It’s hard to imagine FIFA without Ultimate Team.
The mode turned eight this year and has seen thousands of players immortalised through FUT cards.
But what’s the greatest card of all time? We go through the Futhead archives to find out.
Unsurprisingly, it’s a head-to-head battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Let the games begin.
FIFA 10 and FIFA 11
Messi was the highest rated player in FIFA 10, with an incredible 95 rating.
With 97 pace, 93 shooting and 99 dribbling, the Argentine was a real force.
By FIFA 11 he’d improved even more – climbing three points for shooting, and 11 for passing.
His overall score was a decent 96, too.
FIFA 12 and FIFA 13
FIFA 12 Messi was absolutely unstoppable – and easily the best version of the Argentine in the series.
He boasted 99 in every attacking attribute – from dribbling to shooting.
The following year saw a big downgrade in his attributes – probably because he was too good!
FIFA 14 and FIFA 15
Messi boasts an incredible 97 pace, 96 shooting, 92 passing and 99 dribbling. However, it still pales in comparison with his FIFA 12 card.
Finally, Ronaldo entered the fray in FIFA 15 with a 99-rated monster.
Look closely, though, and he’s still some way off that Messi.
FIFA 16 and FIFA 17
Ronaldo leads the pack again in FIFA 16 with another 99-rated card. In fact, a quick calculation reveals it betters Messi’s FIFA 12 card.
Based on the average score across all six attributes, Ronaldo’s FIFA 16 card scores 88 compared to Messi’s 86.
But it’s FIFA 17’s Ronaldo who leads the pack.
With an average score of 88.5, the Portuguese boasts an incredible combination of strength, skill and deadly finishing.
So, there you have it.
FIFA 17’s Ronaldo is officially the greatest FUT card in history.