With the return of the football season, this time of year is also characterised by the return of the EA Sports video game series, FIFA 23.
Millions of people around the world eagerly await the release of the game every year to enjoy the feeling of having control of their favourite players in their hands.
LaLiga, which includes EA Sports as a global sponsor, is well represented in the video game in terms of licensing (stadiums, anthems, crests, kits…) and also in terms of players, boasting some of the highest ratings in the game.
LaLiga is a star-studded competition, and this is reflected in the video game. But some players have specific attributes that stand out, such as speed, passing, dribbling, strength, etc. So, who are the best LaLiga players in FIFA 23?
Goalscorers for the attacking side
Some of the best strikers in world football play in LaLiga, and FIFA 23 will be no different. Karim Benzema, the leading candidate for the Ballon d’Or, has a 91 rating, the highest in the game which he shares with other players, including another LaLiga Santander star: FC Barcelona’s new signing Robert Lewandowski. In third place is Vini Jr, scorer of the only goal in the last Champions League final.
Quality in midfield
Spanish football stands out because of the high level of its midfielders. Players who make the difference without having to contribute large scoring figures, but who are key to the organisation of their teams and essential in providing balance. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, both rated 88, are already a classic LaLiga midfield pairing in FIFA, and Frenkie de Jong, with an 87 rating, is the perfect blend of speed, style and defensive play.
Speed and strength in defence
Choosing the right defenders in FIFA is a critical task. They are in charge of stopping goals from being scored, and this requires versatile players who are physically strong, fast and have quality in defence. Antonio Rüdiger, a recent signing for Real Madrid, is the highest-rated defender in LaLiga Santander with an 87 rating. He is followed by teammate David Alaba with a rating of 86 and Jordi Alba with 85.
Security between the sticks
LaLiga Santander also boasts some of the best goalkeepers in the world. Performances last season have lifted Thibaut Courtois to the highest goalkeeper rating in the game (90 ratings), with rivals Jan Oblak and Ter Stegen close behind on 89 and 88, respectively.
The best individual statistics
FIFA 23 also reflects the variety of characteristics among LaLiga Santander players. The fastest, the best passers, the best dribblers and the strongest performers are all based on their performances in matches, and here are the ones that stand out the most:
Vini Jr. is the fastest player in LaLiga on FIFA 23 with 95 pace. He is followed by Iñaki Williams with 94 and Dembélé, with 93.
The Best Passers:
Toni Kroos and Dani Parejo, with 90 passing, are the best in this aspect of the game. Alongside them, Luka Modric, with 89, completes the podium of the best passers in LaLiga.
The Best Dribblers:
Dribbling magic in LaLiga Santander on FIFA 23 is delivered by three great players: Vini Jr. with 90 dribbling, Luka Modric with 88, and Joao Felix who also has 88 dribbling.
RC Celta’s Joseph Aidoo, Franck Kessié of FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid’s Kondogbia represent the strongest LaLiga Santander players in FIFA 23.
Icons and heroes from LaLiga Santander’s past in FIFA 23
As well as being able to play with the current players, FIFA 23 also taps into nostalgia by allowing you to play with heroes from LaLiga Santander’s past. In addition to the names of Fernando Morientes (89 rated) and Mostovoi (86 rated), who were already present in FIFA 22, the new edition of the game adds the names of Diego Forlán (88), Javier Mascherano (88), Rafael Márquez (88) and Capdevila (86), who will have a hero card and a special World Cup edition.
Xabi Alonso joins the list of LaLiga Santander icons who will also be in this new edition of the game. Ronaldo, Raúl, Puyol, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Casillas, Zidane, Cruyff, Hierro, Koeman, Kluivert, Figo, Roberto Carlos, Henry, and many more Spanish football legends can be controlled by all LaLiga and FIFA fans.