FIFA 17 Striker Ratings: 20 Best Finishers To Guarantee Goals

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There are certain players in FIFA who are more valuable than others, no matter what their overall ratings are. Faster players, strong beast attackers and wonderkids are always high on the list, and of course you can add sweet strikers to that. The best finishers can make mediocre players all the more dangerous to play against, adding a goal threat where one might not be with lesser strikers.

So naturally, the players with the best stats for Finishing are just as important to find as the fastest ones.

Unfortunately for last year’s second best finisher Carlos Tevez there’s no place for him in the top 20, but he’s not the only former great to see his rating cut dramatically. Names as eye-catching as Wayne Rooney, Alexandre Lacazette, Hulk and Robin Van Persie are all gone. And so is Jermain Defoe (but not all downgrades are incorrect).

But that means the most gifted strikers of the ball in this year’s game is a whole new world of class. Here are the best finishers in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team (not counting special boosted ratings, obviously)…

‘FIFA 17’ Killed ‘PES 2017’ Instead With How The Figures Represent The Games

While “Pro Soccer Evolution 2017” or simply known as “PES 2017” is an entirely different game from “FIFA 17,” it couldn’t be helped if fans and players will compare the two. What used to be a huge anticipation and expectations from the former happened to be the opposite.

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While “Pro Soccer Evolution 2017” or simply known as “PES 2017” is an entirely different game from “FIFA 17,” it couldn’t be helped if fans and players will compare the two. What used to be a huge anticipation and expectations from the former happened to be the opposite.

For licenses, from the beginning, “FIFA 17” always had the upper hand and they still do. There aren’t a lot of news about “PES 2017” getting its hands on any additional leagues and while not exactly a deal-breaker, those looking for serious variety of teams to try out need not to look anywhere else, but “FIFA 17.”

In terms of mode variety, “FIFA 17” still wins. Aside from the standard modes, which are both present with “FIFA 17” and “PES 2017,” the story mode for the former is a great addition, giving it a big advantage. While it isn’t exactly as fun to play and long enough to keep players hooked for extended hours, it does have a good story, which is a facelift for the career mode, which tends to be boring at times.

Both games are great, but “FIFA 17” seems to be the better buy as it offers more and is perfect for those looking for the most realistic futbol/soccer simulator.

fifa15books | Gareth Bale: It took character to succeed at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has signed a contract extension at Real Madrid to keep him at the Spanish giants until 2022.
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Gareth Bale said he had shown character to battle through hard times to become a success at Real Madrid, after signing a contract extension which runs up to June 2022.

Bale, 27, joined from from Tottenham in 2013 for €10.7 million and has won two Champions League trophies and the Copa del Rey, while scoring 62 goals and providing 34 assists in 135 official games for Los Blancos.

It has not all been plain sailing however for the Wales international at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu though, with Real fans whistling him during a difficult second season in Spain, and cracks appearing at times in his relationship with teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

“There have been a lot of great moments, in football there are always ups and downs,” Bale said. “Winning the Champions League, for this club, is the pinnacle. There have been bad moments too, that always happens wherever you are, but the important thing is how you react.

“It would be easy to pack up and leave and go elsewhere, but it takes more character to stay here, fight and make things work.”

Manchester United were reportedly keen to bring Bale back to the Premier League, but the player himself said he was unaware of interest from anywhere else and was delighted to remain at the “biggest club in the world.”

“I could not tell you if anybody has been interested,” he said. “If they have been, I don’t know about it. I’ve just been focused on Real Madrid. We [players] never speak about these things anyway.

“Madrid are the biggest club in the world. When you have the chance to play for them you do not turn it down. I have loved every minute of it. I came here to progress as a footballer and I have definitely made the right decision. I want to keep winning trophies, and Real Madrid can offer that, they match all my ambitions.”

Gareth Bale’s new Real Madrid contract finishes when he is 33-years-old.

Bale said that his three years in the Spanish capital had seen him grow up both as a person and a player.

“It has changed me quite a lot,” he said. “It has made me grow up more as a person. I came to Madrid in the first place to try something different. It is never easy for British players to travel abroad and be successful but I wanted to improve my game.

“I have had two good years here, and one that was not so good, which helped me to grow up too. Good and bad press is all part and parcel of the game. If you listen too much you can get yourself down. I know from experience not to listen too much to either the good or the bad comments.”

