The Premier League player ratings on FIFA 2003 were bonkers

FIFA 2003 was a classic - but the player ratings were truly bizarre

FIFA 2003 was simply one of the greatest games ever made.

It may not have had the shiny graphics and fluid gameplay found on the newer editions of the franchise, but it was a big part of all our childhoods.

You just couldn't beat whacking in a free-kick with Roberto Carlos from 50 yards and then watching the pixelated crowd go mad.

But one thing that's likely slipped a lot of minds about FIFA 2003 was the bizarre player ratings.

EA Sports used to hand out 90 ratings as if they were going out of fashion and some of the Premier League player rankings were truly bizarre.

Thanks to Gamespot, we've provided the top players from each team in the division at the time and we've also included one or two surprises.

Lee Bowyer was the second highest-rated player in the Premier League, with Roy Keane taking top spot.

All in all, 17 players were rated 90 or higher. In FIFA 20, Kevin De Bruyne Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah were the only Premier League players to be rated higher than 90 on the date of release.

Arsenal in FIFA 2003

Arsenal:

  • Patrick Vieira - 93
  • Thierry Henry - 91
  • Pascal Cygan - 90
  • Gilberto Silva - 90
  • Freddie Ljungberg, Sol Campbell & Kanu - all 86
  • Robert Pires - 84
  • Dennis Bergkamp - 79

Aston Villa:

  • Darius Vassell - 90
  • Lee Hendrie - 86
  • Juan Pablo Angel - 85
  • Alpay - 84
  • Ian Taylor - 83

Birmingham:

  • Darren Purse - 77
  • Stern John - 77
  • Stan Lazaridis - 77
  • Clinton Morrison - 75
  • Curtis Woodhouse - 72

Blackburn:

  • Dwight Yorke - 86
  • Andy Todd - 86
  • Lucas Neill - 84
  • Tugay - 83
  • Nils-Eric Johansson - 83

Bolton:

  • Dean Holdsworth - 86
  • Jay-Jay Okocha - 84
  • Paul Warhurst - 81
  • Bruno N'Gotty - 80
  • Stig Tofting - 79

Charlton:

  • Jason Euell - 89
  • Graham Stuart - 81
  • Mark Fish - 81
  • Radostin Kishishev - 80
  • Jonathan Johansson - 80

Chelsea:

  • Emmanuel Petit - 92
  • Marcel Desailly - 90
  • Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Mario Stanic, Jody Morris, Gianfranco Zola, John Terry & Jesper Gronkjaer - all 86
  • William Gallas, Winston Bogarde & Boudewijn Zenden - all 85

Everton:

  • Thomas Graversen - 84
  • Steven Watson - 82
  • David Weir - 80
  • David Unsworth, Niclas Alexandersson, Duncan Ferguson & Scott Gemmill - all 79

Fulham:

  • Steed Malbranque - 90
  • Martin Djetou - 89
  • Edwin Van der Sar - 85
  • Steve Marlet - 85
  • Martin Herrera & Andrew Melville - both 81

Leeds:

  • Lee Bowyer - 93
  • David Batty - 90
  • Seth Johnson - 88
  • Mark Viduka, Olivier Dacourt, Alan Smith & Eirik Bakke - all 87
  • Jason Wilcox & Dominic Matteo - both 86
  • Danny Mills & Jonathan Woodgate - both 85

Liverpool:

  • Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Danny Murphy, John Arne Riise - all 89
  • Jamie Carragher & Dietmar Hamann - both 88
  • Jerzy Dudek - 87
  • Sami Hyppia, Markus Babbel, El Hadji Diouf - all 86
  • Milan Baros - 85

Man City:

  • Nicolas Anelka - 86
  • Shaun Goater - 85
  • Paolo Wanchope - 84
  • Darren Huckerby - 83
  • Vicente Vuoso & Marc-Vivien Foe - both 82

Man Utd:

  • Roy Keane - 94
  • Rio Ferdinand, Ruud van Nistelrooy & Ryan Giggs - all 93
  • David Beckham - 89
  • Paul Scholes & Juan Sebastian Veron - 88
  • Luke Chadwick - 87
  • Nicky Butt & Quinton Fortune - both 86

Middlesbrough:

  • George Boateng - 91
  • Gareth Southgate & Szilard Nemeth - both 89
  • Juninho - 86
  • Massimo Maccarone & Jonathan Greening - both 83
  • Joseph-Desire Job - 82

Newcastle:

  • Alan Shearer - 90
  • Laurent Robert - 89
  • Kieron Dyer - 87
  • Nobby Solano, Gary Speed, Shay Given & Titus Bramble - all 86
  • Carl Cort & Nikos Dabizas - both 84

Southampton:

  • Martin Pahars - 88
  • Anders Svensson - 87
  • Fabrice Fernandes, James Beattie & Matt Oakley - all 85
  • Michael Svensson - 84
  • Wayne Bridge - 81

Sunderland:

  • Kevin Phillips - 82
  • Tore Andre Flo - 81
  • Joachim Bjorklund - 80
  • Claudio Reyna - 79
  • Julio Arca & Kevin Kilbane - both 78

Tottenham:

  • Jamie Redknapp - 87
  • Robbie Keane - 86
  • Teddy Sheringham - 84
  • Chris Perry & Les Ferdinand - both 81
  • Christian Ziege - 80

West Brom:

  • Igor Balis, Daniel Dichio, Bob Taylor & Des Little - all 78
  • Neil Clement, Derek McInnes, Andrew Johnson, Scott Dobie, James Chambers & Adam Chambers - all 77

West Ham:

  • Joe Cole - 91
  • Trevor Sinclair - 83
  • Jermaine Defoe & Gary Breen - 81
  • Sebastian Schemmel - 80
Man Utd in FIFA 2003

Some of those ratings are just mind-blowing.

Jamie Redknapp as Spurs' best player, Joe Cole and George Boateng rated the same as Thierry Henry and Steed Malbranque sitting handsomely on 90 - what a time to be alive it was.

Pascal Cygan rated 90 is like handing Shkodran Mustafi the same rating. Thank god Twitter wasn't around in those days, because the online meltdowns would have simply been too much.

Especially given that Dennis Bergkamp was handed a measly 79 rating...

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