FIFA 21 Unveils Player Rankings, Messi Tops the List Yet Again

FIFA 21 Unveils Player Rankings, Messi Tops the List Yet Again

FIFA 21 player rankings are finally here and, while there appears to be a bit of a stat squish, the usual suspects are still on top of the ratings.

FIFA 21 is nearly upon us, which means it’s time for EA Sports to drop their latest batch of player rankings. There are, as you’d expect several major shakeups across the big leagues, but maybe the most surprising change is at the top. No, don’t worry, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still take top billing. However, EA has lowered their stats slightly, which should help once the duo starts racking up Team of the Week cards in Ultimate Team.

Now yes, it’s just a one-point reduction for both players. However, just go look at Messi’s cards in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team. The man has two 99-rated cards, which undervalues his Team of the Year card. By downgrading him and Ronaldo ever so slightly, the team has more room to work with when building out their inevitable upgrade path. Hopefully, this leads to better card diversity at the top.

The FIFA 21 player database is currently being overloaded, making it tough to check out all the rankings. That said, there are a few other surprises we can see when looking at the various position and league top players. For instance, players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jadon Sancho have a three-point bump in their rankings. Arnold’s fellow English fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka is up four points. And, Erling Haaland, the man of the moment, had a massive jump from 73 at the start of last year to 84 in FIFA 21.

On the other side of the rankings, Croatia’s favorite son Luka Modric has been taken out of the 90-club for the first time since FIFA 18. He’s dropped three points down to 87. Another former megastar in Marco Reus is also being hit by EA’s algorithm and is also down three points.

They aren’t the only questionable rankings. I really don’t see how guys like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Romelu Lukaku, and Timo Werner are either staying the same or getting downgraded. Aubameyang went down one ranking after another stellar season that saw Arsenal finish with some important hardware. Lukaku absolutely destroyed the Italian league, putting up his best season ever, but can’t get an upgrade. And Werner dominated the Bundesliga before making a big-money move to Chelsea and dropped a point. It boggles the mind.

We still have about a month until FIFA 21 hits. So, you have plenty of time to work out who you’ll plan to pick up before the first weekend league. Personally, I’m looking at running a Bundesliga team this year. That Haaland just looks too juicy and you know he’s set to get several upgraded cards throughout the year.

FIFA 21 releases October 8 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. A Nintendo Switch version will also come that day. That said, it’s a legacy edition that I wouldn’t recommend unless you have no other options. PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will also drop later this year.