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A Look at the Most Absurd FIFA 21 Ratings

It’s September and it could mean only one thing, time for FIFA to break the internet with the release of the top 100 FIFA 21 ratings. It seems like as the years are passing by, fans are getting less patient with the game and are finding a few of the FIFA 21 ratings difficult to comprehend.

Let’s understand why some of these ratings have come up against the wrath of the internet and why people took to social media to rant against the game. Here are a few FIFA 21 ratings which defy logic and have caused a lot of controversy.



Lionel Messi may be the highest-rated player in the game but what’s wrong with the pace stat for the Argentine. In what world is Lionel Messi just 85 on pace? Messi is way quicker than what those stats suggest. Anyway, if we speak then we’re in big trouble.

Serge Gnabry had a standout year in football as he helped his team Bayern Munich lift the coveted treble – Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and the Champions League. The winger is known for his pace and his dribbling skills but FIFA thinks otherwise. He has been rated just 82 for his pace, which is funny as that makes him slower than a few of the strikers and midfielders in Europe.

Another player who is shockingly rated low on his pace is England and Dortmund star, Jadon Sancho. He has been given a modest pace rating of 83 which is baffling to understand. Again, Sancho is famous for his pace and acceleration. There are not many defenders in world football who wouldn’t struggle to keep pace with the winger but FIFA seems to have gotten this wrong as well.



Kevin De Bruyne equalled the Premier League record for most assists registered in a season – 20. In recent news, he was named as the PFA Player’s Player of the Year as well and is head and shoulders ahead of the other midfielders in the league. He is the highest-rated midfielder in the FIFA 21 ratings which have been released but his overall hasn’t improved from the previous edition. He definitely deserved a raise this time around.

Ciro Immobile was unstoppable in the 2019-20 season for Lazio. In 37 matches, he scored 36 times in the Serie A and was the highest goalscorer in the league. He is amongst the most lethal strikers in Europe currently and his overall of 87 is slightly underwhelming.

Another player who was extremely significant for his team in the previous season was Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller. He had a huge role to play in Munich’s treble-winning season under Hansi Flick and registered 21 assists in the Bundesliga alone. His shooting and overall stats could be a lot better but for now, he’d have to be content with 86.

Romelu Lukaku publicly expressed his displeasure with his FIFA 21 rating on Twitter and honestly, he isn’t being unreasonable. Known as the most physical player across Europe’s top five leagues, an overall of 84 physicality is a joke. He got 34 goals last season and that has fetched him with a shooting overall of just 83. His overall of 85 could’ve been slightly better as well.



Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the winner of the FA Cup and most recently the Community Shield. He was the second-highest goalscorer in the Premier League last season and has consistently managed to score more than 20 goals in his time with Arsenal. So what has resulted in a downgrade in the overall of the player? Will have to put the FIFA developers on gunpoint to get this answered.

Similarly, Timo Werner enjoyed a remarkably successful season with RB Leipzig. If 34 goals and 8 assists merit for a downgrade of overalls, then this move is totally justified.

Now this one is the worst of them all. After having a treble-winning season and absolutely bossing the midfield in most of the games he has played, Thiago has got a downgrade by two points on the overall. If his move to Liverpool was to transpire in this window, then he’ll be Liverpool’s third-best rated midfielder and surely that can’t be right!

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