17 Sep 2021 4:28 PM +00:00

FIFA 22 Top 100: Five SHOCKING downgrades from this year's reveal

After a week of reveals, EA has confirmed we now have a Top 100 players for FIFA 22.

There are some big climbers, such as Erling Haaland and Harry Kane, but things have been shaken up by drops in rating too.

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Read on to see the most shocking downgrades of the top 100.


Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 92 → 91)

Cristiano Ronaldo was knocked off second-place not just due to an upgrade for Robert Lewandoski, but a downgrade for himself.


CR7 finished top scorer in Serie A, outdoing Romelu Lukaku who saw an increase of +3.

He did that despite playing for a flagging Piemonte Calcio side who finished fourth.

What EA saw to justify downgrading Ronaldo we don't know, with him still proving doubters wrong by scoring three goals in his first two games at Manchester United.

Mohamed Salah (OVR 90 → 89)

This could be the strangest one on the list.

Mohamed Salah managed 32 goals in all competitions last season, compared to 23 the year before.


A constant threat for Liverpool, even when the team wasn't in the best of form, Salah is one of the best players in the world.

He provided 7 fewer assists last season, so maybe this is punishment for him being so greedy.

Samir Handandovic (OVR 88 → 86)

FIFA 22 Samir Handandovic
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+ 3
FUMING - Serie A and Golden Glove winner means nothing to EA

What do you get for helping Inter Milan win their first Serie A in over 10 years - a downgrade of 2.


Samir Handandovic must be fuming, after winning the Golden Glove last season as well.

EA, please explain yourself...

Robert Firmino (OVR 87 → 85)

FIFA 22 Robert Firmino
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+ 3
HARD TO RATE? - What Firmino does for Liverpool doesn't show in stats

Another Liverpool player to take a hit is Robert Firmino.


He looks to have taken the downgrade from team performance as opposed to personal numbers.

Bobby has always been a tough one to judge, as he doesn't get nearly enough goals you would expect from a striker.

He plays the game more as a false-9, creating and keeping play moving forward, opposed to being a fox in the box.

His numbers of 9 goals and 7 assists in the Premier League last year are basically identical to the previous year, so it could be his blanks in the Champions League that saw this downfall.

Eden Hazard (OVR 88 → 85)

FIFA 22 Eden Hazard
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+ 3
IT'S BEEN COMING - Lack of game time has affected his rating

Not as shocking as the rest, but still, how the mighty have fallen.

Eden Hazard could be one of the best in the world, but injuries constantly hamper him.

It's a shame to see his decline at Real Madrid, with only 14 appearances last season and 16 the one before, this decrease has been coming.