After much debate, posturing and social media fury – and what element of sports gaming doesn't trigger debate, posturing and social media fury? – FIFA 18 (opens in new tab)'s Ultimate Team Of The Year has landed, with good news for Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Lionel Messi.
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Alright, those names aren't exactly surprises, particularly as the 'TOTY' was in part decided based upon community votes. But there are a couple of permanent fixtures in the team who've been ousted, at last, which in itself constitutes a mild shock. Such as Neymar and Iniesta: elbowed out of the forward line and midfield by Harry Kane and N'golo Kante respectively.
In GR+'s predicted team published last week (opens in new tab), I foresaw Kante's inclusion – not the hardest call, given that Iniesta was left off the TOTY shortlist completely – but figured Neymar was too popular to leave out, even for a man who scored 56 goals in the calendar year. I was wrong…
… but only on that one call. Otherwise GR's predicted XI was identical to the real thing. Here it is, in all its glory:
GK: David De Gea (Manchester United)
RB: Dani Alves (Paris St Germain)
CB: Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan)
CB: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
LB: Marcelo (Real Madrid)
CM: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
CM: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
CM: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)
RW: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
LW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
ST: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
As I write this, De Gea and the defenders can be found in packs, with the entire side due to be available over the weekend. Just don't go mad on FIFA Points. As I've explained countless times (opens in new tab), you needn't spend any real money to make big in-game coin via Squad Building Challenges.
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