FIFA 21 Ratings: Predictions, ICONs, Ones to Watch, Messi, Ronaldo & more

This season has highlighted some great talents, but will anyone reach the likes of Messi and Ronaldo?

Phil Pangalos by Phil Pangalos

We don’t even know when the next season will start, but when it does roll around, FIFA 21 won’t be too far behind.

The player ratings always present a great talking point, and with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo no longer streaks ahead of the field, they could be overtaken in the FIFA 21 ratings.

We take a look at who could be the best players in the game for the upcoming EA game.

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FIFA 21 Top 5 Ratings Predictions

The following players are who we expect to be the top five rated players in FIFA 21 and their predicted ratings.

Lionel Messi (OVR 93)

No prizes for guessing who we predict as the number one man on FIFA 21 – it’s got be the footballing phenomenon that is Lionel Messi.


He may have won the Ballon d’Or this year, but due to his age and his lack of European success recently we expect his overall rating to drop to 93.

Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 92)

For years, Messi and Ronaldo have been battling out for the top spot. It’s fair to say that the two of them have been in a league of their own in the footballing world, but now others are catching up.


We may not want to accept it, but the Portuguese forward will be 35 years old by the time FIFA 21 comes out! Unless Juve win the Champions League, we can’t see Ronaldo getting above a 92 rating.

Kevin De Bruyne (OVR 92)

As all Premier League fans have been witness to this season, Kevin De Bruyne has been utterly outstanding in his most recent Man City campaign.


Guardiola’s squad have fallen short of Liverpool this season, and we dread to think how much bigger that gap would be if they didn’t have KDB. 92 overall would be a fair reflection of the Belgian’s talent.

Neymar (OVR 92)

The Brazilian is probably in the prime of his footballing career – he’s won two Ligue 1 trophies, two domestic cups and two Supercups in France, but now it looks like Neymar fancies a move back to Barcelona.


Therefore, FIFA 21 will likely see the winger retain his 92 overall rating, but could we see a change of club?

Virgil van Dijk (OVR 91)

It’s not often that a centre back is hailed as a world-class team’s best player – enter Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman has been an unbreakable force at the back for Liverpool, as they sail ahead in the Premier League.


Van Dijk probably deserves to be rated higher than 91 overall, but having been rated 90 last year, it’s unlikely he’ll jump to the lofty heights of 92.

Confirmed Ratings

As you’d expect there are no confirmed ratings for FIFA 21 yet. However, make sure you bookmark this page as we will bring you the latest news on FIFA 21 ratings as soon as they’re announced.

FUT 21 Icons

New legends seem to turn up with every passing FIFA game, with more set to appear in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

Franz Beckenbauer (ICON 93)

Franz Beckenbauer last appeared in the FIFA series back in FIFA 17, and we feel the Kaiser is due for a return.


Given he is a Bayern Munich legend, a FUT 21 card could be unlikely, with Bayern one of Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer partner clubs.

For more potential Icons coming to FIFA 21 head here.

Ones to Watch

Ones to Watch are players in Ultimate Team who have moved clubs in the transfer window.

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They receive a special OTW item, that improves to match their latest in-form cards from the Team of the Week.

Hakim Ziyech (OTW 85)

Hakim Ziyech’s upcoming move to Chelsea is one of the few transfers confirmed for next summer and looks to be a shoo-in for an OTW item.

hakim Ziyech fifa 21 chelsea otw

What other players are likely to join him on FUT 21?

To read everything about FIFA 21, including release date, cover star, trailer, Career mode, Ultimate Team and more, head here.

Phil Pangalos

First Console: GameBoy Color / Favourite Game: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood / Currently playing: UFC 3

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