This marks the first year we included Atlético Madrid on a top 10 list, largely because of Fernando Torres playing up front and Jackson Martinez’s all-around game. Martinez excels at bullying defenders and expertly sending crosses to Torres, who responds with impressive shots on goal. We expect Madrid to cause some damage against the imposing Spanish La Liga, so choose this club with confidence.
9. Juventus F.C.
The popular Italian club lacks elite strikers, but Juventus makes up for this in other areas, primarily in the defense and midfield. Center Paul Pogba has the uncanny ability to score whenever he wants over the midfield line, while defensive midfielder Sami Khedira, center back Giorgio Chiellini and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon produce quality performances with each game. Bottom line, Juve is able to compete in the Italian Seria A and globally. Look no further than the team’s appearance in the 2015 Champions League final.
8. Arsenal F.C.
Arsenal is without question a quality club in FIFA, with center-mid Mesut Özil, Alexi Sanchez on the wing and one of the fastest players in football, Theo Walcott. The result is a dangerous offensive threat, made even more effective with the addition of goalie Petr Čech; expect him to keep scoring under control. Providing you quickly send the ball through open passing lanes, you will have opportunities to put the ball into the back of the net.
7. Borussia Dortmund
Behold, the first German team from the Bundesliga to crack our top 10! Funnel everything through midfielder Marco Reus, since his uncanny speed, ball control and versatility gives him a big advantage over the competition. If you need support, call upon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder İlkay Gündoğan. Now consider the famous Great Yellow Wall (over 25,000 diehard fans clad in yellow behind the goal), and your opponents will feel intimidated the moment they step onto the pitch.
6. Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is one of the greatest players in football history, and his virtual FIFA 16 persona is no exception. Ibra’s amazing combination of precision shooting and size make him a difference maker. Should you run into trouble, fellow teammates like midfielders Di Maria and Cavani are more than capable of making some noise, while on the defense, Thiago Silver and David Luiz help lock down the opposing team.
5. Chelsea F.C.
If you select Chelsea, dominate the other team with Eden Hazard, but you have plenty of assets available. Cesc Fàbregas and Radamel Falcao (he’s on loan) make up an offense capable of scoring repeatedly. You also benefit from having one of the most underrated goalkeepers (all 6’6’’ of him), Thibaut Courtois, who does his best Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings impression (“You shall not pass!”). During games, use Chelsea’s physicality to overwhelm opponents on your way to a well-deserved victory.
4. Manchester City F.C.
Few teams in FIFA 16 are as stacked as Manchester City. Its captain, Yaya Touré, locks down the midfield. Meanwhile, superstar David Silva (with a crazy rating of 90), easily breaks free in search of open space. You will also see Kevin De Bruyne in the midfield, and Kun Agüero slips through the tightest defense. Basically, you can’t go wrong with Man City.
3. FC Barcelona
The NBA’s Miami Heat benefitted from a big three, and the same can be said of FC Barcelona. Except instead of LeBron, D. Wade and Chris Bosh, it’s Neymar, Messi and Suarez. These guys helped the club capture the Champions League. Oh yeah, and you also have arguably the greatest premier possession player in midfielder Andrés Iniesta. Combine this offensive juggernaut with quality defense, and losing with FC Barcelona means you only have yourself to blame.
2. FC Bayern Munich
One can make the argument that FC Bayern Munich is the most balanced team in FIFA 16, wrecking havoc in the competitive Bundesliga. Thomas Müller and Arturo Vidal anchor the finest defense, while wingers Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben and Robert Lewendowski give you plenty of options to score. Throw in the best goalie in football, Manuel Neuer, and you’ll be almost unstoppable. We say almost because you are human, after all.
1. Real Madrid F.C.
Superstar players take over games at will. Such is the case with Real Madrid, thanks to icons like Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. This dynamic duo bring incredible ball handling, speed and finishing to the mix. On top of that, striker Kareem Benzema rarely misses the goal, and World Cup standout James Rodríguez zigzags across the midfield. Throw in names like Ramos, Marcelo and Modric, and you can win handily. Of course, your opponent will probably roll his or her eyes after seeing you pick the best team in FIFA 16.