I pretty much agree with Oriello and yourigo's assessment. Good update.
By the way here is Del Perio's version from around the same era in case people want a second opinion. Taken from his immense Rio Ferdinand/ Cannavaro Comparison, pretty interesting read.
Top Speed: 78
Dribble Accuracy: 70
Dribble Speed: 74
Short Pass Accuracy: 74
Short Pass Speed: 77
Long Pass Acc: 74
Long Pass Speed: 78
Shot Accuracy: 58
Shot Power: 83
Shot Technique: 60
Free Kick Accuracy: 67
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 85
Injury Tolerance: A
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot frequency: 7
Fabio Cannavaro is the most complete central defender in the world. If you give him even decently defending midfield, he'll be all right. If you give him a midfield like Italy had in the summer's World Cup, he'll mop up everything what's left from Gattuso's and Perrotta's and he'll take things under control without blinking an eye. There's no particular weakness in Cannavaro's game! The only mentionable thing is his below-average height (for a centre back), which sometimes causes him to lose some tackles because he can't reach them. This is because his reach is from physical point of view only average and impossible for him to correct. Oh boy, does he cover his only mentionable 'weakness' well! He excells in positioning, timing of tackles, he wins headers despite the modest height (and he wins them against anyone), he leads, he passes, he covers mistakes from others, and he even chips in with goal or two - and above everything he is a Winner with capital W.
There isn't a player in the world, who could possibly give more to his team during the season and always play with so high mentality and consitency. You can cherry pick one or two mistakes from him during his seasons at Juve, but even they were often mistakes by others which he just couldn't repair. One thing we should give him credit is the way he changed from his well below the average-Cannavaro perfomances at Inter into amazing performances at Juventus! He was start/stop, with some good, some excellent and some horrific games at the nerazzurri. There's plenty of reasons for this, but people who saw him at Inter can confirm that he's been a different player since he signed for Juve, or should i say, his old self.
Cannavaro has been the captain of Italian national team since the legendary Paolo Maldini decided to retire his international career. Cannavaro has done something that Maldini never did and led the Azzurri to be the World Champions. During this World Cup Cannavaro has emerged as a surprise for some football fans, which i personally find quite amusing to be honest. There's nothing surprising with his performances, more surprising was to see his "shaky" CB partner from Juventus, Lilian Thuram, playing a majestic world cup for France. Fabio Cannavaro is definitely the best CB in the world at the moment!\3.1 Stats, the default:
Looking at these players in the default database reminds me of Konami's general way to look at players: it's a very casual way. In this case, the technically more gifted defender has actually gotten the better of the other in most critical of CB values in the game! You look at defence Ferdinand wins, you look at balance Ferdinand wins, response Ferdinand wins, heading Ferdinand wins, mentality Ferdinand wins (wtf ?!?!), consistency Ferdinand wins (again wtf ?!?!). There's only one value (Balance is also correct) where Konami has done the right thing and rated Cannavaro higher, but it says casual all over the place. If there's one thing everyone knows about Cannavaro, it's the sick jumping ability he has. This looks like they don't know how good Cannavaro is - or should I say, how complete he is. Don't they compare players stats they've given to other players when they release the game??3.1.1 Special abilities, the defaults:
:: D-Line control
:: D-Line control
So basically they had very similar special abilities, but does Ferdinand really need 'outside'? Does he really earn 'D-Line control'? Why Cannavaro doesn't have 'Sliding tackle'? As you can see, there's couple question marks over their set of special abilities, which are taken care of later...3.2 Stats, the updated:
What I have been trying to get sorted is to make the players balanced in their abilities, rather than trying desperately to get Cannavaro's abilities above Ferdinand's. As stated above, both are excellent defenders so it's no easy job make their strengths and weaknesses into right frame. The temptation to make them little overrated is always there when you update really high quality/class players. Usually you have a player who has couple stats in 80s (sometimes 90s) and most from 70s/lower and it's easy to make the correct balance between the pros and the cons of their abilities, but when you are dealing with players who have so high stats in many areas it's definitely more difficult.
There's plenty of little tweaks here and there, some MORE important like getting the awful default defence values correctly. Both are quality players with the ball in the view that they are CB's. There's plenty (too much) defenders who have awful touch on the ball. First touch has raised it's importance in recent years and in the context how football is developing quicker and quicker. Technique is just like speed and anticipation, which have become indispensable qualities for every highly rated defender. As you can see they both have quality passing/long passing/technique and agility values - which is not something every CB has. Both are blessed with great response and athletism.
Funny how Konami rated Ferdinand as better shooter/header of the ball, when in reality Cannavaro is definitely better in these areas. Mentality is something I personally find the biggest difference between them. Like I mentioned above, you'll have hard time finding clearly more committed defender than him. Ferdinand is very much average (for a CB) in this area. Both have had their consistency tweaked into more appropriate value and Cannavaro's weak foot stats have been raised (something we talked about few weeks ago), altough they could be even higher.3.2.1 Special abilities, the updated:
:: Sliding tackle
:: D-Line control
Both have very important abilities in Marking and Covering. D-Line control is bit misleading as Ferdinand can lead the line well, but in PES that ability means how well the CB can command his line to come up and play opposition striker into offside. This is something what I think he will learn better at an older age, but he isn't so good at that at the moment. Cannavaro got his Sliding tackle inserted into his set, which is something he doesn't do all the time, but when he does make sliding tackle it's accurate and successful. Shame that there isn't special ability to make little fouls when the ref isn't watching - Cannavaro is best at that too.5.Conclusion:
The overall package after the update is very good and both players do act closer to their real life counterparts than before. Cannavaro will be a real nightmare to get past due to his hugely raised mentality and defence too.
Ferdinand will be much more prone to making mistakes time and again, but still high quality defender with his special strengths for a CB.
I hope everyone enjoys this as much as i do!!
Thanks for his helping contribution of this comparison PLF