FIFA 14: Highlighting the 50 Highest-Rated Players in the Game

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FIFA 14: Highlighting the 50 Highest-Rated Players in the Game
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Real Madrid's new star, Gareth Bale, is easily the most high-profile player to switch clubs this transfer season, but the folks in charge of ratings with FIFA 14 didn't overreact to Bale's fame.

The top 50 highest-rated players in the game were released on Wednesday on the EA Sports website, and while Bale is certainly in that number, he is aptly rated an 87, which is good for a tie for 13th.

During the 2012-13 campaign, Bale scored 26 goals for Tottenham Hotspur. It was a great season, and Bale showed significant skills, but he did not do enough to leap-frog some of the more established players.

As if anyone had to guess, cover athlete Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (94 overall) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid (92 overall) are the top two players. Both are so good they transcend their era in the sport, but Messi's amazing year has earned him the top spot.

He scored 46 goals in La Liga play and 75 total during the 2012-13 season.

Rounding out the top five is Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery (90 overall), Radamel Falcao of AS Monaco (90 overall) and a four-way tie for fifth. Messi's Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, Manchester United's Robin van Persie and Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic all have 89 overall ratings.

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The three best goalkeepers in the world are undoubtedly Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon, Real Madrid's Iker Casillas and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer. But which one deserves to be rated the highest?

The latter is rated one point lower than Buffon and Casillas, but some may believe Neuer should be considered the best since he is younger and has more promise. How significant is the point? You may find out the hard way if you chose to play online with Bayern Munich instead of Real or Juventus.

Overall, it was refreshing to see the 90 overall ratings held back from the vast majority of players in the world. Doing this made it clear who the elite players in the world are and should thus have them shine brighter on the virtual pitch.

Here's a look at all of the ratings for the top 50 players in FIFA 14.

Top 50 Players in FIFA 14
Position Player Position Overall Rating Club Country
1 Lionel Messi Center Forward 94 FC Barcelona Argentina
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Left Winger 92 Real Madrid Portugal
3 Franck Ribery Left Midfielder 90 Bayern Munich France
4 Falcao Striker 90 AS Monaco Colombia
5 Iniesta Center Midfielder 89 FC Barcelona Spain
6 Robin van Persie Striker 89 Manchester United Netherlands
7 Xavi Center Midfielder 89 FC Barcelona Spain
8 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Striker 89 Paris Saint-Germain Sweden
9 Arjen Robben Right Midfielder 88 Bayern Munich Netherlands
10 Bastian Schweinsteiger Center Midfielder 88 Bayern Munich Germany
11 Sergio Aguero Striker 88 Manchester City Argentina
12 David Silva Central Attacking Midfielder 88 Manchester City Spain
13 Wayne Rooney Center Forward 87 Manchester United England
14 Philipp Lahm Right Back 87 Bayern Munich Germany
15 Nemanja Vidic Center Back 87 Manchester United Serbia
16 Thiago Silva Center Back 87 Paris Saint-Germain Brazil
17 Gareth Bale Center Forward 87 Real Madrid Welsh
18 Mesut Ozil Central Attacking Midfielder 87 Arsenal Germany
19 Juan Mata Central Attacking Midfielder 87 Chelsea Spain
20 Edinson Cavani Striker 87 Paris Saint-Germain Uruguay
21 Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper 86 Juventus Italy
22 Iker Casillas Goalkeeper 86 Real Madrid Spain
23 Andrea Pirlo Center Midfielder 86 Juventus Italy
24 Yaya Toure Center Defensive Midfielder 86 Manchester City Ivory Coast
25 Giorgio Chiellini Center Back 86 Juventus Italy
26 Vincent Kompany Center Back 86 Manchester City Germany
27 Carlos Tevez Striker 86 Juventus Argentina
28 Mario Gomez Striker 86 Fiorentina Germany
29 Gerard Pique Center Back 86 FC Barcelona Spain
30 Sergio Ramos Center Back 86 Real Madrid Spain
31 Cesc Fabregas Center Midfielder 86 FC Barcelona Spain
32 Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper 86 Bayern Munich Germany
33 Luis Suarez Center Forward 86 Liverpool Uruguay
34 Angel di Maria Right Midfielder 86 Real Madrid Argentina
35 Robert Lewandowski Striker 86 Borussia Dortmund Poland
36 Ashley Cole Left Back 85 Chelsea England
37 Xabi Alonso Center Defensive Midfielder 85 Real Madrid Spain
38 Petr Cech Goalkeeper 85 Chelsea Czech Republic
39 Jesus Navas Right Winger 85 Manchester City Spain
40 Santi Carzola Center Attacking Midfielder 85 Arsenal Spain
41 Ezequiel Lavezzi Left Winger 85 Paris Saint-Germain Argentina
42 Karim Benzema Striker 85 Real Madrid France
43 Luka Modric Center Midfielder 85 Real Madrid Croatia
44 Mats Hummels Center Back 85 Borussia Dortmund Germany
45 Arturo Vidal Center Midfielder 85 Juventus Chile
46 Eden Hazard Left Midfielder 85 Chelsea Belgium
47 Marco Reus Left Midfielder 85 Borussia Dortmund Germany
48 Pedro Right Winger 85 FC Barcelona Spain
49 Sergio Busquets Center Defensive Midfielder 85 FC Barcelona Spain
50 Thomas Muller Right Midfielder 85 Bayern Munich Germany

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