The World Cup hasn’t started yet, but Canada is at the bottom of the pecking order, at least in the new ratings for the tournament update of the EA Sports FIFA 23 video game.
Canada ranks 26th in the 32-nation field, with its 26-man squad averaging a 75 (out of 100) rating.
Brazil leads with an average rank of 85, followed by Argentina, France and Germany with 84 each (with Argentina having the highest score when decimal points are taken into account). England is fifth, followed by Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Belgium – with all five in 83rd place.
Canada opens against Belgium on Wednesday.
Croatia and Morocco, Canada’s other two opponents in Group F, are 11th and 19th, finishing 80th and 77th.
Canada sits between #25 Cameroon and #27 Costa Rica.
Saudi Arabia and hosts Qatar are at the opposite end of the scale, both ranked 71st, although the Saudis are 31st and Qatar 32nd.
Players were able to download World Cup update for FIFA 23 game on November 9th. With all World Cup team rosters now official, the video game developer released its tournament player ratings and team averages on Friday.
Ratings apply to a variety of World Cup modes, but not FIFA Ultimate Team mode.
The good news for Canada is that, just like in the regular video game, World Cup ratings will be adjusted throughout the tournament to reflect real field play.
EA Sports has already predicted, based on match simulations, that Argentina will lift the trophy – after Lionel Messi’s eighth goal of the tournament – with France second and Brazil third. The game developer notes that he has picked the winner of the last three world championships.
The new individual ratings for the World Cup players put more emphasis on international performance.
While Canadian Alphonso Davies is ranked 84 for both Bayern Munich (with “Live Form” turned off) and Canada, teammate Jonathan David is given an in-game rank of 79 for Lille and 82 for Canada.
Star striker Gareth Bale scores an 81 with Los Angeles FC but an 87 for Wales.
Messi leads all World Cup players ranked 91st in the tournament update, followed by France’s Karim Benzema, Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, Belgium’s Kevin de Bruyne, France’s Kylian Mbappe, Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois and Brazil’s Neymar, all also ranked 91
Ratings reflect FIFA World Cup 2022 game mode – Tournament, Online Tournament and Kick-Off – not FIFA Ultimate Team.
FIFA 23 is developed by EA Vancouver and EA Romania.
Canada Ratings for EA Sport FIFA 23 World Cup Update
Alfonso Davies, 84
Stephen Eustaquio, 78
Tajon Buchanan, 77
Jonathan Osorio, 77
Sam Adekugbe, 76
Milan Borjan, 75
Atiba Hutchinson, 75
Cyle Larin, 75
Alistair Johnston, 74
Lucas Cavallini, 74
Dayne St Clair, 74
Richie Laryea, 73
Mark Anthony Kaye, 72
Ike Ugbo, 72
Liam Millar, 71
Junior Hollett, 71
Stephen Vitoria, 70
Samuel Piette, 70
Kamal Miller, 70
Derek Cornelius, 68
David Wotherspoon, 67
Joel Waterman, 67
Ishmael Kone, 66
James Pantemis, 66
Liam Fraser, 65
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This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 19, 2022
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press