Winter Refresh in FIFA 22 - All Upgrades & Downgrades

In FIFA, publisher EA likes to adjust the ratings for particularly strong and weak performing players during the so-called Winter Refresh. Which players have earned it and which card will be extremely sick?

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Vinicius Jr. once was 80-rated, KEKW. | © EA Sports / EarlyGame

Team of the Year in FIFA 22 is currently going strong... but what comes after the biggest FIFA event of the year? Looking at the FUT calendar, the very popular Future Stars promo could be next.

However, February is right around the corner and in the past, publisher EA has always launched another event at this time of the year: Winter Refresh. What is it all about, will the promo also be available in FIFA 22 and which players will get their (un)deserved update?

What Is Winter Refresh In FIFA 22?

The winter transfer window comes to an end and the first half of the season has been played in the major European leagues. For EA, this means updating the squad. In addition to players who have switched clubs during the winter break, the ratings of top performers and maybe poorly performing footballers are also updated.

Usually, most gold cards get a boost of 1 or 2 - sometimes even 3 if a player is so much better than anticipated. Silver objects, on the other hand, can make pretty hefty jumps. But let's see which players can probably look forward to an upgrade.

FIFA 22 - Will These Players Receive An Upgrade?

These players have not only performed in your Weekend League, but have also consistently delivered top performances in real life. The selection of players who deserve a hefty upgrade is definitely easier than with the downgrades. After all, you only have to take a look at the Team of the Week...

PlayerClubOVR old → newReason
Mohamed SalahLiverpool FC89 → 90Best Player in the Premier League so far
Karim BenzemaReal Madrid89 → 90Scores almost every game
Vinicius Jr.Real Madrid80 → 83

Huge improvement + doubled his market value

Dušan VlahovicFiorentina78 → 80

Scores goals like I did when I was 10

Joao CanceloManchester City86 → 87Best LB in the world?
Alphonso DaviesBayern Munich82 → 84Strong first halt of the season
Patrik SchickBayer Leverkusen79 → 81Performing great since his European Championship Goal
Nico SchlotterbeckSC Freiburg72 → 78 (Gold)Keeps the space tight for Freiburg
Gregor KobelBorussia Dortmund79 → 81 (Gold Rare)Finally a decent goalkeeper at Dortmund
Trevoh ChalobahChelsea73 → 75Came out of nowhere
Aaron RamsdaleArsenal74 → 77Benched Bernd Leno and rightly so
Christopher NkunkuRB Leipzig81 → 83The man with 1,000 Special Cards
Florian WirtzBayer Leverkusen78 → 80Best youngster in Bundesliga?
Jude Bellingham

Borussia Dortmund

79 → 81Best youngster in Bundesliga (again)?

Sandro Tonali

AC Milan77 → 80

Decent season for Milan

Lucas PaquetáOlympique Lyon81 → 837 goals & 3 assists in 19 games
Aurélien TchouaméniAS Monaco79 → 82Huge Talent
Téji SavanierMontpellier80 → 82Already has a lot of Special Cards in FIFA 22
Sebastian HallerAjax80 → 84Champions League is Farmers League

These Players Should Receive A Downgrade In FIFA 22

Warning: These are only our assessments, which refer to the season so far and the performance of the players. We are aware that EA loves their stars and would never dare to give them a downgrade...

PlayerClubOVR old → newReason
Lionel MessiParis Saint-Germain93 → 92So far, worst season of his career... sorry, Leo.
Neymar Jr.Paris Saint-Germain91 → 90Injured and out of form
Jadon SanchoManchester United87 → 85Hype was huge, hasn't delivered yet
Marcel SabitzerBayern Munich84 → 83Injured & played worse than Tolisso
Memphis DepayFC Barcelona85 → 84Solid start, after that pretty bad
Bernd LenoArsenal83 → 81Got benched by Aaron Ramsdale
Saúl ÑíguezChelsea82 → 80How many games has he actually played?
Donyell MalenBorussia Dortmund80 → 78Needs more time to adjust to Bundesliga

FIFA 22 - Most Important Transfers During Winter

During Winter Refresh, not only the ratings of the players are adjusted depending on their performance, but also their club. In the winter transfer period, there are a lot of changes every year... and luckily, we already have an article about the most important winter transfers for FIFA 22!

We (well, I) are already looking forward to the social media reactions... how dare you, EarlyGame, putting Lionel Messi in the downgrade table? Whether the downgrade is justified or not after the first half of the season, you are welcome to argue on our Discord.