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FIFA 17 and PES 2017's top five players compared

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FIFA has long reigned supreme when it comes to football's best video game - but Pro Evolution Soccer is making a comeback.

There was once a time, in the mid-2000's, when PES was top of the tree, but Konami have since struggled to compete with EA Sports' phenomenon.

Times are changing, though. PES 2017 was released today and it's earned rave reviews for the outstanding quality of graphics and gameplay.

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Games Radar have hailed it as "the game lapsed PS2-era fans have been dreaming of", while the Metro claim it's the "best football game ever".

That remains to be seen, of course, but one topic of interest is how PES's top five players compare to FIFA's take on the best five.

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5. MANUEL NEUER (92, FIFA) / ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (90, PES)

Manuel Neuer's inclusion in FIFA's top five - let alone his huge rating of 92 - came as a surprise to many, but this is football's best goalkeeper we're talking about.

Ninety-two is probably about right, whereas PES awarded him 90.

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As for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he's ranked seventh on FIFA but makes the top five (just) on PES, ahead of Sergio Aguero and Neuer, who are also rated 90 on the Japanese-made game.

What's most interesting is that the Swedish striker ranks above Neymar, who is FIFA's third highest-rated player with 92.

4. LUIS SUAREZ (92, FIFA) / THIAGO SILVA (92, PES)

One thing EA and Konami agree on is Luis Suarez, both of whom giving the Barcelona striker a 92 rating.

However, Thiago Silva is PES's fourth highest-rated player, also at 92, which is rather odd.

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In Konami's eyes, the Paris Saint-Germain defender deserves to be rated higher than Neuer, Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Paul Pogba.

We're not too sure about that one.

3. NEYMAR (92, FIFA) / LUIS SUAREZ (92, PES)

Two components of Barcelona's famous 'MSN' rank at third on FIFA and PES respectively, though the latter clearly doesn't rate Neymar that highly.

The Brazilian's rating on PES is yet unknown but what's certain is it isn't any higher than 90.

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Suarez, on the other hand, deservedly ranks high and there's an argument to be made he should be above Neymar on FIFA as well.

Forty goals in La Liga last season says it all.

2. LIONEL MESSI (93, FIFA) / CRISTIANO RONALDO (93, PES)

Now for the juicy part.

In an unprecedented move, EA opted to replace Lionel Messi as FIFA's best player by awarding him a 93, behind rival Cristiano Ronaldo on 94.

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The Argentine's decision to leave FIFA and become PES's cover star undoubtedly played a role in him being displaced at the top and there's a sense of bitterness from EA.

It makes sense that Messi is number one on PES, then, above Ronaldo.

1. CRISTIANO RONALDO (94, FIFA) / LIONEL MESSI (94, PES)

Ultimately, it's all evens between football's two best players.

Ronaldo is FIFA's best player for the first time since the 2009 instalment, with a huge 94 rating and 92 pace, 92 shooting and 91 dribbling.

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Messi, on the other hand, is 93-rated and only trumps his Portuguese rival in the passing (86) and dribbling (96) departments.

His 94 rating on PES and place at the top is arguably the more accurate, though.

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