Manchester United supporters have been sent into a frenzy after FIFA 20 released their official player ratings this week.
Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has been crowned the best footballer on the game with a score of 94, while Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo comes a close second with a rating of 94. No surprises there, right?
However, FIFA’s decision to rate Shkodran Mustafi higher than the world’s most expensive defender, Harry Maguire, has raised eyebrows among many avid players of the game.
While Maguire’s stellar performances for Leicester last season convinced United to splash out £80million on his signature this summer, Mustafi’s woeful displays have had Arsenal fans begging for his departure.
Incredibly, Mustafi – with an all-round rating of 83 – scores higher than Maguire (84) in pace, shooting, passing and defending.
Perhaps United fans can take some comfort in the fact that both David De Gea (89) and Paul Pogba (88) have been rated in the top ten for their respective positions.
Those ratings for Mustafi and Maguire will take some getting over, though… (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE)
Mustafi was heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer, with Unai Emery open to offers for the calamitous central defender.
Both Juventus and Roma registered a strong interest in Mustafi, but the German remains in north London and is yet to make an appearance for the Gunners.
Emery urged Mustafi to find a new club last month, saying: ‘For one circumstance or another, they [Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny] are going to have fewer chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play.
‘I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists and be happy and continue their careers.’
Earlier this summer, Mustafi’s father – who also acts as his agent – admitted a move away from Arsenal may be best for the centre-back’s career.
‘Shkodran had a great time with Arsenal,’ Kujtim Mustafi told Sky Germany.
‘We still have a contract for two years and can imagine to stay in London.
‘However the best for both sides is probably to work on a transfer. But for that it also needs market-driven transfer fees.’