Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has blasted EA SPORTS over his 99-rated FIFA 21 pro player card, saying that he uses his Team of the Week instead of it.
While you can never be 100% sure who you’re facing on Ultimate Team, there’s one giveaway when you’re playing a professional footballer: their turquoise-colored pro player card with a 99 rating.
Obviously, not every footballer has one, but often you’ll find them running rings around you if they’re any good at the game, and the 99 card is a daunting prospect to come up against.
Courtois, though, isn’t convinced. In fact he thinks his pro player card is considerably worse than even his base card, and refuses to use it now.
While racing together in virtual F1, La Liga’s most expensive goalkeeper was asked about his FIFA 21 team by FIFA streamer Peter ‘Pieface’ Shepherd, who asked if he uses himself in goal.
Courtois confirmed that he does, but uses his Team of the Week card instead of his unique, EA-issued 99 card.
Confirming that his TOTW card is better than the 99, the Belgian shot stopper said that “the 99 card is sh*t. Instead of making it better, they just put 99 but make it, like, 59.”
Through Pieface’s laughter — and that of the stream — Courtois adds that “it doesn’t seem great,” but he does have the safety of Real Madrid teammate Raphael Varane in front of him at CB.
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Courtois isn’t the first player to hit out at EA over FIFA matters. When ratings were announced at the start of the season, Lukaku took serious issue with his, while more recently players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale have complained about using their likeness without the rights to.
While we wouldn’t say no to a 99-rated pro player card, this does dampen the allure of them just a little.