Booking under: Keith
As an avid football fan, it’s no surprise that I enjoy football video games. Both as a way to unwind and to play with my favorite players in dream teams, I’ve enjoyed my time on games like FIFA.
So far, I’ve owned two mainline FIFA games – FIFA 2005 and FIFA 17. Besides the different available players and the graphical improvements, there’s one big notable difference between the two instalments.
In FIFA 2005, wingers tended to play on the flank corresponding to their preferred foot. For example, Manchester United featured the right-footed Cristiano Ronaldo on the right while the left-footed legend Ryan Giggs roamed down the left. Fast forward to FIFA 17, and Ronaldo is now cutting in from the left (as are players like Eden Hazard and Neymar) while Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale, and Mohamed Salah are lefties cutting in from the right flank.
What caused this shift towards “inverted” wingers? Let’s have a look.