AC Milan: How Do the Rossoneri Stack Up on FIFA 12?
Welcome to my 11th FIFA 12 Player Ratings review article. So far, I've reviewed the "Big Six" of English football (Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal), the two La Liga giants (Real Madrid, FC Barcelona), Bayern Munich and Juventus.
Though no domestic team truly dominated Serie A, AC Milan's form was more than impressive enough to lock up the Serie A title a couple of weeks prior to the competitions' conclusion, and helped the team withstand a late push from Internazionale to repeat as title holders for the sixth consecutive season.
However, despite AC Milan's domestic success, the team's European form was very poor. The team limped out of the group stage after taking only a solitary point from both Real Madrid and Ajax, and lost to Tottenham in the knockout rounds despite being the favorites to progress.
So it was not a season of complete success, but Silvio Berlusconi and co. will surely have been pleased with the team's title at the end of the season.
How did AC Milan's title success (and European failure) affect its players' individual ratings? Let's find out.
Note: Players rated below 70 have been excluded.
GK Cristian Abbiati, 83
GK Marco Amelia, 78
GK Flavio Roma, 71
When I reviewed Juventus, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the team had been rated very accurately, and it seems like the trend is continuing here with AC Milan. Whoever was in charge of assigning ratings for Serie A appears to have done a commendable job.
Cristian Abbiati was excellent for AC Milan last year in goal, and his 83 is well deserved. It is remarkable, and a bit of shame, that he has not yet been recalled to the Italian national team, although this may have something to do with that.
In any case, despite the vast number of talented Italian goalkeepers in world football (the best ones can be found here), I would rate Abbiati as the second best Italian keeper in the world right now, behind Gianluigi Buffon.
Behind Abbiati is Marco Amelia, who is also very fairly rated at 78. He is a capable backup, and has performed well when called upon. I fully expect him to succeed Abbiati whenever Abbiati decides to retire.
Finally, Flavio Roma comes in as the third-choice keeper at AC Milan, and considering he only played in two Coppa Italia matches last season (and five minutes in a league match), I can't really I have too many complaints about his rating.
I'd maybe raise his rating to 72-73 to reflect his actual quality, but I don't think it matters too much if his rating is slightly off to be honest.
RB Ignazio Abate, 78
RB Gianluca Zambrotta 75
LB Taye Taiwo, 79
LB Luca Antonini, 75
CB Thiago Silva, 87
CB Alessandro Nesta, 85
CB Philippe Mexes, 81
CB Mario Yepes, 77
CB Daniele Bonera, 76
Again, hats off to whoever assigned the ratings for AC Milan; the vast majority of these are spot on.
In fact, the only rating I have any qualms with is Mexes' rating, which I believe should be a point higher.
I can see some people complaining about Nesta being a point too high, but I think he's fine where he is, especially if Rio Ferdinand is rated 87 in this game.
CDM Gennaro Gattuso, 78
CM Mark Van Bommel, 82
CM Alberto Aquilani, 81
CM Massimo Ambrosini, 80
CM Clarence Seedorf, 80
CM Antonio Nocerino, 76
CM Urby Emanuelson, 76
CM Mathieu Flamini, 76
CAM Kevin-Prince Boateng, 82
CAM Stephen El Shaarawy, 73
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately after nearly impeccable ratings for the goalkeepers and defenders at AC Milan, there are a couple of issues with the ratings given to the midfielders at AC Milan.
First off, despite people's negative opinion of him, Gennaro Gattuso had a very solid 2010-11 season. There were multiple games towards the end of the season where he was definitely my man of the match, and outperformed many of his central midfield teammates
As a result, his rating of 78 is a bit unfair, especially since someone like Ambrosini managed to keep a rating of 80 despite playing a smaller and less influential role in AC Milan's title success. If Ambrosini deserves an 80, so does Gattuso.
Moving on, Alberto Aquilani was mentioned by many as Juventus' best player in 2010-11, and was able to re-establish himself as a regular in the Italy setup last season. An argument can be made that he deserves a rating of 83 in FIFA 12, but anything less than 82 is just wrong.
Emanuelson is strangely given the wrong position in the game, as he is definitely a left midfielder who can play at left back. Along with Mathieu Flamini, I would've given both players a rating of 77, since they actually aren't too bad, but have their opportunities in the team significantly limited by the large number of "oldies" in midfield.
Finally, Antonio Nocerino, one of AC Milan's new acquisitions for the 2011-12 season, should've been given a rating of 79, or at least 78. The Italian international was an ever-present starter for Palermo last season, and contributed an impressive four goals and four assists as a defensive midfielder.
The quality he has shown this season indicates that he'll be worthy of a rating of 81 or 82 next time around, but the quality he'd already shown at Palermo was worthy of a rating much higher than 76.
ST Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 88
ST Alexander Pato, 85
ST Filippo Inzaghi, 76
CF Robinho, 84
CF Antonio Cassano, 83
It's interesting to note that EA Sports has never truly grasped the concept of "center forwards" vs "strikers." Most true world football followers will tell you that Robinho and Cassano come nowhere near the traditional definitions of what a center forward is, and yet here they are both labelled as CFs.
Moving onto the player ratings, I can't say I disagree with any of them. They're all a point higher than what I expected, but I personally do not mind.
I would love to see Filippo Inzaghi get some playing opportunities among all these star forwards though.
AC Milan are much, much stronger than I expected them to be. With an 83-rated goalkeeper in goal, two center backs rated 85 and 87, and two strikers rated 85 and 88, there are few teams on FIFA 12 that can rival the firepower available to AC Milan.
Of course, AC Milan are held back in the game, as they are in real life, by a midfield that isn't quite as world-class as its defense or attack, but even that isn't too bad. There are five midfielders rated 80 or higher, with two being rated at 82.
With regards to player ratings, the goalkeeper, defender, and forward ratings all look fairly accurate to me, with only maybe one minor issue of contention among them all. It's AC Milan's midfield that seems a bit underrated.
Guys like Gennaro Gattuso and Alberto Aquilani, as well as Antonio Nocerino, definitely deserved higher ratings in FIFA 12, and it may be those ratings that keep AC Milan from being one of the very elite teams on FIFA.
Still, AC Milan fans will be very pleased to know that, aside from Barcelona, AC Milan are strong enough to match up with nearly any team in FIFA 12, and put up a good fight.
What do you think of AC Milan's ratings on FIFA 12? Too high? Too low? Which player ratings do you specifically agree or disagree with? Make your opinion known in the comments section below.
Also, make sure to check out my other FIFA 12 player ratings articles:
Manchester City FIFA 12 Player Ratings
Manchester United FIFA 12 Player Ratings
I plan on writing articles to cover the player ratings for Inter Milan and Napoli by the end of the week, so make sure to check back on my profile for when those articles are released. My older FIFA 12 Player Ratings articles can be found there as well.