FIFA 22 is the latest installment in Electronic Arts’ most successful video game series. The game has many features, and one of them is Ultimate Team. Thus, fans are eager to know about the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players, which they should have in their squads. This video game came out on October 1, 2021. This game is the successor to FIFA 21, released last year. The new game has many updates like face models, stats, kits, and teams. Also, the game mechanics are more realistic than previous installments.
The latest FIFA game also comes with many game modes to enjoy. Like past installments, players can play with famous clubs and national teams; or live the career of their favorite player. Also, there is an option for players to create their character and enjoy a player’s career or manager’s career. However, FIFA 22 takes another step further, as it allows you to create your Team and direct a story of a club from rags to riches. But besides the offline mode, FIFA also has an online mode called Ultimate Team, which has been an enormous hit. Therefore, today we will talk about the FUT mode and the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players.
What Is Ultimate Team?
Ultimate Team is the online mode of the FIFA video game. This mode was first introduced in FIFA 09 but as a downloadable expansion. Further, it was only available for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Later in 2010, Ultimate Team became part of the FIFA 10, but this mode was still limited to Playstation and Xbox. Since FIFA 12, this mode has been available across all consoles and has become one of the most favorite mode to enjoy the video game.
This mode allows the players to build and manage their clubs. The players have various kinds of modes available in Ultimate Team. The players can go up against other players online. There are also offline game modes like the Squad Battles, where players take on other players’ squads. However, AI controls these squads instead of the actual players. The FUT also presents a FUT Draft mode, where gamers pick the suitable player from a draw of five. Then they can take on other players online or AI-controlled squads offline. Gamers can also sell or buy players, managers, and other items for their club from the Ultimate Team’s transfer market.
Who Are The Best Players In The Ultimate Team?
In Ultimate Team, gamers get player cards to use to build their squads. There are hundreds of cards in the FUT. These cards are primarily divided into three categories: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. As the name suggests, gold cards are high-rated cards, whereas bronze cards are lower and silver are mediocre cards. Besides these three primary categories, the game also presents some unique edition player cards with higher stats than the standard card of that player. Thus, let’s look into the best FIFA 22 Ultimate Team players that gamers will require getting their hands on for building a great squad.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Numbers Up)
The German footballer is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Besides playing for the German National Team, he is the primary goalkeeper for the Catalan giants, Barcelona FC. The Blaugrana goalkeeper is already one of the highest-rated GK with a 90 rated Gold Card. However, he got a higher-rated card on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. FUT released the Numbers Up card, which is a collaboration with Adidas. Thus, the players affiliated with this brand got a stat boost and increased their rating. Therefore, Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s Numbers Up card is 91 Rated, and he got a +1 boost in all his stats.
Yashin is one of the most legendary figures in the history of football. The Soviet footballer is recognized as the most outstanding goalkeeper to appear in the sport. He is the only goalkeeper to lift a Ballon d’Or in football history. The FIFA gamers can get this legendary goalkeeper on their squad. FIFA introduced the Icons cards, which are like tributes to the great legends of this sport. Icons cards usually feature players who once dominated the sport, but now they are out of the field. Lev Yashin got a 91-rated Icons card, which is the highest-rated Icons card and one of the highest-rated cards in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.
Paolo Maldini (Icon)
Many people might think that scoring goals are everything in football. However, the defense is more important than the forwards. That’s because a forward will score in some matches and then not score a single goal in some matches. But a defender will protect the opposition forward’s advances in every game. Thus, getting a good defender in the squad is crucial, and Italians produced some great defensive talents in the football world. Paolo Maldini is one of the greatest defenders of all time. Thus, FIFA 22 introduced such Italian center-back legends, Paolo Maldini, to the FIFA Ultimate Team. The AC Milan legend received a 92-rated CB Icons card.
Franco Baresi (Icon)
Baresi is another great Italian defender who played for the Italian National Team and AC Milan. The Italian legend is considered as the greatest center-back in the sport. Thus, he would be a great addition to the defensive line. The AC Milan legend won multiple silverware, and he also helped the national Team to lift the 1982 World Cup. Therefore, FIFA 22 introduced the Italian legend Franco Baresi as a 91-rated CB Icons card. Baresi is undoubtedly one of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players, and fans should try to get this Italian legend on their defensive line-up.
