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FIFA 17: Comparing the top 10 Premier League and La Liga stars

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EA Sports have released the player ratings for the eagerly anticipated FIFA 17 over the past few weeks - and they've certainly caused a lot of debate.

From fans reacting to Cristiano Ronaldo out-ranking Lionel Messi, to Harry Kane complaining about his own numbers, everyone has an opinion on the latest instalment set for release in Europe on September 29.

But what does it tell us about the real-world game of football itself?

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There's often debate about which is better, the English Premier League or Spain's La Liga, and the FIFA 17 ratings of the 10 'best' players in each division give us a perfect chance to compare.

So, starting from number 10, which league boasts the best talent in the eyes of the FIFA boffins?

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10 | Hugo Lloris (88) - Andres Iniesta (88)

Lloris excelled as Spurs ran Leicester City close for the title and the Frenchman is amongst the best 'keepers in the world.

Iniesta, meanwhile, may be in the final few years of his illustrious career, but his 88 rating is more than deserved as he continues to pull the strings in Barcelona's midfield.

9 | Paul Pogba (88) vs Antoine Griezmann (88)

You'd think, as the most expensive player in the world, Pogba would rank higher than the ninth best player in the Premier League.

Yet, it was arguably Antoine Griezmann who was the key figure as both he and Pogba helped France to the final of Euro 2016. Both players will surely rise into the 90s in the next year or so.


8 | Kevin De Bruyne (88) vs Diego Godin (88)

The EPL and La Liga still can't be split as two very different type of players both receive 88 ratings.

De Bruyne's ability to pick a pass and create a chance from nothing is just as impressive as Godin's composed, physical centre-back play. In FIFA or real-life, it would be hard to pick a winner if these two met on the pitch.

7 | Eden Hazard (88) vs Luka Modric (89)

La Liga takes the edge and it won't go down well with Chelsea fans. Modric has shown himself capable of holding down a place in Real Madrid's starting XI, but Hazard is arguably more of a game winner.

However, after a lacklustre 2015-16 season, you can understand why Modric is just ahead of his fellow midfielder.

6 | Petr Cech (88) vs Sergio Ramos (89)

Both players are closer to retirement than the start of their career, but both still play pivotal roles for their clubs.

There aren't many better shot-stoppers in the world than Cech at Arsenal, while Ramos's physicality and heading ability mean he is still one of the top CBs in Europe.

5 | Sergio Aguero (89) vs Gareth Bale (90)

Finally, a Premier League player rated above 88, and Aguero is more than deserving of that accolade.

Clinical finishing and expert forward player isn't a match for Gareth Bale's skill set, however. There aren't many players more suited to FIFA than the Real Madrid star.

4 | Thibaut Courtois (89) vs Luis Suarez (92)

The English league is certainly blessed with top qualities 'keepers and Courtois isn't even the most highly rated. Chelsea fans might argue, but his 89 sees him slip just behind a rival in Manchester.

The first name from Barcelona's 'MSN' forward line, Suarez has come on leaps and bounds in Spain. When he was at Liverpool his rating was in the mid-80s.

3 | Mesut Ozil (89) vs Neymar (92)

Arguably one of the most creative players in the game today, Ozil can feel hard done by to not crack the 90 barrier.

But even the German midfielder might have to accept that Neymar deserves his 92 rating. Still only 24, the Brazilian could one day be the best player on the game.

2 | David De Gea (90) vs Lionel Messi (93)

If there's anyone you'd want in goal to try and stop Lionel Messi, David De Gea would probably be your man. Manuel Neuer is the only 'keeper to rank above the Man Utd star in FIFA 17.

Messi's rating goes without saying. The only thing is...his rival in Madrid is one point above him.


1 | Zlatan Ibrahimovic (90) vs Cristiano Ronaldo (94)

Zlatan rounds things off for the Premier League, but would only come in fifth in La Liga's standings - a telling comment on the English league's quality in the final third perhaps?

Ronaldo stands alone in the game on 94 and, if he were ever to return to England, he'd surely prove why he is rated a full four points above the best outfield player in the Premier League.


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