EA Sports keep teasing us with FIFA 21 ratings. This time, the FIFA publisher is not playing around at all. Who needs a top 10 or a top 100 when you can have the top 1000 players in the game all splattered on a wall for everyone to see?
Top 1000 FIFA 21 Players
That's exactly what EA Sports did - they released the overall ratings of the top 1000 players available in FIFA 21. That means we have a lot of names and numbers to look at. Don't worry, we won't list a gazilion names, but it doesn't hurt to highlight some of our more outstanding observations.
Messi Sets a Milestone
First things first: Messi is first. As in the first player to be named top dog in ten different FIFA games. Not that it's any shock, although the third player on the list - Robert Lewandowski, might feel he was more deserving of the top rating this year after a phenomenal campaign with Bayern München.
The Gap Between the Top and the Bottom
Is 16 overall points. That's how much Lionel Messi - rated 93, holds on the number 1000 on this list - Southampton's Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina. Lemina shouldn't be too worried, though, as he shares that rating with 153 people standing in front of him. One of those people is Wayne Rooney. Sothampton's man just pulled the shortest alghoritmic straw.
Real Madrid's Astonishing Squad Depth
You'd think that Liverpool winning their first domestic title in 30 years on the back of a Champions League trophy or Bayern crushing all domestic and European competition en route to a treble would help them to a bunch of players within the top 1000. You wouldn't be necessarily wrong. The two Euro giants have 18 and 20 players on here, respectively.
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It is actually Real Madrid that have that Mariana trench depth of squad in FIFA 21. The Spanish champions have a quite impressive 26 players in the top 1000, all of which are at a 79+ OVR. In fact, Rodrygo is the only one of the 26 to have a sub-80 OVR. Four players are tied at 89 to lead Los Blancos.
English Premier League Wins Over La Liga
Real Madrid help a lot, but it's still not enough for the Spanish La Liga. The English Premier League is the one with most players ranked in the top 1000. The 216 men applying their trade in the EPL amount to 21,6% of the entire list. La Liga is not too far behind with 198 representatives. The two leagues combined contain 41,4% of FIFA 21's best players.
Spain Strikes Back
England's league might have more top 1000 material players, but Spain as a nation has the last laugh. The Iberian country has, by a fair distance, the most players on the list - 149. That's nearly 50% more than second place France. There are precisely 103 baguettes ranked in the top 1000 of FIFA 21. France showed quantity isn't everything in the last World Cup, though, so they are probably not too bummed out by the baguette disrespect that's going on here.
If you're hungry for more numbers, you can always scroll through the entirety of the 1000 names on EA's official website.