FIFA 21 best defenders - the best CB, LB, RB and Wing Backs in FIFA

The top defenders in FIFA 21 and where to find them.

The best FIFA Defenders are the backbone of the finest teams in the game, with your centre backs the last line of defence and full backs playing an ever more important role in modern football.

Here on this page, we'll be listing FIFA 21's best defenders - which includes the best FIFA CB, the best FIFA LB, the best FIFA RB and the best wing backs, too, ranked in order of their overall rating.

Be sure to take also look at the specifics depending on what you want out of them, like Acceleration and Sprint Speed if you like to hold a high line, or Short Passing if you like to play it our from the back.

For other ratings-based guides, it's worth taking a look at our list of the highest potential FIFA 21 wonderkids, plus we have pages on the FIFA 21's best Goalkeepers, FIFA 21's best Midfielders, the FIFA 21's best Wingers and FIFA 21's best Strikers in the game, too.

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FIFA 21 best CB - the best Central Defenders in FIFA

No prizes for guessing the best centre back in FIFA this year, as Virgil Van Dijk takes top prize once again. Sergio Ramos, Giorgio Chiellini, Mats HUmmels and Thiago Silva continue to defy their age here, although their usefulness in FIFA 21 will depend on how much emphasis is placed on pace this year - in last year's game slow defenders were borderline unuseable.

As with plenty of our other lists this year we've expanded this one to a top 20, given the depth of quality available - not that the state of defending in the real-world game justifies it, if the start of the 20/21 season is anything to go by! Piquet and Lenglet should consider themselves lucky to be anywhere near this one after their end-of-season performances in the summer.

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FIFA 21 best Centre Backs (CB)

RankPlayerClubRating
1Virgil Van DijkLiverpool90
2Sergio RamosReal Madrid89
3Kalidou KoulibalyNapoli88
4Aymeric LaporteMan City87
5Giorgio ChielliniPiemonte Calcio87
6Gerard PiquéBarcelona86
7Mats HummelsBorussia Dortmund86
8Raphael VaraneReal Madrid86
9MarquinhosPSG85
10Matthijs De LightPiemonte Calcio85
11Thiago SilvaChelsea85
12Milan SkriniarInter85
13Clement LengletBarcelona85
14Leonardo BonucciPiemonte Calcio85
15Toby AlderweireldTottenham Hotspur85
16Diego GodinInter85
17David AlabaBayern Munich84
18Stefan De VrijInter84
19FelipeAtletico Madrid84
20Niklas SuleBayern Munich84

FIFA 21 best LB and LWB - the best Left Backs and Left Wing Backs in FIFA

Liverpool's flying full backs justifiably dominate either side of the pitch here, with Andy Robertson taking top spot. Alba gets a generous 86 rating after Barcelona's dismal defensive efforts, while there are no wing backs at all in the top 20. Jonny, of Wolves, is the best LWB in the game on 81, tied with those at the lower end of this list.

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FIFA 21 best Left Backs and Left Wing Backs (LB and LWB)

RankPlayerClubRating
1Andrew RobertsonLiverpool87
2Jordi AlbaBarcelona86
3Alex SandroPiemonte Calcio85
4Lucas DigneEverton84
5Alex GrimaldoBenfica84
6Nocolas TagliaficoAjax84
7Alex TellesPorto84
8MarceloReal Madrid83
9Yuri BerchicheAtletic Bilbao83
10Juan BernatPSG83
11Jose GayaValencia83
12Marcos AcunaSevilla83
13Ferland MendyReal Madrid83
14Aleksandar KolarovInter82
15Marcel HalstenbergRB Leipzig82
16ReguilonTottenham Hotspur82
17Marcos AlonsoChelsea81
18IsmailyShaktar Donetsk81
19Benjamin MendyMan City81
20Luke ShawManchester United81

For more on FIFA 21, so far we have new pages on the FIFA 21 release time and download details for all editions, best FIFA 21 goalkeepers, best FIFA 21 defenders, best FIFA 21 midfielders, best FIFA 21 wingers, best FIFA 21 strikers, a big breakdown of FIFA 21 potential wonderkids and career mode hidden gems and a list of FIFA 21 Career Mode's best players. Plus, we've pages on FUT Chemistry explained and a freshly updated FIFA 21 Chemistry styles list and affected attributes explainer, to get you started with FUT. Expect much more soon!


FIFA 21 best RB and RWB - the best Right Backs and Right Wing Backs in FIFA

There's a slight bump in quality right backs this year, with Trent Alexander-Arnold taking top spot on an 87 that could arguably be even higher. There's just one right wing back in the top 20 this year in the form of Tottenham's new signing Matt Doherty, but again this is a longer list than usual to help you find some alternative picks to the usual top 10.

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FIFA 21 best Right Backs and Right Wing Backs (RB and RWB)

RankPlayerClubRating
1 Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 87
2 Dani Carvajal Real Madrid 86
3 Ricardo Pereira Leicester City 85
4 Kyle Walker Man City 85
5 Jesus Navas Sevilla 84
6 Azpilicueta Chelsea 84
7 Kieran Trippier Atletico Madrid 83
8 Sergi Roberto Barcelona 83
9 Joao Cancelo Man City 83
10 Nelson Semedo Wolves 83
11 Aaron Wan-Bissaka Manchester United 83
12 Lars Bender Bayer Leverkusen 82
13 Juan Cuadrado Piemonte Calcio 81
14 Thomas Meunier Borussia Dortmund 81
15 Alessandro Florenzi PSG 81
16 Santiago Arias Atletico Madrid 81
17 Capa Athletic Bilbao 81
18 Benjamin Pavard Bayern Munich 81
19 Matt Doherty Tottenham Hotspur 81
20 Daniel Wass Valencia 80

Other things to know about picking the best FIFA Defenders

As always, there are more than just player ratings to bear in mind when choosing your back three, four or five in FIFA 21, with slightly different factors becoming more or less important depending on the mode you're playing and your style of choice.

  • For Career Mode, potential is important too - Some players have higher built-in potential for growth than others, and if you're planning on playing at least two seasons of Career Mode then it's going to have a major impact on your squad. It's also a great way to pick up a bargain, too, so if you're keen on finding some youngsters take the time to go over our detailed list of the best FIFA 21 potential wonderkids and young players, which includes some of the finest young defenders in the game.
  • For Ultimate Team, remember you can use Chemistry Styles - Chemistry Styles, if you didn't know, add up to a whopping 90 points to your player's attributes, spread according to the Style you choose. You can read more on Chemistry in general in our guide to how FIFA Chemistry works, and likewise the best FIFA Chemistry Styles in our detailed guide to those, too.
  • Think about your style of play when looking at stats - We mentioned this briefly above, but certain defenders will work better in certain situations. Jérôme Boateng is much more phsyical than Gerard Piqué, for example. Generally with Centre Backs you want to compliment physicality with class - think Vidic and Ferdinand in their prime - whilst Full Backs' attributes will depend on whether you want them bombing forward and crossing, or sitting back and purely defending.

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