FIFA 23 Ratings: Will Lionel Messi remain the number one player in the game?

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News regarding FIFA 23 is beginning to trickle out, but the new ratings will always cause a stir as people share their opinions on who the top players should be.

Lionel Messi took the top spot once again in FIFA 22, but he could be hard pushed to maintain his crown amidst pressure from the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah.

Keep reading for all you need to know about the FIFA 23 Ratings.


Latest - Prem GOAT

While the fight for number one in the game is set to be fierce among the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi, our eyes are fixed on the Premier League.

Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah are most people's pick for the best player in the league, and it is difficult to argue against it!

However, spare a thought for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese legend racked up an impressive 18 goals in the league for a struggling Man Utd side.

Read why Ronaldo should be the Premier League's top player here.


FIFA 23 has now been confirmed for this year, with EA Sports set to take over in the summer of 2023 following EA and FIFA's high-profile split.

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Whatever the game will be called, we are sure to see plenty of improvements from EA as they look to build on their record-breaking release of FIFA 22.

Ultimate Team will likely be the focus once again, although EA has spent more time renovating Career Mode with the new create-a-club mode a big hit among fans.


Release Date

We are yet to see an official release date, but we always have a rough idea of when the game will arrive.

FIFA 22 was fully launched on Friday, 1 October 2021, so if EA follows the same trend, then Friday, 30 September 2022 could be our FIFA 23 release date.

As the game goes live before that (early access/Web App) we will likely see the new player ratings revealed in the month leading up to release.

Watch out for the return of the 'Ratings Collective' as they will no doubt be sharing their work on social media as the hype towards launch builds.

FUT Top 10

We don't see too much changing at the top of the FIFA ratings in FIFA 23, although we would not be surprised to see Lionel Messi drop down to a 92 OVR.

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This would see him level with Robert Lewandowski as the two best players in the game, and there can't be too many arguments with that.

Mohamed Salah's sensational season deserves an upgrade, and we think he should join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe with a 91 OVR.

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Our biggest mover would be Erling Haaland though as the Borussia Dortmund superstar continues to find the net with alarming regularity, so a 90 OVR is fair for arguably the world's second-best striker.

Predicted Top 10:

  • Lionel Messi (OVR 92)
  • Robert Lewandowski (OVR 92)
  • Kylian Mbappe (OVR 91)
  • Neymar (OVR 91)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (OVR 91)
  • Jan Oblak (OVR 91)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 91)
  • Mohamed Salah (OVR 91)
  • N'Golo Kante (OVR 90)
  • Erling Haaland (OVR 90)

Current standings

Confirmation for any FIFA 23 ratings is still months away, but EA has been releasing regular squad updates with give us an indication of what is to come.

Lionel Messi (OVR 93) and Robert Lewandowski (OVR 92) remain the highest-rated players in FIFA 22, but there are some new additions at 91 OVR.

Initially, there were five 91 OVR players at the start of FIFA 22, but that has changed in the last couple of months.

We now have six stars rated 91 overall, with Mohamed Salah and Karim Benzema receiving upgrades, while Jan Oblak has dropped down to 90 OVR.


Career Mode Wonderkids

The usual suspects will be among the top Career Mode picks in FIFA 23, with the likes of Mbappe, Haaland, and Vincius Jr. populating most managers' shortlists.

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Midfield maestros Phil Foden and Pedri will also be potential world-beaters, as they already are in FIFA 22 Career Mode.

In terms of teenage wonderkids, Florian Wirtz, Jude Bellingham, and Ansu Fati will all maintain their high potentials.

Keep an eye out for 16-year-old pair Noah Mbamba and Youssoufa Moukoko too as they could be hidden gems.