Top 10 La Liga FIFA 21 ratings: Messi, Ramos, Kroos, Oblak, more - Dexerto

Top 10 La Liga FIFA 21 ratings: Messi, Ramos, Kroos, Oblak, more

Published: 11/Sep/2020 14:53

by Jacob Hale


EA SPORTS must have had a hard job picking the top player ratings overall for FIFA 21, never mind just for the Spanish top flight. That said, let’s take a look at La Liga’s highest-rated players. 

Every year, the new FIFA release brings an update that moves football’s biggest video game into the modern day. It reflects all the changes made during the transfer window and, more importantly, how certain players have improved or digressed from the previous year.

While the very top ratings look roughly how they have done in years past, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar donning the top spots, it gets more interesting as you move down and see some of the young talent flying through.

Obviously, there aren’t many surprises in terms of who you see in the list. Top footballers from Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and others are always right at the very top.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are both vying to occupy the top spots in both La Liga and FIFA 21.

This year, we have seen a few players reduced across the board, with even the likes of Romelu Lukaku himself calling out EA SPORTS over their new ratings.

FIFA 21 La Liga top rated players

So, let’s take a look at the top 10 rated players in La Liga in FIFA 21, and feel free to scroll down and check out our predictions too, to see how accurate we were!

Here are La Liga’s ten highest-rated players in FIFA 21:

  1. Lionel Messi (93)
  2. Jan Oblak (91)
  3. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (90)
  4. Sergio Ramos (89)
  5. Karim Benzema (89)
  6. Casemiro (89)
  7. Thibaut Courtois (89)
  8. Toni Kroos (88)
  9. Eden Hazard (88)
  10. Luka Modrić (87)

The overall top 10 are fairly predictable, with Suarez, Busquets and Griezmann all tied at 87 with Modrić too. That said, they’re all slightly lower than what we predicted back in May, which you can see below.

Lionel Messi FIFA
Messi remains the highest-rated player not only in La Liga but in the entire game.

FIFA 21 La Liga top rated players: Predictions

10. Casemiro (88)

OVR: 87 > 88

Casemiro has become a staple in Real Madrid’s midfield. A defensive hero that, at 28 years of age, is in the prime of his career, and he doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon. Surely, he will be included in the top set of Spanish league picks.

9. Luka Modrić (88)

OVR: 89 > 88

Luka Modrić is a legend in many ways, and a seriously underrated talent when you think about his long career at the top of the game.

At 34 years of age, the Croatian is heading towards his final years as a top player, and we think his overall might decrease slightly to reflect that. That said, somewhere near the top of the mountain is where he belongs.

Modrić is bound to start moving down the pecking order over the next couple of seasons.

8. Sergio Ramos (89)

OVR: 89 > 89

No footballer currently playing at the top level personifies the idea of a ‘vicious competitor’ quite like Sergio Ramos, but that’s exactly why he’s such a successful player. Although the central defender isn’t getting any younger, his performances are still up there with the best centre-backs in the world, so we think his overall rating will stay the same.

7. Luis Suarez (89)

OVR: 89 > 89

You might have been thinking this was going to be a full Madrid set for a moment, but fear not. The next prediction is from Barcelona’s current crop.

Despite missing a sizeable portion of the season due to injury, Luis Suarez has been an integral part of his team’s attack when he’s been on the pitch. In 17 La Liga games he scored 11 goals and got 7 assists. You could argue that Suarez’s rating should comfortably be in the 90s, but having missed much of the season, we think his overall might well stay the same.

Luis Suarez is often overshadowed by teammate Messi, but his incredible performances can’t be ignored.

6. Thibaut Courtois (89)

OVR: 88 > 89

Courtois became Real Madrid’s number one goalkeeper after his move from Chelsea last season, and quickly proved that the magnitude of the position and the club was not lost on him. This season, he’s kept 12 clean sheets in 24 league games, topping the La Liga leaderboard, and an improved rating should probably reflect that.

5. Antoine Griezmann (89)

OVR: 89 > 89

Griezmann’s move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona hasn’t provided quite the goal output many were expecting, but Griezmann is still a young and deadly finisher. Eight goals and six assists in 26 league games isn’t a stat to brag about, but doesn’t quite warrant a decrease in rating… yet.

Antoine Griezmann hasn’t impacted the Barcelona front line like many expected him to.

4. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (90)

OVR: 90 > 90

Ter Stegen, the Barcelona top keeper, is undoubtedly one of the most consistently incredible goalkeepers in world football. He’s not quite had performances or stat lines on the same level as the likes of Courtois this season, but there are few players you’d pick to hold it down at the back ahead of him.

No increase in stats here, but definitely no decrease either.

3. Jan Oblak (91)

OVR: 91 > 91

Jan Oblak rounds out the top of the incredible goalkeepers that La Liga fans are graced with on a weekly basis.

The Slovenian national currently sits behind only Courtois and Getafe’s David Soria in the clean sheets leaderboard, and is consistently one of the key players on the pitch for Atletico on match day. Don’t be surprised if his rating improves, but we’re not expecting it.

