We'd seen the leaks and now it has been confirmed, with the 12th Player now revealed.
Latest - EA makes it official
We already knew the news was coming, and now EA has made the announcement official.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the Team of the Year 12th Player!
He gets an absolute beast of a card that will terrorize many defences.
12th Man stats confirmed
FUT Sheriff has now leaked the confirmed sats for Cristiano Ronaldo's 12th Man TOTY card, and it looks insane.
CR7's TOTY card boasts 98 shooting, 95 dribbling, 93 pace, 92 physicality and 88 passing.
Combining these base stats with five-star skill moves and Ronaldo's in-game body type will make him one of, if not the best striker in Ultimate Team.
The early signs look like Cristiano Ronaldo will be named as the 12th Man in Team of the Year, creating a mega new card for the Portuguese superstar.
That is according to one of FIFA 22's most reliable leakers, so we are inclined to believe that a new CR7 card is going to hit packs this week.
Ronaldo was always the favourite once it came down to a community vote as he is one of the world's most popular athletes, and it is fair to say that Benzema never really stood a chance.
Salah can certainly feel aggrieved at missing out on the event altogether, but we are sure he will be back in the mix next year!
What is the 12th Player?
With limited space available in the Ultimate XI, EA introduced the 12th Player to Team of the Year to reward someone who is just as deserving to gain an incredible card, if there was just that little extra room.
Last year, Lionel Messi picked up the spot, with EA saying:
He was close to making the ultimate XI, but your votes made sure Lionel Messi is recognised for his incredible year as the TOTY 12th Player!
As expected, the Team of the Year came to the game in mid-January.
- Friday, 7 January - Forward Nominees revealed
- Saturday, 8 January - Midfield Nominees revealed
- Sunday, 9 January - Defender & Goalkeeper Nominees revealed
- Monday, 10 January - Voting begins
- Tuesday, 18 January - Voting closes
- Thursday, 20 January - TOTY revealed
- Friday, 21 January - Attackers released in packs
- Sunday, 23 January - Mifielders replace Attackers in packs
- Monday, 24 January - 12th Player vote opens
- Tuesday, 25 January - Defenders and Goalkeeper replace Midfielders in packs
- Thursday, 27 January - Ultimate XI in packs
- Friday, 28 January - Honourable Mentions and 12th Player in packs
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