FIFA 21 Career Mode: Best Contract Expiry Signings Ending in 2022 (Second Season)

Looking to sign a star forward like Kylian Mbappé or Cristiano Ronaldo? In the second season of FIFA 21’s Career Mode, their contracts are set to expire…


Through the last several editions of FIFA, savvy Career Mode players have looked to contract expiry signings to get a top-class player for next to nothing.

In FIFA 21, landing a contract expiry signing in the traditional way has become much more challenging, as we detailed in the 2021 Contract Expiry Signings guide. Still, there’s a chance that some of these players with expiring contracts can be negotiated with for a lower price or as a free agent at the end of the second season.


Here, we’re diving straight in, running through the highlight potential 2022 contract expiry signings in Career Mode and then listing all of the best players whose contracts expire at the end of the second season on FIFA 21.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Piemonte Calcio (92 OVR)

Best Position: ST, LW
First Season Age: 35
Wage: £195,000
Overall Rating: 92
Best Attributes: 95 Jumping, 95 Reactions, 95 Finishing

Cristiano Ronaldo is still one of the best players in the world, with his tremendous athleticism carrying through his mid-30s and keeping him on top of the game.

Once again, the Portuguese superstar is off to a hot start. Playing as Juventus’ striker, Ronaldo scored three goals in the first two games of the season, but then tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty.

In FIFA 21, Ronaldo is second only to Lionel Messi in overall rating, with his 6’2’’ height, 90 heading accuracy, 95 jumping, and 95 positioning making him as much of a threat in the air as he is with the ball at his feet.

While he is 35-years-old, it’s tough to see Ronaldo’s hefty 92 OVR degrading too much over two seasons, making him one of the best contract expiry signings to target in 2022 on Career Mode.

Neymar Jr, Paris Saint-Germain (91 OVR)

Best Position: LW, CAM
First Season Age: 28
Wage: £240,000
Overall Rating: 91
Best Attributes: 96 Agility, 95 Dribbling, 95 Ball Control

Neymar Jr endured a turbulent start to the season. He missed the first game due to Covid-19, was sent off at the end of a 1-0 loss to Olympique Marseille for his part in a scuffle, and missed the next two games.

In his third game of the season, Paris Saint-Germain’s sixth, the Brazilian finally found his way onto the score sheet, scoring twice and setting up another in the 6-1 win over SC Angers.

Neymar is a favourite among FIFA 21 players, thanks to his 91 OVR, five-star weak foot, five-star skill moves, 94 acceleration, 89 sprint speed, and 96 agility.

Still in the prime of his career, there’s a chance that Neymar can become a 2022 contract expiry signing for the second season of Career Mode.

Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain (90 OVR)

Best Position: ST, LW, RW
First Season Age: 21
Wage: £140,000
Overall Rating: 90
Best Attributes: 96 Acceleration, 96 Sprint Speed, 92 Dribbling

Easily one of the most exciting young players in world football, Kylian Mbappé has already more than made up for the early segment of the season that he missed.

The World Cup winner was unable to play in the first three one-goal games for PSG, but in the next four Ligue 1 contests, Mbappé amassed four goals and four assists.

Mbappé will be one of the most sought-after potential 2022 contract expiry signings in FIFA 21. Only 21-years-old at the start of the game, he’ll be even closer to his massive 95 POT by the time the end of the second season comes around.

The Frenchman already offers a huge amount of pace and striking ability, coming in with 92 dribbling, 92 agility, 96 acceleration, 96 sprint speed, and 91 finishing.

Marc-André ter Stegen, FC Barcelona (90 OVR)

Best Position: GK
First Season Age: 28
Wage: £240,000
Overall Rating: 90
Best Attributes: 90 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 88 Goalkeeper Diving, 88 Goalkeeper Positioning

Marc-André ter Stegen enjoyed a decent 2019/20 campaign, even if it was a disappointing one for the club. In La Liga, the German only allowed 36 goals in 36 games, keeping a clean sheet in 14 matches.

This season, Ter Stegen has been unable to pick up where he left off due to injury, but the knee problems aren’t expected to keep him out for too long.

Barcelona’s shot-stopper is already one of the highest-rated goalkeepers in FIFA 21, but by the time his contract expiry is set to come around, Ter Stegen may have reached his 93 POT.

In line to become a free agent at the end of the second season of Career Mode, the 6’2’’ goalie will likely have improved on his 90 goalkeeper reflexes, 88 goalkeeper diving, and 85 goalkeeper handling.

