FIFA 2013: Predicting Player Ratings of Top European Clubs

Beau Bourne@beaubourneContributor IIIJuly 20, 2012

FIFA 2013: Predicting Player Ratings of Top European Clubs

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    FIFA '13 is set to be released this fall. 

    With each release of the franchise comes heated anticipation of the new features, new gameplay, and most importantly, the new player ratings. 

    FIFA's player ratings are one of the hottest points of debate with lovers of the game. Everyone has a right to their opinion, and everyone wants to see their beloved club have good players. 

    Here are my player ratings for the upcoming FIFA '13 game, with the starting XI's, benches, and potential transfers in/out of the top clubs throughout Europe. 

    I invite you to leave your thoughts and reactions in the comments below! Here goes, starting with Arsenal.

Arsenal F.C.

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    Team Rating: 4.5 stars

    Formation:  4-3-3 (4-1-2-3)

    GK   Wojciech Szczesny 82
    RB   Bacary Sagna 84
    RCB   Laurent Koscielny 82
    LCB   Thomas Vermaelen 82
    LB   Kieran Gibbs 79
    CDM   Alex Song 83
    RCM   Mikel Arteta 82
    LCM   Jack Wilshire 82
    RW   Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 81
    ST   Olivier Giroud 83
    Lukas Podolski 83


    CB   Per Mertesacker 79
    LB   Andre Santos 79
    CAM   Tomas Rosicky 82
    RW   Theo Walcott 82
    LW   Gervinho 81
    ST   Robin Van Persie 89
    CM   Yann M'Vila 84


    The departure of Robin Van Persie will be a huge blow to the Gunners. Sagna is the highlight of a relatively weak defense, but they are strong in the midfield with the likes of Jack Wilshire and Mikel Arteta. If Arsenal can sign Yann M'Vila from Ligue 1 side Rennes, the Gunners look to be a five-star team again. If you like to play fast, with lots of slick passing, this could be your team. 

Chelsea F.C.

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    Team Rating: 5 stars

    Formation:  4-3-3

    GK   Petr Cech 87
    RB   Branislav Ivanovic 84
    RCB   John Terry 86
    LCB   David Luiz 81
    LB   Ashley Cole 85
    RCM   Ramires 81
    CM   Michael Essien 82
    LCM   Frank Lampard 84
    RW   Eden Hazard 85
    ST   Fernando Torres 84
    LW   Juan Mata 86


    CB   Gary Cahill 82
    CAM   Yossi Benayoun 79
    LW   Flourent Malouda 81
    ST   Daniel Sturridge 82
    ST   Romelu Lukaku 80




    RW   Hulk 84
    CAM   Oscar 83


    Chelsea have been active thus far in the transfer market. They are physical, fast and deep. What was a previously aging squad is getting younger with every transfer, such as that of Eden Hazard, who I've rated a healthy 85. Perhaps Torres' rating should be higher, but only recently has he hit form. Let's not forget his disastrous goal drought—it wasn't too long ago. Chelsea are an easy team to play with and it's hard to lose playing with them. 

Liverpool F.C.

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    Team Rating: 4.5 stars

    Formation: 4-3-3

    GK   Pepe Reina 84
    RB   Glen Johnson 83
    RCB   Martin Skrtel 82
    LCB   Daniel Agger 84
    LB   Jose Enrique 80
    RCM   Jordan Henderson 79
    LCM   Lucas Leiva 81
    CAM   Steven Gerrard 85
    LW   Luis Suarez 85
    ST   Andy Carroll 81
    RW   Joe Cole 82
    LM   Stewart Downing 81
    CB   Jamie Carragher 79
    ST   Fabio Borini 80
    CM   Alberto Aquilani 81
    CAM   Clint Dempsey 82


    Liverpool has added a lot of fresh faces to the squad over the past couple seasons. Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez are easily the team's best players. The poor form of Andy Carroll affects his rating here. New signing Fabio Borini may not start, but the youngster has a lot to prove at Anfield. Liverpool have some serious talent, but it's not at the level of Chelsea, Manchester City, or Manchester United.

Manchester City F.C.

