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FIFA 17 ratings: Combined Real Madrid v Barcelona XI

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We are literally some amount of time away from the official release date of FIFA 17 and speculation over the fresh batch of ratings has got fans in a frenzy.

At this very moment, some of the most committed FIFA players in the world are playing the beta version of the game, which appears to include the chance to play with some of the biggest clubs.

Naturally, those lucky chosen few have since leaked some of the new ratings onto social media meaning we now have an idea of how the new version will look.

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For example, we know Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will be given the exceptional rating of 91, a significant improvement from his FIFA 16 rating of 86. We also know Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez will remain on 86 while Mesut Ozil moves up to 88. It is all very, very exciting.

But the two teams everyone has been waiting to see is that of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Boasting some of the best players in the world, the two Spanish juggernauts are surely the most popular teams in the FIFA world.

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Luckily, the ratings have indeed leaked out, revealing that Cristiano Ronaldo has remained on 93, one behind Lionel Messi while Neymar has moved from 88 to 91 after a stellar campaign. Most surprisingly, Luis Suarez has remained on 90 despite scoring 53 goals for Barcelona last season.

For fun, we have put together a combined XI to see what kind of amazing team would be formed if the two clubs came together. Enjoy!

Goalkeeper – Claudio Bravo 84

Claudio Bravo may be on his way to Manchester City but for the moment he remains the best out of the two clubs. Kiki Casilla closely follows on 83 and will probably be drafted in ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen when Bravo moves to the Premier League. Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak (85) is the best goalkeeper in La Liga and the only player from Diego Simeone's men who would make it into this line-up.

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Right-back – Dani Carvajal 81

With Dani Alves now of Juventus, Dani Carvajal sneaks in despite his relatively modest rating of 81. Currently, Sergi Roberto (78) is drafted in at right-back for Barcelona, something Luis Enrique must address before the transfer window closes.

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Centre-back – Pepe 86

Pepe's commanding performances for Portugal at Euro 2016 sees him keep ahead of Gerard Pique at centre-back despite turning 34 next year. He may be violent, he may dive but he can defend and that's all that matters in this game.

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Centre-back – Sergio Ramos 88

At the centre of Real Madrid's world lies Sergio Ramos. The Spanish defender is the captain for a reason and is well above Javier Mascherano (84). Expect him to be a fan favourite in FIFA Ultimate Team.

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Left-back – Jordi Alba 84

The only Barcelona defender to feature does so by the flip of a coin. He shares Marcelo's rating of 84 but for the sake of variety, we have chosen to include him over the Brazilian.

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Centre-midfield – Andres Iniesta 87

The tricky midfielder Andres Iniesta is now tied with Toni Kroos on 87 but makes it into the combined XI because he has been at the very top for longer than his German rival.

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Centre-midfield – Luka Modric 88

Luka Modric was hailed as Real Madrid's unsung hero as they charged up the La Liga table to come within a single point of Barcelona. He has been rewarded with a slight upgrade from his FIFA 16 rating of 87 and is now well clear of Ivan Rakitic (85).

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Attacking-midfield – James Rodriguez 87

We don't know if James Rodriguez will still be at Real Madrid when the transfer window closes but we do know that if he does leave it will be for a huge amount of money. His poor form last season has seemingly cost him nothing in the world of FIFA, who is tied with Sergio Busquets on 87.

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Right-wing – Lionel Messi 94

With the help of Suarez and Neymar, the pressure eased off of Messi's shoulder for the first time in a decade at Barcelona. He was still his usual self at times but turned provider for his team-mates on more than one occasion. He deservedly remains on 94, ahead of Gareth Bale (87).

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Left-wing – Cristiano Ronaldo 93

EA Sports caused a storm when Ronaldo was given a rating of 93 in FIFA 16, one below his arch-rival Messi. But his incredible form in the Champions League, coupled with a victorious run at Euro 2016 was thought to be enough to draw him back level. We were wrong. He is still well ahead of Neymar (91) but the Brazilian is closing in fast.

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Striker – Luis Suarez 90

If anyone deserved an upgrade on their FIFA 16 ranking, it was Suarez. The Uruguayan was sensational for Barcelona and took home the award for La Liga's top scorer after bagging no less than 40 goals. However, as he approaches 30, EA Sports obviously feel Suarez is at his peak. He is still ahead of Karim Benzema, who keeps his rating of 86.

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