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Here Are The top Ten footballers on every version of FIFA between 2000-2020

Here Are The top Ten footballers on every version of FIFA between 2000-2020
EA Sports always do a pretty decent job when it comes to player ratings.

The ratings of the world’s top players are usually accurate these days - although that doesn’t mean they still don’t split opinion.

It’s fun to look back and look at the ratings of the world’s top footballers on previous version of FIFA - and one YouTuber has produced a fantastic video showing the top 10 players on every FIFA from 1994-2020.

Shade uploaded the video earlier this month and it’s gained close to 200,000 views at the time of writing.

It provides a fascinating trip down memory lane and many of the top ratings are rather surprising looking back at them. Let’s begin…

Every FIFA this decade ranked in order

FIFA 2000

10 David Seaman (93)

9 David Beckham (93)
8 Ryan Giggs (94)
7 Christian Vieri (94)
6 Luis Figo (94)
5 Raul Gonzalez (94)
4 Andriy Shevchenko (95)
3 Rivaldo (96)
2 Zinedine Zidane (96)
1 Ronaldo (97)

So, around the turn of the century, Brazilian Ronaldo was the world’s best player ahead of Zidane and Rivaldo. Seaman, meanwhile, was rated as the world’s best goalkeeper by EA Sports at the time.

FIFA 2001

10. Francesco Totti (93)
9. Raul Gonzalez (93)
8. David Beckham (93)
7. Thierry Henry (93)
6. Alessandro Nesta (93)
5. Andriy Shevchenko (94)
4. Gabriel Batistuta (94)
3. Luis Figo (94)

2. Zinedine Zidane (95)
1. Rivaldo (96)


Ronaldo dropped out of the top 10 - presumably after suffering from one of his career-threatening injuries - while Rivaldo jumped into top spot.

FIFA 2002

10. Michael Owen (87)
9. David Beckham (89)
8. Juan Sebastian Veron (89)
7. Rivaldo (90)
6. Raul Gonzalez (91)
5. Francesco Totti (93)
4. Oliver Kahn (94)
3. Zinedine Zidane (94)
2. Andriy Shevchenko (95)
1. Luis Figo (97)

Despite winning the Ballon d’Or in 2001, Owen was only 10th on the list on FIFA 2002 with a modest rating of 87. Figo had a massive rating of 97 on this version, making him nigh-on unstoppable on the game.

FIFA 2003

10. Roberto Carlos (91)

9. Rivaldo (91)
8. Michael Ballack (92)
7. Ronaldo (92)
6. Ruud van Nistelrooy (93)
5. Rio Ferdinand (93)
4. Patrick Vieira (93)
3. Roy Keane (94)
2. Edgar Davids (94)
1. Oliver Kahn (95)

After playing a starring role with Germany at the 2002 World Cup, Kahn found himself rated as the world’s best footballer on FIFA 2003.

Keane, meanwhile, was rated as the Premier League’s best player, one mark ahead of Vieira.

FIFA 2004

10. Andriy Shevchenko (90)
9. Paolo Maldini (90)
8. Raul Gonzalez (90)
7. David Beckham (90)
6. Roberto Carlos (91)
5. Pavel Nedved (92)
4. Edgar Davids (94)

3. Ronaldo (94)
2. Thierry Henry (95)
1. Zinedine Zidane (96)


Ronaldo returned to FIFA's top three after joining Real Madrid, while his teammate Zidane was considered by many as the world’s best player around this time.

FIFA 2005

10. Kaka (92)
9. Sol Campbell (93)
8. Ronaldinho (93)
7. Patrick Vieira (94)
6. Alessandro Nesta (94)
5. Iker Casillas (94)
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy (95)
3. Zinedine Zidane (96)
2. Gianluigi Buffon (97)
1. Thierry Henry (97)


There were some *big* ratings on FIFA 2005. Henry and Buffon were both rated 97(!), with Zidane one mark behind on 96.

FIFA 2006

10. Thierry Henry (92)

9. Andriy Shevchenko (93)
8. Wayne Rooney (93)
7. Samuel Eto’o (93)
6. Adriano (94)
5. Petr Cech (94)
4. Ronaldo (94)
3. Iker Casillas (95)
2. Gianluigi Buffon (95)
1. Ronaldinho (95)

Ronaldinho was unstoppable around 2005/2006, so it’s no surprise that the brilliant Brazilian briefly sat top of the FIFA ratings. Buffon and Casillas were both right up there, too.

FIFA 2007

10. Iker Casillas (89)
9. David Trezeguet (89)
8. Frank Lampard (89)
7. John Terry (90)
6. Fabio Cannavaro (90)
5. Thierry Henry (90)
4. Alessandro Nesta (91)
3. Ronaldinho (91)
2. Wayne Rooney (92)
1. Gianluigi Buffon (92)


Buffon was widely considered the world’s best goalkeeper around this time and the Italian shared the best rating on FIFA 2007 along with Rooney.

FIFA 2008

10. Carles Puyol (88)
9. Alessandro Nesta (88)
8. Wayne Rooney (88)
7. Steven Gerrard (88)
6. John Terry (89)
5. Petr Cech (89)
4. Ronaldinho (90)
3. Kaka (90)
2. Gianluigi Buffon (90)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (90)


For the first time, Ronaldo entered the top 10 - and he went straight into No. 1, alongside Buffon, Kaka and Ronaldinho.

