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These are the best players in FIFA 22

Another week of FUT Champions has passed and everyone is getting closer and closer to their perfect team. Are you still looking to fill some spots on your FUT squad? We’ve got you covered! Today we’re going over the best players that are available in FIFA 22. Let’s dive right in and check out the highest rated players for each position, along with the best FUT ICONs and Squad Building Challenge rewards, so you can fully optimize your team!

Published on: 13-10-2021

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The best players for each position

Looking to add new strikers to your team, or perhaps planning on switching your goalkeeper? You’ll want to know what’s up for grabs in FIFA 22. Let’s get right into the details with the best Player Cards for each position on the field.

Goalkeepers

Jan Oblak takes the number one spot here, with an overall rating (OVR) of 91! With a stunning 90 Goalkeeper Reflexes and Goalkeeper Positioning, he’ll surely save your game more than once. Other players to look for as a goalkeeper are Manuel Neuer and his compatriot Marc-André ter Stegen, who are both rated 90 overall. Let’s not forget Italy’s hero of the UEFA European Championship of 2020: Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Italian goalie is fitted with an 89 overall rating, so he’s no slouch either. The list of top goalkeepers is closed off by Alisson, Thibaut Courtois, and Ederson, who are also equipped with an 89 OVR.

Defenders

Ready to reinforce your defence? Virgil van Dijk is your man! With an OVR of 89, he’s the best defender in FIFA 22. Other noteworthy centre backs are Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, and Rúben Dias, rated 88, 87, and 87 respectively. Andrew Robertson is the best left back, along with his Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold who is the best available right back. The best wing backs hail from Spain and Italy: Angeliño and Leonardo Spinazzola, with an 83 OVR.

Midfielders

Centre midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is the highest rated midfielder in FIFA 22, with a whopping OVR of 91! He’s closely followed by his Premier League colleague N’Golo Kanté (rated 90) and the German superstar Joshua Kimmich (rated 89), both defensive midfielders. The best attacking midfielders of FIFA 22 are Bruno Fernandes and Thomas Müller, who will fit right into your squad with OVRs of 88 and 87 respectively. Finally, the right and left sides of your midfield are best covered by Jadon Sancho and Heung Min Son, with impressive ratings of 87 and 89!

Forwards

Last but not least, we’ve got forwards. Here, Robert Lewandowski claims the title of best pure striker in FIFA 22, with a stunning 92 OVR. Fellow superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé are very close behind, equipped with 91 OVRs. On the left wing, we have Neymar Jr. and Sadio Mané, with 91 and 89 ratings. Mohamed Salah is one of your best bets for a right-winger, closely behind the absolute best player in FIFA 22: Lionel Messi, who’s rated 93! Lastly, the optimal centre forward is 89-rated Karim Benzema from Real Madrid.
Can’t get enough of these top-tier players? Our partner Fuji highlights even more overpowered Player Cards in the video below. Check it out to get an edge on the competition in FUT 22!

The best FUT ICONs

In FUT 22, ICONs are making a return! ICONs represent the greatest players in football history and are equipped with even better ratings than the regular Player Cards. Each ICON receives three different player cards based on three different stages in their career. In FIFA 22, you can get your hands on four new ICONs: Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Iker Casillas, and Cafu. 

The best ICONs, however, date back a little further than these four new additions. Brazilian legend Pelé is the highest rated ICON in FIFA 22, with a nearly perfect rating of 98. He’s closely followed by fellow Brazilian superstar Ronaldo (96 OVR) and Diego “El Diez” Maradona (97 OVR). European football history is represented in FIFA 22 by Zinedine Zidane, Ferenc Puskás, Johan Cruyff, and Paolo Maldini. The French icon Zidane tops this list with a 96 OVR, followed by Puskás, Cruyff, and Maldini with a 94 OVR. The best goalkeeper with an ICON status is Lev Yashin. The Russian goalie lives up to his nickname “The Black Spider” with a 94 overall rating. The best ICON of the class of 22 is Brazilian defender Cafu, “Il Pendolino” is rated 94 overall.

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Obtain the best players by completing Squad Building Challenges

As we’ve already discussed in our previous blogs, Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) are the perfect way to obtain new players during the first weeks of FIFA 22. By completing simple trade-in tasks, you’ll receive Player Packs or Player Cards to enhance your squad with new players. For example, you may have noticed an increasing number of players using Anderson Talisca on their team. The Brazilian centre forward received an 82-rated Ones To Watch card that was obtainable through SBCs. One of the best SBCs you can complete right now is Karim Benzema’s LaLiga Santander Player of the Month SBC. Exchanging a squad featuring players from LaLiga and a squad featuring players from France will net you Benzema’s 91 rated Player Card, so this one’s definitely worth pursuing. Make sure you complete this SBC before October 22nd. Looking for a midfielder upgrade? Then Guus Til’s Eredivisie Player of the Month SBC is your best bet right now. Exchange a squad with a minimal Squad Rating of 83, a minimal Team Chemistry of 80 and a minimum of 1 player from the Netherlands, and this Player Card is yours! This SBC is live until October 21st.

Other notable SBCs include Kalidou Koulibaly’s Serie A Player of the Month SBC and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Premier League Player of the Month SBC. However, to unlock these cards you’ll have to complete some very pricey challenges, and in Ronaldo’s case a whopping total of 26 different challenges. So you may want to think twice before investing in these SBCs.

Of course there’s also tons of SBCs that will reward you with Player Packs, so you can always test your luck with these challenges. You might get incredibly lucky and pack some crazy Player Cards like our partner Fuji. Have a look at his SBC Pack opening video:

Now that you’re up-to-date on all the best players in FIFA 22, it’s time to get back online! Keep an eye out for the best Player Cards, ICONs and SBC rewards and keep on upgrading your ultimate FIFA squad!


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