The start of the season brings us joy for many reasons. That’s mainly because we have actual games to watch again. (Which, by the way, seems kind of odd to type as we’re in the middle of the first two-week-long international break of the season.)
Another reason? It’s because EA Sports will soon be releasing the latest edition of its pretty FIFA video game enterprise.
A new twist on things this year — or something that I assume is new — involves the FIFA17 website posting official player ratings and posting league-by-league rankings. Essentially, giving nerds from each team bragging rights over other nerds.
Based on the Serie A rankings, us Juventus nerds will do a lot of bragging. Maybe it will be online, maybe it will be in person. But, yeah, Juve have good players in case you didn’t know that already. To the rankings!
20. Gary Medel, 83 - Inter Milan
19. Ivan Perisic, 83 - Inter Milan
18. Kostas Manolas, 84 - Roma
17. Radja Nainggolan, 84 - Roma
16. Pepe Reina, 84 - Napoli
15. Carlos Bacca, 84 - AC Milan
14. Alex Sandro, 84 - Juventus
13. Ever Benega, 84 - Inter Milan
12. Marek Hamsik, 85 - Napoli
11. Paulo Dybala, 85 - Juventus
10. Miralem Pjanic, 85 - Juventus
9. Dani Alves, 85 - Juventus
8. Claudio Marchisio, 86 - Juventus
7. Andrea Barzagli, 86 - Juventus
6. Miranda, 86 - Inter Milan
5. Leonardo Bonucci, 87 - Juventus
4. Samir Handanovic, 87 - Inter Milan
3. Gonzalo Higuain, 88 - Juventus
2. Giorgio Chiellini, 88 - Juventus
1. Gianluigi Buffon, 88 - Juventus
THE PLAYERS GET BIGGER AS THE NUMBERS GET SMALLER. Or something like that.
Final Serie A Top 20 count:
Juventus - 10
Inter Milan - 5
Roma - 2
Napoli - 2
AC Milan - 1
That’s good, right?
Yes, yes it is.
Considering that we get to watch him be his legendary self week-in and week-out, to see Gigi Buffon as Serie A’s highest ranked player entering a season in which he will turn 39 years old at the end of January is still pretty remarkable. Then when you think about nine of the top 11 players in FIFA’s Serie A rankings are Juventus players, it’s crazy to think about.
Yes, FIFA rankings are just something to talk and yell about on the internet. But it’s a reminder of just how stacked this roster is right now. Good times, good times.