The first batch of EA Sports’ FIFA 23 top 23 players was recently released and while the usual suspects topped the list, there were some sheer surprises, to say the very least.
Among the players, as many as two Real Madrid players were rated 90 or above which included club captain Karim Benzema and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. As it stands, the former is one of the five players to have received a 91 rating, which is the highest.
The list includes Benzema himself, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne. Courtois, on the other hand, is rated 90 as he sits in the same line as Manuel Neuer.
Meanwhile, midfield generals Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are both rated 88. Interestingly enough, there is a decline of one unit from the passing attribute of the German from the previous edition of the game. This year, his passing is rated 90.
As far as Modric is concerned, his passing has been kept at 89 while his dribbling capabilities are rated 88. Dribbling and shooting remain the major difference between the two Real Madrid midfielders as while the Croatian’s shooting technique is 76, the German stands at 81.
Up next on the list is new signing Antonio Rudiger. The German international, who arrived on a free transfer in the summer, is an 87-rated defender. His pace (82) outperforms even the club captain Karim Benzema. His physicality is an 85-rated attribute while his defending has been kept at 86.
Above the German, among defenders, are Marquinhos (88) and Virgil van Dijk (90). Meanwhile, another Real Madrid defender rated above 85 is a certain David Alaba. The versatile Austrian defender is rated 86 with his defending kept at 85 and passing at 83.
As far as Vinicius Jr. is concerned, the star forward is rated 86 in FIFA 23. With a pace of 95 and dribbling at 90, the Brazil international is one of the quickest players in the video game which will be launched worldwide on September 30.
Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker
Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.
The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.
According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.
The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.
The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.
But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.
However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.
It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.