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FIFA 22 fans slam “shocking” Ronaldo FUT downgrade

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, so EA’s choice to downgrade him in FIFA 22 has some fans confused.

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Ronaldo with the top 22 rated players in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

The Ultimate Team ratings always spark a lot of discussion among the FIFA community. FIFA 22 could be the fiercest debate yet, as EA gave global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo a downgrade, making him the joint third-best in the game.

After much speculation, EA has finally begun revealing the official player ratings for Ultimate Team. In contrast to previous years, the publisher has started with the top 22, giving fans their first look at the very best that this year’s game will have to offer.

However, one rating, in particular, has caused a lot of discussion within the community. Cristiano Ronaldo, undoubtedly one of the best players to grace the game, has seen his rating cut down in FIFA 22.

Picture of the top 22 rated players in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Despite making a move back to the Premier League with Manchester United, Ronaldo’s rating has been downgraded from 92 to 91 by EA. This is likely due to the fact he is 36-years-old now, and Juventus’ poor season in 2020/21.

This may sound like a small change, but it is significant because it puts him two ratings behind his rival Lionel Messi for the first time since 2014. It’s also the first time since FIFA 10 that the United man isn’t in the top two players.

In fact, in FIFA 22 Robert Lewandowski has taken the silver medal. Ronaldo will have to settle for joint third-place, along with Kevin De Bruyne, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr, and Jan Oblak.

The move has caused a stir among fans on Reddit, who have been debating how the ratings should have looked. Many felt that Ronaldo was still a class above the rest, and should still be close to Messi.

“I’m not in denial of Ronaldo not being on top anymore, but I don’t think he should be the same rating as KDB,” argued one fan. “It feels like everyone else is still inflating while the big 3 are just being toned down more and more.”

“Shocking to be honest. Guy breaks 50-year-old goal record, wins FIFA award for best player and still isn’t top rated card,” said another.

Others even went as far as digging up the stats of both Ronaldo and Mbappe to make their case. According to Reddit user Mr_XemiReR, Ronaldo bagged 29 goals and two assists in 33 league games last season, while Mbappe had 27 goals and 11 assists in 31.

While one user said the Frenchman had a superior “goal ratio” in the league last year, others argued that the Italian league is played at a “better” standard.

Mbappe dribbling in FIFA 22

EA has never retrospectively changed its ratings after they have been revealed before, so it is likely these will be the stats going into this year’s Ultimate Team.

However, special cards released after launch could close the gap between Ronaldo and his contemporaries.

For more on FIFA 22, check out every Icon confirmed for this year, as well as all the changes coming to Career Mode.

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How to complete TOTY Honourable Mentions Lautaro Martinez SBC in FIFA 22

Lautaro Martinez is a fantastic ST in FIFA 22, and FUT players are going to want to complete his TOTY Honourable Mentions SBC.

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Martinez Honourable Mentions SBC

Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez has received an Honourable Mentions SBC to go along with the 15 players included in the promo’s squad. Here’s how you can complete the Lautaro Martinez FIFA 22 TOTY Honourable Mentions SBC.

The Honourable Mentions promo is set to accompany the TOTY by highlighting incredible players that just missed the cut. Cristiano Ronaldo joins the TOTY as the 12th Man, while 15 players make up the Honourable Mentions squad.

In addition to these 15 players, FUT fans will have the chance to snap up more Honourable Mentions via Objectives and SBCs. Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez is one of the players up for grabs.

Ultimate Team players will be required to submit three squads to get their hands on this well-rounded ST, and we’ve got the cheapest solution to give you a hand.

FIFA 22 Honourable Mentions Lautaro Martinez stats

Lautaro Martinez stats FIFA 22

Martinez may lack the ability to set up your forward players as a shoot-first striker but he’ll certainly bag a lot of goals thanks to his impressive finishing stats and dynamic feel in-game. Martinez also benefits from 4* skills and 4* weak foot which adds to his bag of tricks.

Considering the price, players are getting a top-tier finisher at fair value. His agility and dribbling will not let you down. However, his Serie A allegiance makes him difficult to fit into meta squads if you don’t also use some Argentine players.

Cheapest way to complete Honourable Mentions Martinez SBC in FIFA 22

Lautaro Martinez alongside former Inter teammates

To complete this SBC players will need to give up three squads: Tactical Emulation, Argentina, and Serie A TIM. With a value of around 236,000 coins, Martinez should be well within reach for the majority of Ultimate Team players. This FIFA 22 SBC is a must for Serie A enthusiasts.

You can check out the cheapest solutions below.

Tactical Emulation requirements

  • # of players from Inter Milan: Min 1
  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75

Tactical Emulation solution – Cost: 44,000 coins

Tactical Emulation SBC solution

Argentina requirements

  • # of players from Argentina: Min 1
  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70

Argentina solution – Cost: 87,000 coins

Argentina SBC solution

Serie A TIM requirements

  • # of players from Serie A TIM: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 86
  • Team Chemistry: Min 65

Serie A TIM solution – Cost: 118,000 coins

Serie A TIM SBC solution

The Lautaro Martinez TOTY Honourable Mentions SBC is available until February 28, so you’ll have plenty of time to complete this affordable set.

Keep in mind, TOTW players are overpriced at the moment due to active SBCs requiring a ton of in-form players but you can always try to snipe some for cheap.


For more FIFA 22, check out the fastest players in FIFA 22, or everything you need to know about the upcoming Future Stars promo.

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Ultimate Team TOTY Honourable Mentions release date & full team in FIFA 22

It is tradition for Honourable Mentions to accompany the TOTY promo in FUT to highlight players that just missed the cut.

