The top 23 FIFA ratings have been released, with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski, Kevin De Bruyne and Karim Benzema the joint-highest rated players on 91.
Ronaldo, who has been the FIFA cover star in the past, has been handed a 90 rating after a 24-goal season back at Manchester United.
The Portugal captain and record goalscorer is still among the very best on the game but it's his pace which has seen a massive decrease.
On FIFA 22, Ronaldo had 87 pace and was still very much a speed demon who would latch on to a through ball in behind.
However on FIFA 23, the final iteration before the game becomes 'EA Sports FC', that number has dropped all the way down to 81.
Messi and Ronaldo both have 81 pace on FIFA 23 😳 pic.twitter.com/TsQAB30Mw8— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) September 12, 2022
Messi too has 81 pace on this year's game and we're slowly seeing the decline of the two greatest players of this generation.
Ronaldo's pace has become a huge talking point on social media, with fans not best pleased to see a big drop from one of his trusty attributes:
Public Service Announcement 🚨— Zwë 👑 (@ZwebackHD) September 12, 2022
Don’t let the fact that I just woke up distract you from the fact that Messi and Ronaldo have the exact same pace in FIFA for the first time ever which can only mean Argentina vs Portugal in the World Cup final. 🇦🇷 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/cXPvWL1yUB
Ronaldo had 18 PL Goals + 3 assists, 6 Champions League goals and gets downgraded? It’s unfair when compared to other players (based on last season). Pace downgrade is ridiculous, he’s faster than 81, last season he reached on of the highest top speed in the Premier League.— mique (@migueldresantos) September 12, 2022
Messi and Ronaldo fans coming together to flame EA for them both having 81 pace pic.twitter.com/KN7cf6qsr4— Patrick (@PostmanPatCFC) September 12, 2022
Ronaldo and Casemiro are gonna be practically unusable. 81 and 63 pace 💀 https://t.co/izLeUGOrow— 〽️ (@4amir_Utd) September 12, 2022
the pace on messi and ronaldo we are truly at the end https://t.co/02lr0vEeOv— spooky 🅱️ristian 👻 🎃 (@DelcidRM7) September 12, 2022
81 pace for both 😭😭 and Ronaldo downgrade after carrying United on he’s back. pic.twitter.com/5NtZtbvpzo— Andre 💎 (@Kai__szn) September 12, 2022
Messi and Ronaldo apparently have the same pace 👏😂😂😂 https://t.co/Cp5uMip1hj— Srinjoy Debnath (@srinjoy1845) September 12, 2022
81 pace for Messi and Ronaldo? They're getting old, but both of them still have some fuel left in the tank. Also Neymar the same rating as Son? Lord have mercy 😭 https://t.co/pAQoQ4odMR— Will Judd (@Will_Judd7) September 12, 2022
Im convinced the big Pace downgrades on Messi & Ronaldo are to allow for more upgrades through specials.— SebFUT (@SebFUT) September 12, 2022
either that or EA have gone mad 😂 pic.twitter.com/6Uo93H3ulq
Both Messi & Ronaldo still have 81 pace as seen before 😭#FIFA23— FIFA 23 News (@FIFA22_INFO) September 12, 2022
81 pace for Ronaldo....how are we meant to play Get In Behind if him and VVD have thesame pace😔 https://t.co/V4AdnlnlTQ— Ohimah Miracle (@ohimah_official) September 12, 2022
Giving Ronaldo 81 pace ffs 😂— S H I G A (@usmanshiga) September 12, 2022
Ronaldo robbed of his actual pace.— Airline 🐦 (@Ronaldo_Airline) September 12, 2022
Pace should be 88 at least.
Messi who walks around the pitch can't have the same pace as Ronaldo.
Back in FIFA 15 Ronaldo had an incredible 90 pace but these days the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's game has evolved into more of a penalty box poacher.
Mbappe, the game's cover star, is also the fastest player on FIFA 23 - with an insane 97 pace made up from acceleration and sprint speed.
Meanwhile, his colleague Neymar has been handed his worst rating since FIFA 16, after receiving a mark of 89.
Rated 88 when at Barcelona, the Brazilian star was 92-rated four years in a row before becoming 91 for the past two FIFAs.
The game is released worldwide on 30 September, with more ratings to be shared in the coming days.