Deciding the FIFA player ratings must be one of the world’s most thankless jobs.
Because it’s all based on opinion, there is no ‘right’ answer - and this inevitably causes disagreement amongst the FIFA community.
FIFA fans have been debating for much of the day after EA Sports revealed the highest-rated players from positions 50-31 - you can see that list by clicking HERE - and now they’ve released the list of players ranked from 30-21.
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Marco Reus, the cover star of this year’s instalment of FIFA, features in this category.
As do the likes of Eden Hazard, Andres Iniesta and Kevin de Bruyne. (Scroll down to see the top 30-21 players on FIFA 17, complete with comments about the stars direct from EA Sports themselves).
30. Eden Hazard (LM 88)
“The FIFA 17 Ambassador is a wonderfully gifted and dazzling footballer. The Chelsea left midfielder possesses 90 Pace and 91 Dribbling making him incredibly dangerous to opposition back-lines.”
29. Giorgio Chiellini (CB 88)
“Chiellini is a tough tackling center back with 90 Defending and 85 Physicality, making him an immovable object at the back.”
28. Petr Cech (GK 88)
“Cech has continued to impress since moving to Arsenal. His 90 Handling makes him one of the best at his position in all of FIFA 17.”
27. Toni Kroos (CM 88)
“The Real Madrid man is one of the best passers of the ball in world football. The center midfielder has 88 Passing, one of the highest in all of FIFA 17.”
26. Gianluigi Buffon (GK 88)
“The legendary Italian goalkeeper continues to excel for Juventus. Buffon is excellent across the board but his 90 Positioning is especially impressive.”
25. Marco Reus (LM 88)
“Your FIFA 17 Cover Star Marco Reus is an elegant left midfielder. His 90 Pace is frightening, not to mention his 86 Dribbling and 85 Shooting.”
24. Andres Iniesta (CM 88)
“90 Dribbling and 87 Passing summarise Andres Iniesta well. A dazzling center midfielder who is one of the best in the world at what he does.”
23. Diego Godin (CB 88)
“Godín continues to be the heart and soul of Atletico Madrid. His 88 Defending make him one of the best center backs in world football.”
22. Philipp Lahm (RB 88)
“The FC Bayern right back is one of the most consistent performers for both club and country. His 84 Dribbling and 86 Defending make him an invaluable addition to your defence.”
21. Kevin De Bruyne (CAM 88)
“If you are looking for a devastating passer of the ball at center attacking midfield then look no further than Kevin De Bruyne. His 86 Passing puts him among the elites in FIFA 17.”
While most of these ratings seem reasonable enough, we’re not convinced Lahm still warrants a rating of 88.
There’s a reason why the 32-year-old has announced he will retire in 2018: he’s entered the early stages of decline.
Eden Hazard may have endured a dismal 2015-16 campaign, but the Chelsea winger has shown over the past few weeks that he remains one of the world’s most exciting attack-minded players when on form.
Diego Godin, as arguably the best centre-back in the world at the moment, can feel a little short-changed with his 88 rating. Eighty-nine or even 90 might have been fairer for the Uruguay international.
As for Petr Cech and Gianluigi Buffon, 88 seems fair despite their respective ages of 34 and 38.
Do you agree with this latest batch of FIFA 17 ratings? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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