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EA SPORTS consider removing Ronaldinho from FIFA 20 Ultimate Team

Published: 8/Apr/2020 13:12 Updated: 8/Apr/2020 13:24

by Jacob Hale

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According to a new report, EA Sports are seriously considering removing Brazilian legend Ronaldinho from FIFA 20 Ultimate Team after his legal troubles in Paraguay.

Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested in Paraguay on March 6 after allegedly attempting to enter the country with forged documents, and passports matching their descriptions were found to be fraudulent due to their nationalities being listed as Paraguayan.

The buck doesn’t stop there for Ronaldinho though, who is now facing disciplinary action in FIFA 20 as well as in the real world, as EA Sports are apparently seriously considering removing him from the game entirely.

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Ronaldinho is a football legend, but transcends the sport and his excellence is universally-recognized.

According to a report from ESPN Brazil via Diário Olé, EA are studying the removal of the player after his legal troubles, which would mean all four of his Icon cards would be removed from the game entirely.

Ronaldinho’s Icon cards, which span throughout the duration of his career with ratings of 89, 91, 94 and 95 are highly-desired cards, with teams often built around them or sold so as to accommodate a much stronger starting eleven.

His legend status on the pitch is reflected well in his in-game statistics and standing, but it’s very possible that before long he won’t be in the game at all, and it wouldn’t be an entirely surprising move.

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Ronaldinho has played in some of the most iconic sides in modern football history.

EA Sports have shown that they’re not afraid to make bold decisions such as these. Earlier in the FIFA 20 lifecycle, Dutch legend Marco van Basten was removed from the game entirely due to his use of a controversial phrase during a TV broadcast.

Also, in FIFA 19, Cristiano Ronaldo stopped being highlighted or shown as much after allegations were made against him.

It’s impossible to tell at this point what EA Sports will do with Ronaldinho’s inclusion as an Icon in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team, especially for a player so unanimously revered among football fans, but they’re clearly not afraid to make hard decisions. What it would mean for owners, though, remains to be seen.

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FIFA 21 Team of the Group Stage countdown: TOTGS start time, predictions

Published: 3/Dec/2020 16:24 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 16:32

by Alex Garton

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FIFA 21’s Team of the Group Stage is a week-long promo that fans look forward to every year. Here are all the details you need to know about this year’s TOTGS.

The UEFA Champions League is underway and that means EA will be introducing the Team of the Group Stage promo to FIFA 21 ultimate team.

The event will introduce a set of new cards for players performing well in the competition’s group stage. As it progresses, these cards will upgrade based on how well their team is doing.

Without further ado, let’s check out everything you need to know about FIFA 21’s TOTGS.

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FIFA 21’s next-gen release arrives on December 4.

When does FIFA 21 TOTGS start?

This year’s Team of the Group Stage will run for a week from December 4 – 6pm (GMT). 

The start date was confirmed by EA SPORTS FIFA on Twitter and it’s fair to say that fans are excited.

FIFA 21 TOTGS predictions

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly which players will be receiving a TOTGS card, but we can make predictions based on players’ performance from the group stage so far.

In terms of standout performances, Erling Haaland, Marcus Rashford, and Alassane Plea are all in the top 5 goals scorers at the competition. On top of that, it’s important not to forget how impressive Thiago Silva and Ruben Dias have been defensively in the games they’ve played.

That’s just to mention a few so here’s our comprehensive list of predictions for TOTGS:

  • LW: Diogo Jota – Liverpool
  • LW: Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
  • CB: Thiago Silva – Chelsea
  • CF: Alassane Plea – Borussia Monchengladbach
  • CF: Erling Haaland – Bor. Dortmund
  • RW: Ferran Torres – Manchester City
  • CDM: Joshua Kimmich – Bayern Munich
  • CB: Ruben Dias – Manchester City
  • CF: Alvaro Morata – Juventus FC
  • CAM: Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United
  • GK: Edouard Mendy – Chelsea
  • CAM: Kevin De Bruyne -Manchester City
  • RW: Lional Messi – FC Barcelona
  • LW: Kingsley Coman – Bayern Munich
  • LW: Kylian Mbappe – Paris SG

That rounds off our predictions for potential TOTGS candidates. Lucky for us there isn’t too long to wait before EA releases the official team.

We’ll update this page as soon as the TOTGS squad is released tomorrow.