This is a great idea and I have no idea why EA hasn't done this before. As per the statistics used in FIFA 15, EA has just finished counting down its top 50 soccer players in the game. THE RESULTS WILL SURPRISE YOU.
(They actually probably won't.)
Numbers one and two definitely won't surprise you, neither will the order. But there are a few players in there that seem a little underrated and a few that feel overrated.
For example, I don't necessarily disagree with Neymar's position at 30, but I'm sure Brazilian fans will be surprised. I mean is Wayne Rooney seriously a better player at this stage in his career? He's placed at 23.
I would also argue that Zlatan Ibrahimović is a bit high at number 4. I know the internet loves him and all, but really? He failed at Barcelona and I dunno if he's really in that top 5 tier. I'd rather have Gareth Bale in my side for sure, and he's down at 14.
But that's lists for you. It pays to not get too involved and worried about them as they are always subjective. That being said, I'm still stinging about Anderson Silva's rating in EA Sports UFC. That kind of pain will never fade.
Also: final parting shot: goddammit James Rodríguez should be higher than 32. Seriously. That guy totally dominated the World Cup.
Anyway, I don't want to spoil the list for you but I will mention a few things I noticed.
— Real Madrid has eight players in the top 50 — Manchester United has five — Barcelona has six — Bayern Munich has a mind boggling 11 players. I'm pretty sure that means that its entire starting 11 has made the top 50. Insane.
So yeah, I think I'll be making the switch to Bayern Munich with FIFA 15.