Salah, Mbappe, Benzema: Ballon d’Or favourites' FIFA 23 stats compared

Salah vs Benzema vs Mbappe FIFA 23 Stats Compared

FIFA 23 is less than a fortnight away from being released, with gamers eager to get their hands on the new title in EA Sports’ hit football simulator.

Ratings have been released for the new game for a vast majority of the big hitters on the game, adding to the excitement for the new game finally being released.

Mohamed Salah, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema are the three favourites for this year’s Ballon d’Or, so let’s see how they compare on EA Sports’ new game.

Salah vs Mbappe vs Benzema: Pace

Unsurprisingly, Mbappe tops the pace charts as the fastest player on the game, with a controller-breaking 97. The Egyptian King is still in with the pacey players with 90 pace, but Benzema trails behind with just 80.

Obviously Benzema’s age goes against him with him ageing, it’s just how EA tend to do things, however, despite his 91 rating, he is likely to not be in the META category for the new game.

SAITAMA, JAPAN – JULY 23: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain thumbs up during the preseason friendly between Paris Saint-Germain and Urawa Red Diamonds at Saitama Stadium on July 23, 2022 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

Salah vs Mbappe vs Benzema: Shooting

There’s very little in it when it comes to shooting, with just one point separating the three. Mbappe and Salah boast 89 shooting each on the new game, with Benzema just behind on 88.

It’s the exact same story with finishing, with 93 a piece for the pacey forwards, and Benzema just off the two again with 92. Either way, most shots with any of this trio should be finding the onion bag.

During his time at Liverpool, Salah has built a reputation for scoring all types of goals, including long rage screamers, so it’s no shock to see him ahead of the other two here.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool before the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on August 27, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Salah vs Mbappe vs Benzema: Passing

Benzema takes top spot for his creativity, with Salah’s plethora of assists last season only seeing him given 82 passing compared to the 83 Benzema boasts. His compatriot has 80, which is the lowest attacking based stat between the three.

All three are known for their ridiculous goal scoring prowess, so to see the passing stats fall behind the finishing stats isn’t really a surprise.

MADRID, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 03: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid holds the UEFA Champions League trophy prior to the LaLiga Santander match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 03, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Salah vs Mbappe vs Benzema: Dribbling

Once again, EA’s cover star takes top spot with 92 dribbling, ahead of 87 for Benzema. Salah also breaks into the 90s with bang on 90 dribbling.

Although the trio look solid when it comes to using the ball at their feet on the new edition of the game, agility and balance suggest two will be much more useable than the other. Salah has 90 and 91, with Mbappe 93 and 81, suggesting they’ll slot into the META perfectly.

On the other hand, Benzema has just 78 and 72, so if the game is the same as always in terms of desirable stats, the Real Madrid marksman won’t be used too often.

Kylian Mbappe
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 20: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the preseason friendly match between Paris Saint-Germain and Kawasaki Frontale at National Stadium on July 20, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

Salah vs Mbappe vs Benzema: Defence and Physical

Defending stats are pretty irrelevant for the three forwards, but to see Salah above the others is no surprise given his ridiculous work ethic for Jurgen Klopp’s side, doing much more defensive work than his rivals here.

The vetran of the groups has 78 physical to boast the best stat from the three, but his young compatriot is close behind at 76 with The Egyptian King given 75.

PASADENA, CA – JULY 30: Karim Benzema #9 of Real Madrid scores a goal on a penalty kick against Juventus during the first half of their friendly soccer match at the Rose Bowl on July 30, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Salah vs Mbappe vs Benzema: Who comes out on top across the most metrics?

Obviously when it comes to FIFA 23, you’d imagine the cover star, Mbappe, will be the best of the three with his five star skill moves and eye-watering pace, with Salah just behind for his rapid nature and clinical finishing skills.

Benzema will likely be pretty unusable on the game for the META chasers like normal, but he is likely to be the Ballon d’Or winner according to the bookies, with his Champions League triumph helping him after a top notch season. They have Mbappe second and Salah in the bronze medal position, one point and one game separated Liverpool’s hero from a historic, unprecedented, quadruple which would likely have tipped the scale in his favour.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool poses with the Castrol Playmaker Winner 2021/22 award and the Castrol Golden Boot award after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on May 22, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It’s no surprise to see Mbappe look so menacing on the game given he is the cover star for the game and huge to their marketing ploy! However, The Egyptian King does come out on top if you combine all base stats and then total in-game stats sees Mo Salah on top as well.

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