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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team ICONS: New, returning & leaked players

ICONS are some of Ultimate Team’s most valuable items, and there’s more in FIFA 22 than we’ve ever seen in the series before.

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Robin Van Persie Icon cards in FIFA 22

ICON players are some the most prestigious and sought after in all of Ultimate Team, adding a touch of football class into any squad. These are all of the ICONS, new and old, heading into FIFA 22.

Another year of FIFA brings with it another year of Ultimate Team. After the announcement of Hero cards and Ones to Watch, fans are preparing for another year of carefully crafting the perfect squad of talent.

While there’s plenty of special cards on offer in FUT every year, ICONS let players rub shoulders with footballing royalty.

Here are all of the FIFA 22 ICONS we’re expecting to see in Ultimate Team.

Real Madrid players celebrating in FIFA 22

What are ICONS in Ultimate Team?

ICONS are unique special cards in FIFA Ultimate Team which depict a past legend of the real-world sport. They are hand chosen because of their achievements and contributions to football, which have been revered as an all-time great since their retirement.

Each of the FIFA 22 ICONS comes with three versions with different stats – a base, mid, and prime. Each one represents a different stage of the player’s career, from when they first burst onto the scene to the peak of their powers.

They function like normal player cards in-game, only they offer chemistry links to every other player regardless of league or nation. However, they provide strong links to anyone from the same nation, making them extremely useful for building hybrid teams from different leagues.

FIFA 22 ICONS can be found in packs but have increased rarity because of their high rating and invaluable chemistry features. EA tends to add Squad Building Challenges later in the year to earn ICONS and Icon Swaps.

Picture of every Icon from FIFA 21

Leaked & rumoured FIFA 22 Ultimate Team ICONS

A handful of new potential ICONS have long been rumored, and some have even surfaced online through leaks.

Insiders like FUTWatch and Futzone reported months ago that a number of players had been added to the code for FIFA 22, however, it’s possible that some of them may come to the game as Heroes instead.

These are all of the potential ICONS that have been strongly rumored or leaked in the build-up to launch.

Player NameNationalityPotential Rating
Alfredo di StéfanoArgentina93
Fernando CavenaghiArgentina85
Gabriel BatistutaArgentina91
Jaap StamNetherlands90
LucioBrazil90
Park Ji-SungSouth Korea88
Wesley SneidjerNetherlands91

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team ICONS

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team saw the biggest lineup of ICONS to date, with 100 of the game’s best-ever players being added to the mode alongside today’s stars.

All of the legends from last year will make the switch into FIFA 22 ICONS, although EA is yet to confirm if adjustments will be made to any of the ratings.

The roster from last year is set to be joined by Robin Van Persie, Iker Casillas, Cafu, and Wayne Rooney, with more likely to be revealed over the course of the year.

You can find every confirmed Icon in the list below. We will update this page with positions and confirmed ratings as soon as they are officially announced. New players are marked in bold.

