It's official, FIFA 22 is released this week!
Those who ordered the Ultimate Edition of the game will be able to access the title from this Sunday (September 27th).
And if there wasn't already enough to be excited about, EA have taken it one step further for fans of the Ultimate Team mode by announcing a brand new ICON in the form of Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney.
Premier League Legend
There is no doubting that Wayne Rooney is a Premier League legend.
The English forward broke onto the scene with his boyhood club Everton as a fair faced teenager before going on to join Manchester United, winning just about everything there was to win in the domestic game.
Rooney's career ended with a move back to Everton before a trip to the States to join DC United. The 35-year-old is currently the head coach of Championship outfit Derby County, having spent a season there as a player before hanging up his boots.
EA have worked hard analysing the Englishman's playing days to concox three ICON cards which focus on the three main stages of his career.
Base Rooney (86 OVR)
The base version of Rooney comes in at a fair 86 OVR.
This card focuses on the latter stages of Rooney's career whereby his pace may have fallen slightly but his ability to drop deeper and link up the play went up a notch.
The base stat ratings for this 86-rated card are as follows:
- 83 Pace
- 86 Dribbling
- 87 Shooting
- 59 Defending
- 87 Passing
- 85 Physicality
This card will begin as a CAM, although you will be able to move him further forward, or further back, by using the position change cards found in game.
Mid Rooney (88 OVR)
The mid ICON version of Wayne Rooney is rated 88 OVR.
This card focuses on the earlier stages of Wayne's career, his breakthrough season at Everton and his early years at Manchester United, with his pace dominating his game.
- 90 Pace
- 87 Dribbling
- 90 Shooting
- 50 Defending
- 81 Passing
- 86 Physicality
This card will begin FIFA 22 as a CF.
Prime Rooney (91 OVR)
The top-rated version of Wayne Rooney (so far) comes in at an eye catching 91 OVR.
This card will focus on the golden years of Rooney's career - 2007-2010 - as Rooney's goals helped United to back-to-back-to-back Premier League titles and a UCL success.
- 89 Pace
- 88 Dribbling
- 91 Shooting
- 55 Defending
- 83 Passing
- 89 Physicality
This card will begin FIFA 22 as a ST.