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Best FIFA 22 rating: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?

Despite the fact that they are already in their thirties, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue to compete at the highest levels of the game.

Both players have found new clubs (Ronaldo returns to Manchester United, Messi joins Paris Saint-Germain) and fans will be able to go head-to-head at FIFA 22 from October 2021.

Here’s a closer look at how your in-game scores stack up.

FIFA 22 rankings: Messi vs. Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has an overall FIFA 22 rating of 91. The Manchester United forward is down one point from FIFA 21, when he had a rating of 92. It is Ronaldo’s third consecutive fall in the EA Sports series, with Portugal. captain having previously had a rating of 93 in FIFA 20 and 94 in FIFA 19.

Why the decline? The 36-year-old Ronaldo’s pace is down two points but remains high at 87, while his physical attribute has also dropped slightly to 75 from 77 in FIFA 21.

Yet Ronaldo remains the best Premier League player in FIFA 22, sharing that title with Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, and among the best stars in the game overall.


Lionel Messi’s FIFA 22 rating is 93 and that makes him the best player in the game. His overall rating has remained unchanged since FIFA 21.

The FIFA ratings of the new Paris Saint-Germain signing have actually been over 90 since FIFA 09, and since he received a 94 in FIFA 12, he has not dropped below 93 in any of the subsequent 10 titles.

Interestingly, Messi’s pace, shooting, passing, dribbling, and physical attributes remain unchanged since FIFA 21, but his defense attribute has dropped from 38 to 34 in FIFA 22.

Messi’s overall rating in FIFA 22 is two higher (93) than Ronaldo’s (91), but here’s how they stack up when attributes are broken down:

ClassificationCristiano RonaldoLionel messi
He passed8291
Defending3. 43. 4

As the table illustrates, Messi is considered better than Ronaldo in several areas, and his passing and dribbling skills are considered much better than the Manchester United striker. Messi’s pass is rated at 91 to Ronaldo’s 82, a reflection of the Argentine international’s higher contribution of assists, and his dribble is 95 compared to Ronaldo’s 88.

Ronaldo surpasses Messi in terms of pace, shooting and physical attributes, but only slightly. Ronaldo’s shooting skill is rated 93, one more than Messi’s 92, and his pace is 87, just two more than his Argentine counterpart.

MORE: Lionel Messi’s FIFA 22 FUT Card

The only area in which Ronaldo is undoubtedly far superior to Messi is physical attributes, scoring 75 to 10 better than the PSG star.

However, the two stars are among the top three players in FIFA 22, and Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski is the only player standing between them. Technically, Ronaldo is the third best player in FIFA 22, sharing the space with four other players.

Who are the best players in FIFA 22?

RankPlayerPositionFIFA 22 Ranking
1Lionel messiRW93
2Robert LewandowskiST92
= 3Cristiano RonaldoST91
= 3Kevin De BruyneCM91
= 3Kylian MbappéST91
= 3NeymarLW91
= 3Jan OblakGK91
= 8Harry kaneST90
= 8N’Golo KanteMDL90
= 8Manuel NeuerGK90
= 8Marc-Andre ter StegenGK90

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