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TOTY Honourable Mentions Ultimate Team

Ultimate Team players will be eager to get a hold of some Honourable Mentions cards as a part of the TOTY promo in FIFA 22. Here’s all the info you’ll need to know including the full team and release date.

For many, TOTY represents the best promo Ultimate Team has to offer and fans have been loving the FUT content in recent weeks.

With the TOTY 12th man vote open to players and the winner announcement set to occur once the full TOTY squad is available in packs, many are already looking forward to the TOTY Honourable Mentions candidates.

Here’s what we know about TOTY Honourable Mentions so far.

TOTY Honourable Mentions explained

FIFA 22 TOTY nominees

TOTY Honourable Mentions are a set of players that just missed out on making the squad of eleven and should be a real treat for FUT players who have yet to pack a TOTY card. There are some really exciting players in the pool of TOTY nominees who missed out.

This group of players will receive a significant stat boost but they won’t be as major as the increase to TOTY cards. Last year, we saw the arrival of six new Honourable Mentions players in FIFA 21 but FIFA 22 will introduce 16 brand new cards.

Honourable Mentions TOTY release date

TOTY Tifo FUT

Ultimate Team players can expect the TOTY-themed promo to hit FIFA 22 on January 28. All 16 cards will be available in packs as of this date, and TOTY cards will also remain giving players many rare cards to hope for.

EA have been delivering one excellent promo after another and fans will have high expectations for Future Stars following Honourable Mentions.

TOTY Honourable Mentions full team

EA have truly spoiled FUT players this year with a whopping 16 Honourable Mentions cards. Of the 16, FUT Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 12th Man vote as the final member of the TOTY. Take a look at the list of 15 Honourable Mentions down below.

Here is the full set of Honourable Mentions players included in the promo as of January 28:

  • Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – RW
  • Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund – ST
  • Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United – CAM
  • Karim Benzema – Real Madrid – ST
  • Antonio Rudiger – Chelsea – CB
  • Leon Goretzka – Bayern Munich – CM
  • Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli – LW
  • Edouard Mendy – Chelsea – GK
  • Federico Chiesa – Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) – RW
  • David Alaba – Real Madrid – CB
  • Phil Foden – Manchester City – CAM
  • Jules Kounde – Sevilla – CB
  • Kyle Walker – Manchester City – RB
  • Leonardo Bonucci – Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) – CB
  • Jonathan David – Lille – ST

With the full TOTY set to enter packs alongside the TOTY Honourable Mentions, now is a great time to save some valuable packs as your chances of securing a rare card are fantastic.


For more FIFA 22, check out how to complete Kaka Prime Icon SBC in FIFA 22, or check out our list of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team best strikers.

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FIFA 22 Future Stars: Release date, token swaps, predictions

One of the most exciting Ultimate Team promos will hit FIFA 22 shortly and here’s what to expect from Future Stars.

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FIFA 22 Future Stars Ultimate Team

The excitement is set to continue for Ultimate Team players as the Future Stars promo will follow TOTY in FIFA 22. With the event right around the corner, here’s everything you need to know about Future Stars.

Although TOTY is far from over and many are eager to get a hold of some Honourable Mentions players, fans of FUT already have an eye on the next promo set to hit FIFA 22.

Future Stars is a well-liked promo because it gives Ultimate Team players a chance to use a plethora of young talent. Young stars from around the world are set to receive massive upgrades in the upcoming promo.

Here are all the details surrounding Future Stars, including release date, leaks, and predictions.

Ultimate Team Future Stars explained

FIFA 21 future stars promo players

Future Stars highlights the emerging young talent from the world of football with one-time upgrades for young talent who have yet to reach their full potential. As you can see in the image above, FIFA 21 shed light on some fantastic young superstars, and FIFA 22 will do the same.

To the delight of FUT fans, a reputable leaker has confirmed that this promo will utilize a token system. Winter Wildcards swaps are what made that promo one of the best new Ultimate Team events in years.

FIFA 22 Future Stars release date

Future Stars promo Ultimate Team logo

With Honourable Mentions set to hit FIFA 22 on January 28, the next promo will take place one week later on February 4 for the highly-anticipated Future Stars.

As with most EA promos in FUT, players can expect to get their hands on these incredible cards at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT / 7 PM CET.

FIFA 22 Future Stars leaks and predictions

FIFA 22 Future Stars predictions leaks

Aside from the leaked details concerning the token system, we don’t know much about which players will be involved in the promo but we do have some early predictions that are likely to make the cut.

Here is a list of players you could expect to see as a part of the Future Stars promo in FIFA 22:

  • Pedri – Barcelona – CM
  • Tino Livramento – Southampton – RB
  • Xavi Simons – PSG -CM
  • Jamal Musiala – Bayern Munich – CAM
  • Giacomo Raspadori – Sassuolo – ST
  • Florian Wirtz – Leverkusen – CAM
  • Noni Madueke – PSV – RM
  • Nuno Mendes – PSG – LB
  • Karim Adeyemi – Salzburg – ST
  • Trevoh Chalobah – Chelsea – CB
  • Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund – CM
  • Emile Smith-Rowe – Arsenal – LM
  • Dusan Vlahovic – Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) – ST
  • Jeremy Doku – Stade Rennais – RW
  • Nicolo Rovella – Genoa – CM
  • Illan Meslier – Leeds United – GK

If you failed to pack a TOTY card, perhaps your chances at a Future Stars player could fare better. Nonetheless, Ultimate Team players will be eager to test out these young superstars.


For more FIFA 22, check out how to complete Ultimate Team Varane Flashback SBC in FIFA 22, or check out our list of the fastest players in FIFA 22.

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