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EA downgrades Cristiano Ronaldo to joint third-best player in the world for FIFA 22

Maybe he'll Siiiiuu.

It's that time of the year again: EA has announced the ratings for the top 22 players in FIFA 22. And as usual they've sparked a vociferous debate.

There are a few eyebrow raisers in here, but let's start at the top and with Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been downgraded one point in overall score.

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Ronaldo was rated 92 overall in last year's game, and second only to Lionel Messi's 93. For FIFA 22, however, Ronaldo has a 91 overall rating, and is booted into joint third alongside the likes of Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain, and Atletico de Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.

That means Ronaldo is out of the top two best players in the world according to FIFA for what feels like a lifetime. Replacing him, some will argue deservedly so, is Bayern goal machine Robert Lewandowski, who has an overall 92 rating having had a 91 last year. Messi is still the best player in the world, according to FIFA, with a 93.

Is the Ronaldo downgrade justified? The 36-year-old isn't getting any younger, of course, but anyone who watched his second debut for Manchester United at the weekend will know he can still play at a high level.

Perhaps a more controversial downgrade is that suffered by Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, who sees a single point overall rating reduction from 90 to 89. I've seen fans already left scratching their head at this one - Salah was arguably Liverpool's best player last season, almost single-handedly dragging the club into the top four of the Premier League. And he's started this season wonderfully. Is he worse, now, than he was?

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As a Chelsea fan, I'm delighted to see the irrepressible N'Golo Kanté in the top 22 with a 90 rating, up from last year's 88. Well deserved for a player who was man of the match in the Champions League semi-final second leg and final. I'd have loved to have seen Romelu Lukaku make the cut after his title-winning season for Inter and his ongoing exploits for his country and new club. Is he worse than Real Madrid's Karim Benzema? I think he's better, but then I would. The only English player in the top 22 is Spurs and England captain Harry Kane, who jumps from 88 to 90.

Here's the top 22:

  1. Messi - 93
  2. Lewandowski - 92
  3. Ronaldo - 91
  4. De Bruyne - 91
  5. Mbappé - 91
  6. Neymar - 91
  7. Oblak - 91
  8. Kane - 90
  9. Kanté - 90
  10. Neuer - 90
  11. Ter Stegen - 90
  12. Salah - 89
  13. Donnarumma - 89
  14. Benzema - 89
  15. Van Dijk - 89
  16. Kimmich - 89
  17. Son - 89
  18. Alisson - 89
  19. Courtois - 89
  20. Casemiro - 89
  21. Ederson - 89
  22. Mané - 89