Lionel Messi does not have five star skills on FIFA 16

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EA Sports have released a list of players with “five-star skills” on FIFA 16 - but Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi doesn’t feature.

According to the Telegraph, Crystal Palace’s unorthodox winger Yannick Bolasie makes the cut - as does Adel Taarabt, the former Queens Park Rangers’ star who now plies his trade with Benfica in Portugal.

As you’d expect, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Neymar also have the full five stars, but poor old Messi - arguably the greatest footballer of all time - is stuck on four.


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This is despite the fact Messi features on the front cover of the latest instalment of FIFA and has the highest rating on the game.

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is not a show-pony who produces unnecessary roulettes and step-overs every five minutes, but he’s skilful in a different sort of way - a natural skill; football genius, many would argue.

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Messi deserves five-star skills

In one-on-one situations, there are few better players on the planet - if any - than the gifted Messi, who beats defenders with his agility, balance, intelligence, speed and impressive core strength.

FIFA players are likely to be a little bemused as EA Sports’ decision not to award Messi with the full five stars - and they’d have every right to feel that way.

Other players with five-star skills include former Manchester United winger Nani and Chelsea flop Juan Cuadrado.

Full list of ‘five-star skillers’ on FIFA 16

Hachim Mastour - AC Milan

Jordan Botaka - Leeds United

Nadir Cifti - Celtic

Gary Mackay-Steven - Celtic

Mohamed Elyounoussi - Molde

Fidel Martinez - Pumas Unam

Michael Arroyo - Club America

Salem Al Dossari - Al-Hilal

Elton - Al-Feteh

Welington Silva - Bolton Wanderers

Ricardo Kishna - Lazio

Aiden McGeady - Everton

Sofiane Boufal - Losc Lille

Yannick Bolasie - Crystal Palace

Alexandru Maxim - VFB Stuttgart

Matias Fernandez - ACF Fiorentina

Hatem Ben Arfa - Nice

Adel Taarabt - Benfica

Andre Carrillo - Sporting Lisbon

Moubarak Boussoufa - Lokomotiv Moscow

Douglas Costa - Bayern Munich

Ricardo Quaresma - Besiktas

Juan Cuadrado - Juventus

Nani - Fenerbahce

Franck Ribery - Bayern Munich

Jay-Jay Okocha - FUT Legend

Neymar Jr - Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid

Pele - FUT Legend

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