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    Team Rating: 5 stars

    Formation: 4-2-4 (4-2-2-2)

    GK   Joe Hart 84
    RB   Micah Richards 83
    RCB   Joleon Lescott 84
    LCB   Vincent Kompany 87
    LB   Gael Clichy 80
    RCM   Gareth Barry 82
    LCM   Yaya Toure 88
    RAM   David Silva 89
    LAM   Samir Nasri 83
    RS   Sergio Aguero 87
    LS   Mario Balotelli 84
    CB   Kolo Toure 81
    LB   Aleksandar Kolarov 79
    CDM   Nigel De Jong 80
    LM   James Milner 81
    ST   Edin Dzeko 84
    ST   Carlos Tevez 83
    ST   Robin Van Persie 88


    Manchester City have a deep and talented team. They are strong in all parts of the pitch, from defense to striker. David Silva is their best player. It's hard to predict the starting XI of such a deep squad. Do they really need RVP? They are one of the easier teams to use in the game thanks to their physicality, speed and sheer talent in numbers. In my opinion, Manchester City is the best team in the game behind Barcelona. 

Manchester United F.C.

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    Team Rating: 5 stars

    Formation: 4-5-1 (4-2-3-1)

    GK   David De Gea 83
    RB   Phil Jones 81
    RCB   Rio Ferdinand 84
    LCB   Nemanja Vidic 87
    LB   Patrice Evra 83
    RCM   Michael Carrick 82
    LCM   Paul Scholes 81
    RAM   Antonio Valencia 85
    CAM   Shinji Kagawa 83
    LAM   Ashley Young 83
    ST   Wayne Rooney 89
    CB   Jonny Evans 81
    CB   Chris Smalling 82
    LM   Ryan Giggs 80
    CM   Tom Cleverly 80
    RW   Nani 83
    ST   Javi Hernandez 81
    ST   Danny Welbeck 81





    Robin Van Persie




    Manchester United have signed Shinji Kagawa, an attacking midfielder from Japan. It's hard to speculate whether or not he will start but Fergie doesn't pay that much cash for a benchwarmer. Deep in attack, Manchester United have wingers and forwards in abundance.

    Giggs and Scholes are so old, it's hard to give them ratings any higher than this. Using Manchester United in FIFA is bound to produce hundreds of combinations of starting XI's, as they have multiple players for every position. They are also one of the easier teams to use. 

Tottenham Hotspur

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    Team Rating: 4.5 stars

    Formation: 4-3-3 (4-1-2-3)

    GK   Brad Friedel 82
    RB   Kyle Walker 80
    RCB   Jan Vertonghen 83
    LCB   Younes Kaboul 81
    LB   Benoit Assou-Ekotto 80
    CDM   Scott Parker 82
    RCM   Luka Modric 86
    LCM   Rafael van der Vaart 83
    RW   Aaron Lennon 82
    ST   Emmanuel Adebayor 82
    LW   Gareth Bale 85
    ST   Jermain Defoe 81
    CAM   Gylfi Sigurdsson 82
    CB   William Gallas 79


    If Luka Modric leaves Tottenham, it will be tough for the London club to replace him. Midfield is where Tottenham are weakest. Andre Villas-Boas loves his 4-3-3 system, which will make it difficult for exciting youngster Gylfi Sigurdsson to crack the starting XI right off the bat. Tottenham is comparable to the level of Arsenal and Liverpool in the game, though they are one of the fastest teams in England, with Lennon and Bale running the wings. 

A.C. Milan

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    Team Rating: 4.5 stars

    Formation: 4-3-1-2

    GK   Christian Abbiatti 84
    RB   Ignazio Abate 82
    RCB   Philippe Mexes 82
    LCB   Francesco Acerbi


    LB   Luca Antonini 77
    RCM   Matthieu Flamini 80
    CM   Riccardo Montolivo 82
    LCM   Antonio Nocerino 81
    CAM   Kevin-Prince Boateng 84
    RS   Alexandre Pato 85
    LS   Antonio Cassano 83
    ST   Robinho 82
    LM   Urby Emmanuelson 80
    CAM   Stephan El Shaarawy 79
    CB   Mario Yepes 78
    CDM   Massimo Ambrosini 78
    CB    Daniele Bonera 79
    ST   Eden Dzeko 84


    A.C. Milan have sold their two best players to another club on this list, PSG. At the time of writing this, the club have not replaced them. This leaves Milan woefully thin at the back, as Alessandro Nesta also parted ways with the club this summer.

