03 Aug 2021 9:19 AM +00:00

Lionel Messi under threat for the highest rated player in FIFA 22

The excitement for the release of FIFA 22 is building with more news and leaks seemingly surfacing each day.

In terms of ratings, Messi led the FIFA 21 ratings with a 93 OVR, but it looks like he could be under threat this year from Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski!

Check out who we think will be the highest-rated players in FIFA 22 along with the official trailer and gameplay reveal.

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Latest News - What can we expect from Create a club?

One of several brand-new features coming to FIFA 22 Career Mode is create a club, but what can we expect to see upon release?

We know very little about the new feature, other than what we saw EA reveal in a very brief statement on their website.

Depsite this, we can;t wait to see the new mode in action and we have listed five things we want to see brought to the game.

Check out the five things we want to see in FIFA 22 Career Mode create a club.


Release Date

The release date for EA's upcoming title has finally been revealed!

After months of speculation, EA has officially announced that FIFA 22 will be released on Friday, 1 October 2021.

We will likely see the ratings revealed closer to the release date, so expect to see them rolled out in September.

WATCH - Trailer and Gameplay

The official FIFA 22 trailer has finally been revealed!

The reveal trailer has got fans hyped for the upcoming release, featuring cover star Kylian Mbappe, along with top talents Trent Alexander-Arnold and Christian Pulisic.

The developers also took us through Hypermotion Technology and what it is bringing to Next Gen consoles this year ahead of EA Play Live too.


The event took place on Tuesday, 20 July at 1pm ET / 6pm BST with full gameplay pitch notes now available too.

Blue is the colour

How will the Chelsea players' ratings look fresh off the back of winning the Champions League?

It was a rollercoaster of a season for the Blues, ending with them crowned as Europe's top team.

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BOYS IN BLUE - Chelsea should be awesome in FIFA 22

We expect N'Golo Kante to receive an upgrade, but who else will be their big movers?

Take a look at our FIFA 22 Chelsea ratings prediction.

Early Predictions

Take a look at who we think will be the top-rated players on FIFA 22.

Lionel Messi (OVR 93)

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KEEPING THE CROWN - We think Messi will retain his place at the top

Surely Messi won’t receive another downgrade on FIFA 22.

Having dropped from 94 to 93 this season, we think Messi will remain the top player on the game as he is producing more than one goal involvement per game.

Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 92)

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EVERGREEN - Ronaldo is showing no signs of slowing down

Cristiano Ronaldo has been in fine goal-scoring form in Serie A this season, so we can’t see his ratings going down.

A 92 OVR seems fair for a Ronaldo who is not quite at the peak of his powers, but still better than almost everybody else.

Robert Lewandowski (OVR 92)

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CLASS ABOVE - Lewandowski should be separated from the chasing pack

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski deserves recognition for his outrageous goal record by being ranked alongside Messi and Ronaldo.

Lewandowski is arguably the best player in the world right now and that should be recognised on FIFA 22.

Ultimate Team

Lionel Messi was the highest-rated player at the beginning of Ultimate Team with his basic card 93 OVR, closely followed by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Pele’s Icon moments card currently has the highest rating of all the cards as the only player with a 99 OVR, although with Team of the Season (TOTS) to come that could change.

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TOP OF THE RANGE - Pele is the best player available on FUT 21

Of the current generation of players, Messi and Ronaldo are joined by Robert Lewandowski with a 98-rated Team of the Year (TOTY) card.

We expect more of the same next year, but we may see some changes among the top players on the game.

Career Mode

The ratings change more frequently on Career Mode with regular updates, but they will generally start with the same as Ultimate Team.

We are more interested in the player potential though, and we think goal machines Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland will boast the best on FIFA 22 Career Mode.

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FUTURE STAR - Pedri looks set to be one of the world's top talents

Mbappe boasts a 95 potential on FIFA 21 Career Mode, with Haaland’s slightly lower on 93. This gap will be bridged on FIFA 22 if the Norwegian continues his goal-scoring exploits.

As far as FIFA 22 wonderkids go, you can’t look much further than Barcelona teenagers Pedri and Ansu Fati for the stars of the future.

Changing times

Ahead of the new game, we have taken a look at which players will see a change to their ratings.


We have put together a list of ten stars who need an upgrade after enjoying a fantastic season with their clubs.

It is not all good news though.

We have also compiled a list of ten players who will be downgraded, and it is bad news for Liverpool fans.

Europe's best

As we look ahead to FIFA 22, we are starting to predict who will be the top-rated players in each of the five major leagues.

There are some familiar names at the top of these lists, and there will certainly be some changes made to ratings too!

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