Published On: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017

FIFA 18 Ratings Analysis: Midfielders

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Gianluca Nesci

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theScore’s Gianluca Nesci takes a deep dive into the ratings from the newly released FIFA 18 video game.

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Midfielder Club Rating
Toni Kroos Real Madrid 90
Luka Modric Real Madrid 89
Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 89
Thiago Alcantara Bayern Munich 88
Mesut Ozil Arsenal 88
Marco Verratti Paris Saint-Germain 87
N’Golo Kante Chelsea 87
Paul Pogba Manchester United 87
Arturo Vidal Bayern Munich 87
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 87
Marek Hamsik Napoli 87
David Silva Manchester City 87
Ivan Rakitic Barcelona 87
Andres Iniesta Barcelona 87
Radja Nainggolan AS Roma 86
Isco Real Madrid 86
Cesc Fabregas Chelsea 86
James Rodriguez Bayern Munich 86
Sergio Busquets Barcelona 86
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich 86
Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund 86
Casemiro Real Madrid 85
Blaise Matuidi Juventus 85
Miralem Pjanic Juventus 85
Ilkay Gundogan Manchester City 85

Real Madrid’s dominance in last season’s Champions League was largely the product of the Spanish club’s otherworldly midfield being vastly superior to its competition, so it’s no surprise that Los Blancos boast the two highest-rated midfielders in FIFA 18.

Toni Kroos‘ sumptuous passing skills are unmatched, while Luka Modric is the greatest all-around, box-to-box midfielder in world football today.

Given that the ability to unlock a backline with inch-perfect passes from anywhere on the pitch is arguably the most coveted midfield talent, it’s no surprise that the four superstars who follow Kroos and Modric on this list are all renowned for their slick passing. Kevin De Bruyne, Thiago Alcantara, Mesut Ozil, and Marco Verratti all combine superlative vision with splendid playmaking traits.

Marek Hamsik, Christian Eriksen, and Isco earned significant ratings boosts. The three creative wizards were long among the most underrated players in the world, and are finally getting their due in the game (both real and video).

Meanwhile, Dele Alli just misses out on the top 25. At just 21 years old and already boasting an 84 overall rating, though, he is well positioned to continue climbing up the ranks, and quickly.

Look out for Marco Asensio, too. The future is bright.

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