Plus, Vidic is ‘officially’ the best defender in the world.
Almost as interesting as the gameplay improvements made to Fifa with each successive release are the rankings the development team have bestowed upon each player.
A source of many an arguement between fans (well, at least among my friends) player rankings are something that we sports game fans take very seriously, so it’s vital that they are as accurate and consistent as possible.
Now that has hit, we thought we’d share a few of the more interesting player rankings with you. Unsurprisngly, Barcelona dominate much of top players list; Messi is ranked as the finest player in the game at 94 (out of 100), just edging Xavi (92), Iniesta (91) and Arjen Robben (91).
Three of the four best players in the play for Barcelona… I wonder who we’ll be seeing a lot of in ranked online matches?
Elsewhere, Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas is seen as the best goalie, Manchester Utd’s Vidic is the best defender and Javier Mascherano (again, Barcleona) is the best of the defensive midfielders. On a side note: it’s nice to see that Borussia Dortmund’s brilliant young defender Mats Hummels is right up there with the world’s best and most famous centre backs.
Of the top 21 players overall (there’s a tie for 20th), five come from Barcelona, three each from Manchester Utd and Bayern Munich and two from AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester City.
See a more in-depth look at the 20 best players from each position .