There are few players you would prefer between the sticks than Jan Oblak.

2. Eden Hazard (91)

OVR: 91 > 91

Eden Hazard hasn’t had enough of a chance to prove himself this season, having spent a lot of time in the medical room instead of on the pitch, but he’s one of very few players regularly roped into discussions surrounding the likes of Neymar, Messi, Mbappe and Ronaldo, and that speaks to where he could end up.

He won’t drop in FIFA 21, but watch out for a big increase in FIFA 22 if he manages to get some actual game time in.

1. Lionel Messi (95)

OVR: 94 > 95

Who else? Lionel Messi is, in the eyes of the majority, the greatest player to ever grace the beautiful game, and in FIFA he continues to be nothing short of exceptional.

He’s a complete anomaly both in and out of game, and after having a tremendous campaign thus far – scoring 19 and assisting 12 in 22 matches – we think he’ll be rewarded with a boost to 95 base overall, becoming the first player to ever do so.

Lionel Messi, obviously, retains the top spot when it comes to FIFA 21 overalls.

There are some La Liga players who have had great seasons, or we wouldn’t be surprised to see around the top 10. The likes of Arthur and Frenkie de Jong were highly-rated players in FIFA 20, and could see big boosts going into the new game, especially if the remainder of the season is played out and they continue to shine.

So, what do you think of this list? Do you think EA SPORTS have dropped the ball here, or did they get it right? Let us know by tweeting us @UltimateTeamUK.


FIFA 21 TOTY promo countdown LIVE: start time, predictions

Published: 22/Jan/2021 5:56

by Isaac McIntyre


The wait is finally over ⁠— Team of the Year is here, with EA SPORTS confirming the long-awaited FIFA 21 promo is set to drop this week. Here’s what we know about the iconic Ultimate Team event, including start date and player picks, so far.

EA has taken a bit of a different road to get to the midway point of FIFA 21 promos this release, bringing in “Headliners” early, and swapping FUTMAS to “Freeze” and the popular Halloween promo Ultimate Scream to “Rulebreakers” instead.

However, all roads lead to Team of the Year eventually.

Now the iconic FIFA promo is here, bringing with it the absolute best cards Ultimate Team has to offer. These blue and gold cards are always the most sought after of the year, and often cause a massive market crash when they arrive.

This year should be no different too. Superstar names are already in the mix, including FIFA darling Kylian Mbappe, unstoppable goalscorer Robert Lewandowski, midfield maestro Kevin De Byrune, and plenty more.

Without further ado, here’s everything we know about TOTY 2021 so far.

Last year's Team of the Year was loaded to the brim with world-class players.
Last year’s Team of the Year was absolutely loaded to the brim with world-class players.

 When will Team of the Year 2021 begin?

Team of the Year has now been locked in to officially start this week. EA SPORTS has updated the Ultimate Team loading screen to reflect this countdown, confirming the promo will begin with the first card releases on Friday, January 22.

The iconic FIFA promo should ⁠— as in previous years ⁠— run through releases for strikers, midfielders, and defenders, before adding them all to packs for one final hoorah.

The event should run for just over a week, and end in late January.

There’s also a chance EA unveils the team on Friday, but leaves us salivating over the cards over the weekend. In that case, the promo could run into February.

Either way, according to the countdown on FIFA’s loading title, we’ll get our very first look at the promo at 6pm on Friday (GMT). Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter accounts, @UltimateTeamUK and @FutWatch, to see the news.

Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength at Juventus — does he get into TOTY 21?

TOTY predictions: who makes the 2021 lineup?

The annual TOTY team is the best of the best; eleven world-class footballers who transcended their peers and teammates across the 2020 calendar year.

The Ultimate Team promo begins with a lengthy list of around 70 nominees. Those contenders are then whittled down with a fan vote. This year, stars like Messi, Ronaldo, De Bruyne, Neymar, Van Dijk, Lewandowski, and Mbappe headlined the choices.

In 2020, two teams reigned supreme: Liverpool and Bayern Munich. The former were crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years, while the German heavyweights defied a much-changed Champions League format to stake control over European football in a near-perfect campaign.

Each club defined a stop-start season, lifting trophies despite challenges.

Hopefully your Guaranteed Bundesliga TOTSSF SBC pack contains Robert Lewandowski.
Many think Lewandowski was robbed of a Ballon d’Or this year. His stellar year with Bayern Munich should make him a shoo-in for TOTY.

Expect plenty of picks from those two teams, though there’s a chance EA splashes in stars from Real Madrid, City, and Juventus too.

Here’s the TOTY picks the Dexerto team submitted this time around:

Possible Team of the Year lineup

  • Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
  • Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  • Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
  • Heung-min Son (Tottenham)
  • Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Man. City)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
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Here’s our predictions for FIFA 21 TOTY. Will this be the official lineup?

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about FIFA 21’s iconic Ultimate Team promo, Team of the Year, so far. This is arguably the biggest event of the FUT calendar so make sure you’re ready with plenty of packs, coins, and SBC fodder.

We’ll update this article when the promo begins. As always, stick with us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA news, updates, and content.