EA Sports have finally listened to fans about Lionel Messi's new card on FIFA 19

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At long last, the top 10 players on the upcoming FIFA 19 have been announced.

Cristiano Ronaldo has retained his place as the highest-rated player with 94 but only because he has greater overall statistics than Lionel Messi, who is also rated 94.

Messi has been rated 93 on the previous two versions of FIFA but now rejoins Ronaldo at the top following an outstanding individual season for Barcelona.

In third is Neymar (92) followed by Real Madrid and Croatia playmaker Luka Modric (91), Kevin De Bruyne (91) and Chelsea's Eden Hazard (91).

Sergio Ramos, Luis Suarez and David de Gea (all 91) are then the seventh, eighth and ninth top-rated players respectively and Toni Kroos is 10th on 90.

But it's all about Ronaldo and Messi as per and with their ratings now revealed, FIFA fans can compare and contrast their individual stats.

Ronaldo's 90 pace and 93 shooting both trump Messi, who has 88 pace and 90 shooting, but the Argentine comes out on top in passing (88) and dribbling (96).


As for defending and physical, Ronaldo has been given 35 and 79 respectively whereas Messi is rated 32 and 61.

Check out their new FIFA cards in the screenshots below.





Looking at Messi's individual stats the only real surprise is his passing, which should arguably be higher than 88.

Despite being a forward, the 31-year-old is widely regarded as one of the finest playmakers on the planet and is capable of playing passes very few can see.

There is one noteworthy change to Messi's card, though, and it's something fans have been calling for since FIFA 15.

EA Sports have finally reverted Messi back to a centre forward (CF) rather than a right winger (RW), which means gamers can play him through the middle again.

Here's how FIFA fanatics have been reacting to Messi's new position.

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