FIFA 17 top 50 players: EA Sports release 50-31

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EA Sports have started the countdown to FIFA 17 in earnest.

FIFA fans are usually excited to see how their favourite players have faired over the last 12 months with the rankings a very good way of seeing if they have improved or regressed.

Some of the new ratings have been leaked on social media over the last two weeks but there is nothing like some official confirmation. To boot, fans can also see the more intricate details, like dribbling, shooting and defence.

To kick off the excitement, EA Sports have started to release the rankings of the top 50 players in the game, revealing the first 20. Players from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Arsenal all feature.

Surprisingly, there are no players from Manchester United or Chelsea but never fear, fans from both clubs can fully expect players like Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to feature in the next instalment.

Take a look at the players below:

50. Blaise Matuidi (CDM 86)

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is still considered one of the best in the business after another trophy-laden season in Ligue 1.

49. Marcelo (LB 86)

Marcelo was a frequent member of FIFA's Team of the Week and featured in the Team of the Year as well as La Liga's Team of the Season. Real Madrid fans might feel he should be slightly higher.

48. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST 86)

With a pace rating of 96 and a shot rating of 84, expect the Borussia Dortmund striker to be one of the most popular players in Ultimate Team.

47. Dimitri Payet (LM 86)

The West Ham star is one of the most improved players in the game after a fantastic season for both club and country. He starred at Euro 2016 and is deservedly up there with the best.

46. Arjen Robben (RM 87)

Another frustrating campaign with Bayern Munich sees Arjen Robben fall from a rating of 90 in FIFA 16 to 87. He still looks the part, however, with a pace rating of 86 and dribbling of 90.

45. James Rodríguez (CAM 87)

James Rodriguez somehow retains his rating despite a poor campaign with Real Madrid. He is one player who could still find himself switching colours by the time FIFA 17 hits the shelves.

44. David Silva (LM 87)

David Silva was one of the Premier League's best players with a rating of 88 in FIFA 16, but he has fallen slightly behind.

43. Karim Benzema (ST 87)

While he may be out in the cold for France, Karim Benzema remains one of the world's best strikers. With pace rating of 84, shooting of 84 and dribbling 82, the Real Madrid star is a real all-rounder.

42. Arturo Vidal (CM 87)

Arturo Vidal is a midfield enforcer many FIFA players will be hoping to acquire. A physical rating of 84 makes him one of the strongest world-class players in the game.

41. Sergio Busquets (CDM 87)

Sergio Busquets may be lacking pace (42) but he makes up for it in other areas. The Barcelona anchorman has a defensive rating of 83, higher than most defenders.

40. Samir Handanovic (GK 87)

The Inter Milan goalkeeper sees his rating improve by an impressive three points after a stellar season at the San Siro.

39. Mats Hummels (CB 87)

Not much has changed for Mats Hummels with regards to FIFA, apart from the club badge appearing on his card. He, of course, moved from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich this summer.

38. Thomas Muller (CF 87)

How is Thomas Muller so good? His stats of 78 for pace, 78 for dribbling and 72 for physical, he may not be the best in FIFA, but there is no denying his quality in the real world.

37. Angel Di María (RW 87)

Angel Di Maria got his career back on track at PSG last season, putting a disastrous 12 months at Manchester United behind him.

36. Alexis Sanchez (LW 87)

Alexis Sanchez improves slightly on his 86 rating from FIFA 16 and remains one of the best wingers in the Premier League. His work rate of high/high, makes him a good signing for any FUT line-up.

35. Ivan Rakitic (CM 87)

The Croatian playmaker is renowned for his passing and finishing, which is represented in his improved ratings. FIFA rate his passing at 86 and his shooting at 84. 

34. Jan Oblak (GK 87)

Atletico Madrid may not have the resources of their La Liga rivals, but Diego Simeone can, according to FIFA, call upon the best goalkeeper in the division. Just how Atletico keep producing world-class goalkeepers is a secret any club in the world will want to know.

33. Leonardo Bonucci (CB 87)

The first Juventus player to appear in the top 50 and certainly not the last. Leonardo Bonucci will undoubtedly be one of the top defenders in the game after another successful season in Turin.

32. David Alaba (LB 87)

The hardest thing for EA Sports with regards to David Alaba would not have been his rating, but his position. The Austrian has established himself at left-back, centre-back and even centre-midfield for club and country.

31. Hugo Lloris (GK 88)

The Tottenham goalkeeper continues to step up to world-class calibre in both real life and the virtual world. Hugo Lloris was rated as 85 in FIFA 16 but further improved as Tottenham finished second in the Premier League.

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