Revealed! The 18 best FIFA 18 Ultimate Team ratings refresh upgrades

The players with the most impressive 2018 ratings boosts from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and beyond

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EA have waved their magic wand and given some of Europe’s (and the Rest of the World’s) most in-form players a boost to their Ultimate Team cards. Europe's major leagues have all seen upgrades to basic Ultimate Team cards – but players who might be sweating after a subpar season can cease fretting: there are no downgrades this year. Phew.

It’s not just the big names going up in the world; a few of European top divisions’ lesser lights are also given their due. These are the players who have seen the biggest improvements on their recent card, as well as some highlight names to pick out and really improve your team...

Premier League

Headline act: Mo Salah (Liverpool)

83 OVR > 85 OVR

There isn’t much the Egyptian attacker hasn’t been able to do during his second stint in the Premier League. His Ratings Refresh card reflects that: Salah has been given significant upgrades on his shooting and physicality.

Best upgrades: Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom)

68 OVR > 75 OVR

From one Egyptian to another. Amid West Brom’s current woes in the Premier League doldrums, it’s easy to forget that Hegazi had one of the best starts to a debut season for a defender in Premier League history. The imperious stopper's massive seven-point jump is thoroughly deserved.

Best upgrades: Nick Pope (Burnley)

68 OVR > 75 OVR

Tom Heaton’s long layoff could have spelled trouble for Burnley. Thankfully for the Clarets, former Charlton keeper Nick Pope has excelled in his stead and made the No.1 spot his own (for now).

Ligue 1

Headline act: Edinson Cavani (PSG)

88 OVR > 89 OVR

The Uruguayan striker may have been playing in Neymar’s shadow (and had a penalty or two nicked from underneath him) for much of the season, but his goal tally doesn’t lie. Cavani has 24 goals in 25 league games, having netted every 84 minutes on average.

Best upgrades: Adama Mbengue (Caen)

62 OVR > 69 OVR

The Senegalese left-back has developed quickly in a short space of time. Mbengue’s seven-point hike overall is indicative of a player whose star continues to rise in what is, crucially, a World Cup year.

Best upgrades: Tomas Koubek (Rennes)

67 OVR > 74 OVR

Standing at a gargantuan 6ft 6in, Koubek proves size does matter as his winter upgrade has morphed him into one of the finest silver goalkeepers in the game. What he lacks in speed, he more than makes him elsewhere across the board.