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FIFA player ratings history: How Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar's stats have changed

9:13 AM EDT 9/10/19
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar
Goal charts the progression of FIFA 20's superstars from when they first entered the video game to their present-day ratings

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are the three best players in FIFA 20 – but they weren't always as highly rated in the game.

The trio started at the bottom but have progressed over the years to become the most brutal weapons used by gamers today.

Goal analyses the base cards of the top five-rated players in FIFA 20 from their first appearances in the franchise up until today...

  • Lionel Messi Barcelona 2019-20

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

    Game edition Overall rating
    FIFA 06 78
    FIFA 07 84
    FIFA 08 86
    FIFA 09 90
    FIFA 10 90
    FIFA 11 90
    FIFA 12 94
    FIFA 13 94
    FIFA 14 94
    FIFA 15 93
    FIFA 16 94
    FIFA 17 93
    FIFA 18 93
    FIFA 19 94
    FIFA 20 94

    Lionel Messi is once again the king, with the highest rating of 94 in the upcoming FIFA 20 game – the first time he has been the outright best player since FIFA 15.

    He was once ranked a lowly 78 as he began to establish himself at Barcelona before hitting his highest ever rating of 94 in FIFA 12 – a score he has now received in six editions of the game.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 2019-20

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Piemonte Calcio/Portugal)

    Game edition Overall rating
    FIFA 04 77
    FIFA 05 88
    FIFA 06 91
    FIFA 07 87
    FIFA 08 91
    FIFA 09 91
    FIFA 10 89
    FIFA 11 87
    FIFA 12 92
    FIFA 13 92
    FIFA 14 92
    FIFA 15 92
    FIFA 16 93
    FIFA 17 94
    FIFA 18 94
    FIFA 19 94
    FIFA 20 93

    Cristiano Ronaldo has seen his overall rating drop from 94 to 93 in FIFA 20 after his first season at Juventus failed to hit the heights of his previous campaigns at Real Madrid.

    The Portuguese star has been in FIFA for 17 editions – since he first joined Manchester United from Sporting in 2003 – with his first card rated at 77.

    He incredibly hit 91 in only his third season at the Red Devils before a move to the Spanish capital saw his rating soar to 94 in FIFA 17 and remain there for three years as Madrid won three consecutive Champions League titles.

  • Neymar Brazil Colombia 06092018

    Neymar (PSG/Brazil)

    Game edition Overall rating
    FIFA 10 73
    FIFA 11 78
    FIFA 12 84
    FIFA 13 85
    FIFA 14 84
    FIFA 15 86
    FIFA 16 88
    FIFA 17 92
    FIFA 18 92
    FIFA 19 92
    FIFA 20 92

    Neymar reached a rating of 92 in his final season at Barcelona, in 2016-17, and has retained that score throughout his seasons at Paris Saint-Germain.

    He was a lowly 73 when he first entered the game for Santos in FIFA 10 but hit a high of 85 in his last season at the Brazilian club.

    After declining to 84 in his first campaign at Camp Nou, the Brazilian attacker has gradually grown to his present rating.

  • Eden Hazard Real Madrid 2019-20

    Eden Hazard (Real Madrid/Belgium)

    Game edition Overall rating
    FIFA 09 51
    FIFA 10 77
    FIFA 11 81
    FIFA 12 85
    FIFA 13 87
    FIFA 14 85
    FIFA 15 88
    FIFA 16 89
    FIFA 17 88
    FIFA 18 90
    FIFA 19 91
    FIFA 20 91

    It's hard to believe that Eden Hazard once had a base card rated at just 51, back when was just starting to break into the first team at Ligue 1 club Lille.

    However, as he developed as a player in France, his rating had skyrocketed to 85 just prior to joining Chelsea.

    He achieved a career-high rating of 91 in FIFA 19 during his last season with the Blues and the new Real Madrid man has retained that figure in the upcoming edition of the game.

  • Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 2019-20

    Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium)

    Game edition Overall rating
    FIFA 10 62
    FIFA 11 70
    FIFA 12 75
    FIFA 13 78
    FIFA 14 80
    FIFA 15 81
    FIFA 16 86
    FIFA 17 88
    FIFA 18 89
    FIFA 19 91
    FIFA 20 91

    Kevin De Bruyne has notably had a slow-burn with his FIFA rating over the years compared to other great players in the game.

    After starting at 62 in FIFA 10, it wasn't until his fifth base card in the game that he cracked 80, while he was in his second season at Chelsea.

    A breakout campaign in the Bundesliga for Wolfsburg saw De Bruyne's rating climb to 86 before his move to Manchester City.

    Since arriving in the Premier League, the Belgian playmaker has steadily grown his rating to 91, where it has remained the past two editions.