Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest rated non-Icon base player in FIFA 18

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the FIFA 18 coverboy is the game's highest rated player. That's right. Cristiano Ronaldo has done it again. The reigning FIFA World Player of the Year maintains his 94 overall rating and his title as best player in the game. While the real life debate may rage on, in FIFA's eyes, Ronaldo is the best in the world.

Staying the course seems to be the theme for the elite players this year as Lionel Messi also keeps the same 93 rating he possessed in the previous game.

Rounding out the Top 5 it's much of the same. Luis Suarez, Neymar and Manuel Neuer all keep their 92 ratings from FIFA 17. The only thing that changes with these three is that Neymar is now the highest rated player in Ligue 1 instead of in the shadow of the two best players in the game. Will we see a sesmic shift to Ligue 1 squads and hybrids this year or will we see less of the tricky Brazilian?

Finally we see a change in the Top 10 at the No. 6 spot as Bayern Munich's talisman, Robert Lewandowski, gets an overall rating up of one point to become the second highest rated striker in the game.

Two of the biggest movers into this distinguished list are Eden Hazard and Toni Kroos. Both were rated 88 in FIFA 17 but have seen their overalls get a nice little bump of two thanks to great individual seasons. Kroos helped Real Madrid to the league and european double, while Hazard starred in Chelsea's title-winning season.

Sergio Ramos and Gonzalo Higuain complete the final 10. Ramos receives a small bump from 89 to 90, while Higuain capitalizes on a monster season for Juventus to get a jump from 88 to 90.

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