It might not come as the biggest shock considering he adorns the cover of the game, but Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has retained his position as the highest-rated player on EA Sports’ FIFA 18, with the latest edition of the game revealing its top 100 best players.
The Portuguese star has been awarded an overall rating of 94 for the second year in a row, coming on the back of a sensational campaign in which he scored 42 goals, guiding Real to a famous treble, not to mention winning the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time. Kicking off the annual debate, Lionel Messi is rated just behind Ronaldo on 93, outscored by his rival in every stat except dribbling and passing.
Elsewhere, there are a number of interesting developments, with Ronaldo’s Real Madrid team-mates Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos also creeping into the top ten – highlighting just why the club are priced as short as 15/4 in the latest football betting to retain their Champions League crown. While Kroos takes the position as the game’s best-rated midfielder, coming in ninth on the list with a rating of 90, Ramos will be the best defender in the newest version of the game, also boasting a rating of 90 and slotting into seventh in the list.
Neymar, whose recent world-record transfer to PSG was the biggest story of the summer, retains his position as third best player on the list, although there is an argument to suggest he is deserving of a higher rating that the 92 he has been given, especially considering his start to life in France. In terms of the biggest climber on the list, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard breaks into the top ten as the only player from the Premier League, taking the eighth spot on the list with a rating of 90.
Manuel Neuer: With a rating of 92, Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer is again the highest-rated goalkeeper on the game. The German international has been regarded as the world’s best goalkeeper for the past couple of years, and Neuer again comes in ahead of Manchester United’s David de Gea, Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, although those three may be more realistic signing for career mode players looking for a world-class goalkeeper.
Sergio Ramos: While Ronaldo was given much of the praise following Real Madrid’s incredible 2016/17 campaign, the leadership and organisational skills of Ramos in the centre of defence was potentially as important as his team-mate’s influence in attack. Despite a number of world class defenders in the top 20 players, including new Milan man Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, it would be hard to argue Ramos doesn’t deserve his place at the game’s best defender.
Toni Kroos: This isn’t a bad game for Real Madrid fans, and Toni Kroos continues the club’s presence in the top ten list as the game’s best midfielder, one rating point ahead of his team-mate, and the game’s second best midfielder, Luka Modric. The German playmaker has been an essential part of both his national team and his club side’s success in recent years, and Kroos will again be one of the hottest players in the game for those career mode fans.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Whether you’re Team Ronaldo or Team Messi, it’s hard to argue the Real Madrid man doesn’t deserve to be the face of the new game considering his achievements over the past 12 months. Actually, it’s not that hard to argue, but that’s a discussion for another day.