Player NameNationRatings
Alan ShearerEngland87/89/91
Alessandro Del PieroItaly87/90/92
Alessandro NestaItaly88/90/92
Andrea PirloItaly88/90/92
Andriy ShevchenkoUkraine86/88/91
Ashley ColeEngland85/87/89
Bastian SchweinsteigerGermany87/89/91
Bobby MooreEngland 87/89/92
CafuBrazil88/90/93
Carlos Alberto TorresBrazil 87/90/93
Carles PuyolSpain86/90/92
Christian VieriItaly 86/88/90
Clarence SeedorfNetherlands85/88/91
Claude MakeleleFrance85/88/90
David TrezeguetFrance 86/89/91
Davor ŠukerCroatia85/87/90
DecoPortugal85/87/90
Dennis BergkampNetherlands 87/90/92
Didier DrogbaIvory Coast87/89/91
Diego MaradonaArgentina91/95/97
Edwin Van Der SarNetherlands87/89/91
Emilio ButragueñoSpain 87/90/92
Emmanuel PetitFrance 85/88/90
Eric CantonaFrance 88/90/93
EusébioPortugal 89/91/93
Fabio Cannavaro Italy 87/89/92
Ferenc PuskásHungary89/92/94
Fernando HierroSpain 86/89/91
Fernando TorresSpain 85/88/91
Filippo InzaghiItaly 85/87/90
Franco BaresiItaly 88/91/93
Frank LampardEngland 86/88/90
Frank RijkaardNetherlands 86/88/90
GarrinchaBrazil 90/92/94
Gary LinekerEngland 87/89/92
Gennaro GattusoItaly85/87/89
George BestNorthern Ireland88/90/93
Gheorghe HagiRomania85/89/91
Gianfranco ZolaItaly 85/87/90
Gianluca ZambrottaItaly 86/87/89
Henrik LarssonSweden86/87/90
Hernán CrespoArgentina 85/87/90
Hidetoshi NakataJapan85/86/88
Hristo StoichkovBulgaria87/90/92
Hugo SánchezMexico87/89/92
Ian RushWales 87/89/91
Ian WrightEngland 85/87/89
Iker CasillasSpain 87/89/92
Jari LitmanenFinland85/88/90
Javier ZanettiItaly 87/88/92
Jay Jay OkochaNigeria85/88/90
Johan CruyffNetherlands 89/91/94
John BarnesEngland 86/87/89
Josep GuardiolaSpain 85/87/90
Juan RiquelmeArgentina 87/89/91
Juan Sebastián VerónArgentina 86/88/90
KakaBrazil 87/89/91
Kenny DalglishScotland87/90/92
Laurent BlancFrance 85/89/91
Lev YashinRussia89/91/94
Lothar MatthäusGermany 88/91/93
Luis FigoPortugal 88/90/92
Luis HernándezMexico85/87/90
Marc OvermarsFrance 86/88/90
Marcel DesaillyFrance 87/88/91
Marco Van BastenNetherlands 89/91/93
Michael BallackGermany 86/89/91
Michael EssienGhana85/87/90
Michael LaudrupDenamark85/89/91
Michael OwenEngland 86/88/91
Miroslav KloseGermany 87/89/91
Nemanja VidićSerbia85/88/90
Paolo MaldiniItaly 88/92/94
Patrick KluivertNetherlands 86/88/91
Patrick VieiraFrance 86/88/91
Paul ScholesEngland 87/89/91
Pavel NedvědCzech Republic86/89/91
PeléBrazil 91/95/98
Peter SchmeichelDenmark86/90/92
Petr ČechCzech Republic86/88/91
Phillip LahmGermany 87/89/91
RaúlSpain 86/88/92
Rio FerdinandEngland 85/88/90
RivaldoBrazil 87/90/92
Robert PirèsFrance 85/88/91
Roberto BaggioItaly 89/91/93
Roberto CarlosBrazil86/88/91
Robin Van PersieNetherlands 87/89/91
Ronald KoemanNetherlands 85/88/91
RonaldinhoBrazil 89/91/94
Ronaldo NazárioBrazil 90/94/96
Roy KeaneRepublic of Ireland86/88/90
Rui CostaPortugal 85/88/90
Ruud GullitNetherlands 86/90/93
Ruud Van NistelrooyNetherlands 86/90/92
Ryan GiggsWales87/89/92
Samuel Eto’oCameroon87/90/92
SócratesBrazil 87/89/91
Sol CampbellEngland 85/87/89
Steven GerrardEngland 86/89/91
Thierry HenryFrance87/90/93
Wayne RooneyEngland86/88/91
XaviSpain 88/90/93
Zinedine ZidaneFrance 91/94/96

That is all of the FIFA 22 ICONS we currently know will be playable in this year’s game. Final ratings and positions should follow after the game is released.

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

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How to complete FIFA 22 Player Moments Vardy SBC

A Moments Vardy SBC is up for grabs during the FIFA 22 Shapeshifters promo and here’s the cheapest solution for Ultimate Team players.

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FIFA 22 Vardy SBC player moments

FIFA 22 players will have a chance to secure a 96-rated Premier League winger via SBC during the Shapeshifters promo. Here’s how to complete the Player Moments Vardy SBC, along with the cheapest solutions.

EA’s follow-up to Team of the Season has been an incredible success with players enjoying everything Shapeshifters has to offer. Players currently have their hands full collecting Summer Swaps Tokens, but you won’t want to miss this Vardy SBC.

EA have listed this SBC as a Shapeshifters Player Moments item which combines the promo’s position change with the celebration of an iconic moment. This Vardy SBC is set to celebrate his performance against Manchester United in the 2014/2015 season.

Here’s how to complete the Player Moments Vardy SBC, along with the cheapest solutions.

FIFA 22 Player Moments Vardy stats

Vardy FIFA 22 SBC stats

For starters, Jamie Vardy has never felt like the most dynamic player in FIFA 22, but the 4* skill moves and 5* weak foot upgrade should add to his unpredictability.

