The top five players on every edition of FIFA since 2007

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Ten years ago, choosing between EA Sports' FIFA and Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer was a genuine dilemma. Since then, the former has grabbed a monopoly on virtual football game market with the recently released FIFA 17 widely regarded as the best ever.

The best aspect of the game is undoubtedly the player ratings with countless forums dedicated to predicting who would be the best in the build-up to last week's release.

Surprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo was named the best player in FIFA 17 with a rating of 94. He dethroned Lionel Messi (93), who had been top for six seasons in a row.

Considering this was the first cover that Messi hadn't appeared on since FIFA 13, speculation was that this was EA Sports' ultimate payback. But that is just a theory.

Let's get to the point. talkSPORT have painstakingly gone back through every version of FIFA over the last ten years and found the top five players in each version.

The stars

The video, which you can view by scrolling down, reveals just how much football has changed over the last decade with not even a single player making it into the top five every year.

FIFA 07 will make for the most interesting read. Wayne Rooney was rated the best player in the game with a rating of 92. That was ahead of Ronaldinho (91), who was then in his prime at Barcelona. Gianluigi Buffon was tied with Rooney on 92.

Perhaps realising their mistake, EA Sports dropped Rooney from the top five in the next addition and the Manchester United legend only featured twice more in the following years (FIFA 11 & FIFA 12).

Messi's dominance started in FIFA 10 when he was tied with Iker Casillas with a rating of 90. From FIFA 11 onwards, Ronaldo finished second every time up until FIFA 17.

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Fallen stars

Julio Cesar is one surprise package who, in FIFA 10, was just one rating point from the top spot (89). The Brazilian goalkeeper was at Inter Milan at the time but would find himself at Queens Park Rangers just two years later after a dramatic decline.

Radamel Falcao also appeared in the top five twice (FIFA 13 & FIFA 14) when he was at his best for Atletico Madrid. His decision to join AS Monaco was certainly not a wise one and he now finds himself diminished in the principality.


The video

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