Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates his penalty goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes on September 19, 2023 in Paris, France.

The highest-rated players on EA Sports FC 24: Mbappe, Messi, Salah…

EA Sports FC is finally here. The first game since EA split from FIFA promises to continue the phenomenally successful franchise’s title as the most popular sports game on the planet.

As ever, there’s lots of attention on the in-game stats and ratings – but who are the very best players in the game?

We’ve put together a quick rundown of the 10 best players in the men’s game according to EA Sports’ official player ratings database.

10. Ruben Dias – 89

The best defender in the world according to EA Sports FC, we struggle to find fault with that assessment given Dias’ towering role in Man City’s treble last term and Virgil van Dijk’s dip in form over the past year or so.

9. Mohamed Salah – 89

Liverpool’s Egyptian King was still pretty good amid their struggles last season and continues to tear apart Premier League defences as they’ve enjoyed a resurgence in 2023.

Still undoubtedly one of the top wide forwards in the world.

8. Robert Lewandowski – 90

The Barcelona striker turned 35 in the summer but he remains as prolific as ever.

Lewandowski finished as La Liga’s top scorer last season and is joint-top of the scoring charts once again in 2023-24 so far.

7. Harry Kane – 90

Bayern Munich’s record signing has made a ridiculous start to life in Bavaria, continuing his stupendous individual form after notching 30 Premier League goals for a severely off-colour Tottenham last term.

Rated as one of the best finishers in the game, it’s hard to quibble when you look at how he’s made mincemeat of Bundesliga defenders in recent weeks.

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6. Thibaut Courtois – 90

The best ‘keeper in the world? EA Sports believe so.

The Belgian edges out the likes of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Alisson and Ederson in the latest edition of the game.

In real life, he might not feature at all this season after tearing his ACL back in August. A colossal loss for Real Madrid.

5. Karim Benzema – 90

Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Sadio Mane all miss out on making this top 10 – Benzema is the Saudi Pro League’s only representative.

The 35-year-old remains the current Ballon d’Or holder for now. His last season at Real Madrid might’ve been relatively underwhelming, but it wasn’t long ago that he ripped the Champions League a new one by reaching new goalscoring peaks.

4. Lionel Messi – 90

The hot favourite to claim a record-extending eighth Ballon d’Or later this year; the fact he now plays his football in MLS is a sign of the changing times.

We have no arguments with a 36-year-old Messi continuing to feature this highly, even if he has lost a yard – or five – of pace.

Messi remains rated as the best dribbler in the world with a rating of 94 on that front. Josko Gvardiol will tell you that’s probably about right.

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3. Kevin De Bruyne – 91

The Belgian playmaker is something of a forgotten man right now, given he’s sidelined for the foreseeable future in Manchester City’s bid to retain pretty much every trophy going.

But De Bruyne is fit and available in the virtual world and inevitably among EA Sports 24’s best individuals. He boasts a passing rate of 94 – three higher than any other player in the game.

2. Erling Haaland – 91

It’s no surprise to see Haaland feature so highly, given his record-breaking role in Manchester City’s treble last season.

The 23-year-old Norwegian is arguably the most valuable footballer in the world right now. His 93 shooting rating is the joint-best in the game alongside Kane.

1. Kylian Mbappe – 91

The PSG forward has the highest pace rating in EA Sports 24 with a ridiculous 97, edging out the likes of Karim Adeyemi, Vinicius Junior and Moussa Diaby.

Mbappe is the highest-ranked player in the game but time will tell whether he’s able take the throne of the world’s greatest with a first Ballon d’Or now that Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have left elite European football to leave the field open.

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