Another day, another accolade for the Columbus Crew and the team’s star playmaker, Lucas Zelarayan, as the Argentine was awarded a “Hero” card in FIFA 21’s lastest edition of Team of the Week. Hero cards are awarded to a few players who simply are that, the hero in a key real game that week. Zelarayan’s two goals and one assist in the MLS Cup Final last Saturday night were key in bringing home the Black & Gold’s second-ever MLS Cup, also receiving the game’s Man of the Match award.
It’s quite the boost from his base card in FIFA 21, which isn’t even considered a rare card but is in the gold category that goes for players who rank 75 overall or higher. Zelarayan’s base gold card is rated as 76 overall and goes for a mere 750 coins. His hero card opened on the market at 15,000 coins on all platforms.
This is the first time a Crew player has been included in FIFA 21’s Team of the Week and marks the first time since the summer when a Columbus player was rewarded with any sort of special edition card. Black & Gold midfielder Darlington Nagbe had his very own “Storyline” card on FIFA 20, which was an objective for players to get when they reach a certain tier after playing so many games during the summer season. It was 94-rated and 85-plus in every major statistical category.
Now, fans have the opportunity to add a very usable version of the Argentinian playmaker in Zelaryan to their Ultimate Team beginning on Wednesday. With base stats of 80 pace, 80 shooting, 82 passing and 81 dribbling, Zelarayan will be a must have to anybody that uses MLS-based squads in FIFA Ultimate Team. His best statistic specifically is his agility at 94 and just below that is his free kick accuracy and jumping, both at 88 overall.
Although he’s limited to his dominant right foot with a three-star weak foot rating and boasting three-star skill moves, Zelarayan’s high attacking work rate paired with a low one defensively means he will stay up the pitch in attacking positions. For casual MLS fans and Crew fans who are dying for a breath of fresh air for their Ultimate Team, Zelarayan’s Hero card may be that player.
The Argentine is coming off of a monumental first year in MLS as he was crucial in the Black & Gold’s eventual run to the MLS Cup in 2020. The 28 year old appeared in 20 games for Columbus in his inaugural season which included eight goals and three assists in the regular season. He capped his first year in MLS and with the Crew with two goals and five assists in four MLS Cup playoff games.