Lionel Messi: Surprise As PSG Star Misses Out on Best 5 Star 'Skillers' on FIFA 23, Cristiano Ronaldo Included

Lionel Messi: Surprise As PSG Star Misses Out on Best 5 Star 'Skillers' on FIFA 23, Cristiano Ronaldo Included

  • Lionel Messi has been omitted from the list of the most skilful players on FIFA 23 despite his known prowess with the ball
  • Surprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo has been ranked second in as much as the Portuguese star's strengths lie elsewhere
  • Kylian Mbappe leads the list, with his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar a close third

Lionel Messi has, over the years, built his reputation around his quick feet, vision and proficiency in front of goal.

In fact, it is his dribbling skills that have always helped him evade attackers with such poise and elegance. He is mentioned in the same breath as Ronaldinho when mentioning the best dribblers of all time in world football.

Lionel Messi, PSG, FIFA 23, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe
Lionel Messi is considered one of the best-ever dribblers in world football. Photo by Xavier Laine.
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It is, therefore, a surprise when FIFA 23 snubbed the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner in its list of the 5-star 'skillers.'

Fifa 23 is set to debut on 30th September and the organisers have already released some of the ratings that will be in the new game. Messi still leads all the players with an overall rating of 91.

This is a negative two drop from FIFA 22, plus he is joined at the top by Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema and Kevin De Bruyne.

But when it comes to 5-star 'skillers,' Messi is given a wide berth. More shockingly, his arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo is listed second on that list. Ronaldo is not known for his skills. His career has been centred around absolute mercilessness in front of goal.

Mbappe has been declared the most skilful player on FIFA 23. He is joined by the likes of Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Christopher Nkunku and Memphis Depay.

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Sports Brief had earlier reported that Lionel Messi ensured another record tilted towards him in the long-standing debate on who the greatest is between the Paris Saint-Germain superstar and eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi bypassed the Man United forward in becoming the player with the most non-penalty goals when his solitary strike handed PSG all three points against Lyon on Sunday evening.

The Argentine playmaker earlier in the week chalked another feat with his goal-scoring prowess when he became the first player to score in 18 consecutive Champions League seasons, bypassing Ronaldo in the process.