Virgil van Dijk (Team of The Week)
Undoubtedly, the Liverpool defender is one of the best center-backs in the present time. Virgil van Dijk captains the Netherlands national team and the English giants, Liverpool. He is the only defender to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year. Because of his skills, van Dijk got an 89-rated gold card, one of the best CB cards in the game. However, his stats and card got an upgrade. FIFA 22 introduces Team of the Week cards each week. Further, these cards depend on the player’s performance in real life. The Dutch defender’s performance in Premier League and Champions League earned him a 90-rated TOTW CB card.
Carles Puyol (Icon)
Puyol is a Spanish football legend who led the Spanish National Team to World Cup glory in 2010. Carles Puyol is one of the best defenders to appear in the sport. The Spaniard is known for his defensive skills and leadership. Aside from leading Spain’s national Team, Puyol also captained the Catalan giants, Barcelona FC. He has been the longest-serving captain in the Blaugrana history. Therefore, Players can get Puyol in their Ultimate Team squad. FIFA 22 introduced Puyol’s Icons card, a 90-rated CB card. Undoubtedly, Carles Puyol is one of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players.
Marcos de Morais, popularly known as Cafu, is the most successful Brazilian player internationally. He appeared in three consecutive World Cup finals and won two in 1994 and 2002. The Brazilian was famous for his pace and agility, which Cafu used to build attacking runs on the right flank. Therefore, he is one of the best right-backs in football history. FIFA 22 introduced a 90-rated RB Icons card for Cafu, undoubtedly one of the best right-back cards in FUT.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Rulebreaker)
Alexander Arnold might be one of the best full-backs on the right flank. The young Englishman has already shown his worth for both England’s National Team and the English club, Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold will grow much further and might become the most excellent right-back in the sport. Currently, he is one of the best right-backs in the real world, and in FIFA 22, he got an 87-rated gold RB card. However, that’s not all for Trent, as he received a boost with this year’s Rulebreaker’s card, where he is an 89-rated right-back. Therefore, players should try to get their hand on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s Rulebreaker card.
Joao Pedro Cavaco Cancelo (Team Of The Tournament)
Cancelo is already a world-class full-back playing for the Portuguese National Team and Premier League giants, Manchester City. He is not only a skilled player in real life, but he is also a brilliant choice to have in your squad in FIFA 22. He is 87-rated gold back, but the numbers got better when he received the Team of The Tournament card as he is an 89-rated full back on his TOTT card with boosted stats. However, there is a slight difference between his regular gold card and TOTT card as he is a right-back on his gold card but a left-back on his TOTT card. He is one of the few full-backs who can play on both flanks. Thus, he got a gold RB card whereas TOTT LB card.
Andrew Robertson (Team Of The Tournament)
The Liverpool player is the best left-back in the football world. He is impressed with his skills in real life, but his FIFA 22 ratings are also impressive. As Robertson is an 87-rated left-back, the highest-rated LB in the game, leaving the unique cards aside. Robertson is already a phenomenal card in FUT. Still, it got better as he received an 89-rated Team of The Tournament card because of his remarkable performance for the English giants, Liverpool, in the UEFA Champions League.
Lothar Matthaus (Icon)
Matthaus is undoubtedly one of the best central-defensive midfielders in the world. The German legend is out of the field now. But he left his mark on the game. Matthaus helped West Germany to World Cup glory in 1990 and also lifted the Ballon d’Or for his performance. Further, Lothar Matthaus is the first player to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the year. Therefore, EA introduced Lothar Matthaus’s 91-rated Icon card, also the highest-rated CDM card in the Ultimate Team.
