30. Giorgio Chiellini (OVR 89 – 88)
Club: Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)
Giorgio Chiellini’s leadership proved invaluable as Juventus sauntered to another Serie A title last season.
The prospect of a “master and apprentice” type partnership with Matthijs de Ligt this season was a mouth-watering one, but has had to be shelved after Chiellini was sidelined by injury for six months. When fit, he is still amongst the best defenders in the world.
29. Paul Pogba (OVR 88 – 88)
Position: CM, CAM
Club: Manchester United
Last season saw the best and worst of Paul Pogba, after producing a series of laborious displays under Jose Mourinho before showcasing his best form after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed.
Such a mixed bag should mean that his rating stays on 88. Combining power and technical ability, he’s one of the most effective Premier League players to use on FIFA and an essential for your ultimate team.
28. Gerard Pique (OVR 87 – 88)
Gerard Pique was as imperious as ever in Barcelona’s title charge – even at 32 years’ old, many claim he is the best defender in the league and should be in the conversation for the world’s best defender.
He has, however, long been a tricky player to use on FIFA as he is often exposed for his lack of pace when facing quick forwards. An improvement to 89 could be on the cards.
27. Raheem Sterling (OVR 87 – 88) CONFIRMED
Position: RW, LW
Club: Manchester City
It is difficult to judge where Sterling will place on the FIFA rankings – rumours persist that will only be 88, but we think he should be higher. If it weren’t for Virgil van Dijk’s incredible 2018/19 season, Sterling would have walked all of the end of season awards.
Scoring 17 and assisting ten in the Premier League, Sterling has proved that he’s the main man for club and country.
26. David Silva (OVR 89 – 89)
Position: CAM, CM
Club: Manchester City
David Silva’s goal contributions were slightly down on the season before (from 20 goals and assists to 14), and as a result, his rating may fall by one to 88. Regardless, he’s still such a majestic player.
As he begins his final season for Manchester City, surely he should be in the conversation for the greatest player to ever pull on a City shirt?
25. Alisson (OVR 87 – 89)
Has any player in world football had as much of a successful season as Alisson Becker? With Champions League and Copa America medals to his name, the answer is surely no.
In his first season in Liverpool colours, he kept a staggering 21 clean sheets and was one of the main catalysts for Liverpool’s transformation into title contenders.
24. Sergio Ramos (OVR 91 – 89)
Club: Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos will no longer be the highest-rated defender in the game and drops out of the nineties for the first time since FIFA 17.
By Ramos’ standards, he had a pretty calamitous 2018/19; he purposely got a yellow card to miss Madrid’s second leg against Ajax in the Champions League only for Madrid to get knocked out, then had a request to leave denied. His rating drops two to 89.
23. N’Golo Kante (OVR 89 – 89)
Position: CDM, CM
Last season was a curious one for N’Golo Kante, as he found himself often at the centre of debate regarding his positioning in Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side.
Even playing in a role more advanced than he is accustomed to, he was an indispensable member of the side. Hopefully, under Lampard we’ll see Kante doing what he does best again, covering all areas of the pitch to break up play.
22. Kalidou Koulibaly (OVR 88 – 89)
A consistently excellent performer for Napoli, Kalidou Koulibaly has established himself as one of the top three defenders in the world, and the best in Serie A.
If he were to be available, he could easily fetch a higher fee than the £80 million Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire, a world record for a defender. Sadly for Europe’s big boys, he appears to have no interest in leaving Naples.
21. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (OVR 89 – 89)
Barcelona’s number 1 has a serious shout to be the best goalkeeper in the world. On this year’s game, we expect him to be right in amongst it with Jan Oblak and last year’s best goalkeeper David de Gea, who risks a ratings drop.
Despite all this, he is still struggling to get in the Germany side over captain Manuel Neuer, despite many fans calls for Marc-Andre ter Stegen to start consistently.
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