EA Sports has revealed the 10 highest-rated players on FIFA 20 ahead of the game's release later this month, with Lionel Messi back on top after Cristiano Ronaldo ranked first last year.

Messi enjoyed another stellar campaign for Barcelona in 2018-19, scoring 36 goals in 34 LaLiga matches, inspiring the club's title defence and run to the Champions League semi-finals.

Ronaldo's first season at Juventus – who will be known as Piemonte Calcio on FIFA 20 – went as smoothly as might have been expected, with the forward finishing as the club's top-scorer as they claimed an eighth successive Scudetto, though that was not enough to retain his crown as FIFA's highest-rated player.

Neither Ronaldo nor Messi were able to win the Champions League, however, with that honour falling to Liverpool, who have two representatives in the top 10.

Find out who they are and which other players join Messi and Ronaldo in the 10 below.

10. Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona – 90

Germany international Ter Stegen has developed into one of the globe's most well-rounded goalkeepers after an initially slow start to life at Camp Nou. He is one of three players with a rating of 90, making him the second best keeper on the game.

9. Luka Modric, Real Madrid – 90

Last year's Ballon d'Or winner, Modric's 2019 has not been particularly outstanding, as he has found himself out of the Madrid team a little more due to suspect form. He may be down one rating point from FIFA 19, but he still reaches 90.

8. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool – 90

A crucial part of Liverpool's Champions League winning side, Salah has truly established himself as one the world's primary stars over the last couple of years. He was not even in the top 20 in FIFA 19, however.

7. Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool – 91

The most important player in Liverpool's Champions League success? Until recently the most expensive defender ever, Van Dijk's influence on the Reds is undeniable. That is reflected in the fact he will be FIFA 20's best defender.

6. Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid – 91

Widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world for his quality and consistency, Oblak replaces David de Gea – who had a shaky 2018-19 – as the top-ranked keeper on FIFA.

5. Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City – 91

Even though injuries have plagued De Bruyne in recent times, robbing him of a chunk of last season, the Belgium star remains one of most highly regarded players on the game, with the City star beginning 2019-20 in ominous fashion.

4. Eden Hazard, Real Madrid – 91

After helping Chelsea to Europa League success, enjoying a generally fine individual campaign as the Premier League's most creative player with 15 assists, he earned his dream move to Real Madrid. He's yet to feature due to injury, but he'll be hopeful of elevating himself to the next level now.

3. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain – 92

Perhaps a controversial choice to some, Neymar missed a big part of last season through injury and only won Ligue 1 and the Trophee des Champions, as he was also absent for Brazil's Copa America success. Nevertheless, his skill is undoubtable and he comes in at number three.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) – 93

The best-ranked player on FIFA 19, Ronaldo's rating drops one to 93 despite enjoying a solid season in Serie A. Cynics might suggest Juve's exclusivity deal with FIFA rival Pro Evolution Soccer has something to do with it.

1.Lionel Messi, Barcelona – 94

The world's best player comes in at number one with a rating of 94 after he enjoyed another spell-binding season on all fronts, impressing even though Barca failed in the Champions League.

Will he, or won't he?

Neymar has dominated headlines throughout the transfer window, with the Paris Saint-Germain star eyeing a Barcelona return.

However, it seems he will not get what he wanted before Monday's deadline…

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR GIVES UP ON BARCA MOVE

Neymar will remain at Paris Saint-Germain after failing to secure a move to Barcelona, according to reports.

The PSG superstar wanted to return to LaLiga champions Barca, just two years after his world-record move to Paris.

Barca had tried to negotiate a deal with PSG, however, L'Equipe says Neymar has already notified the club and family that he will stay at the Ligue 1 holders.

 

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- Juventus are gearing up for a late move for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen, according to The Express. Juve have reportedly joined PSG in trying to sign Eriksen prior to Monday's deadline.

- The Mirror says Real Madrid have also turned their attention to Eriksen after they were unable to prise Neymar from PSG. Madrid have also been linked to Sporting CP captain Bruno Fernandes.

- Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and Dinamo Zagreb's Dominik Livakovic are potential targets for Manchester United, who are worried David de Gea will leave for free at the end of the season. That is according to The Sun.

- According to the Daily Mirror, Borussia Dortmund are monitoring the situation regarding Liverpool teenager Bobby Duncan. The 18-year-old reportedly had a move to Fiorentina blocked by Liverpool, prompting his agent to accuse the Reds of "bullying", accusations the club called "inaccurate" and "inflammatory".

