EA have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo has become the highest rated player in the soon-to-be-released FIFA 17, displacing Lionel Messi.
EA Sports confirmed, on their official website, as part of their ratings revelation for FIFA 17, that Cristiano Ronaldo has become the best-rated player in the soon-to-be-released latest iteration of the popular video game series displacing Lionel Messi, who has been sitting on the throne for a long time.
The video game developers’ twitter handle also tweeted the news with player cards showing Neymar, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as #3, 2 and 1 respectively.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) September 2, 2016
Twitter went into meltdown with some fans backing Cristiano Ronaldo’s placement and being happy at his #1 position while also providing valid reasons for the Portuguese to dethrone Lionel Messi.
— Daren Lauda (@DarenLaudaa) September 2, 2016
— Ronaldo (@CR7ISHERE) September 2, 2016
Finally finally Ronaldo tops messi after a long series of fifa history.
— nasa (@nasarzuan) September 2, 2016
As a Barça fan, I’m not going to argue and say Messi should be higher rated because he shouldn’t. Ronaldo deserved to be higher rated so GG
— ||||||||GB|||||||||| (@iGoldenBear) September 2, 2016
Fifa 17 ratings are based over perfomances and achievements over the last year so Ronaldo deserves to be higher than Messi
— ㅤㅤ (@MxIIer) September 2, 2016
EA finally understand. Ronaldo > Messi.
— Russell. (@ClassyMourinho) September 2, 2016
At last EA have seen sense and rated Ronaldo the best player in FIFA17. Took their time ⚽️???
— Christian (@CStevens_95) September 2, 2016
While others took to the social media platform to show their dissent at Lionel Messi’s drop to the number 2 position.
Ronaldo being the highest ranked player in FIFA is blasphemy.
— Riley ? (@Mourxnho) September 2, 2016
@MemphisDepayed Messi is the greatest of all time, Ronaldo is not on his level although I agree last season was good for him
— will (@Deulofeuu) September 2, 2016
Messi got his national team to the final, performed and won the league. Ronaldo got carried to 2 finals and performed well in neither.
— Luke Crowther (@_LukeCrowther) September 2, 2016
@EASPORTSFIFA Messi under Ronaldo is it because Barcelone have signed a contract with konami ??
— NINGEND (@issamoudj) September 2, 2016
— Durgadas Pande (@durgadas2805) September 2, 2016
Ronaldo better than Messi? Next joke
— Alex Footman (@Alex_Footman) September 2, 2016
It does seem justified given the recent achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo compared to Lionel Messi. Although, one could make a case for Lionel Messi in the fact that EA ratings are supposed to be based on individual performances and skill rather than competitive achievements. Twitter-verse seems fairly divided in their opinion and The Hard Tackle will let you decide which side you would prefer to be on.