FIFA 21 best midfielders - the best CAM, best CDM, and best CMs in FIFA

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

The best FIFA Midfielders are a crucial part of your team's all-important spine, adding creativity going forward and steel for breaking up your opponent's attacks.

Below we list FIFA 21's best midfielders - which includes the best FIFA CAM, the best FIFA CDM, and the best CMs, 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 Tackling and Positioning for CDMs, or Stamina for box-to-box Central Midfielders, as the devil's always in the details.

For other stats-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 Defenders, the FIFA 21's best Wingers and FIFA 21's best Strikers in the game, too.

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FIFA 21 best CAM - the best Central Attacking Midfielders in FIFA

Once again it's City's Kevin De Bruyne who takes top spot for FIFA 21's best CAMs. Bruno Fernandes understandably bursts into second position after a stunning year both for Sporting and Manchester United, while FIFA's problem with fudging stats for Thomas Muller continues.

Like a lot of our other lists this year, we've expanded this one to a top 20 given the depth of quality available in the position.

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FIFA 21 best Attacking Midfielders (CAM)

RankPlayerClubRating
1Kevin De BruyneMan City91
2Bruno FernandesManchester United87
3Thomas MullerBayern Munich86
4Alejandro GómezAtalanta86
5David SilvaReal Sociedad86
6Kai HavertzChelsea85
7Luis AlbertoLazio85
8Hakim ZiyechChelsea85
9Marco ReusBorussia Dortmind85
10Christian EriksenInter85
11IscoReal Madrid84
12Julian BrandtBorussia Dortmind84
13Radja NainggolanInter83
14OscarShanghai SIPG83
15Philippe CoutinhoBarcelona83
16Dele AlliTottenham Hotspur83
17Nabil FekirReal Betis83
18Martin OdegaardReal Madrid82
19Mesut OzilArsenal82
20James RodríguezEverton82

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 CDM - the best Defensive Midfielders in FIFA

It's an interesting year for the best CDMs, with Casemiro taking top spot despite being part of a decidedly below-par Real Madrid side, league winners or not, and right back Joshua Kimmich popping up in the CDM position despite really being a retrained right back. Busquets gets a slight downgrade but is still doing very well for himself considering his age and Barcelona's abysmal defensive record, while opinions on Henderson's high rating of 86 will depend on whether you belief a team's performance comes down to player quality or the manager's coaching.

Again, we've opted for a top 20 here to give you a wider range of options.

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FIFA 21 best Defensive Midfielders (CDM)

RankPlayerClubRating
1 Casemiro Real Madrid 89
2 Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich 88
3 N'Golo Kante Chelsea 88
4 Fabinho Liverpool 87
5 Sergio Busquets Barcelona 87
6 Jordan Henderson Liverpool 86
7 Rodri Man City 85
8 Lucas Leiva Lazio 84
9 Axel Witsel Bayern Munich 84
10 Idrissa Gueye PSG 84
11 Mercelo Brozovic Inter 84
12 Wilfred Ndidi Leicester City 84
13 Blaise Matuidi Inter Miami 83
14 Fernando Sevilla 83
15 Charles Aranguiz Bayer Lerverkusen 83
16 Denis Zakaria Borussia Mönchengladbach 83
17 Danilo Pereira Porto 82
18 Konrad LAimer LB Leipzig 82
19 Javi Martinez Bayern Munich 81
20 Thomas Delaney Borussia Dortmund 81

FIFA 21 best CM - the best Central Midfielders in FIFA

Football is increasingly polarised to attack versus defence these days, but the humble central midfielder remains a highly rated spot in FIFA 21. Modric, Kroos and Pogba headline the centre mid position yet again, despite an understandable downgrade for Pogba and a just-OK year for the midfield of Real Madrid. One of the best FIFA 21 wonderkids appears here in Frenkie de Jong, too, who'll likely be crucial to Barcelona's uncertain future.

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FIFA 20 best Centre Mids (CM)

RankPlayerClubRating
1Toni KroosReal Madrid88
2Luca ModricReal Madrid87
3Paul PogbaManchester United86
4Marco VerattiPSG86
5ThiagoLiverpool85
6Miralem PjanicBarcelona85
7Sergei Milincovic-SavicLazio85
8Georginio WijnaldumLiverpool85
9Miralem PjanicBarcelona85
10Dani ParejoCelta Vigo85
11KokeAtletico Madrid85
12Frenkie De JongBarcelona85
13SaulAtletico Madrid84
14Leon GoretzkaBayern Munich84
15Thomas ParteyAtletico Madrid84
16ArthurPiemonte Calcio84
17Joao MoutinhoWolves83
18Renato AugustoBeijing Guoan83
19Ever BanegaAl-Shabab83
20Arturo VidalInter83

Other things to know about picking the best FIFA Midfielders

As we've already mentioned, deciding on your choice of midfielder in FIFA 21 will depend on the finer details, with slightly different factors becoming more or less important depending on the mode and formation you're playing. Here are some things to bear in mind.

  • 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, whcih includes some of the finest young midfielders 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 midfielders will work better in certain formations and styles. If you're a fan of Tiki-Taka then players like Iniesta, Silva, and Verratti are well-suited, whilst more dynamic, phsyical, end-to-end stuff might make the likes of Pogba, Kante, and De Bruyne more useful.

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