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.
FIFA 21 best Attacking Midfielders (CAM)
|1||Kevin De Bruyne||Man City||91|
|2||Bruno Fernandes||Manchester United||87|
|3||Thomas Muller||Bayern Munich||86|
|5||David Silva||Real Sociedad||86|
|9||Marco Reus||Borussia Dortmind||85|
|12||Julian Brandt||Borussia Dortmind||84|
|16||Dele Alli||Tottenham Hotspur||83|
|17||Nabil Fekir||Real Betis||83|
|18||Martin Odegaard||Real Madrid||82|
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.
FIFA 21 best Defensive Midfielders (CDM)
|2||Joshua Kimmich||Bayern Munich||88|
|9||Axel Witsel||Bayern Munich||84|
|12||Wilfred Ndidi||Leicester City||84|
|13||Blaise Matuidi||Inter Miami||83|
|15||Charles Aranguiz||Bayer Lerverkusen||83|
|16||Denis Zakaria||Borussia Mönchengladbach||83|
|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.
FIFA 20 best Centre Mids (CM)
|1||Toni Kroos||Real Madrid||88|
|2||Luca Modric||Real Madrid||87|
|3||Paul Pogba||Manchester United||86|
|10||Dani Parejo||Celta Vigo||85|
|12||Frenkie De Jong||Barcelona||85|
|14||Leon Goretzka||Bayern Munich||84|
|15||Thomas Partey||Atletico Madrid||84|
|18||Renato Augusto||Beijing Guoan||83|
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.