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

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Serie A

Headline act: Dries Mertens (Napoli)

86 OVR > 87 OVR

Napoli’s surge towards the top of the table wasn’t going to go unnoticed by EA. Mertens has continued his hot form in Serie A, and he’s bound to punish virtual defences too. While only receiving a small boost compared to some of his peers, the Belgian forward is now staking a claim for being one of the best all-round players in the game.

Best upgrades: Milan Skriniar (Inter)

74 OVR > 80 OVR

With a name like that, the Slovakian was bound to turn up at San Siro eventually. And turn up he has: the centre-back has impressed Inter fans and newcomers alike with how dominating he’s been in recent months.

Best upgrades: Patrick Cutrone (Milan)

65 OVR > 71 OVR

We shan't leave the other Milan giant out: their 20-year-old striker is a household name of the future. You could argue 71 is a little low but, if you’re inclined to play with and against silver teams, you can’t do much arguing about Cutrone's +13 pace increase. The kid’s got it in spades.

Bundesliga

Headline act: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)

88 OVR > 89 OVR

Going from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich tends to be a wise career move these days (unless your name is Mario Gotze). Defender Hummels has picked up where he’s left off since joining Bayern in 2016 – by consistently performing to the level required of the Bavarian giants. An overall boost is his reward.

Best upgrades: Mickael Cuisance (Borussia Monchengladbach)

61 OVR > 70 OVR

Here he is; one of the best winter upgrades in the game. You don’t go up nine points by chance, and the French midfielder’s attacking ability and footballing brain belies his 18 years of age. Yes, he was born in 1999. Yes, we’re all old.

Best upgrades: Dennis Geiger (Hoffenheim)

61 OVR > 70 OVR

The Bundesliga, as we’ve become accustomed to over the years, is the breeding ground for some serious up-and-coming talent. Geiger’s upgrade may still be doing him a disservice. Expect the teenage midfielder to come into the thinking of several big-name clubs over the summer.