Wilfried Zaha Reacts To His FIFA 23 Rating Says He Must’ve Been Playing Golf All Season

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Wilfried Zaha has shown that he is not particularly happy with his FIFA 23 Rating which saw him move downwards in the ranking.

Wilfried Zaha Reacts To His FIFA 23 Rating Says He Must've Been Playing Golf All Season

Football players and fans alike are eagerly expecting FIFA 23, the latest installment of the venerable EA Sports franchise, making it one of the most anticipated games of the year.

If players have pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition, the new version is scheduled to arrive on September 27. The normal edition will be released three days later.

Several new features and gameplay improvements will be included in the game, along with upgraded squads once more.

Wilfried Zaha

Dazet Wilfried Armel Zaha, a forward for Premier League Club Crystal Palace and the Ivory Coast national team, was born on November 10, 1992.

In 2010, Zaha made his way through the Crystal Palace system and onto the first team. He registered 18 goals across all competitions in his first three complete seasons at Selhurst Park.

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He was moved to Manchester United in January 2013 for a £10 million upfront payment (the most expensive Crystal Palace player sold at the time).

Zaha helped Palace return to the Premier League by staying on loan there through the end of the campaign.

Zaha returned to Palace in August 2014 on a season-long loan after a poor 2013–14 campaign with Manchester United (which he spent primarily on loan at Cardiff City).

He then joined the team permanently in February 2015. The club’s 12th-highest goal scorer since that time is now him.

What did Zaha say?

The Crystal Palace Ace wrote on Instagram, saying: “Me seeing my FIFA stats got worse. Must have been playing golf all season then.”

He shared a photo of himself being issued a booking, but instead of a yellow card, it showed his FIFA card.

Wilfried Zaha Reacts To His FIFA 23 Rating Says He Must've Been Playing Golf All Season

Zaha is only really half-right in this case. Before receiving any special cards, his FIFA 22 rating was 82, and his FIFA 23 rating is also 82. He is now a left winger instead of a left forward.

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Wilfried Zaha Reacts To His FIFA 23 Rating Says He Must've Been Playing Golf All Season

Below are some stats to compare (his FIFA 22 stats come first):

  • 89 Pace | 91 Pace
  • 87 Dribbling | 86 Dribbling
  • 77 Shooting | 79 Shooting
  • 73 Passing | 73 Passing
  • 75 Physical | 76 Physical
  • 34 Defending | 37 Defending

There is surely some grounds for criticism here for the Palace ace.

Before his FIFA 22 card was made public, Zaha scored 11 goals in 2020–21. In 2021/22, he scored 14 Premier League goals and contributed one assist.

He obviously made progress since in just five games this season, he’s already scored four goals.

Because of this, his only boosts are +2 for pace, +2 for shooting, +1 for physicality, and +3 for defending. The former is completely irrelevant, while the shooting and physical improvements are negligible in light of the previous season’s performance.

It’s absurd that he was demoted for dribbling, and Zaha himself has stated his anger.

Alhough we can understand that, he is still among Palace’s top players on FIFA 23 which of course, he should’ve been number 1.

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