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With the anticipated release of FIFA 17 merely days away, here at TheSPORTbible we've been keeping you guys up-to-date with all the ratings of the respective teams and players. And to add to that, here's the brilliant story behind Thomas Muller's 87 strong rating.
According to an insider, the German World Cup winner had his FIFA 17 ratings improved because - wait for it - "because he wasn't good at anything."
The man responsible for collecting and verifying the football data at EA Sports, Michael Mueller-Moehring, explains how Muller breaks the formula for working out a player's overall rating.
Normally, a team of 9000 data reviewers which includes professional-level scouts but a majority is made of season-ticket holders who watch loads of games in person, who then provide feedback.
But Mueller-Moehring explains his countryman's situation. "A case is Thomas Muller, who isn't good at anything, really, apart from his positioning."
He always finds the right spot on the pitch, it's amazing. But he's not a great dribbler and he can't really strike the ball properly - his finishing is sometimes really, really off. Shot power is not his strength as well." He told ESPN.
So if you rate Thomas Muller properly, he ends up with a rating that we say doesn't make sense. It's too low."
So, in short; EA Sports subjectively boosted his overall rating to reflect the standing in the game.
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