Cristiano Ronaldo suffers finishing downgrade on FIFA 22 amid poor Man United form

Cristiano Ronaldo suffers finishing downgrade on FIFA 22 amid poor Man United form

EA Sports has given Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo a significant downgrade on FIFA 22, affecting a number of his key attributes.

United striker Ronaldo has only scored one goal in his last eight appearances for United and failed to feature in Sunday’s 4-1 defeat against Manchester City in the Manchester derby. Reds boss Ralf Rangnick revealed in his pre-match interview that Ronaldo was not included in the matchday squad due to an issue with his hip flexor. It was later revealed that the Portuguese striker had flew to his home nation for two days before returning on Tuesday.

Former United captain Roy Keane was not convinced that the United star missed the clash against City due to an injury, insisting he does not “buy” what Rangnick said about Ronaldo’s injury. The Portuguese international returned to United’s Carrington training ground but the extent of his injury has yet to become clear.

Ronaldo has scored 15 goals in 31 appearances since his shock return to Old Trafford, but his recent form has resulted in EA Sports handing the 37-year-old a significant downgrade in FIFA 22’s latest squad update, impacting both his finishing and dribbling attributes.

So, what impact has Ronaldo’s downgrade had on his in-game attributes? These are how his attributes have been changed on FIFA 22, as of the latest squad update that was released on all platforms as of March 7, 2022.

Cristiano Ronaldo handed downgrade in FIFA 22 update

The Portuguese striker has simply not performed at a high level in recent weeks, resulting in the five-time Ballon d’Or winner being downgraded in a number of key areas on FIFA 22 in the latest update to the game. Ronaldo has suffered downgrades to his finishing (95-94), dribbling (88-86), agility (86-82), balance (74-72) and long shots (93-92).

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United. (Image: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Whilst the 37-year-old is still one of the best players available to use in FIFA 22, the downgrades to his dribbling may be noticeable for players as agility and balance are key attributes for attackers to be able to perform well in-game. The downgrade to Ronaldo’s finishing and long shots are expected given his poor goal scoring form of late.

The United striker has also been stripped of his Acrobat trait, meaning it is less likely that Ronaldo will perform overhead and bicycle kicks in-game. Whilst these types of finishes are rare, not having the option to perform these types of shots could see some players choose a different striker who can perform them.

Following the latest FIFA 22 squad update, Ronaldo now has a worse finishing stat than Lionel Messi, whilst also having worse dribbling, long Shots, composure, agility and balance attributes than the Paris Saint-Germain forward. Other Manchester United players to be affected by the latest FIFA 22 update are Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Elanga, David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic.

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