Sometimes, your club needs a little bit more clout, and your board won’t be happy until you sign some “high-reputation players”.
If you want a real-life example, look no further than LA Galaxy signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in 2018. Now, that is what signing high-reputation players means.
However, whenever that little goal pops up in your club vision, you’re left perplexed.
Are you just supposed to spend big money on some wonder of the football world? Where would you even get the money? Who are high-reputation players, anyway?
We’ll answer all these questions and more in this article. You’ll walk away knowing who these people are, why you should sign them, when and how to do that. What’s not to like?
What are high-reputation players?
High-reputation players are the superstars of the footballing world. In some cases, they’re not even that good, but they’re surely famous.
For example, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe are all high-reputation players.
Remember when CR7 got bought back by Man United, and everybody went “Oh my god, they’re going to rock it this season”? Yeah, that’s what happens when a club signs a high-rep player.
How does the Football Manager decide if a player has a high reputation or not?
Actually, it’s pretty straightforward.
Football Manager assigns a hidden Reputation rating to all players, staff, and even you, the manager. This value can go from 1 to 10,000. Once somebody reaches 7,500, they achieve worldwide reputation, the best there is.
You can’t check this hidden rating in your normal save, unless you’ve bought the in-game editor. However, you can check a player’s reputation by checking their information page, but it will just show a star rating with a short description.
If you’re looking to satisfy your board, I would suggest settling for a couple of globally- or continentally-renowned players. They’re the guys with “Continental” or “Worldwide” reputation.
If you’re checking a player’s reputation without the editor, you might want to ditch the star rating. It’s too subjective and it doesn’t convey enough information. For example, you don’t always have to sign someone with a 5-star reputation.
You can find out how reliable stars are when determining ratings here.
On the other hand, the little “text rating” is much more reliable, since it’s a clear, short, and accurate description of the footballer’s reputation.
By the way, if you like tinkering around and exploring all the nooks and crannies of this wonderful videogame, I highly recommend you buy the in-game editor yourself.
So, when your club’s board asks you to sign new players, these are the guys they’re referring to: famous footballers, not necessarily the best ones around, with a hidden reputation score of more than 7,500.
How do I sign high-reputation players?
The tricky bit comes now: signing these high-reputation players.
The first issue is that these footballers aren’t cheap. Reputation comes at a steep price, and your club will have to pay it, cash only.
Additionally, if your club isn’t that well-known, you’ll have to pay even more to grab their club’s attention.
That brings us to the second problem with these guys: they’re spoiled. Highly-reputable footballers won’t accept a move to your club if they find it not to their liking.
That could mean they don’t like your structures, or maybe they just don’t want to risk playing for a team that might not be able to pay them well in the future.
Here are a couple of ways you can sign high-reputation players reliably.
#1 Pay more money
This tip might sound a bit unglamorous, but it gets the job done. It works particularly well with rich, less-known clubs.
If you’re struggling to attract high-reputed players, the easiest way to gain their attention is to throw more money at them.
First of all, if the club you’re trying to buy these players from keeps rejecting your offers, all it might take is a bit more money on the table to make them change their mind.
On the other hand, if you’re already ahead in the negotiations and all that’s left is to secure a contract with the player in question, you might want to add some more bonuses, to avoid some nasty last-minute shrinkage.
#2 Improve your club’s standing and reputation
Another viable yet long-term option would be improving your club’s reputation. That can be achieved through a variety of means.
Winning your league will improve your club’s reputation relative to your league’s international reputation.
In practice, winning the Premier League matters more than dominating Croatia’s home league.
To check your club’s reputation, all you have to do is click on “Club Info” and go to the “General” section.
The quickest way for your club to achieve global renown is to win your most prestigious continental cup. If you’re playing in Europe, that would be the Champions League, while if your club is South American, you want to win the Copa Libertadores instead.
These championships also have a reputation of their own, and the higher it is, the higher your club’s reputation will rise once you win them.
#3 Work on your club’s finances
This tip ties in very well with the first one. Making more money means being able to dump more of it to sign high-reputation players to make your board happy.
Additionally, rich clubs naturally attract highly-reputable players.
Generally, you can improve your club’s financial standing through various means. The most efficient ones are winning championships (or leagues) and employing an intelligent market strategy.
The first method is pretty straightforward. First of all, the higher you rank in your home league, the more money you’ll win at the end of the season.
Prizes can range from tens of thousands to millions of pounds.
Usually, they tend to stay around one to 50 million pounds, depending on your position, your league’s reputation and its rules.
Additionally, these prizes can change throughout your save. Generally, the higher your league’s reputation, the more money goes around.
You also get money by participating in and winning major championships. For example, your club could receive a whopping 20 million pounds just for winning the Champions League final.
The second way we’ve mentioned is sticking to a sensible transfer policy. In short, this translates to buying players for cheap and selling them for bigger sums.
Usually, my plan is to buy young but promising players, let them get some experience for a season or two by sending them on loan to other clubs, only to sell them once they can fetch me a lot of cash.
Sticking to an intelligent plan takes discipline. You should research all available players fairly decently, scout the most promising ones, and surround yourself with a capable staff team in order to correctly evaluate them and train them well.
You can find out more tips on how to improve your club’s finances in this article here.
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