Lionel Messi had been given the highest rating by EA Sports since their 2018 edition of the game, but the Paris Saint-Germain superstar is now in fifth place behind Benzema, Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), and Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City).
While all five of those players have received ratings of 91 on the game, Benzema’s overall statistics top them all.
The Frenchman enjoyed a sensational 2021-22 campaign, scoring 10 goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League to help Madrid claim their 14th European crown.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who last beat Messi to the top spot four years ago, has dropped from third to eighth with a rating of 90 despite scoring 24 goals in 38 games for Manchester United last season.
Here are the confirmed 23 highest-rated players in FIFA 23 this year, as confirmed by EA Sports today;
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 91 rated
Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona) – 91 rated
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 91 rated
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 91 rated
Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) – 91 rated
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 90 rated
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – 90 rated
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) – 90 rated
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) – 90 rated
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) – 90 rated
Neymar Jr (Paris Saint-Germain) – 89 rated
Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) – 89 rated
Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich) – 89 rated
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – 89 rated
Casemiro (Manchester United) – 89 rated
Alisson (Liverpool) – 89 rated
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 89 rated
Ederson (Manchester City) – 89 rated
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – 89 rated
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – 89 rated
Erling Haaland (Manchester City) – 88 rated
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – 88 rated
Marquinhos (Paris-Saint Germain) – 88 rated