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FIFA 21 Headliners: All Players, Cards & SBCs at a Glance (UPDATED)

FIFA 21 FUT Headliners Danny Ings Fabinho Hirving Lozano
Three new FUT Headliners upgrades following FIFA 21 TOTW 28. (Credit: EA Sports)

The Headliners Promo Event has kicked off in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, just in time for the start of 2021. What's behind the new FUT event, which players & cards are included and when are the upgrades coming? We'll tell you everything in our overview.

Even before the start of the FIFA 21 Team of the Year (TOTY), the Headliners event is one of the hottest promos that EA FIFA's FUT mode has to offer. Find out what's behind it and which players are taking part here.

FUT 21 Headliners Tracker

With our FUT 21 Headliners tracker, we provide you with an overview of the teams' winning streaks. If a team wins four league games in a row, the respective Headliners variant increases by one point.

April 13 Update

Four wins (Upgrade)

  • Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) - 88 OVR
  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio) - 90 OVR
  • Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) – 89 OVR
  • João Félix (Atletico Madrid) – 87 OVR
  • Leon Goretzka (Bayern München) - 89 OVR
  • Jonathan Bamba (Lille) – 87 OVR
  • Diego Carlos (Sevilla) - 87 OVR
  • Karl Toko Ekambi (Olympique Lyon) - 86 OVR
  • Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt) - 87 OVR
  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) - 93 OVR -> 94 OVR
  • Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig) - 84 OVR -> 86 OVR
  • James Tavernier (Rangers) - 87 OVR
  • Rafinha (Paris Saint-Germain) - 86 OVR
  • Hirving Lozano (Napoli) - 87 OVR
  • Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) – 92 OVR

Three wins

  • Fabinho (Liverpool) – 88 OVR
  • Theo Hernandez (Milan) - 87 OVR

Two wins

  • None

One win

  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Roma) – 87 OVR
  • Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) - 90 OVR

Zero wins

  • Matheus Cunha (Hertha Berlin) – 84 OVR
  • Danny Ings (Southampton) - 85 OVR
  • Lukáš Hrádecky (Bayer Leverkusen)86 OVR
  • Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad)88 OVR
  • Jordan Amavi (Olympique Marseille)84 OVR
  • Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – 87 OVR
  • Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) - 89 OVR
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FUT Headliners: Upgrades for Ings & Fabinho

With the release of FIFA 21 TOTW 28 three Headliners cards increase in rating, even if Leon Goretzka surprisingly goes empty handed.

Southampton striker Danny Ings and Fabinho (Liverpool) have received a rating boost. Hirving Lozano (Napoli) also rises to an overall rating of 88 thanks to his club's winning streak.

Danny Ings Headliners Upgrade

  • +2 Pace
  • +1 Shooting
  • +2 Passing
  • +1 Dribbling
  • +1 Defense
  • +1 Physicality

Fabinho Headliners Upgrade

  • +2 Pace
  • +1 Shooting
  • +1 Passing
  • +2 Dribbling
  • +1 Defense
  • +1 Physicality

Hirving Lozano Headliners Upgrade

  • +0 Pace
  • +2 Shooting
  • +2 Passing
  • +1 Dribbling
  • +1 Defense
  • +2 Physicality

March 24 Update

Karim Benzema is Now a TOTY Card

We expected a Karim Benzema In-Form with last week's TOTW 25. We did not get it. Better late than never for the French striker who finally got his In-Form today with the release of TOTW 26. What's more important, his Headiners card was also impacted.

This latest upgrade brings Benzema's OVR up to 95 - TOTY type of numbers. Can he max out at 99? There's enough time for him to do that.

FUT Headliners Upgrade for Karim Benzema

  • +2 Pace
  • +1 Shooting
  • +1 Passing
  • +1 Dribbling
  • +1 Defense
  • +2 Physicality
FIFA 21 FUT Headliners Karim Benzema Upgrade
Karim Benzema has a real shot at reaching 99 OVR. (Credit: EA Sports)

Update from March 11

Two headliners upgrades await us this week: James Tavernier (Glasgow Rangers) completed the winning streak, Leon Goretzka (FC Bayern Munich) is in the new TOTW 24. Both cards increase by one point each.