- Fiorentina are desperate to lure Matteo Politano from Inter, reports Calciomercato. La Viola have offered €30million but Inter want €35m as they reportedly line up Eintracht Frankfurt star Ante Rebic as a possible replacement.

Keylor Navas is poised to swap Madrid for PSG and he might not be only the goalkeeper to move to Paris. Cadena Ser claims Sevilla's Sergio Rico will swap LaLiga for Ligue 1 on loan with the option to buy.

Joao Felix can become "one of the best", according to Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Atletico beat Leganes 1-0 courtesy of a second-half goal from Vitolo, who was played in by €120million signing Joao Felix for the decisive strike.

Oblak heaped praise on the 19-year-old's performance while hailing the team's game management across a contest in which they survived 10 attempts on goal from Leganes.

"I knew he had great talent, great potential," Oblak said of his Portugal international team-mate.

"The club has made a lot of effort to bring him here and we all agree that they have brought a high-quality player and that he can become one of the best, for sure.

"At the moment he is playing very well and hopefully he continues like this, giving us joy.

"It was a complicated game. Any team will have problems here against Leganes.

"Vitolo came on and scored the winning goal but in general the whole team played in the best possible way. We have defended well, we have suffered.

"It is important to know how to suffer because you cannot dominate the whole game."

Diego Simeone echoed Oblak's comments about Leganes, against whom he fielded a back three rather than his usual four.

The approach paid off as Atleti ground out a second win in as many games.

Simeone told reporters: "We needed to win and tried to do so in different ways. We changed things around and we won.

"Leganes never allow you to relax - they're very strong at home."

Jan Oblak has admitted to having doubts about his future at Atletico Madrid before drawn-out contract negotiations reached a positive conclusion in April.

Slovenia international Oblak signed a fresh four-year deal near the end of last season, tying him to the LaLiga club until 2023.

Atleti had declared their intention to upgrade the goalkeeper's release clause almost 12 months earlier and Diego Simeone confirmed talks were underway as early as November.

The impasse fuelled transfer rumours and the 26-year-old conceded there were times when he considered whether other clubs would value him more.

"Yes, there were doubts," Oblak told Marca. "It was strange. But that's the life of a professional footballer.

"I was calm that everything would be fine and get resolved. It took a very, very long time, but you sit down, you look into each other's eyes and say what you think and feel, and you reach an agreement. That's how we arrived [at a new deal].

"I know the club, the players and coaches all respect me.

"With the new contract, this story being in the press every week is over. That also gives me peace of mind on the matter."

The new agreement increased Oblak's buyout figure from €100million to €120m, a paltry number in comparison to the staggering €800m release clause inserted into former team-mate Antoine Griezmann's contact at Barcelona.

"Clauses are just numbers in contracts," the ex-Benfica gloveman said.

"If the intention of the player is to continue and the club for you stay... the number changes nothing, no matter if it's €1m or €200m.

"The most important thing is that both parties are happy and follow the same path."

A Manchester United fan could soon be their next goalkeeper.

Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak – a boyhood supporter of the Red Devils – is reportedly keen on a move to Old Trafford.

Talk of Oblak comes at a good time, with uncertainty continuing to hang over David de Gea's future at United.

 

TOP STORY – OBLAK EYES UNITED

Atletico's exodus could continue, with ESPN FC claiming Jan Oblak wants to leave LaLiga's runners-up following broken promises over his future.

Oblak is apparently keener on Premier League side United than Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain as Antoine Griezmann prepares to leave after the departures of captain Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez, Juanfran and Filipe Luis.

The 26-year-old only signed a new Atletico deal until 2023 earlier this year. The report is music to the ears of United fans, with David de Gea no closer to signing a new contract amid reported interest from PSG.

 

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- United are preparing a second bid, reportedly worth £50million, for Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka according to Sky Sports after their initial offer was turned down.

- Marko Grujic could make a permanent move to Germany. After a successful loan spell at Hertha Berlin from Liverpool. Goal reports that Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt could use the money from Luka Jovic's sale to buy the 23-year-old. Champions League holders Liverpool are reportedly unwilling to accept anything less than £25m.

- Sticking with the Germany-Liverpool theme and the Reds have ruled out signing Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse, says the Liverpool Echo.

- According to Sky Sports, Tottenham could sign Marseille right-back Hiroki Sakai if Kieran Trippier leaves Spurs.

