The Elite 50, According To ‘FIFA 15’

Ahead of the release of FIFA 15, the developers of the tremendously successful FIFA series have published the list of the top 50 best players. The list is not surprisingly topped by the series cover star Lionel Messi, who once again reigns supreme over his rival Cristiano Ronaldo despite missing out on the FIFA Ballon d’OR.

FIFA 15 is due to be released on September 23 in the United States, on September 25 in Europe, and September 26 in the United Kingdom.

According to EA Sports, the list is based on player performances over the last 365 days (both in club and cup competitions), as well as in-game statistics. The developers of FIFA 15 claim that FIFA 15 uses the most detailed up-to-date stats yet to accurately recreate every player from all the key leagues throughout the world. It currently works with the Premier League to produce the EA Sports Player Performance Index, which analyses player contributions to each match based on five criteria.

The list is dominated by elite footballers mainly from the Barclays Premier League, the Italian Serie A, the Spanish La Liga and the German Bundesliga.

50. Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus (Italy)
49. Andrea Pirlo – Juventus (Italy)
48. Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich (Germany)
47. Iker Casillas – Real Madrid (Spain)
46. Cesc Fàbregas- Chelsea FC (England)
45. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur (England)
44. Javi Martinez – Bayern Munich (Germany)
43. Sergio Busquets – FC Barcelona (Spain)
42. Jerome Boateng – Bayern Munich (Germany)
41. Juan Mata – Manchester United (England)

40. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid (Spain)
39. Carlos Tevez – Juventus (Italy)
38. Mario Götze – Bayern Munich (Germany)
37. Diego Costa – Chelsea FC (England)
36. Toni Kroos – Real Madrid (Spain)
35. Arturo Vidal – Juventus FC (Italy)
34. Petr Čech – Chelsea FC (England)
33. Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain (France)
32. James Rodríguez – Real Madrid (Spain)
31. Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea FC (England)

30. Neymar Jr. – FC Barcelona (Spain)
29. Mats Hummels – Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
28. Mesut Özil – Arsenal (England)
27. Thomas Müller – Bayern Munich (Germany)
26. Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
25. Ángel Di María – Manchester United (England)
24. Sergio Agüero – Manchester City (England)
23. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United (England)
22. Yaya Touré – Manchester City (England)
21. Xavi – FC Barcelona (Spain)

20. Vincent Kompany – Manchester City (England)
19. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich (Germany)
18. Luka Modrić – Real Madrid (Spain)
17. David Silva – Manchester City (England)
16. Thiago Silva – Paris Saint-Germain (France)
15. Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid (Spain)
14. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid (Spain)
13. Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich (Germany)
12. Radamel Falcao – Manchester United (England)
11. Robin van Persie – Manchester United (England)

10. Eden Hazard – Chelsea FC (England)
9. Franck Ribéry – Bayern Munich (Germany)
8. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich (Germany)
7. Luis Suárez – FC Barcelona (Spain)
6. Andrés Iniesta – FC Barcelona (Spain)
5. Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich (Germany)
4. Zlatan Ibrahimović – Paris Saint-Germain (France)
3. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich (Germany)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid (Spain)
1. Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona (Spain)

The reaction over the eagerly awaited FIFA 15 ratings was met with bemusement from fans over Twitter.

The Inquisitr had reported features set to make its debut in the FIFA series. Unique FIFA 15 features such as Emotional Intelligence should give gamers a more realistic experience while gaming.

The FIFA 15 demo is set to be released on September 9.

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