FUT Headliners upgrade from Tavernier

The Englishman is slowly turning into the best non-icon right-back in the game by making decent gains. His rating boosts are as follows:

  • +1 Pace
  • +2 Shooting
  • +1 Passing
  • +1 Dribbling
  • +2 Defense
  • +1 Physicality

FUT Headliners upgrade for Goretzka

The upgrades for Leon Goretzka also look extremely strong and make the German Bayern player one of the best CMs and CDMs in the Bundesliga. The pace boost is outstanding for the current FIFA 21 meta:

  • +2 Pace
  • +1 Shooting
  • +1 Passing
  • +1 Dribbling
  • +1 Defense
  • +1 Physicality
FUT Headliners Upgrades for Leon Goretzka and James Tavernier
Goretzka and Tavernier have received an upgrade. (Credit: EA Sports / EarlyGame)

Update from March 1

The Man of the Match cards from the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League are finally here. Over the weekend EA Sports released the new special cards. In addition to Kylian Mbappé (PSG), BVB striker Erling Haaland in particular catches the eye.

This "performance-based special card" also rises his Headliners variant in the values. The upgrade is expected to find its way into the game on March 3 with the new TOTW 23, when Haaland will get to 90 OVR and draw level with his POTM card.

FIFA 21 UCL & UEL MOTM Mbappé & Haaland
The UCL and UEL MOTM cards bring an upgrade for Haaland. (Credit: EA Sports)

Update from February 18

Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt) has received his due Headliners upgrade in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team following TOTW 21. The improvements are:

  • +2 Pace
  • +1 Shooting
  • +1 Passing
  • +2 Dribbling
  • +1 Defense
  • +1 Physicality

The card is still a bargain on the FUT transfer market. For around 40,000 coins you get a center back who, with Shadow chemistry style, has a total value of 93. Unbelievable.

Headliners Upgrade for Haaland?

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) could also be in line for an upgrade this week. In the Champions League round of 16 against Sevilla, the Norwegian was voted Man of the Match, which means a special card. This in turn would have a direct impact on his Headliners card, which would rise to 90 OVR on February 19.

FIFA 21 FUT Headliners Martin Hinteregger Upgrade
Martin Hinteregger is an absolute steal even at his current price. (Credit: EA Sports)

Update from February 11

With the release of TOTW 20, three Headliners cards rise in rating: Mikel Oyarzabal through his new In-Form card, Karl Toko-Ekambi and Diego Carlos through their teams' winning streaks.

Headliners Upgrades for Mikel Oyarzabal

  • +1 Pace
  • +1 Shooting
  • +1 Passing
  • +1 Dribbling
  • +1 Defense
  • +2 Physicality

Headliners Upgrades for Diego Carlos

  • +1 Pace
  • +1 Shooting
  • +2 Passing
  • +2 Dribbling
  • +1 Defense
  • +1 Physicality

Headliners Upgrades for Karl Toko-Ekambi

  • +2 Pace
  • +2 Shooting
  • +3 Passing
  • +2 Dribbling
  • +2 Defense
  • +2 Physicality

Update from February 4

Four Headliners gained OVR this week. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Leon Goretzka do so thanks to their teams accumulating four wins in a row. Henrikh Mkhytaryan and Jonathan Bamba won their higher ratings with individual accolades, following inclusion in FIFA 21 TOTW 19.

FIFA 21 TOTW 19 Headliners Upgrades
It was a good week for Headliners owners. (Credit: EA Sports)

Update from January 28

TOTW 18 is finally here, and with it the four Headliners upgrades through the win streak. Karim Benzema's new Inform card also adds a counter (more on that below).

At the same time, the ball finally rolled again in the English Premier League on January 26 and 27. In Manchester City's 5-0 win, Riyad Mahrez contributed a goal and an assist - does the next upgrade beckon next week?

Manchester United, on the other hand, had to admit defeat. Fernandes, like Wilfried Zaha and Danny Ings, is back to zero wins. Then, on January 28, Heung-min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) could also join the teams with three straight wins.

James Tavernier and Glasgow Rangers, meanwhile, secured their second win in a row.

An incredible five Headliners cards have received a rating boost with the release of Team of the Week 18.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio Roma), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco), and Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) secured the one-time upgrade by winning four matches in a row. Karim Benzema took out a new inform card, reaching an incredible 93 OVR.

We have summarized how the values of the kickers change and which of the cards are really worthwhile in a separate article.

FUT 21 Headliners Upgrades TOTW 18
5 Headliners upgrades were available on January 28. (Credit: EA Sports / EarlyGame)

Update from January 21

Striker Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco) is in the new TOTW 17 of FIFA 21, so his already strong Headliners card increases by one counter, and climbs to a total value of 87 OVR. Over a million coins will be due for last year's OP attacker on the transfer market.

Best of all: the next upgrade could come as early as this weekend, as AS Monaco are on three wins out of four and face Olympique Marseille on January 23. If the Monegasques win, Ben Yedder's rating will rise by another point.

