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Lionel Messi Misses Out On A Place In The FIFA Series' All-Time Highest Rated XI

Lionel Messi Misses Out On A Place In The FIFA Series' All-Time Highest Rated XI

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has failed to make the highest-rated XI in the FIFA series -- despite holding a whopping 94 overall rating in FIFA 20.

The Argentine forward, 32, holds a higher rating than fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the latest instalment in EA Sports' franchise.

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But the Juventus superstar, 34, has held the 94 rating in the past and has made the best FIFA XI of all time.

Goal created the highest-rated XI -- presumably lining up in a 4-4-2 formation -- based on the highest non-inform (or icons) ratings awarded to each player in the position.

Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon takes up his position between the sticks, with him boasting an incredible 97 overall in FIFA 05.

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Lilian Thuram, who holds the lowest rating in the starting XI, is at right-back thanks to his 92 rating in FIFA 05.

Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos is the highest-rated left-back in FIFA history due to his FIFA 05 card.

The centre-back pairing is former Real Madrid skipper Fernando Hierro (awarded a 94 rating in FIFA 02) and AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta (awarded a 94 rating in FIFA 05).

Luis Figo has been placed at RM after he boasted an impressive 97 overall in FIFA 02, while Ronaldo is placed at LM after previously holding a 94 rating in FIFA 18 and FIFA 19.

Goal explained: "[Ronaldo's] peak rating makes him the best left midfielder or left winger in FIFA history."

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The central midfield pairing is French legend Zinedine Zidane for his 96 score from FIFA 05 alongside Brazilian icon Ronaldinho, who was the highest-rated attacking midfielder in the title.

Arsenal hero Thierry Henry held a higher score than Zidane in FIFA 05 and is one of the two strikers in the team.

And pairing alongside Henry is none other than Brazilian legend Ronaldo, who boasted the highest score in FIFA history with his incredible 98 rating in FIFA 04.

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Topics: gaming news, Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Gianluigi Buffon, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, thierry henry, Cristiano Ronaldo

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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