In FIFA 21, we broke the one hundred mark for the number of legendary ex-footballers immortalised as Icon cards in Ultimate Team. While the FIFA 22 release date is some way off, we’ve already seen plenty of information that suggests the Icon roster is set to get even bigger for the new game.
While we’ve had several years now to get to know Icons such as Ruud Gullit, Ronaldo, Pele, or Diego Maradona, expect yet another influx for FIFA 22. From players who set the turf alight many decades ago, to some more recently retired legends, FIFA 22 is bound to offer the biggest Icon lineup ever.
But who will be added, what will their ratings be, and what else have teasers and leaks told us about new Icons in FIFA 22? We’ve pooled everything together into one handy place so you can see for yourselves.
FIFA 22 new Icons
So far, several potential new FIFA 22 icons have been leaked. The likes of former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney have had their names and potential ratings accidentally added to the FIFA 21 player database recently.
These leaks, as well as some earlier ones, have been picked up by various community accounts, and we’ve cross-referenced them all to create a FIFA 22 new Icons list. Please remember that, at the time of writing, none of these Icons or their ratings have been confirmed by EA.
|New Icon||Nationality||Rumoured Ratings|
|Wayne Rooney||England||86, 88, N/A|
|Robin van Persie||Netherlands||N/A, N/A, N/A|
|Cafu||Brazil||88, 90, 92|
|Iker Casillas||Spain||87, 89, N/A|
|Alfredo Di Stéfano||Spain/ Argentina||88, 90, 92|
|Adriano||Brazil||N/A, N/A, N/A|
So far, prominent leakers have suggested that we may get six new Icons in FIFA 22. The only one of these to not have their name featured in the recent FIFA 21 database update was Brazil legend Adriano, and his potential inclusion in FIFA 22 is disputed among sources.
EA just updated the code to add some new icons
Cafu, Iker Casillas, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, and Alfredo di Stéfano have been added. Each one has three versions in the code.
— FUT Watch (@FutWatch) July 6, 2021
As you can see, we’re not totally sure which nationality Alfredo Di Stéfano will be representing in FIFA 22, as the striker played for three different international teams between 1947 and 1962: Argentina, Colombia, and Spain.
His most prominent spells were with Argentina and Spain, and he made the most appearances for the latter. Spain is looking the most likely nationality, but there’s always a chance we could see our first multinational Icon who represents different countries in different versions.
Where and when? FIFA 22 release date, rumours, and more
While these are the only traditional FUT Icons to be rumoured so far, there are several other historic players that could be coming to FIFA 22 as Hero cards.
FIFA 22 Club Hero Icons
The leaked Hero FUT cards appear to be a slightly inferior (and hopefully more affordable) way to get iconic former players in your FIFA team. It sounds like they aren’t going to be part of the Icon lineup in FIFA 22, but will fulfil a similar role in Ultimate Team.
We have a full FIFA 22 Heroes guide with all the information and a full list of players. Some of the leaked names so far include Robbie Keane, Freddie Ljungberg, Joe Cole, and David Ginola.
That’s all we know about new Icons in FIFA 22 at the moment, and remember to take all of this with a grain of salt as EA is yet to confirm any of its Icon lineup for the new game yet.