Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Full FIFA 22 Team of the Year Roster Revealed

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 20, 2022

PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 7: Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge KV at Parc des Princes on December 7, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain teammates Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe headline the FIFA 22 Team of the Year, which was announced Thursday.

EA Sports showcased the full group with a little help from Manchester United legend David Beckham:


🏆 Football's best, decided by you.<br>This is your <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TOTY?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TOTY</a>. <a href="https://t.co/eyK03VbFgh">pic.twitter.com/eyK03VbFgh</a>

The FIFA Team of the Year was selected by fan vote after an initial list of 80 finalists from the groups of attackers, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers.

Players chosen for TOTY will now receive special items in FIFA Ultimate Team, which will feature "some of the highest ratings of the season to celebrate each player's status as the best in the world," according to the game's official website.

PSG dominated the voting with defenders Marquinhos and Achraf Hakimi along with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma joining Messi and Mbappe to give the French giants nearly half of the starting XI.

Manchester City (Kevin De Bruyne, Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias) and Chelsea (Jorginho and N'Golo Kante) also received multiple selections.

Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski rounded out the starting XI after finishing second to Messi in 2021 Ballon d'Or voting.

The players may also hold the distinction as the last FIFA Team of the Year honorees.

In October, EA Sports announced it was "exploring the idea of renaming" its soccer video games without FIFA branding. Tariq Panja of the New York Times reported the sides had "hit the wall" in discussions about a contract extension for the partnership.

So, barring a last-minute deal, it appears a rebrand is on the horizon for the popular EA Sports title, including the lucrative FIFA Ultimate Team mode.