Maradona ICON cards removed from FIFA 22

Nathan Warby
EA Sports

EA Sports has completely removed all of Argentine legend Maradona’s ICON items from FIFA 22 due to a legal dispute.

Diego Maradona is right up there with Pele, Zidane, and Ronaldo, and as such has some of the best ICON cards in FIFA 22. He remains one of the most sought-after players in the entire game, striking fear into anyone who comes up against him.

Unfortunately, FUT fans will no longer be able to add The Golden Boy to their squads, as EA has removed every Maradona item from the game as of March 19.

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EA removes Maradona from FIFA 22

Diego Maradona in FIFA 18.EA SPORTS
With this legal dispute ongoing it’s unknown whether or not Maradona will be included in the list of FIFA 23 ICONs.

The news first broke by FutSheriff on Twitter, and EA have now confirmed they have suspended Maradona’s items from FIFA 22 due to a “third party legal dispute,” presumably with the late footballer’s estate.

Via an in-game message in FIFA 22, EA said: “Due to a third party legal dispute, we must suspend Diego Maradona from appearing in FIFA Ultimate Team Packs, future FUT content and the Soccer Aid World XI in EA SPORTS FIFA 22.”

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“As such, Diego Maradona ICON Items will no longer be made available in Packs, SBCs and FUT Draft,” the statement continued. “We share our fans’ disappointment and hope to bring one of football’s greatest icons back in the game at some point in the future.”

Players who already own one of Maradona’s ICON cards will still be able to deploy him in matches, and he will still be available on the FUT market. However, his price has been fixed to prevent traders from profiting from the situation.

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It’s not known whether this will be permanent or temporary, but it’s a very good bet the items will be unavailable while the legal dispute is ongoing.

FIFA 22 Maradonna messageEA Sports
EA confirmed the news with a message to FIFA 22 players

Will Maradona be in FIFA 23?

At this point, it’s impossible to say whether or not Maradona will be included in FIFA 23’s ICON list. If the legal dispute is resolved before the game comes out, it could happen. But if things drag on, he could be absent from the next title in the series.

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We have several months before FIFA 23 becomes the main focus for the community, so we’ll know soon if EA is able to resolve this dispute before then and include El Pelusa for players next time around.

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Nathan is a Games Writer at Dexerto and Charlie INTEL, primarily covering FIFA and Call of Duty, as well as general gaming news and guides. After leaving university with a degree in Sports Studies and a master's degree in Magazine Journalism, he took on a role as a local news reporter before moving into games media. You can contact Nathan by email at nathan.warby@dexerto.com.