Starting a FIFA 22 Career Mode is a great way to spend your time with EA’s football behemoth, so here are the best teams to use, and the most fun saves you can create.
A season in football can change so much: a couple of transfer windows, injuries, breakthrough years, hot prospects, all these are big factors in determining how the next one plays out.
It’s been another huge year in the world of football, and all the happenings have drastically altered the best teams in FIFA 22 and made lesser teams more viable. So here’s a complete guide to the best FIFA 22 Career Mode teams you can use, and fun save files you can have.
Top 10 FIFA 22 Career Mode teams & fun saves
Transfer Budget: £137,610,448 / $184,933,993
Key players: Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr., Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Angel Di Maria, and Marco Verratti
A real fun one to start with, PSG is the quintessential dream team and a real-life Ultimate Team to use. PSG has strength in depth all across the park, and it’s a squad just screaming out for goals, assists, wins, and silverware.
If you still don’t think you’re going to romp to an easy Ligue 1 win and guide PSG to their first-ever European Cup glory, then their sizable budget should help you bring in any other recruitments you desire.
2. Manchester United
Transfer Budget: £163,630,432 / $219,902,119
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba, and Luke Shaw
This is arguably the strongest team that Manchester United has had since the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson. With a litany of world-class talent, now could finally be the time for Man Utd to shine brighter than their nearest rivals.
As a Premier League top dog, you could opt for Liverpool, Man City, or Chelsea, but United’s barren run without a League Title is startling, and they have multiple pacey wingers to feed one of the all-time great footballers – Ronaldo.
3. Aston Villa
Transfer Budget: £35,077,456 / $47,140,417
Key players: Jacob Ramsey, Leon Bailey, Philippe Coutinho, Tyrone Mings, and Emiliano Martinez
If you’re looking for a team to do a Leicester City and break the top 4 or 5 teams’ dominance, then we think Aston Villa is a tremendous shout in FIFA 22.
With some really good players in each position: a quality striker, speedy wingers – particularly Leon Bailey – a boss midfield of John McGinn and Douglas Luiz, and solid defensive options, you can easily add to these positives with a healthy transfer budget too.
4. Wrexham AFC
Transfer Budget: £1,015,417 / $1,364,613
Key players: Paul Mullin, Ben Tozer, and James Jones
No, Wrexham is not a typo. The club, currently situated in the fifth division of English Football, has gained some extra followers around the world as they are now bizarrely owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.
The story has become such a sensation that they have now been added to FIFA 22. So it could be time to take this team of aspiring hopefuls to the Premier League and pull off a miracle that not even L.A screenwriters could envisage.
Note: Wrexham AFC can be found in the ‘Rest of the World’ section, and you can then replace them with any team in League Two.
Transfer Budget: £48,229,764 / $64,815,738
Key players: Lorenzo Insigne, Victor Osimhen, Piotr Zielinski, Konstantinos Manolas, and Kalidou Koulibaly
Every year Napoli retains the majority of its star-studded squad, sometimes adding more quality to it, and every year they somehow fail to mount a proper charge for the coveted Serie A title.
It’s crazy to think how good Napoli is from top-to-bottom, but with Juventus wavering and the league more open than it has been for some time, you could easily sign one or two more brilliant players and capture their first league crown since 1990.
Transfer Budget: £111,832,768 / $150,291,497
Key players: Ansu Fati, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Adama Traore, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen
How the mighty have fallen, it’s almost impossible for Barcelona’s demise to have been documented anymore publicly. Financial woes, Lionel Messi no longer at the club, and a team with no identity.
Yet, EA seems to have overlooked this and presented Barcelona with an astronomical budget. The fun challenge is turning Barcelona into a team that can compete again, without Messi. The winter transfers of Torres, Aubameyang, and Traore add a ton of pace to an already youthful squad.
7. Schalke 04
Transfer Budget: £15,964,096 / $21,454,068
Key players: Simon Terodde, Salif Sane, and Ralk Fahrmann
It’s a sad state of affairs for one of football’s most sacred clubs. Schalke 04 has had multiple troubles that contributed to one of the worst seasons in the history of the Bundesliga.
Now they are in 2. Bundesliga, and you can bring them back to greatness again. With a reasonable budget, make some loan signings, capitalize on a great stadium and atmosphere, and get the club back into the top division and challenging for Europe!
8. Borussia Dortmund
Transfer Budget: £54,298,584 / $72,985,387
Key players: Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Marco Reus, Giovanni Reyna, Thorgan Hazard, Axel Witsel, and Mats Hummels
Jadon Sancho may be gone, but Borussia Dortmund has a plethora of high-caliber stars that can step up and finally dethrone the mighty Bayern Munich.
When you go through this Dortmund team, it beggars belief that they haven’t won the league since 2012. This season might have to be the one though as star-striker Erling Haaland could be on the move next year, so feed him using their array of talent and bring the big one home.
Transfer Budget: £43,001,288 / $57,800,138
Key players: Moussa Dembele, Tanguy Ndombele, Houssem Aouar, Jason Denayer, Romain Faivre, and Lucas Paquetá
During PSG’s last 10 years of spending and dominance, they have been dethroned twice by two separate teams, but strangely neither of them have been Lyon.
Like so many fun teams on this list, they have a veritable smorgasbord of great players at their disposal and should be more dominant than they are. Depay has left a hole that Dembele can fill, but their war chest is big enough for you to make some key additions to the squad and become team number three.
10. AC Milan
Transfer Budget: £32,053,414 / $43,084,564
Key players: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic, Franck Kessie, Simon Kjaer, Theo Hernandez, and Mike Maignan
The final football club on our list oozes history and prestige, and AC Milan’s name is synonymous with success – until recently.
A revolving door of managers and players has made AC Milan an unpredictable proposition, which is especially more painful given that their local neighbors Inter have finally climbed back to the top of the pedestal. Make the most of AC Milan’s modest budget, and with the talismanic Ibra on your side, the red half of Milan could be victorious again.
That concludes our list of the top 10 FIFA 22 Career Mode teams you should consider using. With a variety of different leagues, scenarios, and budgets, there is something for everyone.
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