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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Hero cards: How they work and player ratings

FUT Heroes are the latest special item to be added to FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, we break down what they are and how they work.

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For all the features and modes crammed into each FIFA release, it’s mainly Ultimate Team that draws players back in year upon year. This year, with the announcement of FUT Hero cards, fans have even more to be excited about.

Each new season of Ultimate Team comes with a host of new special cards to improve players’ squads and give them the upper hand on their opponents. FIFA 22 is no exception, but the announcement of ‘Hero’ cards has the community particularly excited.

But what are they and how do they work? We’ve got the lowdown below.

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What are Hero cards in FIFA 22?

The latest special card making its way into FUT this year, Hero cards can most easily be described as cult heroes. Players who perhaps never quite reached icon status in world football, but were fan favorites for their respective clubs and leagues.

Each Hero player is tied to a specific season, or even just a moment which solidified their status as a great. For example, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his late winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final, or Clint Dempsey for being the joint-top scorer for the US national team.

There is only one version of each card, compared to the four that Icons receive, with ratings so far ranging from 85 overall upwards.

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How do they work?

If you’re lucky enough to pack one of these special cards, they function in your team in a similar way to icons. The main difference is that each Hero comes with a league they are associated with, so they only offer chemistry links to other players from that league. They also provide links to players of the same nationality, just like other cards.

For example, Fernando Morientes would give a green strong link to anyone currently playing in La Liga, as well as an orange soft link to any Spaniards who play outside of Spain’s top league.

When it comes to actually get your hands on one of these cards, it is business usual. At launch, they will go into packs along with standard cards and icons, with the chance of one dropping each time a new pack is opened. Any obtained from tradeable packs can then be bought and sold on the transfer market.

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Who has been confirmed as a Hero?

EA has been slowly revealing the players who will receive Hero cards in recent weeks, with many more to be unveiled as we edge nearer to FIFA 22’s full release.

You can find all the FUT Heroes confirmed so far below:

Player NameLeagueNationRating
Tim CahillPremier LeagueAustralia85
Robbie KeanePremier LeagueRepublic of Ireland86
Joe ColePremier LeagueEngland87
Freddie LjungbergPremier LeagueSweden86
Ole Gunnar SolskjaerPremier LeagueNorway86
Jerzey DudekPremier League Poland86
Antonio Di NataleSerie AItaly88
Ivan Ramiro CordobaSerie AColumbia87
Diego MilitoSerie AArgentina88
Fernando MorientesLa Liga SantanderSpain89
Aleksandr MostovoiLa Liga Santander Russia86
David GinolaLigue 1France89
Abedi PeleLigue 1Ghana89
Mario GomezBundesligaGermany88
Lars RickenBundesligaGermany85
Jurgen KohlerBundesliga Germany89
Jorge CamposLiga BBVA MXMexico87
Sami AL-KaberMBS Pro LeagueSaudi Arabia86
Clint DempseyMLSUSA85

Players who pre-ordered the ultimate edition of FIFA 22 before August 11th will also receive a free FUT Hero card in December to slot straight into their teams.

For more on FIFA 22, check out our guides on the best defenders and midfielders you should sign on Career Mode.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Best midfielders you can buy

EA is back with another round of FIFA Ultimate Team action. Here are the best midfielders you should add to your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

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The much-anticipated release of FIFA 22 is finally here. EA’s annual football franchise is back, and so with it comes Ultimate Team, so here are the best midfielders to buy in FIFA 22.

Picking an Ultimate Team can be a huge decision for many FIFA players as they want to try and create one chemistry-rich team that they can stick with for ages. At the same time, others will chop and change the game’s best players to test everyone out.

In either scenario, having the best players in each position can truly make an unbeatable Ultimate Team. Now that the official FIFA 22 player ratings are out there, we’ve put together our list of the best of the best FIFA 22 Ultimate Team midfielders you’ll need.

Best midfielders in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

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There will be many players with tasty overalls to consider, but not all of them fit the mold of an “Ultimate Team.”

In the middle of the park, you need players that can fill in for marauding full-backs, have the presence to help out defenders at corners, and even make those long-bursting runs forward to pick up some goals.

As the ratings are now official, these are the players that will dominate the midfield in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

Player NameClubPositionRating
Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedCAM88
Bernardo SilvaManchester CityCAM86
Marco ReusBorussia DortmundCAM85
Alejandro GomezSevillaCAM85
Phil FodenManchester CityCAM84
Kevin De BruyneManchester CityCM91
Leon GoretzkaBayern MunichCM87
Luka ModricReal MadridCM87
Frenkie de JongBarcelonaCM87
Paul PogbaManchester UnitedCM87
N’Golo KanteChelseaCDM90
Joshua KimmichBayern MunichCDM89
CasemiroReal MadridCDM89
FabinhoLiverpoolCDM86
Wilfred NdidiLeicester CityCDM85

Best cheap midfielders in FUT 22

We won’t lie. Some of these players will be pushing seven digits in terms of their value, maybe even greatly surpassing it considering they could be the best FIFA 22 Ultimate midfielders.

So until you can rack up some coins or pray to the heavens that you get some pack luck on your side, you’ll need some cheaper alternatives in the meantime.

