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There's something not quite right with Cristiano Ronaldo on Football Manager 2018

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Cristiano Ronaldo was rewarded for another impressive season with FIFA's 'The Best' award on Monday night, defeating Lionel Messi and Neymar.

It's now expected that the Portuguese will collect the Ballon d'Or in January to draw him level with Messi at five apiece. The accolade would crown a 12 months that has reaped the La Liga title, Champions League and produced 44 goals.

Zinedine Zidane sang his praised, declaring: "Cristiano is the best player of his generation by far. He makes the differences in key matches and he deserves all the prizes he has won.

"The goals will come back little by little. We lacked fluency in this game but the important thing is that we have won and kept the clean sheet."

His success has transcended medias too with Ronaldo remaining the highest rated player on FIFA with a FUT card of 94. 

It leaves room for a series of impressive in forms and inevitable appearances in the team of the year and season.

However, one medium in which Ronaldo isn't truly acknowledged for his value is the new Football Manager game, according to

The beta for the annual edition was released on Thursday night with gamers able to get a grip of new features and updated squads, taking charge of their favourite teams.


And while one of the biggest tasks of Football Manager is uncovering the new Ronaldo, procuring the actual model could prove surprisingly simple. That's because CR7 doesn't make into the list of the top 25 most valuable players on the game.


The most obvious explanation is the Portuguese's age but you'd think the best player in the world this year could force his way into the top 25.

It looks all the more bizarre when you consider Messi is flying high in joint first despite being just two years younger, in his thirties too and also having strict ties to his current club.

Here's the top 10:

=1. Neymar (€95m)

=1. Lionel Messi (€95m)

3. Kevin de Bruyne (€87m)

=4. Gareth Bale (€84m)

=4. Sergio Aguero (€84m)

=6. Luis Suarez (€82m)

=6. Robert Lewandowski (€82m)

8. Antoine Griezmann (€81m)

=9. Isco (€78m)

=9. Eden Hazard (€78m)

The likes of Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Paul Pogba and Thiago also take residence in the top 25 with transfer fees loftier than Ronaldo.

His valuation comes in at €55 million which, rather amusingly, is €1m less than Liverpool's Adam Lallana. Bizarre.

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Of course, for gamers, it actually makes Ronaldo easier to purchase but even one of the greatest ever will inevitably wane with age. Picking up Ballon d'Ors like their going out of fashion and in your thirties to, isn't exactly bad going, though.

Do you think Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest of all time? Have your say in the comments section below.

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