A FIFA 23 Flashback Lionel Messi SBC has been leaked by reputable community members FutSheriff and CriminalFIFA.
Flashback SBCs are sporadic, popular content releases each year in FIFA Ultimate Team. First introduced in FIFA 19, Flashback items call back to a previous time in a player's career with special statistical upgrades. In more recent FIFA titles, EA Sports has taken the game's top players and given them what were previously called Flashback Era items. For example, Cristiano Ronaldo received a FIFA 20 SBC that was lower rated overall, and had key increases in certain areas. As well, he would receive downgrades in others.
Neymar Jr. received an SBC in FIFA 22 that was quite popular, but now it seems another Paris Saint-Germain player is in line to receive a similar SBC.
FIFA 23 Flashback Lionel Messi SBC Leaked
FutSheriff, in collaboration with CriminalFIFA, tweeted a leak on Nov. 23 stating a Flashback Lionel Messi SBC is set to arrive in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.
FutSheriff noted that the statistics on the card were predicted, but notice that it will likely be lower rated than his base 91 gold card. If this SBC is released, it would be Messi's third special item this year previously receiving a UEFA Road to the Knockouts item and a Ligue 1 Player of the Month SBC. As well, this card would have to be similar to Flashback Neymar Jr. from FIFA 22 to be worth completing. It needs to have higher pace, decent shooting and dribbling to be viable.
The argument for having these special Flashback cards for the game's best players made sense in past games because players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi carried high price tags on the transfer market. FIFA 23's transfer market is currently on the floor and gold Messi can be purchased at the time of writing for 89,000 coins on PlayStation and Xbox.
Flashback Lionel Messi does not have a confirmed release date.