Every season, they are a topic of debate, but how does EA Sports arrive at the numbers they allot as overall rankings for each player in the game? Every year, EA Sports makes 100 player ratings for the best players in the game along with the entire database of player ratings from all the licensed leagues when it releases a new FIFA game.
Before the new FIFA was released, there were debates over FIFA ratings. And every season, without fail, is like this. EA receives criticism regularly for rating players either too well or too poorly. But how exactly are these FIFA rankings created? Here we look at players ranked the best in the new FIFA 23. The list consists of the five players tied for the best FIFA rating.
1. Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema might be the current occupant of Ronaldo and Messi’s throne. Questions of the next player to step into their footsteps can be held temporarily after the 34 years old French became the fifth French player to win the Ballon d’Or while also winning UEFA Player of the Year.
Benzema, 34 years and 302 days old, is the oldest Ballon d’Or winner since Stanley Matthews, 41 years old, in 1956. Given that he assumed the position of Real Madrid’s major goal scorer following Ronaldo’s departure in 2018, Benzema is rightfully deserving of his roses. After switching from the false nine positions, he consistently scored goals as a solitary striker.
From 2018 to 2022, he received four straight selections to the La Liga Team of the Season. He also won the La Liga Best Player award twice and the Pichichi Trophy for the first time in 2022. As he won his fifth championship in 2022, Benzema finished as the top scorer in the Champions League.
2. Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne again led Manchester City to the Premier League throne in 2020/2023. The Belgian who won Premier League Player of the Season last season is the best player in English football, and his rating was only an affirmation by FIFA. De Bruyne finished third in the 2022 Fifa Ballon d’Or.
De Bruyne is a master of the art of passing, and only his teammate Ederson from Manchester City has a passing rating higher than his 93, and no one else in the game can match that. De Bruyne does not only dish out assists. He scored 19 goals in 44 appearances last season for Manchester City. His rating is well deserved, and his recent link-up with Erling Haaland will only see it increase in the nearest future.
3. Kylian Mbappe
The French Prodigy’s rating remained the same after He won the Ligue One with PSG. He was named in the UEFA Champions League team of the season despite the French Champions’ abysmal display in the competition.
He also became just the third player to lead Ligue 1 in scoring four straight seasons with 28 goals. Mbappé finished the season with 17 assists, making him the only player in Ligue 1 history to hold the top scoring and assist positions simultaneously. His rating is fair as he remains the fastest player in the game, with a pace rating of 97.
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4. Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski was unlucky to miss out on the Ballon d’Or last season, and it was scandalous that he didn’t win it when they canceled it the year before. However, in recent years, he has undoubtedly been the finest and most reliable No. 9 in all of football.
He is currently vying for a third straight European Golden Shoe in Barcelona. Messi was the only other player to accomplish that. He has a lower rating in FIFA 23 than last season, which seems cruel, given that he scored 50 goals in 46 games.
5. Lionel Messi
A top 100 Central Attacking Midfielder (CAM) , Messi plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1. He joined the club in 2021 with a class cap of €99,900,000, and his 2nd contract is also playing as a footballer for the Argentine football club, was chosen for 10th place in international competitions.
With seven Ballon d’Or triumphs, his standing as the current winner influences the pick. Though he had a poor season in Ligue One, it cannot be ignored. Messi’s initial season in Ligue 1 saw him provide six goals and 14 assists. Thus his overall rating dipped by two points.
The FIFA Rating doesn’t accurately summarize a player’s performance in a season. It can be biased, and it can also be preferential. However, the list above is a fair representation of the player’s performance in the 2022 season, and it’s one of the best FIFA ratings in recent times