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

Published: 11/Sep/2020 14:53

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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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.

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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:

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  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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FIFA 21 Ones to Watch Team 1 countdown: OTW release time & players

Published: 7/Oct/2020 13:17

by Jacob Hale

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With the launch of FIFA 21 seeing millions of football fans across the globe start competing to try and become the best in FIFA Ultimate Team, the first Ones to Watch promo team is fast approaching. Here’s everything we know about it.

Ones to Watch follows players that have transferred to other teams, promising them upgrades for every time they make a new promo such as Team of the Week, Team of the Tournament and more.

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As such, OTW cards are highly desirable, and if you get a decent one at the start of the year, you could see a lot of improvements as the season unravels.

So, here’s everything we know about Ones to Watch in FIFA 21, including release dates and times, the players included and more.

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Nathan Ake is a confirmed OTW player after his transfer from Bournemouth to Manchester City.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch release date & time

We now know that the Ones to Watch is going to be up and running soon, with its first availability on the weekend of launch. Here are the dates for the cards being released:

  • October 9-16: OTW Team 1
  • October 16-21: OTW Team 2
  • October 21 onwards: OTW Teams 1 and 2

It’s worth noting that you will get a Guaranteed OTW Item if you preordered the game before August 14, and the card you receive will be based on which date you open the pack, in correspondence with the dates above.

Most FIFA promos drop at 6pm BST (11am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5am AEDT), so expect packs to be available from that time starting October 9.

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Confirmed OTW players

So far, a small selection of players have been confirmed as Ones to Watch cards, though we expect more to be announced over time.

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A number of players and clubs are featured in the first OTW team of FIFA 21.

Here are the confirmed players that will feature in the opening weeks of FIFA 21 Ones to Watch:

  • Timo Werner – 85 – RB Leipzig to Chelsea
  • Gareth Bale – 83 – Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Hakim Ziyech – 85 – Ajax to Chelsea
  • Thiago – 85 – Bayern Munich to Liverpool
  • Martin Odegaard – 83 – Real Madrid
  • Achraf Hakimi – 83 – Real Madrid to Inter Milan
  • Allan – 83 – Napoli to Everton
  • Nathan Ake – 79 – AFC Bournemouth to Manchester City
  • Luis Suarez — 87 — Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
  • Kai Havertz — 85 — Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Tonali OTW SBC

As well as these, Sandro Tonali (77 OVR, on loan from Brescia to AC Milan) is the first OTW SBC in FIFA 21.

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We’ve written up a guide on the cheapest way to complete the SBC if you’re looking to get Tonali in your squad.

Ones to Watch predictions

On top of the confirmed players above, there are several we expect to see have their OTW cards announced soon.

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Here’s who we’re expecting to see included:

  • Leroy Sane – 85 – Manchester City to Bayern Munich
  • Ferran Torres – 81 – Valencia to Manchester City
  • James Rodriguez – 82 – Real Madrid to Everton
  • Blaise Matuidi – 83 – Juventus to Inter Miami
  • Ben Chilwell – 81 – Leicester City to Chelsea
  • Jude Bellingham – 69 – Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund
  • Gabriel – 78 – Lille to Arsenal
  • Victor Osimhen – 79 – Lille to Napoli
  • Willian – 82 – Chelsea to Arsenal
  • Rodrigo – 82 – Valencia to Leeds
  • Donny van de Beek – 83 – Ajax to Manchester United
  • Miralem Pjanic – 85 – Juventus to FC Barcelona
  • Arthur – 84 – FC Barcelona to Juventus
  • Jonathan David – 79 – Gent to Lille
  • Dani Parejo – 85 – Valencia to Villarreal
  • Reiner Jesus – 71 – Loan, Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund
  • Everton – 81 – Gremio to Benfica

As these are only our predictions, don’t put too much stock into that list, but we would be surprised if at least a few of these players don’t get OTW cards.


In the meantime, you can check out @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter for all the latest news and updates regarding FIFA 21.