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Cristiano Ronaldo given brutal -6 pace downgrade on FIFA 23

Josh Lawless

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Cristiano Ronaldo given brutal -6 pace downgrade on FIFA 23

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be happy with his FIFA 23 rating, having been given a brutal -6 pace downgrade.

The top 23 FIFA ratings have been released, with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski, Kevin De Bruyne and Karim Benzema the joint-highest rated players on 91.

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Ronaldo, who has been the FIFA cover star in the past, has been handed a 90 rating after a 24-goal season back at Manchester United.

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The Portugal captain and record goalscorer is still among the very best on the game but it's his pace which has seen a massive decrease.

On FIFA 22, Ronaldo had 87 pace and was still very much a speed demon who would latch on to a through ball in behind.

However on FIFA 23, the final iteration before the game becomes 'EA Sports FC', that number has dropped all the way down to 81.

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Messi too has 81 pace on this year's game and we're slowly seeing the decline of the two greatest players of this generation.

Ronaldo's pace has become a huge talking point on social media, with fans not best pleased to see a big drop from one of his trusty attributes:

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Back in FIFA 15 Ronaldo had an incredible 90 pace but these days the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's game has evolved into more of a penalty box poacher.

Mbappe, the game's cover star, is also the fastest player on FIFA 23 - with an insane 97 pace made up from acceleration and sprint speed.

Meanwhile, his colleague Neymar has been handed his worst rating since FIFA 16, after receiving a mark of 89.

Rated 88 when at Barcelona, the Brazilian star was 92-rated four years in a row before becoming 91 for the past two FIFAs.

The game is released worldwide on 30 September, with more ratings to be shared in the coming days.

Featured Image Credit: Image: EA Sports

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Premier League, FIFA 23

Josh Lawless
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