The FIFA 16 ratings for the very best players in the world have been released this week, and having gone from 50-21, here is the list that everyone has been waiting for, the top 20 players in the world:
20. Philipp Lahm
The Bayern Munich man continues to guide the Bundesliga side to success, and was the captain as Germany went on to win last year’s World Cup.
19. Luka Modric
For all their attacking flair, it is the control and consistency that the former Tottenham man has brought that has allowed Real Madrid to destroy opponents further up the pitch.
18. Mesut Ozil
Despite appearing to be quite a lazy player, there are few in the game as clever as the Arsenal playmaker. His passing in particular, is a joy to watch at times.
17. Sergio Ramos
It is unsurprising, based on his rating, that Man United tried to bring him to Old Trafford this summer. Equally, it is little surprise that Real Madrid did everything they could to keep him.
16. Cesc Fabregas
Although he has been off the boil this season, there is little question of the Spaniard’s ability to pick out the kind of pass that will create a goal.
15. Jerome Boateng
It may have been one of the iconic images of last season when the Germany defender could only tumble to the ground as Lionel Messi glided past him in a Champions League game, but the World Cup winner remains one of the best centre-backs in the game.
14. Toni Kroos
The Real Madrid man is one of the most gifted passers in the game, and is making himself undroppable in a star-studded Los Blancos side.
13. James Rodriguez
Having shone at last year’s World Cup, where he finished the tournament as top scorer, he got his move to Real Madrid and has taken little time to find his feet.
12. Sergio Aguero
Manchester City’s talisman was the Premier League’s top goalscorer last season, and has helped the Citizens make a blistering start to this campaign.
11. Andres Iniesta
The 31-year-old continues to prove that class is permanent, having guided a Barcelona side that appeared to be in something of a transition, to an amazing treble.
10. David Silva
When Manuel Pellegrini’s side were struggling last season, Silva was one of the few players that continued to turn out stunning performances. The continuation of that form has helped City set the early pace in the top flight.
9. Thiago Silva
The Paris Saint-Germain captain was instrumental as Laurent Blanc’s side went on to claim a domestic treble last season.
The Brazilian is the first of Barcelona’s amazing front three to appear on the list. And given how well he played last year, it would not be a surprise if he is much higher on the list when FIFA 17 arrives.
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The 33-year-old continues to impress, and more importantly, regularly find the back of the net, which would suggest that he could continue playing at the highest level for several years yet.
6. Eden Hazard
The Belgian is the Premier League’s highest rated player, having been awarded several individual accolades after guiding Chelsea to the title last season.
5. Arjen Robben
He may be injury-prone but the former Chelsea man continues to cause mayhem on the wing, and has already opened his account for the new season.
4. Manuel Neuer
Much like Peter Schmeichel previously, the Bayern Munich man has rewritten the blueprint of what a goalkeeper could, and should, be. He has conceded just once in the Bundesliga this season.
3. Luis Suarez
The former Liverpool striker hit new heights during his first season at the Nou Camp, and kicked Barca’s campaign off this time around with the winner against Athletic Bilbao.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Despite finishing with an astonishing 48 goals in La Liga last season, the Real Madrid star misses out on top spot to his old rival.
1. Lionel Messi
It says something about how special Lionel Messi was last season when some are calling it his best year. The treble was largely down to him, and thus, he takes his place at the very top of the game.
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