Carlos Henrique Casimiro (Rulebraker)
The Brazilian is one of the best central-defensive midfielders in the world at the moment. He contributed to both his national Team and club to win silverware. Casimiro won the 2019 Copa America playing for the Brazilian national squad. Also, he won four Champions League, two La Liga, and more club-level success with the Spanish giants, Real Madrid. The Brazilian was famous for his aggressive and energetic style. Because of his powerful challenges, he earned the nickname ‘The Tank.’ Further, Casimiro is not only an excellent CDM in real life but also FIFA, as he got an 89-rated CDM card. But it got better when Casimiro received a 90-rated Rulebreaker card, the second-best CDM car in FIFA Ultimate Team.
N’Golo Kante (Team of The Week)
This Frenchman is famous for his smile, which many football fans believe to be the best smile in the world. However, the beautiful smile is not all about N’Golo Kante, as he is one of the central-defensive midfielders in the world at the moment. The Chelsea talisman is the high-rated CDM in FIFA 22, but it boosted ratings and overall status in FUT. Because of his phenomenal performance for Chelsea in EPL and UCL, Kante received a 91-rated Team of The Week card. Undoubtedly, the Frenchman is one of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players in the squad.
Kevin De Bruyne (Basic Gold)
When discussing building the best squad in Ultimate Team, there is no way to ignore the Belgian footballer Kevin De Bruyne. De Bruyne achieved great heights with the English giants, Manchester City. Therefore, the Belgian is the best midfielder of the present times. KDB is the highest-rated central midfielder in FIFA 22, with a 91 Rating. His primary gold is also the highest central-midfielder in the Ultimate Team. Undoubtedly, Kevin De Bruyne is one of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players that gamers should have in their squad.
Xavi Hernandez (Icon)
The Spanish great recently took over as the manager’s role for the Catalan giants, FC Barcelona. Further, Xavi himself once played for the Catalan club. He is regarded as the club’s great legend. Besides being a Barca legend, he is considered a great central-midfielder. Xavi is famous in the football world because of his genius playmaking. Xavi might not have a great height being a midfielder, but his vision, positioning, and passing earned him the title of a midfield genius. Therefore, FIFA gamers who play FUT can add the midfield maestro to their FUT squad. Because FIFA 22 introduced a 90-rated CM Icon card for Xavi Hernandez.
After his recent spell with Juventus, Pirlo might have failed to make a name for himself as a successful manager. But as a player, he is still regarded as one of the best central-midfielders of this century. Pirlo achieved great heights as a player playing for Serie A clubs like AC Milan and Juventus. Pirlo was famous for his deep-lying playmaking, creativity, ball control, and free-kick skills. Further, Electronic Arts introduced a 90-rated Icon card for the great Italian central-midfielder. Pirlo is undoubtedly one of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players who should be a crucial part of FUT squads.
Diego Maradona (Icon)
The Argentine legend is one of the greatest footballers of all time. Maradona was famous because of his vision, dribbling, and ball control. He led the Argentine national squad to Argentina’s second world cup glory in 1986. He further scored a goal with a handball and one of the most incredible goals in the 1986 World Cup. Thus, Diego Maradona got a 97-rated Icon card, the second-best central-attacking midfielder in the Ultimate Team. The Argentine legend has to be one of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players who should be in every FUT squad.
Zinedine Zidane (Icon)
The French legend Zinedine Zidane is one of the highest-rated Icon cards and the second highest-rated CAM in the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. Undoubtedly, Zidane is one of the greatest footballers of all time. He helped the French national squad to world cup glory in 1998 and won the UEFA Euro 2000. Further, he led Real Madrid to La Liga and Champions League glory as both player and coach. His great playmaking and dribbling skilled made him one of the best central-attacking midfielders in history. Therefore, Zidane’s 94-rated CAM Icon card is one of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players to have on the squad.
Lionel Messi (Ones To Watch)
The Argentine footballer is now a record seven-time Ballon d’Or winner. Football fans and experts regard him as the greatest player of the present time. He won record 35 trophies with the Catalan giants, FC Barcelona, where he spent most of his career. Messi’s gold player card is the highest-rated FIFA 22, ignoring the unique cards. Leo got a 93-rated RW card, but it got much better after FIFA launched the ‘Ones To Watch’ cards to celebrate the significant transfers this season. Messi’s move to PSG after spending his entire life in the Catalan club earned him a 95-rated Right Winger ‘Ones To Watch’ card.
After Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah is undoubtedly rocking the right-wing position. Fans and football pundits refer to him as one of the best Right Wingers in world football. Salah earned the title of great after contributing to the success of the English club, Liverpool, and the Egyptian National Team. Salah has an 89-rated RW gold card, the second-best right-winger card after Messi. But the Egyptian footballer’s phenomenal performance for Liverpool at the UEFA Champions League earned him a 92-rated Team of The Tournament card. This TOTT card boosted not only his rating but also his overall stats.
Neymar Jr. (Team of The Week)
The Brazilian footballer is currently one of the best left-wingers in the world. Besides playing for the Brazilian National Team, he is the left-winger for the French giants, Paris Saint Germain. The PSG left-winger is the highest-rated LW with a 91 rated Gold Card. However, he got a higher-rated card on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. FUT released the Team of The Week card, where Neymar got a 92-Rated card. This card resulted from his performance for PSG in Ligue 1 and Champions League. Neymar Jr is one of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players. Thus, everyone should try to get their hands on this card for building the best FUT squad.
Hristo Stoichkov (Icon)
The Bulgarian legend is one of the best left-wingers in football history. Because of his accuracy and ability to put the ball behind the net, Stoichkov earned the nickname ‘El Pistolero,’ which means ‘The Gunslinger.’ Stoichov made a name playing for the Bulgarian national side and played for the Catalan giants, Barcelona. Further, he was a significant part of Johan Cruyff’s Barca squad, known as the ‘Dream Team.’ The Bulgarian left-winger won four consecutive La Liga titles and even bagged a Ballon d’Or for himself in 1994. Thus, FIFA added this great legend to the Ultimate Team as a 90-rated LW. Undoubtedly, having such a legendary figure from the Cruyff’s Dream Team in your squad and building your ‘Dream Team.’
The Brazilian legend Pele is one of the highest-rated Icon cards and the highest-rated CF card in the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. Edson Arantes do Nascimento is one of the greatest footballers of all time. He helped the Brazilian national squad to world cup glory three times, making him the only player to win many World Cups. His great playmaking and dribbling skilled made him one of the best forwards in history. Therefore, Pele’s 95-rated center forward Icon card is one of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players to have on the squad.
Ronaldo Nazario (Icon)
This Ronaldo isn’t the Portuguese striker, but he’s also a great striker who made a name before Cristiano Ronaldo. This Brazilian striker is one of the best strikers in football history who achieved great success at international and club levels. R9 earned the nickname ‘O Fenômeno’ because of his phenomenal accuracy and shooting. Further, Ronaldo inspired many forwards of present times. He might have retired from football, but gamers can see him play in their Ultimate Team squad. As the Brazilian legend got a 90-rated Striker card featuring his iconic hairstyle. Undoubtedly, Ronaldo Nazario is one of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s best players in the squad.
Robert Lewandowski (Team of The Tournament)
The Polish forward, Robert Lewandowski, is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the world at the moment. The Polish striker further led the German giant Bayern Munich to great heights, including the UEFA Champions League glory. He is the most successful player in Bundesliga’s history. Additionally, he was the top contender for the cancelled 2020 Ballon d’Or and finished second in the Ballon d’Or 2021. Lewandowski is one of the highest-rated strikers in FIFA 22, with a 92 rating. After his phenomenal performance at UCL Group Stages for Bayern Munich, FIFA 22 gave him a 93-rated ST Team of the Tournament card in the Ultimate Team.
The young Frenchman has already made a name for himself. Fans and sports pundits compare the young striker to the likes of Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo. Mbappe is currently one of the most expensive players, and every major club wants to sign the young player. Now, the Frenchman plays for the French giants, Paris Saint Germain. He is also a crucial figure in the French National Team, as he has a significant contribution in France winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Further, he’s the cover star for FIFA 22, where he got a 91-rated gold striker card. But after his performance for PSG in Ligue 1 and UCL, Electronic Arts added a 92-rated ST Team of the Week card for the Frenchman in the Ultimate Team.