FIFA 19 will have to change the cover after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid
FIFA 19 will have to change the cover after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid

Coincidences of life: although one of the greatest claims of ‘FIFA 19’ was the incorporation of the Champions League to their game proposal, it was in the last final held in Kiev where Cristiano Ronaldo, who will once again be the official image of the game, began to insinuate his departure from Club Merengue.

Juventus has officially confirmed the transfer of the Portuguese star for no less than 112 million euros, which means that EA Sports must dress the former Madrid player with the Bianconera shirt. However, there are a number of factors that are particularly interesting: from the start, the Ronaldo card could stop being the most valuable in the Ultimate Team.

Let’s start with the basics: to date, EA Sports has not broken down the playable new features of ‘FIFA 19’ beyond the cover image itself, which will have to be reviewed next to the official images and trailers. It is the risk that involves focusing all the attention on a single player when it comes to promoting an annual delivery.

In fact, Ronaldo himself was delighted to be again the image of the most successful (and lucrative) football game, and -we can not deny- the EA itself came as a glove that CR7 had conquered the Champions for the current delivery, yes, with Real Madrid and two goals by Bale and one by Benzema.


However, now other factors that we have previously addressed in Vida Extra come into play: the value of the Ultimate Team cards not only depends on the performance of a player during his professional career, but also in line with the team he plays.

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In this way, and without belittling the Italian team with footballers of the caliber of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira or a Mario Mandzukic who will play the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup, the Juventus average in FIFA and the Calcium statistics are not those of the Spanish League. Of course, it is necessary to emphasize that the legendary Buffon just signed for PSG.

In this sense, and although its average of Real Form shows very at par in the games of exhibition of ‘FIFA 18‘, the reality is that it will be necessary to readjust the values ​​of both templates and, possibly, their means of players.

But to all the above we must add an added problem on the part of EA: the third installment of ‘The Way’, the story mode that debuted in ‘FIFA 17‘, would bring Alex Hunter to the Champions and give more prominence to Ronaldo. You will have to make more adjustments than expected, which translates into time and money if you want to reach the launch date.

Image of FIFA 18
Image of FIFA 18

It is not the first time that a football title is seen in a similar situation: the departure of Neymar from Barcelona last year also affected the cover of ‘PES 2018’ and -ojo to the data- Juve also complicated the cover image of ‘FIFA 16’ after the signing of Juan Cuadrado.

Meanwhile, EA will have to make some adjustments to the covers of all editions ‘FIFA 19’. Hopefully you have not taken them to print yet.

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However, it will not take too long to leave doubts: it is expected that after the World Cup, EA Sports delve into the playable new features for ‘FIFA 19’, which will – in principle – on September 28 to Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC and in Legacy version for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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