“She’s been unbelievable – she’s been our best player for both and country – her rise over the past 12 to 18 months has been incredible,” she said.
“Her move to Chelsea vindicates that and proves how good she’s been. She’s broken records, she’s made history, and she was at one point the most expensive player to move to England in the women’s game.”
She also questioned Rapinoe’s prolonged reign at the top, and perhaps with good reason. The American hasn’t played a club game since last October, her only action being three games for the USA national team in March.
“She had a great World Cup – but she hasn’t played club football for a really long time, so it’s a little bizarre why she’s still number one,” Lewis said.
“Club football is the new frontier of the women’s game – so you need to be prioritising that when you think about these sorts of things”.
This marks the fifth year of women being playable in the FIFA series, first debuting in FIFA 16 with Matildas defender Steph Catley alongside Tim Cahill and Lionel Messi on the cover.
In this year’s game, Messi remains the top men’s player with a 93 rating, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo on 92, and the quartet of Neymar, Robert Lewandowski, Kevin de Bruyne and Jan Oblak on 91.
The full list of ratings for players will be available shortly, ahead of the game’s October release date. But which of Kerr’s teammates is the second-highest Australia remains to be seen.
“Ellie Carpenter absolutely should be higher, and Steph Catley has been underrated by both club and for the Matildas for a really long time,” Lewis said.
“I think Caitlin Foord will have a really good time with Arsenal as well.”
FIFA 21 is out on October 9th.
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Matt Bungard is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.