FIFA 22 Leaks: player ratings edition
Messi, Ronaldo and Alphonso Davies are just a few of the leaked Ultimate Team cards we can show you ahead of the release date.
Big names, big numbers
There are only two names to start with – Ronaldo and Leo Messi. The former returned to Man Utd and the Premier League with two goals at the weekend, while the Argentinian returned to Paris Saint Germain having broken Pele’s goalscoring record during the international break.
Messi’s 93 rating is impressive, but it’s his rumoured position that has caught our eye. If the Copa America winner is to be a CF in FUT this year, it frees up that RW slot for a Di Maria, Diatta, Atal or Hakimi in your star-studded Ligue 1 squad. Cristiano can probably be a little disappointed with his 91, but we all know the card will be broken and he is going to bang in goals.
Your eyebrows might have raised when you saw Robert Lewandowski’s 93 rating, putting him above the Manchester United star. The sad truth with Lewy, however, is that he’s never going to have that top tier pace, and unless things really change in FUT 22, he’s never going to be as fun to use as he should be. We can say the same for Haaland: IRL the kid’s a monster, but how do you translate that insane lanky sprint power to a video game?
Pace, pace and more pace
How can you not love Alphonso Davies? From his inspirational story to his Kanté-esque friendly energy, this kid is a superstar in every sense of the word. We could watch him send Nelson Semedo to Wolves over and over again. And this week, he gave us a look at his upcoming card.
An overall increase of 1 feels harsh (we’re talking to you EA Sports), but you can only make a player so fast on FIFA. Slap a Guardian on his 96 pace and 82 dribbling to create a formidable ball carrier to move play up the field. We agree with him that his shooting and physical stats should be better, but they need to leave some space for boosts for his inevitable TOTY card.
We hate to break it to you Alphonso, but you aren’t the only speedster in the LB slot this season…
Theo’s speed and physical stats make him look pretty formidable – giving him a +4 increase from FIFA 21. Serie A might not be everyone’s favourite league, but if you want to build an all-French roster he’s a good place to look for an LB. With Milan back in the Champions League this year, imagine an RTTF dynamic card!
Introducing your La Liga starter CM
French wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga has already bagged his first Real Madrid goal and he looks tailor made to excel in the early game. Give him a shadow and watch him dominate the centre of the park! We hope to see him included in the OTW promo, as we expect him to pick up plenty of in-forms as the season progresses.
The fact that young Eduardo is French means you can soft link him to Premier League (Konaté, Kanté, Varane), Ligue 1 (take your pick!) and Bundesliga stars (Zagadou, Hernandes, La Croix). Once again, our advice is to enjoy him before Christmas comes!
The Korean king
Heung-min Son might be one of the most popular players in the Premier League among opposition fans. It probably helps that he plays for Tottenham and they never win anything, but we all love watching this man skin people down the left and bend it in the far corner. And he’s just as popular on FIFA!
He’s two footed, he has high/high workrates and decent pace. Stick him up front and you could have a new top scorer. Sadly, that means he comes at a hefty price early in the game, but he’s almost always worth the investment (as long as you sell before he crashes). A +2 rating from last season is well-deserved in our book.
Full ratings on the way
See all of the ratings later today, and start planning that starter squad!
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