FIFA 14 is a simulation of the ultimate team sport, but the individual ratings still matter. Taking control of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo during a scoring opportunity feels different than it does with lesser players.
EA Sports released the ratings for the top 50 players in the game and Messi and Ronaldo were No. 1 and 2 respectively.
FIFA 14 features over 600 clubs from over 30 licensed leagues. That's over 16,000 players to interact with on the virtual pitch. Needless to say, there is a big difference between the elite players and the young and green hopefuls for the smaller clubs.
Most gamers will find their favorite club and put in work with that squad. Some will head for the top clubs to give themselves the best chance to win or an opportunity to play with the game's best players.
I've done a scan of the player ratings for the top clubs. This slideshow breaks down the ratings for seven of the most popular clubs in the game. Check it out.