Lionel Messi will be the highest rated player on FIFA 22 after EA Sports revealed the top22 of the upcoming games.
The latest edition of the long-running title will be released in early October and will see Messi represent a team other than Barcelona for the first time.
Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain in August and will give players the chance to line up with him, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe all in the same top three. With a rating of 93, Messi will be the best player in the game, excluding Ultimate Team icons and special cards.
Neymar and Mbappe's ratings were also among those revealed on Monday, with the pair among five out of 91 - the other three are Cristiano Ronaldo, Jan Oblak and Kevin De Bruyne.Of course, the game will give Manchester United fans the chance to include Ronaldo in their Red Devils squad after completing his return to the club after a 12-year absence.
Aside from Messi, the only other player to be rated better than Ronaldo is Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. He broke Gerd Mullers longtime record of 40 Bundesliga goals in a single season in 2020-21 as he scored 41 times en route to the title. But that wasn't enough to topple Messi. Even in a largely disappointing season for Barcelona, Messi still managed to score 30 La Liga goals and he scored nine more - only four players had more assists.
This may partly explain why the six-time Ballon d'Or winner only propels Lewandowski to the headliner despite this historic latest campaign.
The 22 best FIFA 22 players:
. Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain - 93
. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich - 92
.Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United - 91
. Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City - 91
. Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain - 91
. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain - 91
. Jan Oblak, Atlético Madrid - 91
. Harry Kane, Tottenham - 90
. NGolo Kanté, Chelsea - 90
. Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich - 90
.Marc-André ter Stegen, Barcelona - 90
.Mohamed Salah, Liverpool - 89
.Gianluigi Donnarumma, Paris Saint-Germain - 89
. Karim Benzema, Real Madrid - 89
.Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool - 89
.Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich - 89
. Son Heung-min, Tottenham - 89
.Alisson, Liverpool - 89
.Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid - 89
. Casemiro, Real Madrid - 89
. Ederson, Manchester City - 89
. Sadio Mané, Liverpool - 89
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