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The Backpage | FIFA 12 TOP 10's

FIFA gamer Darren Cross reveals the FIFA 12 players with the highest stats for key attributes like Strength, Sprint Speed, Finishing and more…

Working as a football journalist for MATCH magazine can be a surreal experience at times.

For example, I watched Olly Murs take on Joleon Lescott at FIFA 12 last week and, trying to follow the action while munching on a free but surprisingly hot pizza, I distinctly remember thinking ‘It’s not everyday this happens.’

The rest of the week in the MATCH office wasn’t quite as eventful. One of my more interesting jobs involved answering FIFA 12 related questions that readers had posted on our Facebook page. A huge amount of these focused on which players were the fastest, strongest or best dribblers etc, and while researching the answers I actually found out some things I didn’t know. Like Diego Forlan has the most lethal long shot in the game, Arsenal’s Ryo Miyaichi is the fastest left winger and Lionel Messi is quite good.

Honestly, I lost count of the amount of times my opposition assumed he’d be right-footed and then showed him on to his left, a gift that I gratefully accepted all the way to promotion.

Okay so I knew that last one, but the point is that researching these players taught me a few things I didn’t know that could prove pretty helpful in Career Mode. At the very least, knowing which players are the best in the most important categories will at least save me some time in the transfer market.

It’ll save you time too, because this week’s Backpage is basically a whole bunch of Top Tens for you to take a look at.

Yes, you could have found most of this stuff out for yourself, but it would have taken you a very long time. I know this because it took me a very long time.

Let’s start with…

TOP 10 STRONGEST…
Strength plays a huge part in FIFA 12, particularly for centre-backs who can use it to make up for a lack of speed. There aren’t many big names in this top ten so to give the list some perspective, keep in mind that Man. United powerhouse Nemanja Vidic gets nowhere near with a Strength stat of just 93…

PLAYER CLUB POS STR
1. Adebayo Akinfenwa  Northampton Town      ST 97
2. Wilfried Bony  Vitesse ST 96
3. Steve Fletcher Bournemouth ST 96
4. Julio Baptista   Malaga CF 95
5. Felipe Baloy    Santos Laguna CB 95
6. Alexandr Orekhov Rubin Kazan CB 95
7. George Elokobi        Wolves LB 95
8. Dickson Choto Legia Warsaw CB 95
9. Jesper Mathisen Start CB 95
10. Edin Salkic SC Wiener Neustadt ST 95

 

TOP 5 FASTEST…
I know I said this was a column of top tens but Acceleration and Sprint Speed are such desirable attributes that I wanted to cover every position. To avoid this page being absolutely massive, here are the top fives…

CBS PLAYER CLUB ACC SS
1. Marvell Wynne        Colorado Rapids 97 95
2. Kim Ju Young  Gyeongnam 91 84
3. Thiago Silva AC Milan 82 84
4. Mike Cestor Leyton Orient 83 80
5. Antonio Ferreira FC Terek Grozny 82 80

 

LBS PLAYER    

CLUB          ACC SS
1. Derick Tshimanga      Sporting Lokeren 92 93
2. Tsepo Masilela Getafe       92 92
3. Behrang Safari        Anderlecht  88 92
4. Corey Ashe Houston Dynamo 88 90
5. Gael Clichy     Man. City   89 89

 

RBs PLAYER    

CLUB          ACC SS
1. Dani Alves     Barcelona 92 94
2. Kyle Walker Tottenham     92 94
3. Kim Kwang Suki        Pohang Steelers 92 93
4. Stephan Schrock Greuther Furth    91 91
5. Fernando Navarro   Tigres 90 91

 

CMs PLAYER    

CLUB          ACC SS
1. Sebastien Giovinco Parma 94 89
2. Lucas     Sao Paulo    92 89
3. Oscar Gobern        Huddersfield 91 90
4. Christian Bermudez Atlante  90 86
5. May Mahlangu    Helsingborgs 85 90

 

RMs PLAYER    

CLUB          ACC SS
1. Theo Walcott   Arsenal 97 96
2. Aaron Lennon    Tottenham  96 95
3. Jonathan Biabiany        Parma 95 96
4. Jonathan Pitroipa Rennes 94 94
5. Vladimir Bystrov   Zenit 93 94

 

LMs PLAYER    

CLUB          ACC SS
1. Ryo Miyaichi     Arsenal 95 94
2. Ashley Young  Man. United 93 93
3. Crusat         Wigan 93 93
4. DaMarcus Beasley Puebla 93 93
5. Myles Weston  Brentford 92 93

 

CF/FW/STs PLAYER    

CLUB          ACC SS
1. Seydou Doumbia     CSKA Moscow 94 94
2. Lionel Messi Barcelona 95 92
3. Dennis Oliech       Auxerre     93 94
4. Samuel Eto’o A. Makachkala 92 94
5. Maicon           Lokomotiv Moscow 94 92

 

TOP 10 FINISHERS…
The Finishing attribute relates to a player’s ability to score when inside the area. Shots from outside the area are covered by Long Shots, which is coming up after this…

PLAYER    

CLUB          POS FIN
1. Lionel Messi      Barcelona CF 93
2. Wayne Rooney        Man. United ST 91
3. Samuel Eto’o    A. Makachkala ST 91
4. Carlos Tevez   Man. City ST 91
5. Robin van Persie Arsenal ST 91
6. Diego Forlan      Inter ST 91
7. Filipo Inzaghi   AC Milan ST 91
8. Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid        LW 90
9. Edinson Cavani Napoli ST 90
10. Mario Gomez Bayern ST 90

 

TOP 10 LONG SHOTS…
This is a really useful attribute for at least one of your players to have, as good long shots bring goals, either by going straight in or by causing the keeper to spill the ball.

