Ranking The Top 15 Players In FIFA 14
The Greatness That is FIFA Video Games
Ever since the FIFA gaming series was overhauled prior to the creation of FIFA 06, the game has become a part of mainstream society for people spanning the globe. With the game affording people the ability to play with their favorite players around the world, it makes complete sense why this game would be a hit. But when it comes to soccer fans in America, the reasoning becomes a bit muddled. After all, Americans have never been known as a passionate group towards the game of soccer, so why is it that the FIFA series is the best-selling sports game in the United States?
When contemplating why the FIFA series is the best sporting video game in the world, the mind comes back to the fact that the game is full of fast-paced and frenetic energy for a short span, the exact opposite of what one would expect with soccer. The knock from many Americans who have been trained to love baseball, basketball or football for the entirety of their lives is that soccer is simply a European or South American game that lasts 90 long, dull minutes until it ends in a scoreless draw. With games that only last 15 minutes at most and featuring a plethora of goals, the FIFA series threw this logic on its head, and has surely had a helping hand in the upswing of Americans who now watch and play soccer at a historic rate.
For those of us who have been hooked onto this game because of its fast pace and liveliness, FIFA 14 will not let one down at all. The creators of the game at EA Sports have worked to make this game even more realistic than its predecessors, and after playing it, you will feel like a true member of the game. This is because the new ignite engine has made player motions greater than ever before, and in turn the game has become greater than ever before.
But the game also offers big changes in the ever-changing rosters of world soccer, making some likely to not recognize a few of their clubs' players or the best players in the entire game. With this in mind, I have compiled a list of the top 15 players in FIFA 14, with the rankings going from 15 to one.
15. Marco Reus
Marco Reus is one of the best talents in all of FIFA 14, as his ratings of 91 for pace, 86 shooting, 80 passing and 86 dribbling begin to show. Reus combines this with very good work rates both offensively and defensively to become extremely dangerous for Borussia Dortmund and Germany in FIFA 14.
14. Eden Hazard
While the creators of FIFA 14 only gave Eden Hazard an overall rating of 85, his combination of great attributes overrides this fault. After being given four stars on his foot and skill moves and an 87 rating for pace, 83 passing and 88 shooting, it is clear that Hazard is one of the most skilled players in the game. At the age of 22, he is a great candidate for a transfer to use in Manager mode or to use in a single game for Chelsea and Belgium.
13. Mesut Ozil
Much like he has shown in the opening weeks of the 2013-14 Barclay's Premier League season, Mesut Ozil can find time and space with the best attacking midfielders in the world. Ozil uses this uncanny ability to dribble and pass the ball to make up for the fact that he is not especially fast, and is a true difference-maker for Arsenal and Germany in FIFA 14.
12. Philipp Lahm
Despite being barely above average in nearly every statistical category, Philipp Lahm finds a way to be the best fullback in FIFA 14. The Germany and Bayern Munich captain is able to make up for a skill set that does not blow his competition out of the water because his work rate is impeccable.
11. Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero is a deadly striker in FIFA 14, as he combines a rating of 88 for pace, 84 shooting, and 90 dribbling to both find his own shots and convert them when teammates find him. While he is somewhat lazy on defense, this can be let go for anyone that scores bucket loads of goals when using him with Manchester City and Argentina.
10. David Silva
David Silva continues to be the effective and pesky attacking midfielder that we have come to know and love in FIFA 14. Silva combines silky dribbling with heads-up passing, moderate pace and a dangerous shot to make life miserable for teams going up against Spain and Manchester City.
9. Thiago Silva
In terms of defensive players, there is none better in FIFA 14 then Thiago Silva. The PSG and Brazil center back has the mobility to mark nearly any forward, has a great touch on the ball and is great on corners and set pieces. Simply put, Silva's 87 rating does not give justice his ability in all facets of FIFA 14.
8. Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta is the man who makes the engine run for Spain and Barcelona in FIFA 14, as his midfield mate Xavi Hernandez is beginning to slow down a tad. Iniesta surely makes up for this with his smart and effective passing ability and potential to dribble past any defender in the game.
7. Robin van Persie
Much like in real life, Robin van Persie is liable to score or create goals for his teammates from anywhere on the field in FIFA 14. With an rating of 82 for passing, 84 dribbling, 89 shooting and 89 overall, it is clear playing against Manchester United and the Netherlands will make you play a more defensive game in FIFA 14.
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a beast both in the air and with the ball at his feet in FIFA 14, making the PSG and Sweden striker a horror to play against. And luckily for FIFA players, you will not have to deal with his temper tantrums nearly as much in the video game as in real life.
5. Gareth Bale
While Gareth Bale is only given a rating of 87 in FIFA 14, his attributes far outweigh this number. Bale has a deadly combination of electrifying pace, a deadly shot from range, the ability to pick out a pass, and a dribbling ability to make him one of the most promising players in the game. At the ripe age of 24, he is arguably the no. 1 player to sign in Manager Mode, but is also a deadly threat in single game play for Wales and Real Madrid.
4. Franck Ribery
The creators of FIFA 14 recognize Franck Ribery for his exquisite ability as an out-and-out winger, giving him a pace of 91, dribbling ability of 93 and five stars on skill moves. Ribery may not come back and play defense, but with his attacking prowess, it is likely that only time he will be running back downfield in FIFA 14 after scoring goals for Bayern Munich and France.
Falcao will not run by many defenders in FIFA 14, but the AS Monaco and Colombia striker will work extremely hard and be in the right positions to score goals at all times. The game recognizes that Falcao can do this with either foot, and is currently the best pure striker in the world.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Just like in real life, the video game version of Cristiano Ronaldo is the undoubted no. 2 player in the world, with his 92 overall ranking standing two points behind that of Lionel Messi. Ronaldo is a brute of a player, and uses his mix of size, strength, pace, dribbling and shooting range to make it nearly impossible to win against Real Madrid and Portugal in FIFA 14.
1. Lionel Messi
Much like in real life, Lionel Messi is a terror to face on FIFA 14 because of his mix of pace, dribbling ability and passing acumen. Suffice to say, facing the Barcelona and Argentina center forward is as much of a nightmare on XBOX as it is in real life, as his 94 overall rating on FIFA 14 points out.