FIFA 20 statistics are always bound to cause arguments.
EA Sports have a near impossible task when it comes to putting a number on not just players as a whole, but also 29 individual attributes that make up their in-game performances.
In other words, they not only need to rank every single player in the world, but they also need to order them across various minutia such as passing, dribbling, vision and many more.
Does Luka Modric have a better long pass than Andres Iniesta? Is Cristiano Ronaldo's shot more powerful than Zlatan Ibrahimovic's? Has Sergio Ramos got a better standing tackle than Virgil van Dijk.
You can see why the task is so tough. However, it does give football fans the entertainment of playing around with the data and FutBin allows us to run a particularly interesting study.
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Most complete players on FIFA
We decided to find out which players were ranked as the best when all 29 of their in-game attributes were totalled up. Forget icons and special cards, we're talking a fair playing field of normal players.
And you know the results were fascinating when neither Ronaldo nor Messi could break into the top nine. Check out the 30 players that EA consider to be the most complete:
30. Alex Sandro (Juventus) - 2,233
=28. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio) - 2,235
=28. Allan (Napoli) - 2,235
27. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) - 2,238
26. Lucas Digne (Everton) - 2,242
25. Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich) - 2,246
24. Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) - 2,248
=22. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) - 2,250
=22. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) - 2,250
21. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) - 2,265
20. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) - 2,266
19. Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund) - 2,267
18. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) - 2,269
17. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) - 2,270
16. Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande) - 2,273
15. Alessandro Florenzi (AS Roma) - 2,275
14. Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma) - 2,277
13. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) - 2,280
12. David Alaba (Bayern Munich) - 2,987
11. Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari) - 2,992
10. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 2,997
9. Alex Telles (FC Porto) - 2,998
8. Marcelo (Real Madrid) - 2,299
=6. Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon) - 2,301
=6. Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon) - 2,301
5. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) - 2,308
=3. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - 2,311
=3. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - 2,311
2. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) - 2,326
1. Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) - 2,330
Vidal claims top spot
Talk about changing the complexion of the game.
Sure, midfielders have an advantage because of their evenness across defensive and offensive areas, but it's no small feat that Vidal has ousted some of the greatest players in history.
Messi has still done pretty well to reach the top ten when you consider he's penalised for having terrible stats in areas like standing tackle, defensive awareness and aggression.
Nevertheless, it's still more than enough to get the better of Ronaldo who shockingly finds himself behind players such as Kolarov, Paulinho and Florenzi.
It does go to show, however, that the most complete footballers aren't necessarily the best. Messi might not be a jack of all trades, but he's a master of the most important ones.News Now - Sport News