EA Sports have been teasing fans of their FIFA series over the past two weeks by releasing the ratings of the best players in FIFA 17.
The latest instalment of the incredible successful gaming series is released in Europe on September 29 and in North America on September 27.
Ahead of the release, EA Sports counted down the top 50 players in FIFA 17 last week. There was quite the reaction when it was revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo, not Lionel Messi, has the highest rating in the game.
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Catalan newspaper Sport claim that EA Sports favour Ronaldo because Messi, who was on the front cover of FIFA from FIFA 13 to FIFA 16, because Barcelona have signed a deal with Konami, who make Pro Evolution Soccer.
PES is, of course, FIFA’s main rival in the gaming market.
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But enough of the Messi vs. Ronaldo debate. It’s time to talk Premier League.
EA Sports have today released the ratings of the top 20 players in England’s top-flight. Check out the list below. We also have eight talking points towards the bottom of the article.
20. Philippe Coutinho (CAM 85)
19. Willian (RM 85)
18. Diego Costa (ST 85)
17. Laurent Koscielny (CB 85)
16. Dimitri Payet (LM 86)
15. Vincent Kompany (CB 86)
14. Cesc Fabregas (CM 86)
13. Santi Cazorla (CAM 86)
12. David Silva (CAM 87)
11. Alexis Sanchez (LW 87)
10. Hugo Lloris (GK 88)
9. Paul Pogba (CM 88)
8. Kevin de Bruyne (CAM 88)
7. Eden Hazard (LM 88)
6. Petr Cech (GK 88)
5. Sergio Aguero (ST 89)
4. Thibaut Courtois (GK 89)
3. Mesut Ozil (CAM 89)
2. David de Gea (GK 90)
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ST 90)
Check out the full ratings here.
Eight talking points
The reaction from Manchester United fans tells it all.
Ibrahimovic over Aguero
Some might have Sergio Aguero as the best player in the Premier League, so that he’s not even the best striker in England, according to EA Sports, is quite surprising.
Kompany gets an upgrade
Vincent Kompany, who had an injury-hit 2015-16, receives a boost on his 85 rating from FIFA 16.
Thibaut Courtois has failed to kick on as Chelsea probably expected him to after he established himself as a world-class ‘keeper at Atletico Madrid. Still, he gets a rating of 89.
Fabregas stays at 86
If Cesc Fabregas continues to start on the bench under Antonio Conte - he’s played just 12 minutes of Premier League football this season - we expect his 86 rating to drop fast.
Hazard could be #1 in FIFA 18
Eden Hazard has made a blistering start to the new season. If he keeps this up, not only could he be on his way to Real Madrid but his FIFA rating hit the 90s in FIFA 18.
Riyad Mahrez just misses out
Fans wondering where the PFA Player of the Year is needn’t be too concerned - he’s rated at 85. With five-star skill moves, Mahrez will be a joy to play with in FIFA 17.
Catalan newspaper Sport call it “bizarre” that Payet is presumably better at passing than Lionel Messi, who has a 86 passing rating.