Borussia Dortmund Unhappy With Giovanni Reyna’s FIFA 22 Rating

Published 09/22/2021, 9:57 AM EDT


EA Sports has been a pioneer in the video game industry for the past two decades. One of their most beloved franchises is FIFA. Football fanatics all over the world adore the FIFA series as each release is received with much fanfare. However, the player ratings in the famous game are always a contentious issue with the rating of Giovanni Reyna turning heads this year.

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It recently made headlines, announcing the arrival of FIFA 22 on October 1. As a pre-release ritual, EA also released the player ratings of all the available players in the game. However, the same was met with mixed reactions.

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Agree to disagree?

One of the talking points of this year’s player ratings was how the numbers failed to reflect reality. Notably, it appalled netizens how FIFA rated 38-year-old Portuguese defender Pepe higher on pace than Liverpool center-back Virgil van Dijk, who is amongst the fastest players in the premier league.

German giants, Borussia Dortmund, also took to social media to express their discontent over their attacker, Gio Reyna’s FIFA 22 ratings. Commenting on a post revealing Reyna’s rankings, the club’s official English account said, “Should still be higher.”

Gio Reyna is amongst the most exciting player to watch in the world currently. The 18-year-old American has already cemented his starting spot in the US Men’s National Team and German giants Borussia Dortmund.

“I was blown away”: Raphael Wicky on Giovanni Reyna

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Raphael Wicky, Reyna’s U17 coach, opened up to SPORT BILD [via Bundesliga website] about his prodigy’s capabilities. “Gio Reyna has star potential,” he said. “Even as his coach with the U17s, I was blown away by his unbelievable game intelligence and technical abilities, combined with his superb physical conditioning.

“He struck gold with his transfer to Germany. Training at BVB, he’s improved his game against the ball and defensive game. He fights for the good of the team and has internalised a winning mentality.”If Gio continues to develop like this, he can go up another level and play for one of the best five teams in the world, including Bayern Munich.”

Hopefully, Reyna has a terrific season for Dortmund and shows FIFA why they were wrong to underrate the American.

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WIENER NEUSTADT, AUSTRIA – NOVEMBER 16: Weston McKennie #8 and Giovanni Reyna #7 of the United States walking out during a game between Panama and USMNT at Stadion Wiener Neustadt on November 16, 2020 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. (Photo by John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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