Every Socceroo whose rating improved in FIFA 21

The Socceroos’ player ratings for the new EA Sports FIFA 21 video game have been released and for ten players have seen their ratings increase.

Read on below to see which players have improved their overall rating in FIFA 21 and the real-life statistics that explain how they did so.

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Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City FC)

FIFA 20: 69
FIFA 21: 73

The Hyundai A-League Golden Boot winner has seen the biggest change in his FIFA rating of any Socceroo, going from 69 to 73. The 2019/20 season was a standout season for the striker playing in 25 games, for a total of 2208 minutes, which was up from his 819 minutes in nine games in 2018/19 season.

Maclaren found the net on 23 occasions this season - nearly five times more than the five he scored the previous season. He also doubled his shots on target from 19 to 41 with his shot conversion rate rising to 24.0%.

The striker also improved his rate of converting ‘big’ chances from 45.5% in 2018/19 to 71.4% in 2019/20, scoring 20 of the 28 chances. Maclaren had 158 touches in the opposition box, which was up from 66.

Jamie Maclaren

Mitchell Duke (Western Sydney Wanderers FC*)

FIFA 20: 65
FIFA 21: 67

*Now with Al-Taawoun

The former Wanderers captain had one of his career best seasons as his rating rose from 65 to 67. Duke scored 14 goals in 26 games, improving from his four in 11 matches in 2018/19. He also had more than three times the amount of shots, going from 28 to 86.

In the 2018/19 season, Duke converted 20% of his ‘big’ scoring chances, and increased that stat to 56.3% after scoring nine goals from 16 chances in 2019/20.

He also won possession on 141 occasions, which is 110 times more than he did in the previous season.

Mitchell Duke leads the dancing at the final whistle at Bankwest Stadium as Western Sydney pull off the upset win.
Duke celebrates

Ajdin Hrustic (FC Groningen)

FIFA 20: 67
FIFA 21: 69

Hrustic is another that enjoyed a strong season individually, with his rating increasing from 67 to 69. The attacking midfielder played 216 passes into the box - an increase on the 71 from the previous season.

After not finding the back of the net at all during the 2018/19 season, Hrustic scored on three occasions. He also more than doubled his shots on target, going from seven to 15.

Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC)

FIFA 20: 66
FIFA 21: 67

The sky-blue shot stopper enjoyed a strong season helping his side to a historic grand final win. Despite playing less minutes than the previous season, Redmayne made more saves with 90 stops and a higher save percentage of 79.7%, which was up from 70.0% in 2018/19.

Redmayne conceded seven less goals than he did in 18/19, going from 30 down to 23. He also conceded 4.3 fewer goals than his expected goals on target suggested.

The Hyundai A-League Goalkeeper of the Year was also better with his passing accuracy, improving from 43.6% to 45.6%, despite passing 50 less times.

Andrew Redmayne

Awer Mabil (FC Midtjylland)

FIFA 20: 70
FIFA 21: 72

Playing in the Danish SuperLiga, Awer Mabil made more passes (807), scored eight goals (up from six the season before) and improved his passing accuracy (to 75.9%), with alls stats being an increase on the previous season. 

He also played more passes into the box with 192. Mabil attempted 75 dribbles (up from 52) and had a dribbling success rate of 45.3%.

Awer Mabil
Mabil in the new home kit

Craig Goodwin (Al-Wahda)

FIFA 20: 71
FIFA 20: 72

Moving from Adelaide to Abu Dhabi based Al-Wahda, Craig Goodwin increased his rating to 72. The winger attempted more passes (with 676) and also increased his passing accuracy to 79.6% while in the opposition half.

Goodwin also improved his crossing accuracy from 18.3% with Adelaide United to 26.4% with Al-Wahda.

Craig Goodwin
Goodwin (R)

Josh Risdon (Western United FC)

FIFA 20: 71
FIFA 21: 72

Lining up for Hyundai A-League newcomers, Western United, Risdon created 37 chances in the 2019/20 season, which was up from his 18 chances with the Wanderers the season prior. This resulted in seven assists, which was the second-most in the league.

Risdon also took on 256 duels throughout the season with a success rate of 52.3% that was an improvement on the 103 duels with a 51.5% success rate the previous season. He also had 30 more touches in the opposition box in the 2019/20 season with 51.

The full-back made 838 passes with a success rate of 76.6%, as well as 46 clearances with both stats increasing from the 2018/29 season.

Josh Risdon

Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC)

FIFA 20: 70
FIFA 21: 71

Grant had another standout season with Sydney FC that included a monumental effort in the Grand Final to score the winning goal on his way to the Joe Marston Medal.

After not scoring in 23 shots in 2018/19 season, Grant scored two goals with less attempts (18) in 2019/20. He had 63 touches in the opposition box (up from 58 the previous year). Grant also made an astonishing 1145 passes with an accuracy of 83.6%.

Additionally, Grant made eight more clearances with 51 in the 2019/20 season. He also attempted 44 dribbles with a success rate of 54.6%.

Rhyan Grant
Grant celebrates his Grand Final goal

Martin Boyle (Hibernian FC)

FIFA 20: 67
FIFA 21: 68

After returning from a serious injury, the Scottish born winger had a strong season with Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership. Boyle improved his shot accuracy percentage by 14.9 percentage points to 63.2%. He scored five goals from 34 attempts, with 12 of his shots on target.

Boyle also created 13 more scoring chances in 2019/20 than he did the previous year (17). Additionally, he had 64 touches in the opposition box - 35 more than the previous season.

Martin Boyle
Boyle (C)

Brandon Borrello (SC Freiburg*)

FIFA 20: 67
FIFA 21: 68

*Now with Fortuna Dusseldorf

After not appearing for Freiburg in the 2018/19 season, Borello made seven appearances for a total of 299 minutes in the 19/20 season.

In that short space of time, the winger won possession 19 times and completed 78.1% of his 64 attempted passes.