September 16, 2021 || 11:24 am

Cristiano Ronaldo to joint third-best player in the world for FIFA 22!

It’s that time of the year again: EA has annou’nced the ratings for the top 22 players in FIFA 22. And as usual they’ve spark’ed a vocife’rous deba’te.



There are a few eyeb’row raisers in here, but let’s start at the top and with Cristiano, who has been downgra’ded one point in over’all score.


Cristiano Ronaldo was rated 92 overall in last year’s game, and second only to Lionel Messi’s 93. For FIFA 22, however, Ronaldo has a 91 overall rating, and is booted into joint third alon’gside the likes of Manch’ester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain, and Atle’tico de Mad’rid keeper Jan Oblak.


That means Cristiano Ronaldo is out of the top two best players in the world acco’rding to FIFA for what feels like a lifetime. Replacing him, some will argue dese’rvedly so, is Bayern goal mach’ine Robert Lewand’owski, who has an overall 92 rating having had a 91 last year. Messi is still the best pla’yer in the world, accord’ing to FIFA, with a 93.


Is the Ronaldo down’grade justified? The 36-year-old isn’t get’ting any you’nger, of course, but anyone who watched his second debut for Manchester United at the week’end will know he can still play at a high level.


Perhaps a more contro’versial downg’rade is that suffe’red by Liver’pool’s Mohamed Salah, who sees a single point overall rating reducti’on from 90 to 89. I’ve seen fans already left scratching their head at this one – Salah was argua’bly Liverpool’s best player last season, almost single-handedly dragg’ing the club into the top four of the Premier League. And he’s started this season won’derfully. Is he worse, now, than he was?


As a Chelsea fan, I’m delig’hted to see the irrepressible N’Golo Kanté in the top 22 with a 90 rating, up from last year’s 88. Well deserved for a player who was man of the ma’tch in the Cham’pions League semi-final second leg and final. I’d have loved to have seen Romelu Lukaku make the cut after his title-winn’ing season for Inter and his ongoing exploits for his cou’ntry and new club. Is he worse than Real Madrid’s Karim Benz’ema? I think he’s better, but then I would. The only English player in the top 22 is Spurs and Engl’and captain Harry Kane, who jum’ps from 88 to 90.



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