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Incredible CB
By DeBruneey, 10-01-2022

I completed Rio Ferdinand with my 7 Icon Swap tokens, and I actually think he should be around 10 tokens as he is a really solid option for you at CB. I used him in a 4-3-1-2 in-game and used a shadow chem style as it was really the only logical option. You might see that I have used Rio for over 100 games, the only reason I am writing the review now is because I wanted to write one, but wasn't on who to write it on, then I thought why not do it on who is now a sort of club legend of mine. He was paired (most of the time) with Winter wildcards Cozza in the squad below.

Pace: 8/10

To be honest, if you are not using a shadow on him, then he won't be able to catch up with attackers like Flashback Benz and RTTK Fekir, who it seems like everyone and their nan is using. But with a shadow on him, he feels fairly fast and he will be able to catch up with players like those, his acceleration isn't ideal but with a shadow I haven't encountered any issues. He may not be as fast as CB's like Kimpembe and Marquinhos, who again everyone is using.

Shooting/Heading: 6/10

I obviously haven't encountered much of Ferdinand's shooting stats, as he mainly just heads it from corners. What I will say though, is that he is very good from corners, he is 6'2 and he can win headers against players like Kounde and Marquinhos, but won't be able to challenge players like Showdown Sule. You will also notice that he has 85 heading accuracy and 82 jumping which, is good for clearances and things like that.

Passing: N/A

Dribbling: N/A

Defending: 10/10

Defending is by far his best stat, and with a shadow his stats are just amazing. With a shadow he has 99 interceptions, slide tackle and standing tackle, with 94 Def. Awareness and 90 Heading Accuracy. These stats along with his decent pace, create an incredible CB, he rarely ever puts a foot wrong or ever misses a tackle. His interceptions are amazing and so is his defensive awareness.

Physicality: 9/10

Although his physicality stats don't look all that good on paper, they feel a lot better than they look. He can barge players off the ball and and his 85 strength feels so much better than it looks. He also has good aggression, the only thing bad about his physical stats is his stamina, which is 75 and this isn't ideal for a CB. - Squad used in - In-game

Pace (In most situations)




Amount of tokens




Sometimes he can feel a bit slow when coming up against quick attackers.

Formation: 4312
Position: CB
Games: 136
GPG: 0.16
APG: 0.02
Pace (8/10)
Shooting (6/10)
Passing (1/10)
Dribbling (1/10)
Defending (10/10)
Physicality (9/10)
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