Which Football Stars Made It into the FIFA 23 Team of the Year – FIFA 23 is one of the most popular video games on the market today, and the recent 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar only added to the game’s interest. The game’s producers, EA Sports, were commended for how they implemented the real-life tournament into their market-leading football simulation game, especially in the Ultimate Team game mode. And the stars of the showdown in Qatar feature prominently in the recently released Team of the Year.
Not to be confused with the Team of the Season – which is announced at the end of the European football season in the summer – EA Sports announced their Team of the Year on January 19th, and plenty of football’s biggest stars have seen their Ultimate Team cards supercharged to scary levels
For those unaware, FIFA Ultimate Team allows players to create their dream fantasy team. Gamers are able to purchase “packs” with either in-game coins or real money in the hopes of securing better players which they can then integrate into their squad and use to battle other gamers worldwide. The system works similarly to the strategy games on SlotsLV, with players able to win better prizes for their team.
This year, the Team of the Year contains some incredible players. So without further ado, let’s take a look at who made it into the 2022 Team of the Year.
Goalkeeper – Thibaut Courtois
Real Madrid shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois earned his spot in the Team of the Year back in June when his man-of-the-match display helped Los Blancos to a fifth UEFA Champions League crown in eight years. The side from the Spanish capital defeated Liverpool 1-0 in Paris to lift the famous Big Eared trophy for a record-breaking 14th time.
Left Back – Theo Hernandez
Frenchman Theo Hernandez was crucial to AC Milan’s first Serie A crown in over a decade. He also played. He also featured in all but one game as Les Bleus reached a second consecutive FIFA World Cup final.
Centre Back – Éder Militão
Another man who was crucial to Real Madrid’s success last season was Éder Militão. The Brazilian defender missed just four games for Los Blancos last season as they lifted the Champions League and La Liga. The former FC Porto man was also integral to Brazil’s run to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, playing in all but one of the Seleção’s games.
Centre Back – Virgil Van Dijk
Last season had a cruel ending for Virgil Van Dijk and his Liverpool teammates. At one point, the Reds looked on course for a historic first quadruple in the history of English football. They had wrapped up both domestic cups – beating Chelsea on penalties in both the League Cup and FA Cup finals – and were locked in a neck-and-neck Premier League title race with Manchester City.
In the end, it was the Blues who lifted the crown for the fourth time in five years. And to compound Liverpool’s misery, they would lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris.
Right Back – Achraf Hakimi
Following Morocco’s historic run to the semifinals of the World Cup, was there anyone other than Achraf Hakimi to fill the spot at right back? The Paris Saint-Germain man was crucial to the success of the Atlas Lions in the Arabian Gulf this winter, as his nation became the first African side in history to reach the final four of football’s greatest tournament.
Centre Midfield – Jude Bellingham
Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham is featuring in the Team of the Year for the first time in his young career. It’s scarcely believable that the young Englishman is still just 19 years old. He was the Three Lions’ shining star in Qatar, and the former Birmingham City youngster looks set for a very bright career indeed.
Centre Midfield – Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne has been Manchester City’s main man for some time now. He led the Blues to the Premier League last season and this term, the partnership he has struck up with Erling Haaland is making defenders tremble the world over. He will be aiming to add a UEFA Champions League crown to his collection this season, the one trophy he is missing.
Centre Midfield – Luka Modric
Luka Modric and his Croatia teammates were up to their old tricks once again in Qatar. They defeated tournament favourites Brazil en route to the semifinals and he didn’t have a bad year domestically either. He too picked up another Champions League and La Liga winners medal with Real Madrid.
Left Wing – Kylian Mbappé
Was there really another choice on the left wing? Kylian Mbappé was in scintillating form at the FIFA World Cup, top scoring in the tournament and scoring two goals in 97 seconds in the final against Argentina to drag his team back from the brink. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to lead his team to victory, however, eventually losing on penalties to the South Americans.
Striker – Karim Benzema
Many may have expected to see Erling Haaland selected as a striker, but it is impossible to look past Karim Benzema. The Frenchman dragged Real Madrid kicking and screaming to UEFA Champions League glory, top scoring in the tournament with 15 goals in just 12 appearances. He was awarded the Balon d’Or for his troubles as well, not bad.
Right Wing – Lionel Messi
Again, could it really be the Team of the Year with Lionel Messi’s inclusion? The Paris Saint Germain icon almost single-handedly led Argentina to a first World Cup success since the days of Diego Maradona and secured his legacy as the greatest footballer of all time in the process. Messi was named the player of the tournament, and with two goals in the final victory over France, it’s clear to see why.