Rio Ferdinand has chosen his FIFA 22 Workforce of the Yr from a expertise pool of world soccer’s finest performers over the previous 12 months.
In partnership with EA SPORTS, the Manchester United legend has chosen who he believes have been the very best 11 gamers in 2021.
Ferdinand’s crew has a definite Premier League flavour, with eight of the gamers presently plying their commerce in England’s high division.
Let’s take an in-depth have a look at Rio Ferdinand’s beginning XI:
Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
Edouard Mendy has enhanced his popularity as among the best goalkeepers on the planet throughout 2021. The Chelsea shot-stopper saved 29 clear sheets in all competitions all year long – solely Actual Madrid‘s Thibaut Courtois and Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou recorded extra.
Ferdinand: After I coated numerous their [Chelsea’s] video games, in massive key moments, he made massive saves. I feel that’s the place you choose the goalkeeper place, all of the nominees are nice keepers, they usually might all have their say to be within the crew.”
Kyle Walker (Manchester Metropolis)
Kyle Walker had one other 12 months to recollect for each membership and nation. He lifted his third Premier League title with Manchester Metropolis.
As well as, he performed a vital function in England‘s path to the Euro 2020 last. Walker impressed defensively together with his athleticism and talent to return out on high in duels. Jose Mourinho named him as his Participant of the Event.
Ferdinand: “Within the Euros it was one of the vital dominant performances, particularly man to man and so forth. Overlaying the bottom, bodily dominating each opponent. Within the stadium I used to be fortunate to be there on various events and you possibly can see gamers observed they have been up in opposition to him and turned away.”
Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
Antonio Rudiger’s transformation all through 2021 was extraordinary. Firstly of the 12 months, the German big was on the fringes of the primary crew at Chelsea underneath Frank Lampard.
After the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, nonetheless, Rudiger took his sport to new ranges and is now one in every of his facet’s most necessary gamers.
Ferdinand: “Since Tuchel has are available in I feel he has been among the best defenders round. Aggressive, dominates, calls for from others, the group feeds off the way in which he performs.
“All spherical, I feel he has been super and once more, I feel the aspect of a brand new contract has centered him as effectively.”
Ruben Dias (Manchester Metropolis)
Partnering Rudiger within the FIFA 22 Workforce of the Yr of Rio Ferdinand is Manchester Metropolis’s Ruben Dias.
The Portugal worldwide gained the EA SPORTS Participant of the Season award for 2020/21 and helped his facet to a different league title underneath Pep Guardiola. His partnership with John Stones supplied the bedrock for the Residents to go on a club-record successful streak of 28 video games.
Ferdinand: “To be sincere, I don’t assume anybody else has rivalled him within the centre-back place.”
Joao Cancelo (Manchester Metropolis)
The third Manchester Metropolis participant in Ferdinand’s XI, Joao Cancelo had an excellent season for Pep Guardiola’s facet.
Though extra typically used as a right-back prior to now, Cancelo has confirmed he might be equally efficient on the alternative facet of the pitch. He has one purpose and 4 assists within the 2021/22 season.
Ferdinand: “The manufacturing that this man places out is phenomenal. I feel he was concerned in 16 targets in 2021, for a full-back, phenomenal. He’s additionally had probably the most touches within the Premier League this season, dominating video games from the full-back place.”
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
The primary participant exterior the Premier League in Ferdinand’s crew, Thomas Muller has had one other glorious 12 months.
The German had an impressive 2020/21 season, serving to his facet win the Bundesliga title with 11 targets and 18 assists. His numbers this season have been much more spectacular. Muller has 5 targets and 14 assists in simply 18 league video games.
Ferdinand: “Thomas Muller. Primary. Thomas Muller is in there. As a result of individuals might not watch regularly, let me simply learn out a few stats.
“No participant within the massive 5 European leagues has supplied as many assists in a single calendar 12 months in 2021, which is 24.”
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
N’Golo Kante was one of many stars of Chelsea’s path to the Champions League last. He then performed a vital function in Portugal because the Blues defeated Manchester Metropolis 1-0 to elevate the trophy for the primary time of their historical past.
The 30-year-old continues to be an important participant for membership and nation, together with his work fee, stamina and talent to win again the ball persistently a few of his key attributes.
Ferdinand: “Any crew that will get picked right here and Kante isn’t in it, I’m not having you.
“He principally single-handedly gained Chelsea the Champions League. I feel he gained 5 or 6 Man of the Match awards on his strategy to successful the Champions League. All-round I feel he’s an ideal participant, you need him in your crew. For me, he’s one of many first names on the crew sheet for any supervisor.”
Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)
Marco Verratti continued to shine for each membership and nation all through 2021. Alongside Jorginho and Nicolo Barella in midfield, he performed a vital half in Italy successful Euro 2020 this summer season.
In response to UEFA, the deep-lying playmaker was the highest statistical performer of the match, finishing 93% of his passes and recording 32 ball recoveries.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Beginning as one in every of three attackers, Rio Ferdinand has chosen Liverpool‘s Mohamed Salah in his FIFA 22 Workforce of the Yr.
The Egyptian scored an unimaginable 37 targets all through the calendar 12 months and has made a sensational begin to the 2021/22 season. To this point within the Premier League, Salah has registered 16 targets and 9 assists in simply 20 video games.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Rio Ferdinand has opted for former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to enter his FIFA 22 Workforce of the Yr.
This summer season, Ronaldo made all of the headlines when he rejoined the Purple Devils from Juventus, having initially left the membership to maneuver to Actual Madrid again in 2009.
He has eight targets and three assists in 16 Premier League video games this season, however it’s within the Champions League the place his presence has been felt most. Ronaldo has smashed six targets in 5 video games and is the primary cause why United made it to the final 16 of the competitors.
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski picked up the trophy for second place within the 2021 Ballon d’Or after one other excellent season.
The metronomic ahead smashed in 56 targets for his membership in 2021. He additionally broke Gerd Muller’s long-standing report by scoring 43 Bundesliga targets in a single calendar 12 months.
Ferdinand: “My man and the participant who ought to have gained all the person awards this 12 months as the very best participant in 2021, was robbed in 2020, is Mr Robert Lewandowski.
“There’s not sufficient I can say about this man, he’s scored probably the most league targets of any participant in Europe’s high 5 leagues. That’s sufficient, that’s all I have to say.”
Rio Ferdinand’s FIFA 22 Workforce of the Yr
Rio’s XI (4-3-3): Edouard Mendy; Kyle Walker, Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo; Thomas Muller, N’Golo Kante; Marco Verratti; Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski
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