Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe and the top 100 players in Football Manager 2024

The 100 best footballers in the world have been ranked according to the brand new Football Manager 2024 simulation game - with something of a surprise at No.1

The top 100 players on Football Manager 2024 have been revealed (

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Kevin De Bruyne is the best footballer in the world for the second successive year, according to Football Manager 2024.

The Manchester City star claims top spot for the second year in a row, the Belgian having also been No.1 in FM23. Indeed, Erling Haaland has jumped from sixth spot last year to second this - on the back of a record-breaking debut season at the Etihad - to make it a City one-two at the top.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and England captain Harry Kane make up the remainder of the top five, while Liverpool's Mohamed Salah makes the top 10 in tenth spot.

Interestingly, there are 10 Premier League stars in the top 20 - one from Arsenal, three from Liverpool and six from City. La Liga has five representatives in the top 20, with the others being Mbappe, Messi, Kane, his Bayern Munich team-mate Joshua Kimmich and Neymar.

The top 100 players in the world ranked by FM24

Current Ability is an attribute used in Football Manager games to judge how good a player is, with each player in the game's database given a rating out of 200 for both Current Ability (CA) and Potential Ability (PA). Potential Ability is a rating given to judge how good players could become, but we've just used CA to assemble a list of the top 100 players in Football Manager 2024.

De Bruyne takes the top spot in FM24 once again, with the Manchester City midfielder's CA 190/200, an improvement on his CA in FM23. The Belgian's teammate Erling Haaland has jumped from sixth to second in FM24, while Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Harry Kane make up the remainder of the top five.

Lionel Messi remains in the top 5, despite his move to Inter Miami



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Here are the top 100 players in world football, according to Football Manager 2024.

Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City (190/200)

Erling Haaland - Manchester City (188/200)

Kylian Mbappe - Paris Saint-Germain (188/200)

Lionel Messi - Inter Miami (185/200)

Harry Kane - FC Bayern Munich (183/200)

Robert Lewandowski - Barcelona (182/200)

Vinicius Junior - R. Madrid (181/200)

Thibaut Courtois - R. Madrid (181/200)

Ederson - Manchester City (180/200)

Mohamed Salah - Liverpool (180/200)

Bernardo Silva - Manchester City (178/200)

Rodri - Manchester City (177/200)

Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool (177/200)

Alisson - Liverpool (176/200)

Joshua Kimmich - FC Bayern Munchen (176/200)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen - Barcelona (175/200)

Neymar - Al-Hilal (175/200)

Luka Modric - R. Madrid (174/200)

Ruben Dias - Manchester City (174/200)

Bukayo Saka - Arsenal (173/200)

Martin Odegaard - Arsenal (173/200)

Bruno Fernandes - Man UFC (Manchester United) (172/200)

Lautaro Martinez - Internazionale Milano (Inter) (172/200)

Declan Rice - Arsenal (171/200)

Jan Oblak - A. Madrid (171/200)

Ronald Araujo - Barcelona (170/200)

Karim Benzema - Al-Ittihad (170/200)

Victor Osimhen - Parthenope (Napoli) (170/200)

Son Heung-Min - Tottenham Hotspur (169/200)

Federico Valverde - R. Madrid (169/200)

Antione Griezmann - A. Madrid (168/200)

Jude Bellingham - R. Madrid (168/200)

Ilkay Gundogan - Barcelona (167/200)

Rafael Leao - Calcio Milan (AC Milan) (167/200)

Leroy Sane - FC Bayern Munchen (167/200)

Eder Militao - R. Madrid (166/200)

Frenkie de Jong - Barcelona (166/200)

John Stones - Manchester City (166/200)

Bruno Guimaraes - Newcastle United (165/200)

Eduardo Camavinga - R. Madrid (165/200)

Gabriel Jesus - Arsenal (165/200)

Phil Foden - Manchester City (165/200)

William Saliba - Arsenal (164/200)

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia - Parthenope (Napoli) (164/200)

Luis Diaz - Liverpool (164/200)

David Alaba - R Madrid (164/200)

Rodrygo - R. Madrid (164/200)

Jack Grealish - Manchester City (164/200)

Marquinhos - Paris Saint-Germain (164/200)

Kyle Walker - Manchester City (164/200)

Ousmane Dembele - Paris Saint-Germain (164/200)

Antonio Rudiger - R. Madrid (163/200)

Marcus Rashford - Man UFC (Manchester United) (163/200)

Thiago - Liverpool (163/200)

Christopher Nkunku - Chelsea (162/200)

Mike Maignan - Calcio Milan (AC Milan) (162/200)

Kim Min-Jae - FC Bayern Munchen (162/200)

Pedri - Barcelona (162/200)

Kingsley Coman - FC Bayern Munchen (162/200)

Manuel Neuer - FC Bayern Munchen (162/200)

Raphael Varane - Man UFC (Manchester United) (162/200)

Oleksandr Zinchenko - Arsenal (161/200)

Reece James - Chelsea (161/200)

Raheem Sterling - Chelsea (161/200)

Achraf Hakimi - Paris Saint-Germain (161/200)

Nicolo Barella - Internazionale Milan (Inter) (161/200)

Yves Bissouma - Tottenham Hotspur (160/200)

Gabriel Martinelli - Arsenal (160/200)

Marco Veratti - Al-Arabi Sports Club (160/200)

Jules Kounde - Barcelona (160/200)

Lucas Hernandez - Paris Saint-Germain (160/200)

Toni Kroos - R. Madrid (160/200)

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic - Al-Hilal (160/200)

N'Golo Kante - Al-Ittihad (160/200)

Riyad Mahrez - Al-Ahli (160/200)

Gianluigi Donnaruma - Paris Saint-Germain (160/200)

Matthijs de Ligt - FC Bayern Munchen (160/200)

Cristiano Ronaldo - Al-Nassr (160/200)

Giovanni Di Lorenzo - Parthenope (159/200)

Luke Shaw - Man UFC (Manchester United) (159/200)

Kieran Trippier - Newcastle United (159/200)

Marco Asensio - Paris Saint-Germain (159/200)

Trent Alexander-Arnold - Liverpool (159/200)

Federico Chiesa - Juventus (159/200)

Jose Gimenez - A. Madrid (159/200)

Thomas Partey - Arsenal (159/200)

Casemiro - Man UFC (Manchester United) (159/200)

Romelu Lukaku - Capitoline (Roma) (159/200)

Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool) (158/200)

Alexander Isak - Newcastle United (158/200)

Enzo Fernandez - Chelsea (158/200)

Piotr Zielinski - Parthenope (158/200)

Nicolas Otamendi - Benfica (158/200)

Mason Mount - Man UFC (Manchester United) (158/200)

Theo Hernandez - Calcio Milan (AC Milan) (158/200)

Joao Cancelo - Barcelona (158/200)

Serge Gnabry - FC Bayern Munchen (158/200)

Angel Di Maria - Benfica (158/200)

Leon Goretzka - FC Bayern Munchen (158/200)

Milan Skriniar - Paris Saint-Germain (158/200)

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Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller had the biggest drop-off in FM24, with the German dropping out of the top 100 from 25th to 110th.

Cristiano Ronaldo improved and jumped from 100th to 78th, while Karim Benzema had a heavy fall, dropping from 4th to 27th.

Football Manager 2024 is the newest instalment of Sports Interactive's football management simulation game series, with the newest Football Manager title now available on PC, Mac, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Mobile devices (through Netflix Games) and Nintendo Switch. FM24 includes a host of new upgrades and features that weren't in FM23, including truer motion football, improved set pieces, transfer battles, player milestones and much more.

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