The football scene has some great prospects at the moment and lots of players who will receive a nice overall boost thanks to their performances at Euro 2020.

fifa 22 ultimate team best midfielders

Barcelona’s hot prospect Pedri boasts great dribbling ability and passing potential. Given his age, FIFA may do him dirty and give him reduced stamina, but he could be one to watch.

Also, players like Everton’s Allan and Doucoure should be decent all-around options, not too expensive, and ideal for chemistry. You can also never rule out Renato Sanches, especially as he’s just won Ligue 1 and played for Portugal in Euro 2020.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out our list of the best goalkeepers you should buy, best strikers you should buy, and the confirmed Ones to Watch cards.

Also, let us know which midfielders you’ll be using in FIFA 22 on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Best defenders you can buy

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team has landed, and we’ve picked out our predictions for the best defenders to fill out your squad this year.

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FIFA 22 has arrived, and football fans are gearing up for another round of Ultimate Team. Here are our predictions for the best defenders you should pick in FUT 22.

Crafting the perfect Ultimate Team can take a lot of work. It usually involves hours of experimenting to find the right combination of players and chemistry to be a success in FUT Champions.

What goes without saying is that having the best players in each position is vitally important to being competitive when faced with high-skilled opponents.

Now that we can see the full slate of player ratings, we’ve picked out the defenders we’re expecting to dominate this year’s FIFA.

Best defenders in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

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Even though it’s the strikers that tend to grab the headlines, keeping things tight at the back is just as important. That being said, like most years, not every top defender in the game will fit the game’s meta and be able to cope with the talented attackers they will have to deal with.

Defenders need to have the intelligence to read the game when opponents are in position, but also have the speed to recover when a pacey forward inevitably beats the offside trap.

With EA unveiling the full lineup of player ratings, these are the best center-backs on the market in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

Player NameClubRating
Virgil van DijkLiverpool89
Sergio RamosPSG88
MarquinhosPSG87
Ruben DiasManchester City87
Raphael VaraneManchester United86
Milan SkriniarInter Milan86
Aymeric LaporteManchester City86
Kalidou KoulibalyNapoli86
Giorgio ChielliniJuventus86
Stefan de VrijInter Milan85

Best cheap defenders in FUT 22

Laporte in FIFA 22

Some of the defenders we’ve listed there are probably going to set you back a few coins, especially in the early weeks when the Transfer Market is still taking shape. In this case, you might be seeking cheaper options.

Edmond Tapsoba has plenty of pace for his modest 81 ratings and will link nicely to the great selection of Bundesliga defenders. Kostas Manolas is also notoriously reliable in the early game, but his Greek nationality keeps his price from breaking the bank.

In the Premier League, Antonio Rudiger and Tyrone Mings make a neat partnership that doesn’t cost too much. The Chelsea man for his solid pace, and the England star for his complementary aerial ability and strong left foot.


For more FIFA 22 Ultimate Team guides, check out our picks for the best goalkeepers and midfielders you should buy.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Best goalkeepers you can buy

Picking the right shot stopper in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team can be a tricky business, so we’ve put together the best goalkeepers you should try.

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With FIFA 22’s worldwide release just around the corner, many will soon be turning their attention to their next Ultimate Team campaign, so here are our predictions for the best goalkeepers to aim for once FUT finally drops.

FIFA 22 is finally here, and the community is eager to get off to the perfect start in this year’s Ultimate Team. The full list of player ratings is now in the wild, and players can begin plotting out their perfect squad to achieve FUT glory.

Goalkeepers are always a vital part of any squad, and picking the right man between the sticks can be the difference between winning and losing. Here are the best FIFA 22 Ultimate goalkeepers you should look at when you get your hands on FUT 22.

Best goalkeepers in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Best Goalkeepers

It can be tough to find the perfect goalkeeper to fit a team. You have to consider which stats are most important to you, whether it be reflexes, kicking, or something as simple as height.

This year, EA have given keepers a big update with improvements to the AI and a fresh batch of animations to help them make those crucial saves. So much so, some beta players were reporting they were too overpowered.

Considering this, particularly early in the game, going for one of the highest-rated FIFA 22 Ultimate Team goalkeepers who fit in chemistry-wise could be the way to keep things tight at the back.

These are the top 10 best goalkeepers in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team:

Player NameClubRating
Jan OblakAthletico Madrid91
Manuel NeuerBayern Munich90
Marc-Andre ter StegenBarcelona90
Gianluigi DonnarummaPSG89
AlissonLiverpool89
Thibaut CourtoisReal Madrid89
EdersonManchester City89
Keylor NavasPSG88
Wojciech SzczesnyJuventus87
Hugo LlorisSpurs87

Best cheap goalkeepers in FUT 22

Especially when you’re first starting, one of the world’s best goalkeepers might be slightly out of budget. If this is the case, it pays to look at some cheaper options for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team goalkeepers while grinding out coins.

That’s not to say this will leave your defense vulnerable, as plenty of lower-rated players have become staples of pro teams for one reason or another. Nick Pope was a prime example in FIFA 21, who was keeping the likes of Alisson out until the final weeks.

At 82 rated, West Ham’s Alphonse Areola is a solid cheap option thanks to his impressive all-round stats and French chemistry links. Likewise, Barcelona’s Norberto Neto is a great temporary stopper while you farm for coins.

We’ll update this section with a full list of the best budget options for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Goalkeepers when the Transfer Market takes shape.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, take a look at our guide on how FUT Champions works this year, and the latest Team of the Week.

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