Ben Yedder's rating boosts:

  • +1 Pace
  • +1 Shooting
  • +2 Passing
  • +1 Dribbling
  • +1 Defense
  • +2 Physique

Update from January 14

Eintracht Frankfurt central defender Martin Hinteregger has made it into the new Team of the Week, making him the first player whose Headliners card rises in rating. Hinteregger's stats look outstanding, and with a price tag of around 31,000 coins, the player is quite cheap to buy.

Martin Hinteregger's rating boosts:

  • +1 Speed
  • +1 Shooting
  • +2 Passing
  • +2 Dribbling
  • +1 Defense
  • +1 Physique
Martin Hinteregger is in FIFA 21 TOTW 16, so his Headliners card increases
Hinteregger's Headliners card after the upgrade. (Credit: EA Sports / EarlyGame)

FIFA 21 Headliners: What Is Behind It?

The FIFA 21 Headliners are, similar to the Ones to Watch or Road to the Final cards, dynamic cards whose values increase during the season. Compared to the other two promos, however, the Headliners upgrades work a little differently.

Some of the best players in the real-world soccer season get to enjoy a FUT Headliners special card, which is one counter above that kicker's best Inform card at the start of the event. Each time the player receives a performance-based special card, the Headliners card also increases in rating. These include Team of the Week, Man of the Match, Hero, or Team of the Tournament, for example.

The FUT 21 Headliners can also increase if the respective team wins four games in a row within the league (cup games or Champions or Europa League do not count here). However, this upgrade is a one-time-only, while the card can continue to rise with TOTW awards. Thus, the Headliners variant is then two points above most Inform card for a player.

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Headliners - Info, Upgrades and Players
This year, the Headliners will appear before the Team of the Year. (Credit: EA Sports)

An Example:

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United has a total value of 91 with the Headliners card. If the Red Devils now win four games in a row in the Premier League, the Portuguese reaches a value of 92. If he makes it into one of the teams of the week, the total value rises further to 93, 94, and so on. It's no wonder that FUT 21 Headliners are in hot demand on the transfer market, is it? Headliners Team 1 is available now, a second selection will follow on January 8.

FUT 21 Headliners: All Cards, Players & SBCs at a Glance

To help you keep track of players and upgrades, we present all players and cards in detail here. All league games starting January 1, 2021 count towards the winning streak - this also applies to Team 2, which will be released next week.

With Manchester United's win against Aston Villa on January 1, Bruno Fernandes secures the first of four wins for the upgrade.

FIFA 21 Headliners Team 1

  • CAM: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) - 91 OVR - (1 win)
  • CB: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) - 88 OVR
  • ST: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) - 87 OVR - (1 win)
  • ST: Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco) - 87 OVR
  • LW: Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) - 87 OVR
  • CF: João Félix (Atletico Madrid) - 86 OVR - (1 win)
  • GK: Lukáš Hrádecky (Bayer Leverkusen) - 86 OVR
  • CF: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Roma FC) - 86 OVR - (1 win)
  • LM: Jonathan Bamba (LOSC Lille) - 86 OVR
  • CB: Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt) 85 OVR - (1 win)
  • LB: Jordan Amavi (Olympique Marseille) - 84 OVR

SBC players:

  • CM: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio Roma) - 88 OVR - Expires: 10.01.
  • IV: John Stones (Manchester City) - 86 OVR - Expires: 12.01.

Objective players:

To secure these players, you will have to venture into the specially created friendly match mode, Live FUT Friendly: Headliners Challenge, and complete various tasks there.

  • CAM: Matheus Cunha (Hertha BSC Berlin) - 84 OVR - (1 win)

FIFA 21 Headliners Team 2

Follows. Based on the performances so far in the current season, the following players might make it into Headliners Team 2:

  • LB: Theo Hernandez (AC Milan) - 87 OVR
  • CB: Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St.-Germain) - 85 OVR
  • CM: Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid) - 85 OVR
  • LM: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) - 84 OVR
  • LM: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) - 89 OVR
  • LM: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) - 89 OVR
  • RM: Hirving Lozano (SSC Napoli) - 87 OVR
  • CAM: Thomas Müller (FC Bayern Munich) - 88 OVR
  • CF: Max Kruse (Union Berlin) - 85 OVR
  • ST: Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) - 89 OVR

Players such as Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich from FC Bayern München, Cristiano Ronaldo (Piemonte Calcio) or Kylian Mbappé (Paris St.-Germain), who would also have deserved a Headliners card based on their performances, will probably go empty-handed this time due to the approaching Team of the Year event.

The TOTY promo will probably follow the second headliners team, which is January 15, 2021, and will bring some tickets with a total value of 99.

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Original article by EarlyGame's Philipp Briel.