Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s are the two greatest players on the planet – and have been for many years.
But who’s had the more successful career on FIFA?
We go through all of their FIFA stats to settle the debate once and for all.
Let’s kick off.
Ronaldo appeared on the FIFA scene in 04, but 06 was the first time he shared the game with Messi.
Boasting an impressive 91 overall rating, the Portuguese was already a force to be reckoned with.
Pace is an astonishing 93, while dribbling and ball control both get 95.
Show power at 83 is a little on the low side, though.
Messi’s first outing in FIFA and unsurprisingly his weakest.
He had an overall rating on 78, weighed just 67kg and only had 51 for strength.
Shot power was an unimpressive 65.
Still, even back then he was pretty nippy, with a pace rating of 82 and acceleration rated at 87.
His best attribute, though, was his (now famed) ball control and dribbling – where he scored an impressive 88.
For the first time since FIFA 04, Ronaldo’s rating dropped to 87.
Acceleration took a big hit, down from 95 to 91, but sprint speed was a rapid 93.
Elsewhere, shot power dipped to 80 and finishing scored an above-average 71.
A big improvement on the last game, jumping up 10 points to get an overall rating of 84.
He was much faster, too – now boasting a sprint speed of 94 and 92 for acceleration – beating Ronaldo.
Dribbling was up to 95, while shot power was massively up at 83.
Ronaldo’s overall rating climbs back into the 90s again.
Despite the fact he’s heavier, his speed is up a point at 94.
Finishing takes a huge jump to 85, shot power is up to 90 while acceleration is back up to 95.
Free kick ability is 88 – making him a reliable set-piece taker.
Not quite the quantum leap seen in the first couple of years, with Messi climbing two points to an overall rating of 86.
He’s stronger now, with a 64 rating for strength – despite him weighing the same.
Elsewhere, shot power took a small bump to 84, dribbling stayed at 95, while sprint speed and acceleration both climbed to 95.
A good player, but the Portuguese was arguably more balanced.
Perhaps the most minimal changes so far for Ronaldo. His overall rating stays at 91.
He’s slimmed down again, now coming in at 79kg.
Ball control is marginally better but the biggest gains are seen in finishing and free kicks, which sit at 92 and 94 respectively.
If you want to score a free kick with Ronaldo, this is the year to do it.
Finally, Messi reached an overall rating of 90.
He’s quicker than Ronaldo with a sprint speed of 95, but falls down on finishing and shot power.
Short passing really stands out at 90, while dribbling is a near-perfect 97 – the latter equalling Ronaldo’s score.
There’s really nothing to separate the two, but thanks to a higher strength score, the Portuguese edges it.
Minimal changes again this year apart from his overall rating is now at 89.
He’s lost a bit more weight, but has slowed down slightly with a speed rating of 92.
Free kick ability dips to 88, finishing is down to 90 and shot power drops a point.
Surely this is Messi’s year?
Finally, Messi gets a higher score than Ronaldo – despite very minor changes.
Sprint speed is down two points at 93, although acceleration stays at 96.
Shot power is noticeably weaker at 79, while strength dips to 57.
He’s still a master at dribbling, though, with another 97.
Ronaldo’s overall rating dips again.
Acceleration is up slightly at 93, while speed gets 94.
Shot power is the highest its been with 93 while finishing drops again to 89.
Jumping is at 91 and agility is at 94.
It’s another good year for Messi who starts creating a bit of distance between his rival.
Shot power is still down on his FIFA 08 high of 94, now coming in at 79. He’s also a touch slower, with acceleration down two points at 94.
Ball control is an impressive 96, down one point on the previous year, while strength takes a hit with a 56.
Finishing is now at 91 – making the then 23-year-old lethal in one-on-ones.
Ronaldo is back into the 90s – with his highest rating yet, 92.
He’s slower off the mark, but has kept his overall pace.
Shot power remains at 93, and ball control stays at 95. Free kick accuracy is down slightly at 87.
Messi’s overall rating takes a huge bump to 94.
Acceleration is back up to 95, although it’s still not as high as in FIFA 09 and 10.
Sprint speed is an impressive 92, while balance and agility come in at 95 and 94 respectively. Ball control is strong at 97.
Strength is at a series low at 48 – despite him weighing the same.
Shot power is at 81, and finishing is at 92.
Minimal changes this year, with Ronaldo’s overall rating staying at 92.
Finishing gets another point, but free kick accuracy is down again at 79.
Slower off the mark with a 90 acceleration rating, but quicker in a straight line.
The Argentinian sports the same 94 overall rating, but has clearly improved in some areas.
Acceleration and sprint speed stay the same, while strength gets a huge boost to 67 – his best-ever rating for that attribute.
Elsewhere, ball control dips to 96 while finishing is now a lethal 95 – four points up on Ronaldo.
Ronaldo keeps the same overall rating for another year.
He’s quicker off the mark by one point but overall speed remains the same.
Finishing has improved by one point, and shot power is the highest its been with 94.
Messi has an overall rating of 94.
He’s quicker off the mark with an acceleration rating of 96, but is slowing down with a sprint speed of 88.
Ball control and dribbling are at 96, while finishing gets another bump to a near-perfect 97.
Shot power gets a minor bump to 81, but strength is down to 60.
Arguably, it’s this Messi that’s at the top of his game – with finishing making up for a slow running speed.
Minimal changes this year, with Ronaldo keeping his overall rating.
He’s just as fast but now more clinical at finishing, with a lethal 95.
Free kick accuracy is still relatively low at 79, though.
For the first time in the series, Messi’s overall rating drops a point – and comes in at 93.
He’s still a class act, though.
Sprint speed is back up to 90, and acceleration is at 96. Shot power is at 80, but finishing takes a hit to come in at 94.
Ball control and dribbling both get 96, while strength stays the same.
For the first time in a few years, Ronaldo jumps a point in his overall rating.
He’s lost a bit of speed, down a point, while his dribbling ability takes a hit with 90.
Messi’s back to an overall rating of 94.
He’s quicker, too, with a sprint speed of 92 – while acceleration is a tad slower at 95.
Shot power stays at 80, while ball control and dribbling remain at 96.
Strength is down to 59 while finishing takes a slight hit to get 93.
The Portuguese climbs again in his overall rating – becoming the highest-rated player in the game with 94.
The 31-year-old has managed to keep his speed at an impressive 92, but also improve his dribbling ability.
Passing climbs to 81, making Ronaldo the complete attacking package.
Messi drops down a point with an overall rating of 93.
He’s slowed down a bit with a sprint speed of 89, but shooting is up to 90.
Interestingly, his passing is at 86 – low for a player known for his magical touch.
Strength, now called ‘Physical’ is up to 61.
Sadly, Ronaldo only managed to better Messi five times over the course of his FIFA career, compared to the Argentine’s seven.
Still, we reckon CR7 will be the best player on FIFA 18.
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