PSG are confident of signing Ajax's in-demand captain Matthijs de Ligt, per The Independent. The French giants are reportedly offering the 19-year-old centre-back the biggest financial package amid interest from Barcelona and United.

United are refusing to entertain offers for Real Madrid target Paul Pogba, AS reports. It comes as La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Mario Mandzukic, Douglas Costa, Juan Cuadrado, Joao Cancelo and Mattia Perin could be sold by Juventus to fund a move for their former midfielder.

Arsenal must raise their bid for Sampdoria pair Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet after having a €48m offer rejected by the Serie A side, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Lionel Messi equalled Telmo Zarra's record of six Pichichi awards after the Barcelona star finished the 2018-19 season as the leading scorer in LaLiga.

The Argentinian has had a sensational campaign for Barca in the league, scoring 36 times in 34 appearances.

His form has been the main catalyst for Barca's title surge, with the Catalans finishing the season 11 points clear of nearest rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.

Messi has rarely looked in danger of being caught, with team-mate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema the closest to him with 21 apiece.

It is the sixth time in his career Messi has taken home the Pichichi trophy as LaLiga's top scorer in a single season, moving him level with Athletic Bilbao great Zarra.

Among Messi's 36 goals were three hat-tricks – against Real Betis, Sevilla and Levante – while he rounded out the campaign with a brace in the 2-2 draw with Eibar.

He could yet add the European Golden Shoe too, with Messi four goals clear of Kylian Mbappe, who has one league game left to play this season with Paris Saint-Germain.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak finished a fourth successive season as the goalkeeper with the fewest goals conceded - just 27 in 37 appearances.

 

Atletico Madrid have announced goalkeeper Jan Oblak is to miss their final game of the season after injuring his thigh.

The 26-year-old sat out Friday's training session as a precautionary measure and will play no part in Saturday's LaLiga meeting with Levante.

Oblak, who has kept 20 clean sheets in 37 league matches this season, is struggling with a mild distention to the adductor muscles in his left thigh.

Atletico head into their final match of 2018-19 assured of a second-place finish.

Diego Simeone offered some sympathy to Real Valladolid after a controversial VAR call during their 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

An own goal from Joaquin Fernandez secured all three points for Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday, meaning Valladolid could drop into LaLiga's relegation zone if Girona beat Sevilla on Sunday.

Sergio Gonzalez's side were denied a late penalty after Fernando Calero's header struck the arm of Santiago Arias before deflecting behind.

Referee Mario Melero Lopez, having watched back the footage on the touchline VAR monitor, decided to stick with his initial decision and awarded only a corner.

And Atleti head coach Simeone said he understood how Valladolid will have felt after the incident.

"It's always difficult being on the other side," he said. "In a team playing for their lives, like Valladolid, the protests make sense.

"I know the referee was left to explain why he didn't give the penalty, but the appeal was completely understandable.

"As for handballs, we had episodes like that at the Santiago Bernabeu and Villarreal, where the referee understood it was not a penalty."

Atleti's win means Barcelona must beat Levante later on Sunday to secure the league title this weekend, although even a shock defeat at Camp Nou would leave them six points clear of Simeone's men, and with a superior head-to-head record, with three games left.

Simeone, though, is not quite giving up hope.

"Football is amazing because it brings unexpected and expected results," he said. "It's much nicer to become champions by playing, rather than finding out on the radio.

"They have a great opportunity. Levante play very well, and I'll be watching the game at home.

"Our goal today was to win. Barcelona are tremendous, and we'll have to wait and see what happens."

Atletico Madrid kept their LaLiga title challenge alive for a little while longer with a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Defeat on Saturday would have made Barcelona champions before they kicked a ball this weekend, but a second-half own goal from Joaquin Fernandez gave Atletico a win that means the leaders must beat Levante later in order to guarantee the title.

The goal was an unfortunate moment in an otherwise strong performance from the visitors, who could find themselves back in the relegation zone if other results now go against them.

There were more bookings (four) than shots on target (three) in a poor first half, with Jan Oblak making one good save to deny Sergi Guardiola from 20 yards out.

Antoine Griezmann could not quite steer a shot into the right-hand corner after good play from Alvaro Morata, but Atleti were struggling to control the pace of the game without Rodrigo in central midfield, and he was introduced at half-time for the ineffective Thomas Partey.

