FIFA 18 FUTBALL – 94 CLASSIC EUROPEAN HERO REVIEW – FRANCK RIBERY

Today, we’ll be looking at the newly released Classic European Hero Franck Ribéry.
This 94-rated item is a throw-back to his FIFA 14 TOTY item, which remains one of my favorite ever FUT items.
The highlights of Ribéry’s fantastic in-game stats include:
99 acceleration, balance, ball control and dribbling,
96 positioning, vision, short passing and agility,
94 reactions and composure,
91 finishing and shot power.
STATS
Here are my stats with Ribery:
Price: 320,000
Games: 7
Goals: 8
Assists: 7
Let’s get into the review.
REVIEW
Pace: 10/10
Just like Robben, he’s incredibly fast. He’s exactly as fast as Robben, and it’s fantastic in game. Genuinely one of the fastest players I’ve ever used.
Shooting: 10/10
Unbelievable. He can score any type of shot, from any distance. And thanks to the four-star weak foot, he can do it on either foot. I especially love his clinicality inside the box — he essentially never misses when he gets the chance.
Passing: 10/10
Perfect. I had no issues whatsoever with it. I found his crossing to be especially effective, and he created a tonne of chances from out wide.
Dribbling: 10/10
Sensational. He’s potentially the best dribbler I’ve used this year, on par with TOTS Neymar. His ball control, dribbling and five-star skills make him lethal on the ball, and completely unstoppable if you know what you are doing. Throw in his incredible agility, balance, reactions and the low center of gravity makes him utterly incredible on the ball.
Defending: 2.5/10
Truly anonymous in the defense aspects of the game, but hey, he doesn’t necessarily have to be omnipresent at both ends, depending of course on your playstyle and how you deploy him.
Physical: 3/10
Meh. He’s really, really not great here. His stamina isn’t good enough to see out games (he’s pretty dead by the 75th minute or so), his aggression is really poor (he doesn’t win any 50-50 challenges against even moderately strong defenders), and his strength is average at best. I was pretty disappointed with this stat, and it sort of ruined the item for me.
SUMMARY
Overall, he’s a very fun FIFA item to use. He’s fast, incredible in front of goal, one of the best passers in the game and potentially the best dribbler in the game. Unfortunately, his physicality just isn’t up there — as incredible as he is, he’s only capable of doing it for a fraction of the game. At this point in the game, opposition defenders and midfielders have too much physicality for him to successfully evade them, so unless you are the best skiller in this game, you’re going to have a hard time dominating with this player item.
However, if you are just looking for a fun one to use, and not a world-beater, this is the man for you. I still enjoyed playing with him, and will probably continue to do so in Online Single Matches.
Rating: 7.5/10
Value for Coins: 8/10

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