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September 13, 2022

FIFA 23 ratings: Lewandowski, Messi among five players

FIFA 23 ratings: Lewandowski, Messi among five players

By Biodun Busari

FIFA has officially named Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski and Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi among the top five players in the FIFA 23 ahead of the game’s release this month.

While the previous editions had Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo often touched 93 or 94, the highest rating this time is capped at 91.

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That honour, aside from the two aforementioned players, has gone to Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, and Kevin de Bruyne, who also received the top 91 card.

Lewandowski was the highest scorer last season, with 48 goals across the three club competitions.

Benzema, however, probably cruised home with the honour for the best player, winning the La Liga title and UEFA Champions League scoring 44 goals.

Their sterling performances last term were understandable for them to earn the highest rank possible in the game.

Messi, meanwhile, did not have the best of seasons, but FIFA ratings are also ranked on history and ability, so a 91 is the bare minimum he deserves.

Mbappe is the official poster boy for the game and had a pretty solid season himself with 39 goals. While his displays probably do not touch the rest of the three, it can definitely be understood why he shares the same platform.

De Bruyne is an interesting case, though. He was arguably Manchester City’s best player as they cruised to another Premier League trophy, but on the grand scale of things, it is a bit surprising he has been rated 91.

Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thibaut Courtois, and Manuel Neuer sit in the tier just below these five, with 90 each.

The third tier, at 89, features Neymar, Son Heung-Min, Sadio Mane, Joshua Kimmich, Casemiro, Alisson, Harry Kane, Ederson, N’Golo Kante, and Jan Oblak.

French midfield machine, N’golo Kante is the only Chelsea player in the top 23.