The fall of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema’s rockets, plus top climbers and surprise entries

EA Sports has revealed which players will have the highest ratings in FIFA 23 when the game launches worldwide on September 30th, and while some of the ratings make sense, others leave us in awe.

Fittingly, rankings for the game’s top 23 players were released first with all the usual names appearing at the higher levels of the list, although there is room for a few unlikely entries as well.

Having dominated the landscape for many years, both of them Lionel Messi And the Cristiano Ronaldo They found themselves dropping from the overall roster from FIFA 22 to FIFA 23 – despite the Portuguese superstar being much older than the Argentine. Both have held the top spots for more than a decade, but a combination of new players on the world stage, time spent catching live legends and performance changes are shifting the ranks.

Many other notable names have seen their stature diminish as the power shift continues at the top of the professional game. Elsewhere, outstanding performers from last season have been rewarded with major boosts to their stats.

We’ve looked at the first batch of FIFA 23 ratings on offer and picked some of the biggest and most popular.

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After a season in which Benzema has exceeded all expectations while leading the attacking line for Real Madrid, winning the La Liga and Champions League, scoring 44 goals in 46 games in the process, it can hardly come as a shock to see the French striker go off goalless. No. 1 in FIFA rankings.

However, rather than jumping a few notches, the 34-year-old has enjoyed a truly impressive rise from the relatively modest 14th position in FIFA 22 all the way to the top of the tree in FIFA 23 – the largest. Any player climbed into the top 23.

This is due to Benzema also receiving the biggest improvement in the individual rating among the best players in the game having been boosted by two full points from 89 to 91.

Messi retains the top five, but only

After being a regular in the top two for 13 years, Messi has seen his luster fade as elite football slowly advances into a brave new era.

However, while fellow sparring partner Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a somewhat humiliating relegation from the top, Messi managed to maintain his place in the top five despite his individual rating dropping from 93 in FIFA 22 to 91 in FIFA 23.

However, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar holds his prized position by the tightest of margins, with no fewer than five players outclassing him with combined ratings of 90.

Ronaldo collapses the ranking

Ronaldo is suffering from a frustrating return to Manchester United and has been relegated to the First Division as a substitute this season. He has yet to score or assist this season after seven games for United in all competitions. Hence, Ronaldo relinquished the bronze position in the FIFA 22 rankings (3rd with a rating of 91) and slipped to eighth place in FIFA 23 with a rating of 90.

This represents the lowest FIFA player rating since FIFA 2011, when the Portuguese had a meager overall score of 87 in his second season at Real Madrid.

Thibaut Courtois He is the best goalkeeper in the game

The Belgium international was consistent in Real Madrid’s victory over Liverpool in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League Final. Courtois followed his team-mate Benzema’s progress by moving up the world rankings to win the FIFA 23 Best Goalkeeper award.

The 30-year-old giant ranks ninth on the overall list and thus finds himself above his fellow cloggers Manuel Neuer (The tenth) , Alison Baker (sixteen) , Ederson (18) and Jan Oblak (Twenty) in the top 23.

top climbers

As mentioned earlier, Benzema is the highest climber in the top 23, jumping 13 places from FIFA 22 to FIFA 23.

Champions League final champion, Courtois, moved up 10 places from 19th to 9th thanks to a one point improvement in his overall game rating (from 89 to 90). while Sadio ManeThe player’s move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich appears to have coincided with his rise in ninth place in the list from 22nd to 13th this time.

Biggest Sliders

Although Ronaldo slipped five places from third to eighth overall, the Manchester United veteran’s fall from grace has been overshadowed by him. Harry King (VIII-XVII), N’Golo Kanti (ninth to nineteenth) and Oblak (seventh to twentieth).

However, the most prominent skaters are the goalkeeper pair Marc-Andre ter Stegen And the Gianluigi Donnarummawho slipped off the top 23 despite occupying relatively high positions (11th and 13th respectively) on last year’s list.

surprise entries

Maybe it was the only surprise Erling HaalandHis assessment is that he took too long to break into the top 23, having completely missed out on FIFA 22. The powerful Man City striker started the season in blistering fashion and finds himself 21st as a result. Something tells us that the number is only set to rise as his career goes from strength to strength.

Another name you are unlikely to find in the top 23 is the PSG center back Marquinhoswhich shares a rating of 88 with both Haaland and Toni Kroos.

The full list:

1. Karim Benzema 91
2. Robert Lewandowski – 91
3 – Kylian Mbappe – 91
4 – Kevin De Bruyne – 91
5. Lionel Messi – 91
6. Mohamed Salah – 90
7- Virgil van Dijk – 90
8. Cristiano Ronaldo – 90
9- Thibaut Courtois – 90
10- Manuel Neuer – 90
11. Neymar Jr. – 89
12- Son Heung-min – 89
13. Sadio Mane – 89
14- Joshua Kimmish – 89
15- Casemiro – 89
16- Alison Becker – 89
17. Harry Kane – 89
18. Ederson – 89
19- N’Golo Kante – 89
20- Jan Oblak – 89
21- Erling Haaland – 88
22. Toni Kroos – 88
23- Marquinhos – 88

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