Barcelona's little magician is possibly the greatest player of all time, but what can we expect from Lionel Messi in FIFA 22?
Messi had yet another La Liga Golden Boot winning season, scoring 30 goals and picking up 11 assists in the process.
As of today, Messi is a free agent - so what could that mean for the legend in FIFA 22 Carrer Mode?
We're taking an in-depth look at the Argentine and what FIFA 22 will hold for the GOAT.
Lionel Messi FIFA 22 Rating
Having dropped from 94 OVR to 93 OVR in FIFA 21, we think Messi will remain the top player on the game as he produced more than one goal involvement per game during the course of the year.
As many football fans would agree, Messi is by far and away the best player on the planet and will likely be rewarded with the honour of remaining as the highest-rated card in the game.
The Argentine is also set for a position change in FIFA 22.
A position change could see Messi's value drastically change in Ultimate Team.
Lionel Messi's FIFA 21 cards
Messi claimed six different cards on FIFA 21, and you could expect to see some similar items on FIFA 22.
Messi's base card in FIFA 21 was only let down by the fact he was a Right-Wing and not a Centre Forward.
The Argentine possesses 95 dribbling, 92 shooting and 91 passing, along with 85 pace which can be bumped up by using a Hunter chemistry style.
This in-form is amazingly the only Messi TOTW item from FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.
With a position change to a Centre-Forward and all-round boosts to his stats, this Messi card was a favourite of professional players at the time of its release.
Messi's second performance-based special card came as a UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage card.
With 97 dribbling, 95 shooting, 94 passing and 88 pace, this card was the one that everybody wanted to pack at the time!
Leo Messi was named the LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for February, with the Argentine star shining out on the field play in familiar fashion.
The frontman scored 7 goals in the five games in February and was rewarded with an incredible SBC card in FUT.
Moving on to Messi's Team of the Year item, which he has earned every single year since the promo came into being on FIFA 12.
This Lionel Messi card still sells for a whopping 1.8 million coins on PlayStation and 1.9 million coins on Xbox - which tells you how good it really is!
And finally, Messi claimed a 98 OVR Team of the Season Striker card, for his brilliant 2020/21 campaign with Barcelona.
Applying a Catalyst Chemistry style gives TOTS Messi near-perfect pace along with perfect passing statistics.
There's one go-to chemistry style that can be applied to most of Messi's cards...
Hunter - this is the number one choice for most players, offering a +9 in pace along with +3 shooting to give Messi perfect finishing.
Catalyst - this chemistry style will be for those wanting to play Messi in a playmaker role, boosting his passing by 6, along with a pace boost of 9.
Hawk - a Hawk will offer a more well-rounded attacker, with a +5 boost to Messi's physical stats, along with +5 pace and +5 passing.
Shadow - if you want to play Messi in a deeper midfield role then a Shadow chemistry style is your best option, providing a +8 boost to defending along with a +9 pace boost.
When it comes to La Liga players, Messi is in a league of his own - but if you can't afford the hefty price tag, here's who you should consider.
Eden Hazard's unstoppable dribbles for Chelsea somewhat resemble Lionel Messi, despite not reaching the same level with Real Madrid.
Although Hazard is not at the level of Messi in FIFA 21, the winger's stronger stats are his dribbling (92), passing (83) and shooting (82) - similar to Messi.
The Belgian is a bargain in FUT at just 35,000 coins on PlayStation and 33,500 on Xbox.
Salah is another winger who resembles Lionel Messi's FIFA 21 stats, despite not having similar playing styles in real-life football.
The Egyptian's excellent dribbling (90), shooting (86) and passing (81) stats are similar to that of the Argentine.
Mo Salah will set you back a fair chunk in FUT, coming in at 60,000 coins on PlayStation and 57,500 on Xbox.
Lionel Messi in Career Mode
Messi could be available as a Free Agent in FIFA 21 Career Mode!
As of today, Messi's contract has expired with Barcelona, who have not yet made an announcement on whether the legend will extend his stay with the club.
Of course, Messi's wages will be incredibly high and his OVR will decrease pretty quickly due to his age, but picking up the highest-rated player in the game for free is an absolute steal!