Messi, Ronaldo drop in FIFA 23’s rankings
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dropped in FIFA 23’s rankings.
Manchester United forward, Ronaldo lost only a single point in his overall score from last season’s edition of the game, but that’s enough to send him spiraling from third to eighth.
Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid sidekick turned likely Ballon d’Or winner, Benzema, has gained two points in his overall score, moving up from 14th to become the best player on the game.
Four other players match Benzema’s 91 rating, with Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi losing two points to drop down from top spot to fifth after an underwhelming debut campaign in France.
In between the former El Clasico rivals are Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe and Kevin De Bruyne, while taking up the spots between Messi and Ronaldo are Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.
FIFA have so far released just the top 23 players from the upcoming game, with the biggest movers in the rankings being two goalkeepers.
Real Madrid’s Champions League final hero Thibaut Courtois has moved up 10 places from 19th to ninth, while his city rival from Atletico, Jan Oblak, has dropped from seventh to 20th.
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