Karim Benzema, Real Madrid (89 OVR)

Best Position: CF, ST
First Season Age: 32
Wage: £320,000
Overall Rating: 89
Best Attributes: 91 Reactions, 91 Heading Accuracy, 90 Ball Control

By scoring his first goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Levante, Karim Benzema clocked-in his 250th score for Real Madrid, reaching the milestone in 517 games.

The French centre forward continues to be a pivotal part of Zinédine Zidane’s system, working over centre backs to open spaces and passing lanes for the talented midfielders and attackers of Los Blancos.

Benzema enters FIFA 21 as the highest-rated CF, carrying an 89 OVR with 91 heading accuracy, 88 finishing, 90 positioning, and 86 short passing.

He’s 32-years-old at the start of the game, so he’ll likely see his overall rating decline a bit by the time he’s currently set to become a second season contract expiry signing.

All the best FIFA 21 contract expiry signings ending in 2022 (second season)

Below, you’ll find the list of all of the potential 2022 contract expiry signings, with the current contracts of these players set to run out at the end of the second season.

NamePositionAge (2020)OverallPotentialTeamValueWage
Cristiano RonaldoST, LW359292Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)£56.5 million£195,000
Neymar JrLW, CAM289191Paris Saint-Germain£119 million£240,000
Kylian MbappéLW, RW219095Paris Saint-Germain£167 million£140,000
Marc-André ter StegenGK289093FC Barcelona£99 million£240,000
Karim BenzemaCF, ST328989Real Madrid£75 million£320,000
Paulo DybalaCF, CAM268889Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)£98.5 million£170,000
Luis SuárezST338787Atlético Madrid£46 million£100,000
Hugo LlorisGK338787Tottenham Hotspur£23.5 million£110,000
CarvajalRB288686Real Madrid£55.5 million£110,000
Raphaël VaraneCB278688Real Madrid£65 million£195,000
Mats HummelsCB318686Borussia Dortmund£42 million£84,000
David SilvaCAM, CM348686Real Sociedad£28.5 million£52,000
Gerard PiquéCB338686FC Barcelona£29 million£195,000
Alejandro GómezCF, ST328686Atalanta£48.5 million£90,000
Lorenzo InsigneLW, CF298585SSC Napoli£47.5 million£105,000
Dries MertensCF, ST338585SSC Napoli£31 million£100,000
André OnanaGK248488Ajax£43 million£16,000
Marcelo BrozovićCDM, CM278485Inter Milan£39 million£115,000
Niklas SüleCB248489Bayern Munich£52 million£76,000
Nicolás TagliaficoLB278484Ajax£36.5 million£24,500
Leon GoretzkaCM, CDM258488Bayern Munich£52.5 million£93,000
FelipeCB318484Atlético Madrid£26 million£67,000
Josip IličićCF, ST328484Atalanta£31 million£83,000
Isco CM, LW288484Real Madrid£38 million£190,000
Jesús CoronaRM, RB278484FC Porto£40.5 million£22,500
Douglas Costa RW, LW298484Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)£37.5 million£105,000
AzpilicuetaRB, LB308484Chelsea£32.5 million£105,000
Rui PatrícioGK328484Wolverhampton Wanderers£19 million£81,000
Axel WitselCDM, CM318484Borussia Dortmund£26.5 million£71,000
Lucas LeivaCDM338484Lazio£19 million£74,000
Salvatore SiriguGK338484Torino£12.5 million£48,500
Ousmane DembéléLW, RW238389FC Barcelona£51.5 million£160,000
Denis ZakariaCB, CM238387Borussia Mönchengladbach£42.5 million£40,500
Thomas StrakoshaGK258388Lazio£38 million£52,000
Alessio RomagnoliCB258387AC Milan£40.5 million£46,000
Marcel SabitzerCM, CAM268385RB Leipzig£40 million£66,000
Sergi RobertoRB, CM288383FC Barcelona£29.5 million£160,000
Alexandre LacazetteST298383Arsenal£32.5 million£190,000
Kieran TrippierRB298383Atlético Madrid£28.5 million£63,000
FernandoCDM, CM328383Sevilla FC£22 million£34,500
Yuri BerchicheLB308383Athletic Club de Bilbao£28 million£31,000
Arturo Vidal CDM, CAM338383Inter Milan£20 million£110,000

If any of these players can be grabbed at a reduced price, as a 2022 contract expiry signing, or as a free agent, they’d be worth every penny.

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