FIFA 22 Team Of The Year: Rio Ferdinand Chooses Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi in Stunning TOTY Selection
Voting is now open for the FIFA 22 Team Of The Year Promotion.
Rio Ferdinand, a former defender for England and Manchester United, is one of the men who has spoken out.
The FIVE podcast featured the 43-year old naming his Team of Year for 2021. It includes some surprising inclusions and one huge omission.
Premier League Defence
Rio Ferdinand is a great defender and it would be fair to say that he can pick a Team of Year backline.
Rio chose Edouard Mendy as the middle stick, citing his key moments in the pitch as a decisive factor.
strong data v-29c1645c =””>” When I covered a lot (Chelsea), he made huge saves in key moments. That’s how you judge the goalkeeper position. All the nominees are great keepers and they all could have their say to be part of the team.
Mendy is joined by Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea team-mate, and the Manchester City trio, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, complete a Premier League defense in Rio’s FIFA 22 TOTY.
Rio’s Team Of The Year has room for three midfielders, with three players from different leagues being selected.
N’Golo Kane plays the holding midfield position in the side. Rio refers to him as ” one the first names on any team sheet for any manager“.
Kante is joined by Marco Verratti from PSG in the middle of this park. Marco Verratti was an Italian who led PSG to the Champions League semi finals and helped Italy win the European Championships last summer.
Thomas Muller, a Bayern Munich veteran who Rio claims is the number one choice in his midfield, is an unexpected inclusion.
strong data v-29c1645c =””>Thomas Muller is Number one. Thomas Muller is there. Let me give you a few stats. In 2021, no player from the major 5 European leagues provided as many assists in one calendar year. That’s 24.
CR7 > Lionel Messi
Despite being the Ballon d’Or Winner for a record seventh time, there is not enough room for Lionel Messi’s FIFA 22 TOTY in Rio Ferdinand.
Instead, the former Manchester United player has chosen to support his former teammate Cristiano Rojo, along with Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah, and Rio’s Player-of-the Year Robert Lewandowski.
strong data v-29c1645c =””>” My guy, the player who should’ve won all the individual awards in this year’s 2021 as the best player, was robbed in 2020. Is Robert Lewandowski the culprit?
strong data v-29c1645c =””>”I don’t know what else to say except that he has the most league goals of any European player in Europe’s top five leagues. This is all I have to say. There are so many stats that I could add. It discredits all of your teams if we don’t have him in our teams!
You can watch the entire video with Rio Ferdinand by clicking here. Watch as Joel, Ste and Rio pick their final selections to the EA Sports FIFA 22 TOTY. EA SPORTS FIFA 22, is now available worldwide.