catch up to them
decent passing when he's playing well
Agility and Balance: make him feel slower and clunkier than he should feel. Don't expect to be able to hold the ball for longer than a second, pass quickly or he'll lose the ball to any defender with a pulse
strength: with 86 physical you would expect him to be a rock on the ball, he can certainly shield well but lacks the ability muscle attackers off the ball
passing: certainly underwhelming, short passing is great but frequently plays horrible through balls
pace: he's slow, easy as that, his low agility and balance don't help either
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!
-slow and extremely clunky
-slow to get off a pass, a shot, a dribble
-drifts out of position
-even loses headers on many occasions
He looks like an allrounded card, but he isnt. he is there but he does not interact he feels really slow and when he finally gets the ball or does a good run he flops infront of goal. this card should just be used as an chemestry link not much more, if you have his untradble okay then you kind of need to use him but if you dont and thinking of buying him because of his stats then look again. id rather take guardiola or something everyday over this card. summary: he is an allrounder that has his field, he doesent move alot he takes the ball and whirl it to who ever he is next to not much more.
- stays in his position so you know you always have someone to senter to
- He some times gets in behind for some good shots
- He is a good link for every card
- not a playmaker at all