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Real Madrid Isn’t Entering Esports Despite Reports of a Chinese FIFA Team

Published: 10/May/2018 13:55 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:51

by Mike Kent

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The reported move by Real Madrid into esports by recruiting FIFA players in China has been denied by the club.

News websites across the esports industry, including us here at Dexerto, published a story on May 8th that the world famous football club had entered the competitive gaming space.

Based out of Spain’s capital, Real Madrid are one of the biggest sporting brands in the world, with an estimated value of around $4 billion.

Due to the size of their brand, news about the club entering into esports spread like wildfire across the internet. Unfortunately, it appears to be fake news.

The original post on Chinese social media site, Weibo, raised questions from Spanish journalists who wanted to know why the club hadn’t made their own announcement.

The original statement read as follows.

“The official esports team of Real Madrid (China) has officially established and will participate in the professional league FIFALLINE4 of the next FSL season, this is Real Madrid’s first attempt in the field of electronic sports, the club can hope to create Clan games, clubs and interaction channels of Chinese fans closer together … Mei Lingge of the White Legion, we look forward to the success of Real Madrid in the field of electronic sports!”

In order to find out more, we reached out to the Real Madrid press team, who confirmed that it wasn’t a legitimate announcement.

“Our social media department tells us that it is from a false account.”

We’re sorry to break the news to any Real Madrid fans who want their club to enter esports, but for now, you’ll have to wait a little longer.

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FIFA 21 Rulebreakers Team 1 LIVE: card boosts, SBCs, how it works

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:40 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 0:49

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS has begun officially unveiling this year’s Halloween promo event for FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like we’ll actually be getting something a little out of the ordinary in FIFA 21… “Rulebreakers.” Here’s everything we know so far.

The last few years have seen Ultimate Scream rule the last weeks of October. The Halloween themed promo was trotted out in Ultimate Team for the last three years, but the special event’s ‘reign of terror’ seems to be coming to an end.

Instead, a new “Rulebreakers” promo is coming soon.  EA SPORTS teased the event on Twitter on Oct. 21, with only three letters ⁠— two Rs and an S ⁠— and a fragmented FUT card. Soon after, Dexerto data miner FutWatch confirmed the hidden word would eventually spell out ‘Rulebreakers.’

As has been the case for most promos since the start of FIFA 20, this one consists of two separate squads of players, the first of which was officially unveiled on Oct. 23.

FIFA 21 Rulebreakers Team 1

FIFA 21 Rulebreakers
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The full Team 1 for the Rulebreakers promo in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

The first set of Rulebreakers cards is full of impressive cards, including the likes of Harry Kane, Dries Mertens, Douglas Costa, and more. As explained below, these cards have been reworked in a way where some of their stats have transferred over to other categories.

  • Harry Kane
  • Aymerick Laporte
  • Douglas Costa
  • Dries Mertens
  • Radja Nainggolan
  • Lucas Ocampos
  • Marcos Llorente
  • Manuel Lazzari
  • Boubacar Kamara
  • Denzel Dumfries
  • Andre

FIFA 21 Rulebreakers: how does it work?

Essentially, the idea behind Rulebreakers is to take cards that have a concentration of stats in certain categories and move them around to boost another aspect of that player.

For example, in the players listed above, the likes of Harry Kane, who is known for supreme shooting but not a lot of pace, has seen some of those shooting stats shifted to boost his pace all the way up to 91, which is considerably higher than almost every card he’s ever had in FIFA history.

Similarly, Manchester City centerback Laporte now features a whopping 81 pace, a chunk of which was taken from his defending.

FIFA 21 Rulebreakers: Team 1 SBCs & Objectives

No FIFA promo is complete without a full set of untradeable Squad Building Challenges, and Rulebreakers is no exception.

The first team features several SBCs, all of which we’ve listed below along with links to full guides that include the requirements, cheapest solutions, in-game stats, total cost, and everything else you need to unlock them.

Inaki Williams SBC guide

Nordi Mukiele Objectives

Pierre Kunde Malong SBC guide

FIFA 21 Rulebreakers: Team 2 predictions

We’re very much in the FIFA predictions business, and with the second Rulebreakers squad on its way, why not shake our crystal ball and see who may (or may not) end up in Team 2.

  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  • Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid)
  • Pepe (Arsenal)
  • Richarlison (Everton)
  • Erik Lamela (Tottenham)
  • David Luiz (Arsenal)
  • Luis Suarez (Atlético Madrid)
  • Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
  • Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
  • Nigel de Jong (Al-Shahania)
  • Hatem Ben Arfa (Bordeaux)

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about FIFA 21’s new Rulebreakers Halloween promo so far. Make sure if you’ve got a few spare FUT coins you keep them in your back pocket; there could be some cracking cards on the way!

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