    Milan are strong in attack but that's where the good stops. Other than Boateng, Nocerino and Montolivo, Milan don't have a lot of quality in midfield. Milan have never been an easy club to play with in recent years of FIFA, thanks to their lack of speed and physicality. They are a bit younger, and a bit faster, but the loss of Nesta and Thiago Silva has made Milan's defense look like a rickety old shack about to collapse. If you're up to the challenge, go for it—you'll embarass the heck out of your Real or Barca-using opponents.

F.C. Internazionale

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    Team Rating: 4.5 stars

     Formation: 4-3-1-2

    GK   Julio Cesar 85
    RB   Jonathan 81
    RCB   Andrea Ranocchia 81
    LCB   Walter Samuel 82
    LB   Yuto Nagatomo 80
    LCM   Ricardo Alvarez 82
    CM   Esteban Cambiasso 81
    RM   Dejan Stankovic 80
    CAM   Wesley Sneijder 85
    RS   Giampaolo Pazzini 80
    LS   Diego Milito 82
    CB   Juan 81
    LB   Javier Zanetti 80
    CAM   Phillipe Coutinho 82
    RB   Maicon 83


    Inter Milan have done relatively little to refresh their aging squad. They seemed to have sold away much more talent than they have bought back. Those that they do buy aren't even good enough to crack the starting XI for the most part. They may even be worse off than their city rivals. Sneidjer and Julio Cesar are the bright spots on an otherwise unimpressive roster. Not an easy team to play with against the top sides. 

Juventus F.C.

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    Team Rating: 5 stars

    Formation: 4-2-4 (4-2-2-2)

    GK   Gianluigi Buffon 88
    RB   Stephan Lichsteiner 81
    RCB   Andrea Barzagli 82
    LCB   Leonardo Bonucci 83
    LB   Giorgio Chiellini 86
    RCM   Andrea Pirlo 88
    LCM   Claudio Marchisio 81
    RAM   Arturo Vidal 84
    LAM   Sebastian Giovinco 83
    RS   Alessandro Matri 80
    LS   Mirko Vucinic 81
    CB   Lucio 81
    RW   Simone Pepe 77
    CM   Kwadwo Asamoah 81
    LM   Milos Krasic 79
    ST   Fabio Quagliarella 79
    ST   Marco Borriello 78
    ST   Robin Van Persie 88


    Juventus have added several players this summer, but few will crack the starting XI already in place. Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon are head and shoulders above the rest of the squad in ability. Juve is strong in all areas but attack. Their forwards are not at the level of the rest of the squad—if Juventus were to add a world-class striker this summer, they'd be a serious force in FIFA.

A.S. Roma

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    Team Rating: 4.5 stars

    Formation: 4-3-1-2

    GK   Maarten Stekelenburg 85
    RB   Rodrigo Taddei 80
    RCB   Nicolas Burdisso 81
    LCB   Gabriel Heinze 79
    LB   Jose Angel 77
    RCM   Michael Bradley 79
    CM   Daniele De Rossi 85
    LCM   Miralem Pjanic 83
    CAM   Erik Lamela 82
    CF   Francesco Totti 81
    ST   Bojan Krkic 80
    RM   Simone Perrotta 78
    ST   Mattia Destro 77
    ST   Pablo Osvaldo 80
    ST   Marco Borriello 80


    Roma have been rebuilding for a while now. They boast plenty of young talent around their core of Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti. Roma's defense is somewhat weak, but it's backed by a very talented shot-stopper in Maarten Stekelenburg. If you're gonna win with Roma, the team won't do you any favors—your talent will win you the game, not the players. 

F.C. Bayern Munich

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    Team Rating: 5 stars

    Formation: 4-2-3-1 (4-2-4)

    GK   Manuel Neuer 87
    RB   Rafinha 82
    RCB   Holger Badstuber 84
    LCB   Jerome Boateng 81
    LB   Phillip Lahm 86
    CDM   Bastian Schweinsteiger 85
    CDM   Toni Kroos 83
    RAM   Arjen Robben 88
    CAM   Thomas Muller 82
    LAM   Frank Ribery 87
    ST   Mario Gomez 85


    Bayern Munich are loaded with talent at all positions on the pitch. They have two of the world's best wingers in Ribery and Robben, who each deserve at least 87. While Gomez is certainly a formidable force up front, he doesn't deserve more than 85. Bayern's issues, if you can call it that, lie in defense, with inconsistent talent across the back four. Bayern will be one of the best squads in FIFA 13. 

