By Adam Shergold for MailOnline
Published: 16:00 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 16:18 BST, 10 September 2020
Lionel Messi will once again be the highest-rated player on FIFA with the Barcelona and Argentina star just ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the upcoming video game.
Messi, who was linked with a move to Manchester City in recent weeks before deciding to stay with Barcelona, is given a rating of 93 by EA Sports for the latest instalment of their massively-popular series.
That puts him just ahead of Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo on 92 though his club appears as Piemonte Calcio in the game for licensing reasons.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi has been named as the top-rated player in the FIFA 21 video game
Messi edges out Cristiano Ronaldo in the list of top-rated players in the forthcoming game
Messi has been given a rating of 93 on the new FIFA 21 game, one mark ahead of Ronaldo
The Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, whom many believe would have won this year's Ballon d'Or prize had it been awarded, is one of four players rated 91.
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne - the highest Premier League player - plus Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, all have a 91 rating in FIFA 21.