FIFA 2009

10. Fernando Torres (88)
9. Franck Ribery (88)
8. Alessandro Nesta (88)
7. Carles Puyol (88)
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (89)
5. Gianluigi Buffon (90)
4. Kaka (90)
3. Lionel Messi (90)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (91)
1. Iker Casillas (91)


Messi now joins Ronaldo in the top three, but it’s the Portuguese star who takes top spot - along with Casillas.

FIFA 2010

10. Nemanja Vidic (88)
9. Franck Ribery (88)
8. Gianluigi Buffon (88)
7. Carles Puyol (88)
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (88)
5. Kaka (88)
4. Julio Cesar (89)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (89)
2. Lionel Messi (90)
1. Iker Casillas (90)

Messi overtakes Ronaldo on FIFA 10 - but only by one mark. The Barcelona legend shared top spot that year with Casillas.

FIFA 2011

10. Frank Lampard (87)
9. Arjen Robben (87)
8. Xavi (87)
7. Diego Forlan (87)
6. Didier Drogba (88)
5. Wayne Rooney (88)
4. David Villa (88)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (89)
2. Iker Casillas (89)
1. Lionel Messi (90)

Forlan enters the top 10 after playing a starring role at the 2010 World Cup. Messi was the only player rated 90 or above on this version. EA Sports were clearly feeling less generous around this time.

FIFA 2012

10. Gerard Pique (88)
9. Wesley Sneijder (88)
8. Nemanja Vidic (89)
7. Iker Casillas (89)
6. Wayne Rooney (90)
5. Arjen Robben (90)
4. Andres Iniesta (91)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (92)
2. Xavi (92)
1. Lionel Messi (94)


After adding another Ballon d’Or to his collection, Messi took top spot on FIFA 12 and was rated two marks higher than Ronaldo.

FIFA 2013

10. Robin van Persie (88)
9. Radamel Falcao (88)
8. Iker Casillas (89)
7. Wayne Rooney (89)
6. Nemanja Vidic (89)
5. Franck Ribery (90)
4. Andres Iniesta (90)
3. Xavi (90)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (92)
1. Lionel Messi (94)


Messi remained top of the pile on FIFA 13, with his revered Barcelona teammates Xavi and Iniesta just behind second-placed Ronaldo.

FIFA 2014

10. Bastian Schweinsteiger (88)
9. Sergio Aguero (88)
8. Andres Iniesta (89)
7. Robin van Persie (89)
6. Xavi (89)
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (89)
4. Franck Ribery (90)
3. Radamel Falcao (90)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (92)
1. Lionel Messi (94)

And again, Messi came out on top ahead of Ronaldo by two points on FIFA 14.

FIFA 2015

10. Philipp Lahm (87)
9. Eden Hazard (88)
8. Franck Ribery (88)
7. Bastian Schweinsteiger (88)
6. Luis Suarez (89)
5. Andres Iniesta (89)
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (90)
3. Arjen Robben (90)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (92)
1. Lionel Messi (93)


Robben entered the top three on FIFA 15, but he still couldn’t break Ronaldo and Messi’s duopoly.

FIFA 2016

10. Andres Iniesta (88)
9. Thiago Silva (88)
8. David Silva (88)
7. Neymar (88)
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (89)
5. Eden Hazard (89)
4. Arjen Robben (90)
3. Luis Suarez (90)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (93)
1. Lionel Messi (94)

For the sixth year in a row, Messi was the highest-rated player on FIFA 16.

FIFA 2017

10. David de Gea (90)
9. Robert Lewandowski (90)
8. Jerome Boateng (90)
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (90)
6. Gareth Bale (90)
5. Manuel Neuer (92)
4. Luis Suarez (92)
3. Neymar (92)
2. Lionel Messi (93)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (94)


Ronaldo then finally knocks Messi off his perch on FIFA 17.

FIFA 2018

10. Gonzalo Higuain (90)
9. Toni Kroos (90)
8. Eden Hazard (90)
7. Sergio Ramos (90)
6. Robert Lewandowski (91)
5. Manuel Neuer (92)
4. Luis Suarez (92)
3. Neymar (92)
2. Lionel Messi (93)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (94)


Ronaldo retains his status as the world’s best player (in the eyes of EA Sports, at least) on FIFA 18.

FIFA 2019

10. Robert Lewandowski (90)
9. Toni Kroos (90)
8. David de Gea (91)
7. Luis Suarez (91)
6. Sergio Ramos (91)
5. Eden Hazard (91)
4. Kevin De Bruyne (91)
3. Luka Modric (91)
2. Neymar (92)
1= Lionel Messi (94)
1= Cristiano Ronaldo (94)


Ronaldo and Messi had the same rating on FIFA 19, making them the joint-best players on the game.

FIFA 2020
10. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (90)
9. Luka Modric (90)
8. Mohamed Salah (90)
7. Virgil van Dijk (90)
6. Jan Oblak (91)
5. Kevin De Bruyne (91)
4. Eden Hazard (91)
3. Neymar (92)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (93)
1. Lionel Messi (94)


A couple of new faces made the top 10 on FIFA 20 - namely Salah and Van Dijk - but once again Messi and Ronaldo were the top two.

The full version of the video goes right back to FIFA 1994 - and you can check it out in full here…

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