Cristiano Ronaldo dethrones Leo Messi as the highest ranked player in EA FIFA 17

Messi and Ronaldo
Messi and Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dethrones Messi…in FIFA 17

EA Sports’ rankings for their latest installment of FIFA were leaked today, and they’ve caused quite a stir.

The FIFA game series has become something of a worldwide phenomenon, and its ratings are taken as gospel by its fans and gamers.

There was a time when Pro Evolution Soccer rivaled FIFA on the world stage, but EA overtook the Konami game when they finally managed to match their gameplay with their slick graphics and official rights to names and teams.

With online gaming now taking FIFA to another level, the game has never been so popular, and fans were waiting earnestly for these new rankings.

And they’ve made one key change: Ronaldo has overtaken Messi as the best player in the game.

Same top 3 as last year’s Ballon D’Or

It’s very close, but Ronaldo’s ratings are marginally better than Messi’s.

It seems Ronaldo has been rewarded for his trophy-laden year with Real Madrid and Portugal, which saw him win the Champions League and Euro 2016.

It’s arguable whether Ronaldo was actually that much better than Messi on the pitch this past year, but Ronaldo fans will be delighted with this coup.

Interestingly, the top 3 players in the game – Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar – are the same three who were on the Ballon D’Or podium last January, meaning there’s no place for Suarez or Bale in the top 3.

The new FIFA 17 Rankings
The new FIFA 17 Rankings
Messi's full FIFA ratings
Messi’s full FIFA ratings
Ronaldo's full FIFA ratings
Ronaldo’s full FIFA ratings