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FIFA 22 Headliners guide to boosted Salah, Vinicius Jr and Cancelo cards

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FIFA 22 Headliners continue this season's trend of performance-based dynamic cards, which has also included the FIFA 22 RTTK and FIFA 22 OTW campaigns. Indeed, it's those FIFA 22 Ones To Watch items which are most similar: Headliners cards receive boosts each time they appear in a TOTW squad, and are also eligible for bonus upgrades, as outlined below. GR's detailed guide also brings you the complete FIFA 22 Headliners cards list.

What are FIFA 22 Headliners items?

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FIFA 22 Headliners are a set of dynamic cards which give each player an initial boost from their standard item, and are again upgraded if that player appears in a TOTW (Team Of The Week) squad. However, that’s not the only way they can earn boosts. Man Of The Match awards also earn the player an upgrade, and their card can be further improved based upon team performance: if at any point of the season his club wins four league matches in a row, that player will score yet another OVR increase.

Note that the following rule can only apply once. So if Liverpool go on an eight-match winning spree, Mo Salah (RW, 93) and Virgil van Dijk (CB, 91) get upgraded after the first four victories, but not after the next four. 

Who was in FIFA 22 Headliners Team 1?

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FIFA 22 Headliners Team 1 landed on Friday, December 31. Along with van Dijk the pick of the bunch was Paris St Germain megastar Kylian Mbappe (ST, 93), who immediately installed himself as the campaign’s most expensive card – more on that shortly. The only other Premier League player to join VVD was Chelsea’s Reece James (RWB, 87), while additional standout items included Kalidou Koulibaly (CB, Napoli, 89), Christopher Nkunku (CAM, RB Leipzig, 89), and Yannick Carrasco (LM, Atletico Madrid, 88).

What about FIFA 22 Headliners Team 2?

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The 93-rated Mo Salah mentioned earlier appeared to be the instant fan-favourite among FIFA 22 Headliners Team 2, which dropped on Friday, January 7 and was in packs until 6pm on Friday, January 14. Then the community looked closer at the 99 pace rating awarded to Vinicius Jr (LW, 88) and the hype switched over to the Madrid winger. Joao Cancelo (RB, Manchester City, 90) should see his OVR – and price – continue to rise if he maintains his current form, while Joshua Kimmich (CDM, FC Bayern, 91) and Nicolo Barella (CM, Inter, 88) also stand out.

What can I expect from FIFA 22 Headliners prices?

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FIFA 22 Headliners card prices are hefty if you want the best of the best, with Mbappe far and away the costliest. As I write this on Thursday, January 20, you need to fork out 4.4 million coins to snag him on PlayStation, while his Xbox price is a mildly more affordable 3.7 million. Salah is the most expensive Premier League card, at around 1.1 million on PlayStation and 960,000 on Xbox. Sandwiched between that pair is Vinicius Jr, who sets you back 1.6m on PlayStation, and 1.3m on Xbox.

Hunting for FIFA 22 Headliners bargains? There is one tempting Premier League player in Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale, who sells for 12,000 on PlayStation, and 14,500 on Xbox. Otherwise consider casting your eye towards Spain’s La Liga, where Artiz Elustondo (CB, Real Sociedad, 84) and Joselu (ST, Alaves, 84) are both available for a very reasonable 12,000 coins. 

Is there a FIFA 22 Headliners SBC?

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Yes. As is traditional among mainstream EA promos, a selection of cards were exclusive to FIFA 22 Headliners SBCs (Squad Building Challenges): current West Ham midfielder Said Benrahma (CAM, 86), former Hammers favourite Dmitri Payet (CF, Marseille, 86), Julian Brandt (CAM, Dortmund, 86) and Jonathan Clauss (RWB, RC Lens, 86).

FIFA 22 Headliners objectives were also a thing. Denis Zakaria (CDM, Borussian M’gladbach, 86) could be earned by completing four sets of objectives in the Live FUT Friendly: Headliners Challenge match type – such as winning four matches, and assisting five goals with crosses. Skip over to the Live FUT Friendly Silver Lounge and you could earn another Headliners player from the Bundelisga: 72-rated Nico Schlotterbeck of Freiburg. To nab him you needed three wins, eight goals and six assists in that specific match type. 

Felipe Anderson (LM, Latium, 87) and Anthony Modeste (ST, FC Koln, 72) were also available as an Objectives-based rewards. Sadly all Headliners SBC and Objectives Challenges have now expired.

Where is the full FIFA 22 Headliners cards list?

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Naturally, GR has the complete FIFA 22 Headliners cards list below. All ratings are correct as of Thursday, January 20.

  • Kylian Mbappe (ST, Paris SG) – 93
  • Mohamed Salah (RW, Liverpool) – 93
  • Virgil van Dijk (CB, Liverpool) – 91
  • Joshua Kimmich (CDM, FC Bayern) – 91
  • Joao Cancelo (RB, Manchester City) – 90
  • Kalidou Koulibaly (CB, Napoli) – 89 
  • Christopher Nkunku (CAM, RB Leipzig) – 89
  • Yannick Carrasco (LM, Atletico Madrid) – 88
  • Giovanni Simeone (ST, Hellas Verona) – 88
  • Marcos Acuna (LB, Sevilla) – 88
  • Serge Gnabry (RM, FC Bayern) – 88
  • Vinicius Junior (LW, Real Madrid) – 88
  • Nicolo Barella (CM, Inter) – 88
  • Gaetan Laborde (ST, Rennes) – 88
  • Seko Fofana (CM, RC Lens) – 88
  • Kevin Trapp (GK, Frankfurt) – 88
  • Felipe Anderson (LM, Latium) – 87 [Objectives only]
  • Reece James (RWB, Chelsea) – 87
  • Luis Diaz (LM, FC Porto) – 87
  • Teji Savanier (CM, Montpelier) – 87
  • Julian Brandt (CAM, Dortmund) – 86 [SBC only]
  • Ibrahim Sangare (CDM, PSV) – 86
  • Rafael Leao (LW, Milan) – 86
  • Said Benrahma (CAM, West Ham) – 86 [SBC only]
  • Dmitri Payet (CF, Marseille) – 86 [SBC only]
  • Denis Zakaria (CDM, Borussian M’gladbach) – 86 [Objectives only]
  • Jonathan Clauss (RWB, RC Lens) – 86 [SBC only]
  • Ollie Watkins (ST, Aston Villa) – 85
  • Antonio Candreva (RM, Sampdoria) – 85
  • Patrik Schick (ST, Leverkusen) – 85
  • Aaron Ramsdale (GK, Arsenal) – 85
  • Duvan Zapata (ST, Atalanta) – 85
  • Arthur Theate (CB, Bologna) – 85
  • Artiz Elustondo (CB, Real Sociedad) – 84
  • Joselu (ST, Alaves) – 84
  • Harry Wilson (CAM, Fulham) – 84
  • Nico Schlotterbeck (CB, Freiburg) – 72 [Objectives only]
  • Anthony Modeste (ST, FC Koln) – 72 [Objectives only]

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