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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Lionel Messi left out of major squad for the FIRST TIME EVER

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The Ultimate Team of the Season has landed in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, with a host of incredible stars seeing out the end of the TOTS program.

The revealing of the team has seen fans confused at one notable omission, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.

With Cristiano Ronaldo included in the squad, have EA Sports handed the GOAT title over to CR7?

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team of the Season

The Ultimate Team of the Season is exactly what it says on the tin, with all the best players of the promo released in one squad.

With a combined number of players from the biggest TOTS promos being included, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more exciting squad in FIFA 22.

Messi Misses Out

For the first time in FIFA history, Lionel Messi has missed out on inclusion in the biggest squad in FUT.

With a number of top-rated attackers - including former Ballon d'Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo - being included in the team, we're shocked that Messi hasn't been selected.

With Messi gaining a 97 OVR card for his performances for PSG this season, it's fair to see why so many fans are shocked by the Argentine star's omission.

Ultimately, Messi hasn't yet had the impact many thought he would in Paris, hence why EA may have made this decision.

Either way, could this omission of one of football's GOATs indicate that a change in rating power is coming in FIFA 23?

FIFA 23's New Era

So, who will take Messi's crown at the top of the FIFA 23 ratings? There are certainly a few worthy contenders.

Kylian Mbappe is a player that will almost certainly be in contention, with the FIFA 22 cover star set for a bumper contract, or even a dream move to Real Madrid this summer.

With the youngster becoming a prominent ambassador for EA Sports, we wouldn't be shocked if the future Ballon d'Or winner step into the shoes of his current PSG colleague.

Robert Lewandowski would surely enjoy a wry smile if he finally eclipsed Lionel Messi in the FIFA 23 ratings, with the Argentine notoriously robbing him of the 2021 Ballon d'Or.

The Polish poacher is easily the finest striker in world football right now and we think he's got as good a chance as any to find himself on top of the rating tree.

Mo Salah is our final contender, with the Egyptian dynamo breaking records and lifting trophies on a seemingly weekly basis.

A natural successor to Messi's throne, Salah may just become the messiah of FIFA 23.

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