This Is How Fifa Video Game Player Ratings Are Really Calculated

From the man in charge of creating them

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A subject of endless debate and ridicule, the Fifa player ratings do beg the questions: who exactly is in charge of putting a number on Harry Kane's shooting ability or Messi's prowess at taking corners?

Turns out, a team of 9,000 people decide. But even with that many people involved, how would this work in a game with 700 clubs and 18,000 players?  Michael Mueller-Moehring, who heads up player ratings at EA Sports, explained to ESPN FC:

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"There's always a player from the second division in Switzerland who gets bought on transfer deadline day," he explains, "and all you know about this player is his name, date of birth and his position - and his position may be as precise as, 'Oh, he's a midfielder.'

"We guess a little bit ... until our people have seen the player in action," Mueller-Moehring.

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He went on to explain just how impressive the masses of data on players they compile really is:

"We have many leagues in the game; no stats provider could offer us data for all these leagues, teams and players," he says. "This is also the reason why we use this online database, because it's not possible to buy this data some way -- it just doesn't exist."

His people make up a 9,000-strong team are called "data reviewers" and are a mix of professional scouts, coaches and many season ticket holders who watch the players in action to compile their ratings. 

Dream job? Sounds like it.