EA Sports were pretty generous with their FIFA ratings in the early editions of the game, but few people could understand how Matteo Brighi was deemed the best player in the world in 2003 – least of all the player himself.
Brighi has never been particularly interested in the limelight. In 2009, the midfielder gave an interview with Roma News in which he professed he prefers to go home and read rather than go to a nightclub, but search for his name online and you will discover he has a curious place in pop culture.
While he was a promising youngster upon the release of FIFA 2003, nobody expected Brighi to be given a rating of 97 – a figure only Ronaldo has beaten in the history of the game and one which neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo have ever matched. And the accolade only appears stranger given the way his career has panned out.
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