Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi: The winner across every FIFA 22 in-game attribute

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

The wait for FIFA 22 is nearly over.

EA Sports have been building hype for the game in the past week by releasing the ratings of some of the best players in the world.

Standing above all once again is Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi.

The Argentine is the best player in the game with a rating of 93.

Robert Lewandowski is second with a rating of 92, while Cristiano Ronaldo drops to third with a rating of 91.

Messi’s overall rating is two points higher than his eternal rival Ronaldo, but how do their in-game stats compare?



We have taken a look at the legendary duo’s 29 in-game attributes using EA’s comparison feature.

View the winner of each attribute below…

Acceleration: Lionel Messi (91)

Sprint Speed: Cristiano Ronaldo (88)

Positioning: Cristiano Ronaldo (95)

Finishing: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (95)

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in action in Juventus vs Barcelona

Shot Power: Cristiano Ronaldo (94)

Long Shots: Lionel Messi (94)

Volleys: Lionel Messi (88)

Penalties: Cristiano Ronaldo (84)

Vision: Lionel Messi (95)

Crossing: Cristiano Ronaldo (87)

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Man United

Free-kick accuracy: Lionel Messi (94)

Short passing: Lionel Messi (91)

Long passing: Lionel Messi (91)

Curve: Lionel Messi (93)

Agility: Lionel Messi (91)

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Balance: Lionel Messi (95)

Reactions: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (94)

Ball control: Lionel Messi (96)

Dribbling: Lionel Messi (96)

Composure: Lionel Messi (96)

Interceptions: Lionel Messi (40)

Lionel Messi in action for PSG

Heading accuracy: Cristiano Ronaldo (90)

Marking: Cristiano Ronaldo (24)

Standing tackle: Lionel Messi (35)

Sliding tackle: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (24)

Jumping: Cristiano Ronaldo (95)

Stamina: Cristiano Ronaldo (77)

Strength: Cristiano Ronaldo (77)

Aggression: Cristiano Ronaldo (63)


Final score: Lionel Messi 16.5 – 12.5 Cristiano Ronaldo

So Messi narrowly edges out Ronaldo when it comes to the more complete player on FIFA 22.

The PSG man comes out on top when for the majority of their technical stats, including in dribbling and ball control.

While Ronaldo, despite being two years older, prevails in the majority of physical attributes including sprint speed, strength and jumping.

Despite losing out to his rival in both overall rating and in the in-game stats, Ronaldo has at least  closed the gap in the latter, having lost 18-11 on FIFA 21.

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