LIONEL MESSI has retained his crown as the highest-rated player on FIFA with the Barcelona captain just ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the upcoming video game.
The Premier League can also boast four players in EA Sports’ top ten – including three from title winners Liverpool.
Messi, meanwhile, still sits on top of the pile despite seeing his rating fall from 94 to 93 after a trophyless season with Barcelona.
That puts him just ahead of Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on 92 – also a decrease from last year’s instalment.
The Portugal captain will also be representing Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 21 once again for licensing reasons.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is one of four players rated 91.
The Polish striker has effectively replaced Eden Hazard, who had been given the same score as the FIFA 20 cover star.
Yet the former Chelsea man has dropped from fourth to outside the top ten following a difficult first season with Real Madrid.
Kevin De Bruyne has been crowned the Premier League’s best player just days after his PFA Player of the Year award.
The Belgian assist king – who has an outstanding passing mark of 93 – joins Lewandowski, Paris Saint-Germain ace Neymar and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak with a 91 rating in FIFA 21.
Liverpool’s title-winning trio Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all have 90 ratings on the game.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are also joined by PSG superstar and FIFA 21 poster boy Kylian Mbappe.
The game is set to be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows on October 9.