Lionel Messi Edges Cristiano Ronaldo As FIFA 16 Top-Rated Player

Editor: fifa16mall Time: 07/08/2015

Lionel Messi may have lost out on a Copa America title over the weekend, but the Barcelona man and cover boy of EA Sports' "FIFA 16" was able to edge out Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as the No. 1 rated player in the game, EA Sports will announce the cover stars for each region on Wednesday. For the first time, the franchise will include women's soccer teams, meaning fans of the US women's national team -- fresh off its third World Cup title -- will get to play as Carli Lloyd, and try to recreate that goal she scored from the halfway mark.

"FIFA 16" won't be in stores until September, but the video game franchise gave its fans a teaser by releasing the ratings of Barcelona and Real Madrid players on Monday, with Messi, Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta the only players with a rating of 90 or higher. While we have a look at both squads, let's keep in mind that we're still in summer transfer window, so club rosters could change by the time the game is launched.

 

Barcelona:

Bravo (84), Alves (83), Pique (87), Mascherano (83), Alba (82), Rakitic (83), Busquets (86), Iniesta (90), Messi (94), Suarez (89), Neymar (88), Xavi (87), Ter Stegen (82).

 

Real Madrid:

Casillas (84), Carjaval (80), Ramos (87), Pepe (83), Marcelo (82), Kroos (87), Modric (88), Bale (87), James (87), Ronaldo (93), Benzema (86), Isco (84), Lucas Silva (75), Arbeloa (79), Illarra (78), Jese (75), Varane (82), Coentrao (79), Keylor (78).

 

"FIFA 16" released the ratings of 13 Barcelona players, and averaged an overall rating of 86, while Real Madrid featured 19 players and averaged an overall rating of 82.8. Seems like Barcelona -- fresh off clinching the European Treble -- have the advantage over their Spanish rivals.

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