FIFA 22 Icons list adds Rooney, Cafu, Casillas, and van Persie

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Four new FIFA 22 Icons expand the number of legends available this year to 105, with the addition of Wayne Rooney, Cafu, Iker Casillas and Robin van Persie. Rooney is the headline name but all four are profiled below, for FIFA 22 players who may not be up to speed on their soccerball history. Not interested in reading about the past? Then skip on past the player pen-pics to the foot of this feature, where we reveal the complete FIFA 22 Icons list.

FIFA 22 Icons Rooney (England)

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The long-time Everton and Manchester United favourite snuck into FIFA 21 as a 77-rated attacking midfielder for Derby County. Now retired (but manager of the Midlands club), Rooney gets a huge upgrade for FIFA 22, in his debut year as an Icon. Super Wayne is England's all-time leading goalscorer, with 53 goals from 120 games. 

FIFA 22 Icons Cafu (Brazil)

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Brazil’s most-capped player featured 142 times for his country – seventeen more than fellow FIFA 22 Icon Robert Carlos on 125. The bombarding right-back is the only player in history to have played in three consecutive World Cup finals: winning in 1994 and 2002, and finishing runner-up in 1998. He’s also a legend in Italy, for dominant spells with Roma and AC Milan.

FIFA 22 Icons Casillas (Spain)

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This Real Madrid favourite skippered his national team to European Championship glory in 2008 and its first ever World Cup win in 2010, keeping an incredible five clean sheets in the latter tournament. Casillas won the Euros again in 2012 en route to 167 international caps, to go with five La Liga title wins and three UEFA Champions League victories.

FIFA 22 Icons van Persie (Netherlands)

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A divisive figure in North London after giving up the Arsenal club captaincy to join rivals Manchester United, RVP’s Emirates days remain the highlight of his career. He netted 96 times in 194 games for the Gunners, adding 50 goals in 102 Dutch national team appearances. However, that United spell did make him a Premier League champion in 2012-13.

The full FIFA 22 Icons cards list

105 players make the complete FIFA 22 Icons cards list. Sorted by nation, this is the index of every legend in Ultimate Team.

  • Hernan Crespo (Argentina)
  • Diego Maradona (Argentina)
  • Juan Roman Riquelme (Argentina)
  • Juan Sebastian Veron (Argentina)
  • Javier Zanetti (Argentina)
  • Carlos Alberto (Brazil)
  • Cafu (Brazil)
  • Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
  • Garrincha (Brazil)
  • Kaka (Brazil)
  • Pele (Brazil)
  • Rivaldo (Brazil)
  • Ronaldinho (Brazil)
  • Ronaldo (Brazil)
  • Socrates (Brazil)
  • Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
  • Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
  • Davor Suker (Croatia)
  • Petr Cech (Czech Republic)
  • Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)
  • Michael Laudrup (Denmark)
  • Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)
  • John Barnes (England)
  • David Beckham (England)
  • Sol Campbell (England)
  • Ashley Cole (England)
  • Rio Ferdinand (England)
  • Steven Gerrard (England)
  • Frank Lampard (England)
  • Gary Lineker (England)
  • Bobby Moore (England)
  • Michael Owen (England)
  • Wayne Rooney (England)
  • Paul Scholes (England)
  • Alan Shearer (England)
  • Ian Wright (England)
  • Jari Litmanen (Finland)
  • Lauren Blanc (France)
  • Eric Cantona (France)
  • Marcel Desailly (France)
  • Theirry Henry (France)
  • Claude Makelele (France)
  • Emmanuel Petit (France)
  • Robert Pires (France)
  • David Trezeguet (France)
  • Patrick Vieira (France)
  • Zinedine Zidane (France)
  • Michael Ballack (Germany)
  • Miroslav Klose (Germany)
  • Phillip Lahm (Germany)
  • Lothar Matthaus (Germany)
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
  • Michael Essien (Ghana)
  • Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)
  • Roy Keane (Ireland)
  • Roberto Baggio (Italy)
  • Franco Baresi (Italy)
  • Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
  • Alessandro Del Piero (Italy)
  • Gennaro Gattuso (Italy)
  • Filippo Inzaghi (Italy)
  • Paolo Maldini (Italy)
  • Alessandro Nesta (Italy)
  • Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
  • Christian Vieri (Italy)
  • Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)
  • Gianfranco Zola (Italy)
  • Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
  • Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan)
  • Luis Hernandez (Mexico)
  • Hugo Sanchez (Mexico)
  • Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands)
  • Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
  • Ruud Gullit (Netherlands)
  • Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
  • Ronald Koeman (Netherlands)
  • Marc Overmars (Netherlands)
  • Frank Rijkaard (Netherlands)
  • Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands)
  • Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
  • Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)
  • Robin van Persie (Netherlands)
  • Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria)
  • George Best (Northern Ireland)
  • Deco (Portugal)
  • Eusebio (Portugal)
  • Luis Figo (Portugal)
  • Rui Costa (Portugal)
  • Gheorghe Hagi (Romania)
  • Lev Yashin (Russia)
  • Kenny Dalglish (Scotland)
  • Nemanja Vidic (Serbia)
  • Emilio Butragueno (Spain)
  • Iker Casillas (Spain)
  • Josep Guardiola (Spain)
  • Fernando Hierro (Spain)
  • Raul (Spain)
  • Carles Puyol (Spain)
  • Fernando Torres (Spain)
  • Xavi (Spain)
  • Henrik Larsson (Sweden)
  • Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
  • Ryan Giggs (Wales)
  • Ian Rush (Wales)

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