Thanks to his LW position change, Vardy is an excellent option for Premier League squads. For most, Shapeshifters Ronaldo, Fantasy FUT Rashford, and TOTS Mane will be out of reach which makes Vardy a great alternative.

Of course, Vardy is known for his pace and prowess in front of goal which explains the 99 Finishing, 99 Positioning, 99 Shot Power, 98 Acceleration, and 97 Sprint Speed.

How to complete FIFA 22 Moments Vardy SBC

Premier League logo FIFA 22

To complete this SBC, players will need to give up three squads: England, Premier League, and 86-Rated Squad. With a value of around 335,000 coins, Vardy is not as overpriced as previous Premier League SBCs in FIFA 22.

You can check out the cheapest solution below.

England requirements

  • # of players from England: Min 1
  • # of TOTW or TOTS players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70

England solution – Cost: 83,500 coins

Vardy SBC England solution FIFA 22

Premier League requirements

  • # of players from the Premier League: Min 1
  • # of TOTW or TOTS players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 65

Premier League solution – Cost: 121,000 coins

Premier League SBC solution FIFA 22 Vardy

86-Rated Squad requirements

  • Squad Rating: Min 86
  • Team Chemistry: Min 60

86-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 135,000 coins

Vardy SBC FIFA 22 solution 86-rated squad

The Player Moments Vardy SBC will be available for one week as it expires on July 5. The three squads shouldn’t set you back too much but you’ll need to expend two TOTS or TOTW players in total.

Vardy is not a meta-defining player at this stage of the game, but he can certainly improve Premier League squads that aren’t utilizing one of the top players in the game like Ronaldo or Mane.


For more FIFA news, check out our guide to the leaked FIFA 22 Summer Swaps Tokens.

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FIFA 23 Ultimate Team: New features & expected changes

Here’s a breakdown of all the new features and changes players can expect in FIFA 23’s popular Ultimate Team mode.

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FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

FIFA 23 is fast approaching and with the Ultimate Team mode set to attract football fans around the world once more, here’s a look at the new features that could make their way to FUT.

Ultimate Team will likely continue to be the main attraction of the FIFA franchise as players look forward to the release of FIFA 23. Expectations for FIFA 23 are high as the final game before the long-standing partnership between EA and FIFA comes to a close.

The Ultimate Team mode will once again deliver a ton of content for players to discover including Icons and FUT Heroes. However, early indications suggest that there’s plenty of innovation on the way that is set to shake up the Ultimate Team game mode.

Here’s what you need to know about the new Ultimate Team features in FIFA 23.

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team expected chemistry changes

FIFA 22 Chemistry explained

Building the ideal Ultimate Team squad has always revolved around linking players through the mode’s chemistry system. For years, players who share the same Nationality, Club, and or League always produced the best chemistry results.

This added chemistry would give players a performance boost in-game. According to FIFA leakers, the chemistry system will no longer rely on Club, Nationality, or League to determine the strength of links.

EA has yet to confirm the existence of this new system, but it’s safe to say that Ultimate Team players would have more opportunities than ever to build their dream squad.

If every Nation and League can create chemistry links, more player combinations will be accessible in Ultimate Team when squad building. For example, this system would allow Liverpool’s Salah to support Mbappe as a winger without being penalized for lack of chemistry.

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team leaked position overhaul

Messi PSG fifa 23

If the reported changes to chemistry weren’t enough to get you excited, additional leaks claim that EA are also preparing to overhaul how positioning works in Ultimate Team.

In FIFA 22, players could change position by following a linear path. For example, RWs could swap to RMs to better suit your desired formation. However, players have long been asking for a change to positioning that would rely on an authentic system.

According to FutSheriff, position changes in FIFA 23 will be based on real-life player positions. If a player has experience playing in multiple positions, a position modifier card will allow them to show their versatility.

Two great examples of this new feature happen to be Manchester City defenders Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker. Cancelo’s secondary position would be at RB while Walker’s would be at CB. Previously, switching a LB to RB and a RB to CB were two position changes that were impossible to execute in Ultimate Team.

World Cup Ultimate Team content in FIFA 23

FIFA 23 World Cup mode

While there could be a World Cup mode in FIFA 23 that is entirely separate from Ultimate Team, EA usually also deliver World Cup content to FUT. In 2018, a special World Cup Ultimate Team add-on made its way to the game where players could build new squads from scratch using World Cup cards.

We’ll have to wait and see what EA have planned for the Qatar World Cup in 2022, but given that this tournament will take place in the winter, players won’t have to wait long after release to check out this new content.