Atleti's increasing pressure was still yielding few chances until 65 minutes in, when Saul Niguez's good run and cross from the left saw Joaquin head the ball into his own net.

Oblak superbly kept out a fierce Oscar Plano strike as Valladolid pushed for a leveller, and there was a moment of controversy two minutes before the end of normal time when referee Mario Melero Lopez opted not to award the visitors a penalty for handball despite checking the VAR monitor.

Miguel de la Fuente was denied by another strong Oblak save in injury time, as Atletico just about managed to keep the pressure on the leaders.

What does it mean? Title race is just about alive

As it stands now, Ernesto Valverde's Barca will need to beat Levante later on Saturday if they are to secure the title this weekend, meaning Atleti are still just about in the race.

It could be a costly defeat for Valladolid, though, who will drop into the bottom three if Girona beat Sevilla on Sunday.

Oblak unflappable

The hosts' goalkeeper did not have a huge amount of work to do, but he made three excellent saves and his handling was typically assured.

Thomas the tank engine

Thomas summed up Atleti's laboured first half, offering little control in midfield and earning a booking for a poor challenge on Guardiola. He was replaced at the break.

What's next?

Atleti head to Espanyol next Saturday, the day before Valladolid host Athletic Bilbao.

Diego Simeone feels Jan Oblak's recent contract extension is vital to Atletico Madrid's future as he is "probably the best keeper in the world".

Slovenia international Oblak signed fresh terms on a four-year deal with Atletico last week, the new agreement reportedly including a release clause of around €100million.

The former Benfica goalkeeper, 26, has spent the past five years in the Spanish capital having succeeded Thibaut Courtois as the club's number one in 2014.

Simeone compared Oblak's new deal to Antoine Griezmann's contract extension last year in terms of its importance to the Rojiblancos moving forward.

"It is very important for the club and a great decision - as it was with the Griezmann one last year - on staying with us," Simeone told reporters at a news conference to preview Valencia's trip to the Wanda Metropolitano.

"He is probably the best keeper in the world.

"It is a big joy for the club and for the fans because Jan is an extraordinary goalkeeper.

"It is something which is very good news for the club, that's for sure."

Barcelona will be confirmed as LaLiga champions should they beat Deportivo Alaves on Tuesday and Atleti then lose to Valencia the following day.

Copa del Rey finalists and Europa League semi-finalists Valencia have found form in recent months, losing just one of their previous 22 games in all competitions, as they chase a top-four finish.

They won only one of their opening 13 matches but Simeone always expected Valencia to turn their season around.

"I think this last period of the season is what they planned at the beginning, according to the squad they have," he added.

"I am not surprised seeing how they are improving because they are a solid and organised team with a clear concept of the game and good replacement players.

"So, being at this position in the table, playing the semi-final of the Europa League and [having] qualified for the final of the Copa del Rey describes how good their squad is."

Simeone, who remains without the suspended Diego Costa, will have defender Stefan Savic available again after he returned to training on Tuesday following a hamstring injury.

Star goalkeeper Jan Oblak has extended his contract at Atletico Madrid through to June 2023.

The Slovenia international still had two years to run on his previous deal, but LaLiga side Atletico have moved to secure his future for the next four seasons.

The fresh agreement reportedly includes a release clause set at around €100million.

Oblak joined Diego Simeone's side from Benfica in July 2014 and has established himself as a worthy successor to Thibaut Courtois.

The 26-year-old has started all 32 of the club's league matches this term and his signature comes as another significant boost following Antoine Griezmann's commitment to a long-term deal during last year's World Cup.

"I'm very happy to have signed a contract extension and to be here," Oblak said.

"I'm going to defend these colours to the best of my abilities and continue working hard."

Atletico are set to lose Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich at the end of the season, while Diego Godin is expected to join Inter.

The Rojiblancos are second in LaLiga, four points ahead of city rivals Real Madrid and nine adrift of leaders Barcelona.

Star goalkeeper Jan Oblak has extended his contract at Atletico Madrid through to June 2023.

Diego Simeone described Jan Oblak as "the best goalkeeper in the world" after his star turn in Atletico Madrid's 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Atletico bounced back from last weekend's disappointing 2-0 defeat to Barcelona as goals from Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata earned all three points.

It could have been a very different outcome, though, if not for Oblak producing three stunning saves to keep Celta at bay.

And Simeone was in no doubt that the Slovenia international – who joined from Benfica in 2014 – is comfortably the best in the world in his position.

