Lionel Messi is widely-regarded as the best player in the world, however on video games - including FIFA 14 - he is never quite as good as real life.

Messi is a 50-plus goal-a-season man and he continues to prove his ability, despite being under scrutiny for tax evasion.

His competitiveness with Cristiano Ronaldo continues off the pitch with the FIFA ratings. And while this may seem like a laughable issue, and looking at some of the ratings on the new game it is, this is a sign of general consensus of who the world believe to be the better player.

While Messi has pipped Ronaldo to the title of FIFA's highest-rated player in recent years, Ronaldo has always been considered the better player on the game.

Now, some will simply dismiss this as hogwash, but there are some very strong football reasons why Messi isn't as good as Ronaldo on the game, the main one being that Ronaldo is in essence a player revolving around his physical game - the way he hits the ball, his strength and skill.

While Messi is of course a great player physically, his mental game sets him apart - when he chooses to pass the ball, when he decides to run with it and how he finishes it. 

For Messi to be as good on the game as in real life it would need the gameplay and gamer to be as intelligent football-wise as Messi - it would need him/her to make all the right options. This is an incredible recognition of Messi's talents without people realising it.

Messi is, in my opinion, a very underrated player. This may seem a bit ambiguous but not many people seem to really understand just how good he is.

For me, Messi is incredible - he is a great player, not the greatest, but a great player.

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