F.C. Barcelona

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    Team Rating: 5 stars

    Formation: 4-1-2-3 (4-3-3)

    GK   Victor Valdes 84
    RWB   Dani Alves 86
    RCB   Gerard Pique 88
    LCB   Carles Puyol 85
    LWB   Jordi Alba 83
    CDM   Sergio Busquets 83
    RAM   Xavi Hernandez 90
    LAM   Andres Iniesta 91
    RW   Alexis Sanchez 85
    CF   Lionel Messi 94
    LW   Cesc Fabregas 87
    ST   David Villa 86
    LW   Pedro 84
    CM   Thiago Alcantara 82
    CDM   Javier Mascherano 82
    RW   Ibrahim Affelay 80
    LB   Eric Abidal 81


    Ahhh, FC Barcelona. We've heard it all with them—too stacked, too deep, too ... good. As the best player on planet earth, Lionel Messi is, and should be, FIFA 13's highest ranked player. Other mercurial talents supporting him such as Xavi and Iniesta also get high marks. One thing I've really gotten annoyed about over the years is how overrated Valdes seems to be in FIFA games. I'm sorry, he's no Casillas. It's hard enough scoring against Barca, but Valdes has been ranked way too high for too long. 84 is really good. If you're terrible at FIFA, use Barcelona. If you're really good at FIFA, don't use Barcelona. It's just not fair how good they are.

Real Madrid

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    Team Rating: 5 stars

    Formation: 4-2-3-1 (4-2-4)

    GK   Iker Casillas 90
    RB   Alvaro Arbeloa 81
    RCB   Sergio Ramos 87
    LCB   Pepe 85
    LB   Marcelo 83
    RCM   Sami Khedira 82
    LCM   Xabi Alonso 85
    RAM   Angel Di Maria 84
    CAM   Mesut Ozil 88
    LAM   Cristiano Ronaldo 93
    ST   Karim Benzema 85
    CAM   Kaka 83
    CM   Nuri Sahin 81
    CM   Callejon 81
    CDM   Lassana Diarra 80
    ST   Gonzalo Higuain 84
    LB   Fabio Coentrao 81


    Barca's eternal rivals, Real Madrid, boast the second-best player on earth in Cristiano Ronaldo. I think Ozil is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. Di Maria has been overrated in past renditions of FIFA. As the best goalkeeper in the world, Casillas' 90 is the highest for a goalkeeper in the game. Very much akin to using Barca, using Madrid as an elite FIFA player will do nothing but boost your ego as you slaughter all signs of opponents. This is another team that will mask your own ability to play FIFA, as the talents of the players are so high. 

Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

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    Team Rating: 5 stars

    Formation: 4-2-3-1

    GK   Salvatore Sirigu 81
    RB   Christophe Jallet 77
    RCB   Thiago Silva 90
    LCB   Mamadou Sakho 83
    LB   Maxwell 80
    CDM   Mohamed Sissoko 82
    CDM   Thiago Motta 81
    RAM   Jeremy Menez 84
    CAM   Javier Pastore 85
    LAM   Ezequiel Lavezzi 84
    ST   Zlatan Ibrahimovic 88
    CB   Alex 81
    LW   Nene 82
    ST   Guillaume Hoarau 79


    PSG are Europe's latest club to play the Manchester City spending-spree role. In the past year this team has acquired a squad capable of doing some serious damage in Europe. Thiago Silva is worthy of his 89 rating, as I think he's the best center back in the world. New signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a season to remember at Milan, scoring 28 goals in 32 appearances. This justifies his 88. Still weaker in the middle of the park, PSG have a front four that could do great things together. PSG will be a lot of fun to use in FIFA, thanks to its mix of world-class talent and not-so-skilled players. 

Team Rankings

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    So my ratings aren't perfect, but how could anyone's be? It's opinion, but I tried to be as objective as humanly possible.

    Here are my rankings of each team. Remember, these are FIFA 13 ratings, not real-life ratings. I think in FIFA 13 the best teams, in this order, will be:

    1. Barcelona
    2. Manchester City
    3. Real Madrid
    4. Chelsea
    5. Bayern Munich
    6. Manchester United
    7. Paris Saint-Germain
    8. Juventus
    9. Tottenham
    10. Liverpool
    11. Arsenal
    12. AC Milan
    13. Inter Milan
    14. AS Roma

    I'd love to hear your opinions on the matter—which players/teams should be rated higher? Lower? Just right?

    Leave your comments below.

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