FIFA 20 Shapeshifters guide: get Ronaldo, Messi and David Luiz in new positions

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Alas, the FIFA 20 Shapeshifters promotion wasn't created in order to reinvent David Luiz as an impassable Minecraft-shaped block wall. But the campaign, which ran in February 2020, still produced some sublime FIFA 20 Ultimate Team cards, many of which are still widely available. It saw a selection of the game's best players switch positions and earn beefed-up attributes, enabling you to deploy Luiz in defensive midfield, or shift Cristiano Ronaldo to the right flank. Wondering how it worked? Let GR’s FIFA 20 Shapeshifters guide explain all.

What are FIFA 20 Shapeshifters and how do they work?

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FIFA 20 Shapeshafters are a bunch of green and red cards that redeploy some of your favourite players in new positions, with upgraded stats. They’re mostly based on real-life past performances in unusual positions, although it’s a stretch to pretend that Ngolo Kante at CB or Trent Alexander-Arnold at CM has been a regular occurrence. A full list of FIFA 20 Shapeshifters can be found at the foot of this guide. 

Kante’s CB item has an overall rating of 92, making him the third-best Shapeshifter card available. He’s surpassed by Lionel Messi at CF (96) and Cristiano Ronaldo at RW (95). Those cards aren’t cheap: Kante will set you back 585,000 FIFA 20 coins; Ronaldo 2.3 million; and Messi 2.7 million. Shapeshifters cards are no longer available in packs, so you'll need to grab them from the transfer market. 

When are FIFA 20 Shapeshifters released?

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The first FIFA 20 Shapeshifters team came out on Friday 21 February. It included the Messi, Luiz, Gueye and Sanchez cards mentioned above, along with some other intriguing options: Real Madrid left-back Marcelo at CAM with a rating of 91, and Spurs’ Lucas Moura at RM with an 87 OVR.

FIFA 20 Shapeshifters Team 2 dropped on Friday 28 February. Despite being described as a team, it in fact only featured ten players. They included the Ronaldo, Kante, Ribery, and Alexander-Arnold cards mentioned earlier. Also worth a look are Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira at LB (88) and Real Madrid’ Vinicius Jr at ST (85).

Four players were also available as FIFA 20 SBCs: Denis Zakaria, Lucas Olaza, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Gary Mackay-Steven. Two could also be secured through gameplay objectives: Marcos Acuna and Marc Bartra. 

How much do FIFA 20 Shapeshifters cost?

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We covered some of the best cards earlier. As of mid-March, Messi costs around 2.7 million, Ronaldo goes for 2.3 million, and Kante scores 585,000. All prices apply to PS4. Luiz’s CDM card sells for around 955,000, with Franck Ribery’s ST card worth 1.6 million at time of writing.

Three other cards break the one million coins barrier. The Marcelo card mentioned in the last entry requires 1.2 million of your FIFA coins. Even pricier are Richarlison (CAM, Everton, 90) at 1.4m, and Wissam Ben Yedder (RW, Monaco, 90) at 1.6m.

If you’re shopping for bargains, three FIFA 20 Shapeshifters cards can be had for under 50K. Nahitan Nandez (CB, Cagliari, 84) can be had for around 33K, as can former Everton favourite Idrissa Gueye (CB, Paris SG, 87). Renato Sanches (LB, Lille, 86) is also great value at 49K.

How else can I acquire FIFA 20 Shapeshifters cards?

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As touched on earlier, Denis Zakaria, Lucas Olaza, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Gary Mackay-Steven were all available in Squad Building Challenges. Similarly two players, Marcos Acuna and Marc Bartra, could be had via in-game achievements. Sadly all of these challenges have now expired.  

Is there a full FIFA 20 Shapeshifters list?

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Sure is. Here’s the complete list of cards available:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (95, RW) – Piemonte Calcio
  • Franck Ribéry (91, ST) – Fiorentina
  • Richarlison (90, CAM) – Everton
  • Ricardo Pereira (88, LB) – Leicester City
  • David Alaba (88, CB) – FC Bayern München
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (88, CM) – Liverpool
  • Denis Zakaria (87, CB) – Borussia Mönchengladbach [SBC only]
  • Marc Bartra (87, ST) – Real Betis [objective only]
  • Ferland Mendy (86, CDM) – Real Madrid
  • Milot Rashica (86, RW) – SV Werder Bremen
  • Lionel Messi (96, CF) – FC Barcelona
  • Marcelo (91, CAM) – Real Madrid
  • David Luiz (91, CDM) – Arsenal
  • Wissam Ben Yedder (90, RW) – Monaco
  • Dries Mertens (90, LW) – Napoli
  • Riyad Mahrez (89, CAM) – Manchester City
  • Idrissa Gueye (87, CB) – Paris Saint-Germain
  • Geoffrey Kondogbia (87, CB) – Valencia CF
  • Lucas Moura (87, RM) – Tottenham Hotspur
  • Renato Sanches (86, LB) – LOSC Lille
  • Youcef Atal (86, ST) – OGC Nice
  • Lucas Olaza (86, CDM) – RC Celta [SBC only]
  • Hans Hateboer (86, RB) – Atalanta
  • Kevin Mbabu (86, CDM) – VfL Wolfsburg
  • Florian Kainz (85, CAM) – 1. FC Köln
  • Nahitan Nández (84, CB) – Cagliari
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan (88, CAM) – Roma [SBC only]
  • Gary Mackay-Steven (84, ST) – New York City FC [SBC only]
  • Marcos Acuna (87, CM) – Sporting Lisbon [objective only]

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I'm GamesRadar's sports editor, and obsessed with NFL, WWE, MLB, AEW, and occasionally things that don't have a three-letter acronym – such as Chvrches, Bill Bryson, and Streets Of Rage 4. (All the Streets Of Rage games, actually.) Even after three decades I still have a soft spot for Euro Boss on the Amstrad CPC 464+.