Rio Ferdinand Opts For Cristiano Ronaldo Over Lionel Messi In Stunning TOTY Selection

The FIFA 22 Team of the Year promotion is simply around the corner, with vote casting now open for those having a look to peer their favorite footballing stars feature.

One guy who has had his say is former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand.

Speaking on the FIVE podcast, the 43-year-old named his Team of the Year for 2021, and it options some surprise inclusions and one HUGE omission.


Premier League Defence

Being some of the largest defenders to have ever graced the Premier League, it seems honest to mention that Rio Ferdinand is well-positioned to choose a Team of the Year backline.

Rio opted for Edouard Mendy between the sticks, referencing his large key moments as a deciding issue in a hyper-competitive house of the pitch:

‘‘When I lined a lot of their games (Chelsea), in giant key moments, he made giant saves. I feel that’s where you pass judgement on the goalkeeper position, all the nominees are nice keepers, and so they may just all have their say to be in the group”

Mendy is joined at the back by means of Chelsea team-mate Antonio Rudiger, with the Manchester City trio of Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo completing a full Premier League defence in Rio's FIFA 22 TOTY.

Mixed Midfield


There is room for three midfielders in Rio's Team of the Year, with three men from three different leagues selected.

N'Golo Kante plays the protecting midfield function in the facet, a participant that Rio references as "one of the first names on the team sheet for any manager".

Joining Kante in the middle of the park is PSG's Marco Verratti, after the Italian lead PSG to the Champions League semi-finals earlier than serving to Italy to success eventually summer time's European Championships.

There is a wonder inclusion in the type of Bayern Munich veteran Thomas Muller, who Rio claims to be the number one selection in his midfield:

“Thomas Muller, Number one. Thomas Muller is in there. Because other people may not watch on a regular basis let me just read out a couple of stats: No player in the big 5 European leagues has provided as many assists in a single calendar 12 months in 2021, which is 24.”

CR7 > Lionel Messi

Despite being named the Ballon d'Or winner for a record-breaking 7th time, there is not any room for Lionel Messi in Rio Ferdinand's FIFA 22 TOTY.


The former Manchester United man has as an alternative opted for former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, alongside Liverpool's Mohammed Salah and Rio's Player of the Year, Robert Lewandowski:

"My guy and the player who should have won all the individual awards this year as the best player in 2021, was robbed in 2020. Is Mr Robert Lewandowski.

"There’s no longer enough I can say about this guy, he’s scored essentially the most league goals of any participant in Europe’s top 5 leagues. That’s sufficient, that’s all I want to say. There’s so many extra stats I may throw in the market. If all three folks haven’t got him in our teams it discredits any part of your teams!”

Watch the whole video with Rio Ferdinand here to see the debate in full, as Rio, Joel and Ste pick out their ultimate picks for the EA SPORTS FIFA 22 TOTY. EA SPORTS FIFA 22 is available worldwide now.

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