For more FIFA 23 news, check out all of the new leagues, teams, & stadiums coming to FIFA 23.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team best strikers: Cheap and meta players

Picking the right striker is vital to your squad’s success. So here are the best, meta, and cheapest strikers in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

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Best Ultimate Team Strikers

Strikers are a vital part of any Ultimate Team, and FIFA 22 is no different. Here are the best FIFA 22 Ultimate Team strikers you can buy, as well as some cheap and meta options.

We’re nearing the endgame of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team season, but the endless search for the perfect squad is far from over.

Finding the ideal striker is arguably the most important part of any team, and there’s plenty to choose from this year. After fans got to grips with the launch players, EA has also added dozens of special cards into the mix to shake up the meta.

Here are the best strikers you should buy in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, whether you’re looking for one of the top-rated, someone who fits the meta, or a more budget option.

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Best strikers in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Mbappe controlling a ball in FIFA 22

There are plenty of top-rated strikers to pick from in FIFA 22. The most important thing is finding the goalscorer who fits your style of play.

Whether you’re looking for someone small and pacey to make those runs in behind, or a target man to whip early crosses into, there’s a big name to suit.

One of the safest options is turning to one of the best-rated poachers, as they already have the stats to make them a menace in front of goal.

These are the non-Icon strikers in FIFA 22 that EA has awarded the best ratings.

RankingPlayer NameClubRatingAverage Price
#1Lionel Messi (SS)PSG997.9 million
#2Karim Benzema (TOTS)Real Madrid983 million
#3Robert Lewandowski (TOTY)Bayern Munich98310,000
#4Kylian Mbappe (TOTS)PSG975 million
#5Cristiano Ronaldo (TOTS)Manchester United974.7 million
#6Marcelo (SS)Real Madrid973.98 million
#7Heung Min Son (SS)Spurs973.12 million
#8Christopher Nkunku (TOTS)RB Leipzig961.3 million
#9Luis Suarez (TOTS)Atletico Madrid961.2 million
#10Ciro Immobile (TOTS)Lazio96285,000

Best meta strikers in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland

Aside from the top 10 rated strikers, there are certain players that just seem to fit the game’s meta perfectly. Especially when you throw special cards into the mix, there are some overpowered cards that will completely change your FUT fortunes.

These may not always be the highest-rated players, but they’re certainly the most effective. You’ll often see these cards turn up in the Weekend League throughout the season, as high-skill players make the most of their insane stats.

In order to highlight as many strikers as possible, players included in the list above will not show up below. Although, you could assume that the likes of Mbappe and Ronaldo are two of the best striker options in the game at the moment.

Player NameClubRatingAverage Price
Ousmane Dembele (Fantasy)Barcelona953 million
Allan Saint-Maximin (Fantasy)Newcastle942.8 million
Antonio Di Natale (Captain)N/A931.8 million
Sergio Ramos (SS)PSG961.69 million
Paulo Dybala (TOTS)Juventus961.54 million
Neymar Jr (Winter Wildcard)PSG931.1 million
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Winter Wildcard)A.C. Milan91970,000
Wissam Ben YedderMonaco96682,000
Robbie Keane (Captain)N/A92358,000
Roberto Firmino (Birthday)Liverpool92270,000
Darwin Nunez (TOTS)Benfica94249,000

Best cheap strikers in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Joao Felix in FIFA 22

While the players listed above will likely set you back a fair amount of coins, there are always some slightly lower-rated poachers that can help teams get off to a great start if you’re just starting your FUT journey.

Players with a low overall rating but with a handful of good stats, particularly pace, tend to be used a lot around this time, and can still be effective against any defense.

The market has been notoriously slow in FIFA 22 compared to previous years, so there are plenty of great cards that are selling for a fraction of what they would normally be worth.

These are the cheap strikers we recommend you use while you’re building up the coins to start splashing out. It’s worth noting that the market is ever-changing and varies across different platforms.

Player NameClubRatingAverage Price
Wissam Ben YedderMonaco849,900
Dries MertensNapoli843,700
Joao FelixAtletico Madrid831,900
Angel CorreaAtletico Madrid833,200
Gabriel JesusManchester City832,000
Luis MurielAtalanta821,200
RicharlisonEverton821,700
Joaquin CorreaInter Milan811,100
Anthony MartialSevilla812,000
Dominic Calvert LewinEverton811,300
Inkai WilliamsAtletico Bilbao811,400
Victor OsimhenNapoli801,200
Donyell MalenBorussia Dortmund80700

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out our list of the best goalkeepers, defenders, full-backs, midfielders, and wingers.

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