Countless hours will be lost yet again after Football Manager 23 officially released this week, bringing with it a comprehensive list of the top rated players in the latest installment of the long-running manager sim franchise.
Using the global scouting network employed by Sports Interactive, the producers of FM23, each individual player in the game’s massive database is given a rating from 1 to 200 for their Current Skills (CA) and Potential Skills (PA). CA is the attribute assigned to a specific player and indicates how good they are currently, while PA determines how much better players could become under your management.
A look at the players with the highest CA ratings in the game makes for interesting reading. The highest CA rating of any player in the game is 189, although only nine points separate the top spot and the rest of the top 10.
There are certainly some big names on the list, although some are a little further down the pecking order than you might expect. Here are the main takeaways.
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All hail King Kevin
Kevin De Bruyne has the highest rating of any player in Football Manager 23 with a CA of 189/200. The Manchester City playmaker is just one ranking point ahead of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, who has a CA of 188 and is close behind it in second place.
Top 10 full of talent
Completing the FM 23 ratings podium is Robert Lewandowski, thanks to the Barcelona striker’s CA of 186. Meanwhile, three heavyweight superstars share fourth place with Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah and 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema having a CA of 185.
Harry Kane (183) is next, while Virgil van Dijk and Thibaut Courtois share eighth place with a joint (both 181). All three have a higher rating than seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, who sits 10th overall with a CA of 180.
Cristiano Ronaldo fans will have to continue combing down the rankings to find their hero. In fact, the Manchester United forward just barely made it into the top 100 thanks to his comparatively low CA score of 158/200.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is 98th overall, a position he shares with 10 other players who share the same CA rating: Yves Bissouma, Ben Chilwell, Matthijs de Ligt, Memphis Depay, Diogo Jota, Keylor Navas , Christopher Nkunku, Nicolas Otamendi, Mikel Oyarzabal and Nicolas Otamendi.
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city full of stars
Man City are effectively the strongest team in FM23 as the reigning Premier League champions have more players with a CA rating of 158 or higher than any other side.
In all, City have 14 players on the list, between De Bruyne (189) at the top and Riyad Mahrez (160) in 83rd place. Erling Haaland (185), Bernardo Silva (176), Rodri (175), Ederson Moraes (175), Ruben Dias (174), Aymeric Laporte (168), Joao Cancelo (167), Jack Grealish (166), Ilkay Gundogan ( 165), Kyle Walker (164), Phil Foden (163) and John Stones (161) are the other City players who made it.
Chelsea follow on the list with 11 players, closely followed by reigning European champions Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich with 10 players each, with Liverpool and Barcelona just behind with nine and eight players respectively.
Manchester City (14)
Paris Saint Germain (10)
Bayern Munich (10)
Atlético Madrid (5)
Inter Milan (5)
Manchester United (5)
AC Milan (3)
Tottenham Hotspur (3)
AS Roma (1)
Borussia Dortmund (1)
FC Porto (1)
RB Leipzig (1)
Real Sociedad (1)
West Ham United (1)
Premier League rules Europe
All but two of the players included in this FM23 elite group play for a club that operates in one of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues – the outliers being Otamendi and Pepe, who share Benfica and Porto in the Portuguese top-flight Playing in the league, both are among 11 players with CA ratings of 158, grouped with Ronaldo at 98th.
The Premier League leads the way with seven clubs represented in Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Tottenham and West Ham. Curious. While Arsenal can claim to have more players on the list (3), West Ham can boast that their sole representative (Declan Rice, Joint-55th, CA 162) is tied with the Gunners’ top-ranked player (Gabriel Jesus) and is clearly ahead of the other two with Bukayo Saka (64th, CA 161) and Martin Ödegaard (73rd, CA 160).
Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A have each represented five clubs in the top 100, while France’s Ligue 1 is a one-horse race, responsible for offering just a single club on the list (fewer than Portugal’s top group) – no prizes for it Guess which club.
Premier League (7 clubs)
Series A (5)
Premier League (2)
League 1 (1)
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