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FIFA 23: Who is faster Messi or Ronaldo?

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's rivalry has given the footballing world plenty to discuss over the past two decades, but which player is faster in FIFA 23?

EA's latest edition of their flagship title could be one of the last that we see either player feature in as they head towards the end of their respective careers.

While the ability of both players has often gone unrivalled, pace is likely to be the most important attribute in the game, so you need to know who is the quickest!

Who is faster, Messi or Ronaldo?

With the official ratings for both players now released, we have it confirmed that both players have been awarded 81 Pace in FIFA 23.

Lionel Messi's pace is made up of 87 Acceleration and 76 Sprint Speed, meaning he will be quick off the mark!

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STILL ON TOP - Messi is still the highest-rated player in the game

Man Utd's Cristiano Ronaldo has more balanced attributes, with 79 Acceleration and 83 Sprint Speed.

In total, Messi boasts one extra point in total, and that could make all the difference with the new sprint mechanics in FIFA 23.

Who is better?

With very little to separate the two legends when it comes to raw pace, which player has the highest rating?

Lionel Messi takes this category with a 91 OVR, with Cristiano Ronaldo slipping for a second year running to a 90 OVR.

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SHARP SHOOTER - Ronaldo will still find the net regularly in FIFA 23

However, Ronaldo's superior Shooting, Physical, and Skill Moves will surely keep him in favour with Ultimate Team fans.

Another factor to consider is their work rates, with Messi's Low/Low work rates something to ponder if you prefer your team to press aggressively!

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