EA Sports have released a list of players with “five-star skills” on FIFA 16 - but Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi doesn’t feature.
According to the Telegraph, Crystal Palace’s unorthodox winger Yannick Bolasie makes the cut - as does Adel Taarabt, the former Queens Park Rangers’ star who now plies his trade with Benfica in Portugal.
As you’d expect, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Neymar also have the full five stars, but poor old Messi - arguably the greatest footballer of all time - is stuck on four.
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This is despite the fact Messi features on the front cover of the latest instalment of FIFA and has the highest rating on the game.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is not a show-pony who produces unnecessary roulettes and step-overs every five minutes, but he’s skilful in a different sort of way - a natural skill; football genius, many would argue.
Messi deserves five-star skills
In one-on-one situations, there are few better players on the planet - if any - than the gifted Messi, who beats defenders with his agility, balance, intelligence, speed and impressive core strength.
FIFA players are likely to be a little bemused as EA Sports’ decision not to award Messi with the full five stars - and they’d have every right to feel that way.
Other players with five-star skills include former Manchester United winger Nani and Chelsea flop Juan Cuadrado.
Full list of ‘five-star skillers’ on FIFA 16
Hachim Mastour - AC Milan
Jordan Botaka - Leeds United
Nadir Cifti - Celtic
Gary Mackay-Steven - Celtic
Mohamed Elyounoussi - Molde
Fidel Martinez - Pumas Unam
Michael Arroyo - Club America
Salem Al Dossari - Al-Hilal
Elton - Al-Feteh
Welington Silva - Bolton Wanderers
Ricardo Kishna - Lazio
Aiden McGeady - Everton
Sofiane Boufal - Losc Lille
Yannick Bolasie - Crystal Palace
Alexandru Maxim - VFB Stuttgart
Matias Fernandez - ACF Fiorentina
Hatem Ben Arfa - Nice
Adel Taarabt - Benfica
Andre Carrillo - Sporting Lisbon
Moubarak Boussoufa - Lokomotiv Moscow
Douglas Costa - Bayern Munich
Ricardo Quaresma - Besiktas
Juan Cuadrado - Juventus
Nani - Fenerbahce
Franck Ribery - Bayern Munich
Jay-Jay Okocha - FUT Legend
Neymar Jr - Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
Pele - FUT Legend
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