It’s no secret that securing a quality football player for a team is a lengthy process, usually one involving a ton of cash.
Obviously then, FIFA 17 wants to bring you as close to all aspects of the game as possible, as putting together the best possible Ultimate Team could cost you upwards of £500.
Ultimate Team, as you may or may not know, is a mode in FIFA that lets players earn coins and build their own team by collecting cards.
These cards can be purchased by spending the in-game coins on blind packs, or making use of the in-game transfer market, which is the fastest (but priciest) way to get the team you want.
Just for fun, GamesRadar+ recently put together a little experiment to see just how much a truly ultimate Ultimate Team might cost, using players’ current average transfer values.
GR+ writer Ben Wilson explains:
In order to do so, I placed a value of a highly specific £0.00015219047 (stay with me!) on each coin in the PS4 version of ‘FUT’. That’s based on someone purchasing seven packs of gold cards, to a value of 7,500 coins per pack (so 52,500 total), for £7.99. There’s a heavy Spanish focus, to guarantee maximum chemistry, and no place for wingers Neymar or Gareth Bale (whose stats don’t quite match those of Ronaldo or Messi) or Paul Pogba – the best central midfielder in the game, but a poor match for the rest of the side according to Ultimate Team’s algorithms. If you want them you’ll need to splash out the equivalent of £77.47 for Bale, £79.14 for Neymar, and a whopping £152.20 for Pogba.
The whole team comes to a princely £508.31 – you can check out the entire lineup and their respective prices below.
- GK: David De Gea (Manchester United, 90) – 129,000 / £19.63
- RB: Sergi Roberto (Barcelona, 83) – 18,500 / £2.82
- CB: Gerard Pique (Barcelona, 86) – 18,750 / £2.85
- CB: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, 89) – 141,000 / £21.46
- LB: Marcelo (Real Madrid, 86) – 38,750 / £5.89
- CM: Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona, 87) – 45,000 / £6.85
- CM: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, 88) – 69,000 / £10.50
- CM: Luka Modric (Real Madrid, 89) – 94,000 / £14.30
- RW: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 93) – 940,000 / £143.06
- ST: Luis Suarez (Barcelona, 92) – 548,000 / £83.40
- LW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 94) – 1,300,000 / £197.85
There’s a hell of a lot of things you can do with half a grand – buying a team of digital footballers should not be among those things.