FIFA 23 – Benfica’s João Mário Receives a ‘Road to the Knockouts’ Version

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The Portuguese midfielder has been important to Benfica’s current run of form.

Sitting top of the pile in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Benfica has also been great in the UEFA Champions League.

In Group H, although being slight underdogs to Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, Benfica are tied with PSG after 4 matches and could qualify for the Knockout Stage if Juventus fail to win any of their final 2 group matches.

Benfica’s strong early-season displays are courtesy of the team’s outstanding players who have given their all right from the start.

Among them is local hero, João Mário, who is set to welcome his own ‘Road to the Knockouts’ (RTTK) player card for FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team (UT).

RTTK cards are amazing UT cards that can even be improved further if their real-life clubs achieve certain milestones (UEFA Champions League), which are:

  • Win 2 matches in the last 3 games (+1 OVR)
  • Qualify for the Knockout Stage (+1 OVR)

Right now, João Mário’s new player card already enjoys incredible stat boosts as can be seen here:

(CM) João Mário’s ‘Road to the Knockouts’ Player Card: OVR 85 (+6)

  • Dribbling: 87 (+5)
  • Passing: 86 (+5)
  • Pace: 81 (+11)
  • Shooting: 80 (+11)
  • Physicality: 72 (+6)
  • Defending: 71 (+6)

João Mário’s RTTK player card is quite balanced in every gameplay aspect, especially if he is deployed in his favourite central midfield role as an advanced playmaker or creative maestro.

Here’s the complete breakdown of João Mário’s latest in-game stats:

Additional details about João Mário’s RTTK card can also be viewed here:

  • AcceleRATE: Controlled
  • Skills: 3 Stars
  • Weak Foot: 4 Stars
  • Preferred Foot: Right
  • Attacking Work Rate: Medium
  • Defensive Work Rate: Low

João Mário’s RTTK card is somewhat in demand for beginning UT squads today, and is sold in the Transfer Market for around (current average):

  • PlayStation/ Xbox: 35,550 Coins
  • PC: 35,850 Coins

YouTube, JT11, provides his opinions regarding João Mário’s new player card right here:

Source: JT11 (YouTube)

João Mário’s ‘Road to the Knockouts’ Squad-Building Challenge

João Mário’s RTTK card offers a robust midfield controller patrolling the central areas of the pitch, so its Squad-Building Challenge (SBC) might be trickier to accomplish than usual:


  • Number of players from Portugal: Minimum 1
  • Overall squad rating: Minimum 82
  • Number of players in the squad: 11

(Reward: Small Electrum Players Pack)


  • Number of In-Form (IF) players: Minimum 1
  • Overall squad rating: Minimum 84
  • Number of players in the squad: 11

(Reward: Gold Pack)

For those that are having trouble with the squad submissions, YouTuber, Kingflipper might be able to help you out:

Source: Kingflipper (YouTube)

Surprisingly, João Mário’s SBC is expected to expire next year on 22nd January 2023 (Sunday), but this might be a mistake from EA’s behalf.

Better to complete the SBC as soon as possible, just to be safe.

FIFA 23 is available now for Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

Source: EA Sports FIFA 23, FUTBIN, YouTube

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