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Cristiano Ronaldo beat out Lionel Messi as the top rated player in FIFA 17.

By SI Wire
September 02, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo’s had a good year, with a title for Portugal at Euro 2016, a title for Real Madrid in the Champions League, and now, a bit of a personal victory.

Ronaldo beat out Lionel Messi as the top rated player in FIFA 17, according to rankings released Friday by EA Sports.

Ronaldo clocks in at an overall 94, with better pace and shooting ability than Messi, in addition to improved physicality and a full five-star set of skill moves. Messi is rated 93, with a much higher dribbling and passing score than Ronaldo. It’s really a matter of taste, of course, but Ronaldo’s big year seems to have earned him the nod.

In last season’s game, Messi was given a 94 and Ronaldo a 93.

Messi’s Barcelona teammate Neymar comes in third at 92 overall. Rounding out the top 10 are Luis Suarez (92) Manuel Neuer (92), Gareth Bale (90), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (90), Jerome Boating (90), Robert Lewandowski (90) and David De Gea (90).

Find the full top 50 here. FIFA 17 is due to be released Sept. 27.

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