Best FIFA 17 starting XI based on player ratings

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The wait for the latest edition of FIFA to be released is almost as exciting as the start of a new season for football fans.

With new features, new game modes and updated squads, it is no surprise that millions flock to the shops every year to purchase the game.

In fact, the game is taken just as seriously by the professionals who actually feature in it and the players are always keen to find out how they have been rated by the game's developers, Electronic Arts.

And if you are a devoted FIFA fan you probably know how the sport's best stars compare against each other but here at GiveMeSport, we have compiled the best possible starting XI based on player ratings.

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

The giant German has retained his title as being the best keeper between sticks and is actually considered two points better off than in FIFA 16 with a quite brilliant rating of 92.

Right-back: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)

Lahm might be 32-years-old now but he is still miles ahead of his closest rival. The Germany legend was the only right-back to be ranked in the overall top 50 players in the game with a rating of 88.

Centre-back: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich)

Continuing the Bayern Munich theme, Boateng is judged to be the best defender in FIFA 17 with a rating of 90.

Centre-back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Ramos isn't too far behind Boateng, with his comparatively lower defensive and physical ratings seemingly the reason behind his 89 value.

Left-back: David Alaba (Bayern Munich)

Completing the back four is Austria's Alaba, who narrowly pips Madrid's Marcelo with a rating of 87.

CM: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

With fairly accurate high ratings for his passing and dribbling, Modric has to be in your team if you hope to break down a stubborn defence. An overall rating of rating of 89 also represents a slight improvement from last season.

CM: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Sitting alongside Modric is the world's most expensive player and the first representative from the Premier League to feature.

Pogba's natural physical presence, obvious talent with the ball at his feet and a rating of 88 will make him one of the most popular stars in this year's game.

CAM: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Ozil is the fourth German to be included in the XI and with him and Modric in the same team, the opposition should not expect to see much of the ball at all.

He is another who has improved since the previous edition of FIFA and following another good season in the Premier League, is now valued at 89.

RW: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Onto the juicy end of the pitch now and of course Messi had to be picked on the right of a fearsome front three with a rating of 93.

LW: Neymar (Barcelona)

FIFA 17 has seen Neymar improve his rating by four points to 92 to pip team-mate Luis Suarez into becoming the third best player in the game.

The Brazilian also has the second highest dribbling attribute so back him to come out on top in any 1v1 situations.

ST: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

The Portuguese star has been given the prestigious honour of being judged as the best player on FIFA for the first time since 2009, following a stellar 2015/16 campaign with a rating of 94.

Almost all of Ronaldo's key attacking attributes are above 90 and with the quality of service he is guaranteed from the players behind him, it would take something special to stop him finding the back of the net.

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