EA Sports FIFA goes out with a bang.
The popular international soccer video game will be renamed EA Sports FC starting next year due to the end of a long-running agreement between Electronic Arts and FIFA. But if this is the last time the game gets a chance to feature men’s World Cup teams and simulate the tournament, it couldn’t have gone any better.
Thanks to Argentina’s victory over France in the 2022 World Cup final, EA Sports FIFA has now correctly predicted the winners of each of the last four men’s World Cups, including Spain in 2010, Germany in 2014 and France in 2018.
Each prediction was produced after EA Sports simulated the tournament with the latest edition of the game and released the results before the start of each World Cup. The video game company released this year’s prediction on November 8, 12 days before the opening game of the 2022 World Cup between host nation Qatar and Ecuador.
EA Sports FIFA 23, the edition of the game that ran the simulation, was not as accurate in predicting how Argentina would win their third World Cup title. The match predicted that Argentina would beat arch-rivals Brazil 1-0 in the final.
As sweet as it was purple fans, soccer fans enjoyed a World Cup final for the ages. Argentina beat France 3-3 on penalties afterwards the blue ones Star Kylian Mbappé scored a hat-trick to bring an injury-ravaged French side closer to repeating the title.
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Instead, Lionel Messi’s two goals helped propel his side to the 35-year-old superstar’s career-high. Messi is regarded in many circles as the greatest footballer in history, and his team’s thrilling victory over France is widely regarded as the greatest World Cup final in history.
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Brazil, meanwhile, suffered a narrow defeat in a thriller of their own in the quarter-finals, losing to Croatia 1-1 on penalties. However, the five-time champions still boast a loaded roster that kept them at No. 1 in the FIFA Men’s International Team Rankings even after Argentina lifted the 2022 World Cup trophy .
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EA Sports FIFA also simulated Messi winning the 2022 World Cup Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals and came close too.
Messi, who did win the Ballon d’Or trophy for the tournament’s best overall player, entered the final in the Golden Boot driver’s seat, but lost thanks to the aforementioned hat-trick of Mbappé, who gave the French star eight goals in total in the tournament. to Messi’s set.
Argentina’s Julián Álvarez and France’s Olivier Giroud tied for third in the standings with four goals each.
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