EA Sports has released FIFA 14, and the entire world has responded in a way that few words could possibly describe better than "pandemonium." The video game franchise has accurately depicted some of the most skilled players in the sport today.
The question is: Who are the most dominant players in EA Sports' latest release?
The top players are some of the usual suspects, but that doesn't make them any less noteworthy or dangerous as FIFA 14 studs. Whether they're strikers with magnificent footwork or forwards who can take over a game at the center of the pitch and attack the net, countless stars are available for usage.
Here are the few that you need to fear.
Radamel Falcao, AS Monaco
2013-14 French Ligue Statistics: 7 GP, 7 G, 18 SH
Radamel Falcao has seen a rise in stardom over the past few years and rightfully so. He was a standout performer at F.C. Porto, but upon moving to Atletico Madrid of La Liga, the Colombian star began garnering recognition as a lethal goalscorer.
During his short time with AS Monaco, he has solidified his status as one of the best in the world.
He has seven goals in seven games for AS Monaco in 2013-14 and six goals with one assist for Colombia in World Cup Qualifying matches. In 2012-13, he had 28 goals in 34 games for Atletico Madrid and six goals and one assist for Colombia in World Cup Qualifying matches.
That's what you call consistency.
The fact that Falcao is a striker instantly makes him a dangerous player in FIFA 14, as that position tends to generate the most goals in user play. As a member of a rising AS Monaco squad, Falcao and his versatile skill set have been placed on display in the video game.
Note to everyone playing against a friend using AS Monaco or Colombia in FIFA 14: Watch out for Falcao. He's as dangerous in the video game as he is in real life.
Lionel Messi, Barcelona FC
2013-14 La Liga Statistics: 5 GP, 7 G, 3 A, 32 SH
The age-old debate is about who is the best soccer player in the world, and according to FIFA 14, it's cover athlete Lionel Messi. He has a rating of 94 and is just as potent a goalscorer in the video game as he is in real life.
You know, if that's even possible.
Messi, 26, has 223 career goals in 252 appearances with Barcelona FC and 37 in 83 appearances with the Argentinian national football team. He's the three-time defending FIFA Ballon d'Or award winner, and he's won by a lopsided margin in his past two nominations.
Whether or not you believe he's the best player in the world, there's no question that Messi is the most dangerous life-to-game translation possible.
He is a goal-scoring specialist who can find the back of the net from all over the pitch. In FIFA 14, he's the type of player whom every user dreams of having on their roster.
Until next year, Messi wins the FIFA ratings battle with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
2013-14 La Liga Statistics: 6 GP, 6 G, 1 A, 55 SH
Ronaldo may be the No. 2 ranked player in FIFA 14, but that doesn't make him any less dangerous of a weapon. Whether you're using his open-pitch speed to make a run at the goal or his masterful ball-handling to tear through defenses, Ronaldo can do it all.
The only question is whether you prefer to use him as a goalscorer or facilitator.
He is marvelous on free kicks, displaying the ability to score with either foot and developing a reputation as one of the most dangerous all-around playmakers in the world. In FIFA, you can use him as your crossing distributor to set up easy headers or go at the net with any variety of goal-scoring attempts.
It all comes down to personal preference when you have a player that's this dynamic.
Ronaldo has a luxury that few other players possess in this game, as his club teammates are highly rated competitors in their own regard. For those looking to play as Real Madrid, that makes him even more potent than his rating suggests.
What else would you expect from one of the most decorated club and international competitors to ever live?