Bale has long been spoken about as a potential Ballon d’Or winner, but said such personal trophies were not something he thought about too much.

“As for the Ballon d’Or if you are playing well for your club and country and winning trophies, these things will happen,” he said. “For me it has never been a personal goal, when I was younger it was always about winning team titles.

“The personal awards come around when the team does well. It is not something I am striving towards, if it does come fantastic, but first and foremost it is about the team.”

Although one of this year’s 30-man shortlist, Bale said he wished teammate Cristiano Ronaldo luck in the race for the 2016 award.

“If I was the judge I could answer but I’m not,” he said. “A lot of players have had great seasons and I’m sure the voting will decide.

“Cristiano has been incredible this year, won the Champions League and Euro 2016. For me he has had a fantastic season and I wish him luck as my teammate.”

Bale will be 33 when this new contract ends, and suggested he would like to finish his career at the Bernabeu.

“For sure, the reason I have signed for so long is I am very happy here,” he said. “Each year I am more confident and playing better. I don’t know when I will retire but my family are well settled here and I fully intend to see out my contract here.”

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Twitter @dermotmcorrigan.

Mario Balotelli makes most prolific Ligue 1 start since Zlatan Ibrahimovic – fifa15books.com

Alison Bender takes a look at Mario Balotelli’s start to life in Ligue 1, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic struggles in England.
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Nice striker Mario Balotelli has scored six goals in five Ligue 1 games, with only Zlatan Ibrahimovic making a more prolific start to his Ligue 1 career.

Ibrahimovic, 35, scored seven goals in his opening five Ligue 1 matches after joining Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan in 2012.

Balotelli, 26, found the net in his team’s 4-1 win over Nantes on Sunday to move onto six for the season, meaning his has scored in all but one of his appearances since his summer transfer from Liverpool.

Radamel Falcao scored four in his first five league games after he joined Monaco in 2013 while Edinson Cavani, who left Napoli for PSG at the same time, struck only twice in his first five league matches in France.

Mario Balotelli bows to fans after scoring against Nantes.

Despite his sensational start to life at Nice, Balotelli still has room for improvement, according to his new boss, Lucien Favre.

“He made a great run for his goal. He’s very good in those sorts of situations,” Favre, who has used the Italy international sparingly, said on the club’s official website. “He had had a week of complete rest and then a normal week.

“I have said it again and again: there is still a lot of work to do. Today, he did more tracking back than he had done previously. It’s positive.”

Ian is ESPN’s French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

fifa15books – Bastian Schweinsteiger, Henrikh Mkhitaryan in Man United training

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Manchester United’s miserable form continued after they were thwarted by an inspired Tom Heaton for Burnley.
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Manchester United released pictures showing Bastian Schweinsteiger and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in first-team training on Monday.

Schweinsteiger, signed by Louis van Gaal in 2015, had not been training with the first team following Jose Mourinho’s arrival in the summer and the Daily Mail’s website published a story on Sunday evening saying Mkhitaryan had “worked out alone.”

However, United published a picture on Monday showing the pair in training alongside midfielder Marouane Fellaini and assistant manager Rui Faria.

Luke Shaw said he was delighted to have Schweinsteiger back on the training pitch. 

“It’s great to see him back,” the United left-back said. “We found out the news a couple of days ago and it’s so great to have him back.

“He’s a big influence in the dressing room and obviously on the pitch, especially for the young players like myself.

“It’s a great boost for us, the experience and the quality that he brings. The quality he possesses is a boost for our team and I’m so glad to have him back.”

Schweinsteiger said in August that he “will be ready if the team needs me” but United subsequently wrote the former Germany international off as an asset in the club’s accounts.

The 32-year-old was included in United’s 25-man squad for the Premier League but not for the Europa League, which means he would not be eligible to play in European competition until registration reopens for the knockout phase.

His return to training comes after Ander Herrera — who has been playing in a deeper midfield role — was sent off in Saturday’s 0-0 home draw against Burnley.

Schweinsteiger has not shown any sign of dissent throughout his exile, posting positive messages on his social media accounts. On Wednesday, he posted a picture of himself at Old Trafford, wishing the team “good luck” for the Manchester derby, which United went on to win 1-0.

The 2014 World Cup winner had said earlier in the season that United would be the last club he plays for in Europe. He has two years left on his United contract after joining from Bayern Munich.

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