PLAYER    

CLUB          POS FIN
1. Diego Forlan  Inter ST 93
2. Cristiano Ronaldo       Real Madrid        LW    90
3. Steven Gerrard     Liverpool CAM  90
4. Frank Lampard Chelsea CAM  90
5. Fabio Quagliarella Juventus ST 90
6. Arjen Robben Bayern RM 89
7. Wesley Sneijder  Inter CAM 89
8. Dejan Stankovic Inter     CM 89
9. Theo Janssen Ajax  CM 89
10. Lionel Messi Barcelona CF 88

 

TOP 10 DRIBBLERS…
Running with the ball in FIFA 12 is an even more enjoyable, and often productive, experience now. These players are the very best at dribbling…

PLAYER    

CLUB          POS DRI
1. Lionel Messi    Barcelona CF 97
2. Arjen Robben  Bayern Munich       RM  94
3. Cristiano Ronaldo       Real Madrid        LW 93
4. Franck Ribery Bayern LM 93
5. Sergio Aguero Man. City ST 93
6. Andres Iniesta   Barcelona CAM 91
7. Robinhor  AC Milan CF 91
8. Alexis Sanchez Barcelona RW 90
9. Neymar  Santos CF 90
10. Ezequiel Lavezzi Napoli LW 90

 

TOP 10 FREE-KICKS…
I loved watching Juninho when he was at Lyon. He was so lethal from free-kicks that opposing teams would go to great lengths not to give fouls away around the box. He is still very much the master from dead ball situations in real life and FIFA 12. David Beckham is miles behind the top ten with a stat of 85.

PLAYER    

CLUB          POS FK
1. Juninho     Vasco da Gama CAM 93
2. Marcos Assuncao Palmeiras   CM 92
3. Sejad Salihovic              Hoffenheim   LM 91
4. Wesley Sneijder Inter CAM 90
5. Didier Drogba Chelsea      ST 89
6. Rafael van der Vaart Tottenham CAM 88
7. Roberto Carlos A. Makachkala CDM 88
8. Theo Janssen          Ajax CM 88
9. Dmitri Loskov Lokomotiv Moscow CAM 88
10. Xavi Barcelona   CM 87

 

TOP 10 LONG PASSERS…
Some of the biggest names in the game dominate this list, but there are also one or two players here that you may be surprised to see among the best passers in the world…

PLAYER    

CLUB          POS LON
1. Xavi         Barcelona CM 93
2. Cesc Fabregas Barcelona CAM 92
3. Wesley Sneijder     Inter   CAM 92
4. Andrea Pirlo Juventus CM 92
5. Xabi Alonso Real Madrid             CM 91
6. Andres Iniesta Sevilla CAM 90
7. Ivan Rakitic Tottenham CM 89
8. Rafael van der Vaart         Ajax CAM 88
9. Borja Valero Villarreal CAM 88
10. Charlie Adam Liverpool CM 88

 

TOP 10 VISION…
This is directly related to passing, as a greater Vision rating means your player will spot spaces and runs quicker, so you’d expect them to be able to deliver the ball. You probably won’t be surprised to see three Barça players at the very top here, either…

PLAYER    

CLUB          POS VIS
1. Xavi Barcelona   CM 97
2. Andres Iniesta Barcelona   CAM 93
3. Cesc Fabregas Barcelona   CAM 93
4. Andrea Pirlo    Juventus CM 92
5. David Silva Man. City CAM 91
6. Luka Modric Tottenham         CAM 91
7. Xabi Alonso Real Madrid        CM 91
8. Lionel Messi    Barcelona CF 90
9. Rafael van der Vaart        Tottenham CAM 90
10. Mesut Ozil Real Madrid        CAM 90

 

TOP 10 STAMINA…
Finally, let’s have a look at Stamina. Napoli’s Edinson Cavani is the biggest name and the highest rated Overall player here…

PLAYER    

CLUB          POS STA
1. Simone Rizzato       Reggina LM 95
2. Edinson Cavani Napoli ST 94
3. Mauricio Isla    Udinese RWB 94
4. Willians Flamengo CDM 94
5. Andre Santos  Sporting Lisbon CM 94
6. Edidio Arevalo Rios Club Tijuana           CDM 94
7. Kevin Grosskreutz Dortmund   LM 94
8. Rosinei          Club America CM 94
9. Jelle van Damme Standard Liege LM 94
10. May Mahlangu Liverpool CM 94

 

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Have a great Christmas

Darren
twitter: @Darren_Cross