Cristiano Ronaldo crashes, Karim Benzema shoots up, plus top climbers and surprise entries

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EA Sports has revealed which players will hold the highest ranks in FIFA 23 when the game launches worldwide on September 30th, and while some of the ranks make sense, others have us scratching our heads.

Fittingly, the ratings for the game’s top 23 players were released first, with all the usual names populating the top echelons of the list, although there’s room for a few more unlikely entries as well.

Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have dominated the landscape for many years, have fallen from FIFA 22 to FIFA 23 in the overall roster – although the Portuguese superstar does so to a much greater degree than the Argentine. Both have claimed the top spots for more than a decade, but a combination of new players on the global stage, time to catch up with living legends, and performance changes are shaking up the ranks.

Several other prominent names have lost standing as the power at the top of the professional game continues to shift. Elsewhere, outstanding players from the last season have been rewarded with huge increases in their stats.

We’ve gone through the front row of FIFA 23 reviews on offer and picked out some of the biggest and most notable takeaways.

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After a season in which Benzema has surpassed all expectations while leading the line for Real Madrid, winning LaLiga and the Champions League while scoring 44 goals in 46 games, it comes as little surprise that the French forward shot for No. 1. 1 in the FIFA rankings.

Rather than jumping up a few rungs, however, the 34-year-old has enjoyed a truly impressive rise from a relatively modest 14th place in FIFA 22 to all the way up in FIFA 23 – the biggest – rise by a player into the top 23.

This is because Benzema also gets the largest individual rating improvement among the game’s top players after being boosted two full points from 89 to 91.

Messi retains the top five spot, but only just

A fixture in the top two for 13 years, Messi saw his luster begin to fade as elite football slowly transitioned into a brave new era.

While fellow sparring player Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a rather humiliating crash from the summit, Messi has managed to maintain his place in the top five despite his individual rating falling from 93 in FIFA 22 to 91 in FIFA 23.

However, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar is clinging to his prized position by a slender margin as no fewer than five players with combined ratings of 90 are below him.

Ronaldo crashes the order

Ronaldo is enjoying a stunning return to Manchester United and has had to start off the bench for much of this season. Having made seven appearances for United in all competitions, he is yet to score or assist this season. Thus, Ronaldo has given up his bronze place in the FIFA 22 ranking (third with a score of 91) and has fallen back to eighth place in FIFA 23 with a score of 90.

This is his lowest FIFA player rating since FIFA 2011, when the Portuguese forward posted a meager 87 aggregate score in his second season at Real Madrid.

Thibaut Courtois is the best goalkeeper in the game

The Belgium international featured in Real Madrid’s comfortable win over Liverpool in the 2021/22 Champions League final. Courtois has followed teammate Benzema’s lead by flying up the rankings to claim the crown as the best goalkeeper in FIFA 23.

The 30-year-old colossus is ninth in the overall standings and is in the top 23 ahead of fellow stoppers Manuel Neuer (10th), Alisson Becker (16th), Ederson (18th) and Jan Oblak (20th). .

Highest Climbers

As previously mentioned, Benzema is by far the highest mover in the top 23, having climbed 13 places from FIFA 22 to FIFA 23.

Courtois, a hero of the Champions League final, has moved up 10 places from 19th to 9th thanks to a one-point improvement in his overall game rating (from 89 to 90). Meanwhile, Sadio Mane’s move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich appears to have coincided with a nine-place jump from 22nd to 13th this time.

Biggest Sliders

Although Ronaldo has fallen five rungs from third to eighth in the overall rankings, the Manchester United veteran’s fall is being echoed by Harry Kane (8th to 17th), N’Golo Kante (9th to 19th) and Oblak (7th to 17th). .on) dwarfed 20.).

The most notable relegations, however, are goalkeeper pairing Marc Andre ter Stegen and Gianluigi Donnarumma, both of whom fell out of the top 23 despite occupying relatively high positions (11th and 13th respectively) in last year’s list.

surprise entries

Perhaps the only surprise in Erling Haaland’s ranking is that it took him so long to crack the top 23 after missing it completely in FIFA 22. The Man City forward has started the season in lightning form and finds himself in 21st place in the result. Something tells us that the number will only increase as his career goes from strength to strength.

Another unlikely name to feature in the top 23 is Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos, who shares a high 88 rating with Haaland and Toni Kroos.

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 Kimmich – 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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