"He is the best goalkeeper in the world," he said. "We are fortunate that he chooses to play at Atletico and that he is with us. 

"He has improved a lot and he has earned it. When he arrived years ago, he entered the Champions League and because of his work, effort and improvement he is where he is."

The Atletico boss, meanwhile, was quick to dismiss speculation that Griezmann will attempt to engineer a move away from the club at the end of the season.

Camp Nou would appear to be the most likely destination given Barca's very public interest in the 28-year-old before he committed his future to Atletico ahead of last year's World Cup.

Simeone, though, says his side's most prized asset is going nowhere.

"I repeat, he is one of our captains. The club has made a huge effort to keep him here, he is happy in Madrid," he explained.

"He is a very important player for the team, it does not make me think that he can leave."

The win against Celta increased Atletico's lead over Real Madrid – who play Leganes on Monday – to five points in the battle for second.

Atletico Madrid's LaLiga title hopes were dealt a huge blow as Sergio Canales' penalty claimed a 1-0 win for Real Betis on Sunday.

With LaLiga leaders Barcelona having drawn on Saturday, Atleti knew that a victory would have taken them to within three points of Ernesto Valverde's side.

But Atleti failed to make Barca pay for their slip up, and having been denied by a spectacular stop from Jan Oblak early on, Betis struck when Canales slotted home from 12 yards out in the 65th minute following Filipe Luis' handball.

Diego Simeone will likely point to debutant Alvaro Morata having had what looked to be a clear penalty claim turned down earlier in the second half, while Antoine Griezmann hit the woodwork, but that was the most Atleti could muster as they suffered their first LaLiga defeat since September.

Atleti had Oblak to thank three minutes in, their goalkeeper lunging to his right to sensationally keep out Zouhair Feddal's header.

Oblak's save proved the highlight of a sluggish first half, but Atleti came out with renewed vigour after the interval, and were adamant they should have had a penalty in the 55th minute.

Morata drew an awkward sliding challenge from Feddal in the box, only for the referee to award a corner, with VAR not used to review the incident despite Atleti's protestations.

Atleti's luck got worse 10 minutes later – substitute Filipe Luis handling in the area, with Canales making no mistake despite Oblak diving the right way.

Griezmann curled a sublime strike onto the frame of the goal moments later, but Betis held firm to inflict a damaging blow to Atleti's title challenge.

 

What does it mean? Atleti's run ends

Simeone's side had gone a remarkable 18 league games without a defeat before Sunday's trip to Seville, but now have to lift themselves ahead of a derby clash with Real Madrid next time out, and they head into that fixture still six points behind Barca.

Betis, meanwhile, are up into sixth place, and may still harbour hopes of Champions League qualification.

Imperious Oblak

On the rare occasions teams do breach Atleti's defence, they then have one of the world's best goalkeepers to beat, and Oblak proved his credentials once again with that stunning early stop. Unfortunately for Atleti, Canales – who with six goals this term now has his best return since the 2009-10 campaign – kept his composure from the spot.

Much-maligned Morata fails to spark

The hope is that Morata will be revitalised by his move back to the Spanish capital, but based on Sunday's evidence, the striker has a long way to go to recapture the form of his Real days. He looked devoid of confidence for much of his debut, though was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty on the occasion he did get behind Betis' lines.

What's next?

It's the small matter of the Madrid derby against Real for Atleti next time out, while Betis host Valencia in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.

Lionel Messi has missed out on a place in the Ballon d'Or's top three for the first time since 2006.

Messi has won the award five times, dominating the France Football prize with Cristiano Ronaldo for the past decade.

But it was confirmed on Monday that the Barcelona superstar had finished fifth in the voting for the 2018 award.

Luka Modric is the favourite to win this year's Ballon d'Or, the 33-year-old expected to pip Ronaldo to the prize.

The Real Madrid midfielder helped his side win a third consecutive Champions League title and starred in the World Cup.

Croatia reached the final of the tournament for the first time with Modric inspirational, winning the Golden Ball for his efforts.

 

Ballon d'Or final placings: 

29= Isco (Real Madrid), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

28= Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)

25= Alisson (Roma/Liverpool), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)

22= Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Marcelo (Real Madrid)

19= Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

17= Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

16= Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

15= Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

14= Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Real Madrid)

13= Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

12= Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) 

11= N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)

10= Harry Kane (Tottenham)

9= Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

8= Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

7= Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

6= Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

5= Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

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