Kaka's ratings in FIFA 20 spark debate about the Brazil legend

Brazilian football legend Kaka was the subject of much debate during his playing days. Now he’s an icon in FIFA for the first time, that debate continues afresh.

Yesterday, EA Sports announced a raft of FIFA Ultimate Team icons and their ratings for FIFA 20, including the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner. Here’s the official blurb:

“An elegant attacking midfielder, Kak showed glimpses of his superb dribbling and passing ability before Milan fought off strong competition to bring him from Brazil to Europe. Following six seasons of dazzling displays for the Italian club during which he won Serie A, the UEFA Champions League, and the Ballon d’Or, Kak made the move to Real Madrid, providing nine assists as Los Blancos broke the 100 point barrier in the 2011-12 LaLiga.”

And here are his ratings:

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There’s no doubt Kaka deserves icon status in FIFA 2. But it’s his ratings that have sparked a vociferous debate. Kaka has an 87-rated card for his early football career, an 89-rated card for his latter years, and his prime 91-rated card to reflect his time at Milan, when he was arguably the best player in Europe.

The overriding feeling is EA Sports has low-balled Kaka’s ratings. His prime card in particular seems low at 91. For comparison’s sake, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Pep Guardiola’s prime card is rated 90, as is Chelsea legend Michael Essien’s. Fellow Milan great Andrea Pirlo’s prime card is rated 92.

Digging deeper and there’s also debate about some of Kaka’s statistics. His in-game pace is the subject of much debate – as was his real-life pace when Kaka was in his prime. The Brazilian was never thought of as a fast player, but he was quick on the ball. Remember this?