News about FIFA 23 is starting to filter in, but new rankings always create buzz, with people sharing their opinions about who should be the top players. One of the most significant talking points leading up to the release of any Ultimate Team is player ratings, with the community fiercely debating who the best stars will be in the game and their statistics. So far, some player ratings have leaked from FIFA 23, giving us a pretty good indication of who will be hot or off heading into FIFA 23. In past years, top-rated players were revealed a couple of weeks before the game’s release, with the best 22 players for FIFA 22 being announced on September 13, before its release on October 1.

We have not seen much movement in the upper end of the FIFA 23 ratings for FIFA 23, though we would not be surprised to see Lionel Messi fall to an OVR of 92. Lionel Messi (93 OVR) and Robert Lewandowski (92 OVR) are still the top-rated players in FIFA 23, but 91 OVR has a few new additions. The downgrade for Legends likely signals an impending end of the iconic era, as younger stars steps in to take over from ageing gaming legends. At the same time, players like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are expected to receive further upgrades in the new edition. In years past, the rating conversation has centred chiefly on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and who is better. Although this will likely be the case with the FIFA 23 ratings, there is also a chance to look at who has been upgraded or degraded since FIFA 22.

For over a decade, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have held the top two positions in world football. Their success has motivated a more modern generation of gifted players, who are now competing against their heroes on the field. Despite their relative inexperience, players like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland have demonstrated that they can succeed in the two legends.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is often regarded as the finest full-back in the world, and there are several reasons for this. He came within one assist of winning the Playmaker title the previous year, which is remarkable for a defender. Reece James was outstanding for Chelsea and is expected to receive a significant rise. Joao Cancelo, who shifted to left-back last season and made the Team of the Year, was unmatched in that regard, so an improvement is unquestionably merited. Andy Robertson’s grade should remain unchanged since he continues to produce at a high level and is a consistent performer at the highest level.