Wayne Rooney's FIFA 18 Rating Highlights His Remarkable Decline
Granted, we have been bombarding you with FIFA 18 ratings content but another one won't do any harm, will it?
Wayne Rooney's rating has emerged online and it really does highlight his fall of grace in recent years. A cover star on the game on multiple occasions and typically one of the best players on the game year on year, Manchester United and England's highest ever goalscorer has seen a slow but sure decline in his ratings on the last couple of games.
He was rated 84 last time out in his last season as a Manchester United player and having experienced the worst goalscoring campaign of his career under Jose Mourinho, the Everton No.10 has dropped down to 81, with his attributes hardly setting the world alight.
Even though his statistics last term weren't anywhere near as impressive as they had been in his heyday, he still had 84 shooting, 81 passing and 86 physicality - which made him of use in some way.
But now on FIFA 18, the majority of his main stats have dipped big-time. For starters, pace is now down to 68, dribbling is 76 and shooting and passing is down to 81 and 80 respectively - they aren't the worst rating in the world but it just goes to show how Rooney has declined. On FIFA 12 when he was rated 90, bizarrely his passing was only 79, yet his shooting was right up at 88 - making him deadly whenever a chance came about.
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The sad thing is though, no-one is going to really complain or debate Rooney's FIFA 18 rating as it's pretty much universally accepted that he's no longer the player he once was.
Here is a look at Rooney's FIFA ratings through the years:
In his first season at Manchester United after bursting on the scene, Rooney was rated 87 and had a unbelievable potential rating of 99.
A 19-year old Wayne Rooney was on fire for Manchester United and was given a rating of 93 on the game, which was the best of any English player on FIFA 06.
This time having a rating of 92 - meaning he was not only the best England player on the game but he was also joint with Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as the best player on the whole of the game.
On the front cover of the game for the third year running, Rooney was 90 rated and was the joint highest-rated English player on the game along with John Terry.
Rooney saw his rating drop to 87, the same mark he received on his FIFA debut in 2004.
His rating remained unmoved on FIFA 10, where he was front and centre on the cover alongside his compatriots Frank Lampard and Theo Walcott.
He was 88 rated on FIFA 11, two ratings better than his England colleague Steven Gerrard.
His rating went up by two to give him an overall mark of 90.
In FIFA 13, Rooney again remained on top of the pile as far as English players were concerned, though time his rating had gone down one to 89.
Rooney kept his 87 rating on the game, with Daniel Sturridge, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and John Terry all three ratings behind on 84.
A 29-year old Rooney was still doing the business and was rated 86 on this occasion.
FIFA 16 saw the same result for the best English player as the England captain came on top and was 86 rated once again.
He would then drop another rating to 84 on FIFA 17, giving him his lowest mark in the franchise until the next edition of the game came along.
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