FIFA 21 Career Mode best players: the top 100 FIFA 21 players ranked by Overall rating

All top 100 FIFA 20 player ratings listed.

FIFA 21 player ratings are here with the arrival of the full game, giving you a chance to check out the best career mode players across FIFA's many leagues, clubs and positions.

The top ones are actually announced gradually in the build up to the latest FIFA's launch every year, usually with around ten players at a time, but now we're kicking with the game's full arrival we've gone ahead and listed the top 100 players in FIFA 21 for you below. This applies to both Ultimate Team and Career Mode, by the way, although with Ultimate Team releasing so many updated or changed versions of players' cards, in the long run Career Mode players will find it the most useful.

FIFA 21 Career Mode best players - the top 100 FIFA 21 players rated

The best way to use this guide, if you have something specific in mind, would be to Ctrl+F to find players of a certain position, rating, club or name. Here's a rundown of the full top 100.

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The best players this year in FIFA 21 are once again Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - but only just. Image credit: EA Sports official site.

FIFA 21 Career Mode best players list:

RankPlayerClubPositionRating
1MessiBarcelonaRW93
2RonaldoJuventusST92
3LewandowskiBayern MunichST91
4De BruyneMan CityCAM91
5NeymarParis Saint-GermainLW91
6OblakAtletico MadridGK91
7Van DijkLiverpoolCB90
8MbappéParis Saint-GermainST90
9SalahLiverpoolRW90
10ManéLiverpoolLW90
11Ter StegenBarcelonaGK90
12AlissonLiverpoolGK90
13RamosReal MadridCB89
14NeuerBayern MunichGK89
15AgueroMan CityST89
16BenzemaReal MadridCF89
17CasemiroReal MadridCDM89
18CourtoisReal MadridGK89
19KimmichBayern MunichCDM88
20KroosReal MadridCM88
21KaneTottenham HotspurST88
22HazardReal MadridLW88
23SterlingMan CityLW88
24DybalaJuventusCF88
25EdersonMan CityGK88
26KantéChelseaCDM88
27HandanovicInter MilanGK88
28KoulibalyNapoliCB88
29ModricReal MadridCM87
30ImmobileLazioST87
31AubameyangArsenalST87
32Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedCAM87
33Di MariaParis Saint-GermainRW87
34SanchoBorussia DortmundRM87
35SonTottenham HotspurLM87
36SuarezAtletico MadridST87
37Alexander-ArnoldLiverpoolRB87
38GriezmannBarcelonaST87
39LaporteMan CityCB87
40SzcesnyJuventusGK87
41FirminoLiverpoolCF86
42Bernardo SilvaMan CityRW87
43RobertsonLiverpoolLB87
44FabinhoLiverpoolCDM87
45NavasPSGGK87
46BusquetsBarcelonaCDM87
47ChielliniJuventusCB87
48LlorisTottenham HotspurGK87
49MullerBayern MunichCAM86
50VardyLeicester CityST86
51PogbaManchester UnitedCM86
52VerattiPSGCM86
53PiquéBarcelonaCB86
54GómezAtalantaCAM86
55HendersonLiverpoolCDM86
56CarvajalReal MadridRB86
57HummelsBorussia DortmundCB86
58David SilvaReal SociedadCAM86
59De GeaManchester UnitedGK86
60VaraneReal MadridCB86
61AlbaBarcelonaLB86
62SommerBorussia MonchengladbachGK86
63GnabryBayern MunichRM85
64MarquinhosPSGCB85
65LukakuInter MilanST85
66ThiagoLiverpoolCM85
67HavertzChelseaCAM85
68AlbertoLazioCAM85
69MahrezMan CityRW85
70DepayLyonCF85
71DonnarummaMilanGK85
72ZiyechChelseaCAM85
73ReusBorussia DortmundCAM85
74WernerChelseaST85
75Milinkovic-SavicLazioCM85
76WijnaldumLiverpoolCM85
77De LigtJuventusCB85
78Thiago SilvaChelseaCB85
79PereiraLeicester CityRB85
80InsigneNapoliLW85
81PjanicBarcelonaCM85
82RashfordManchester UnitedLM85
83SanéBayern MunichLM85
84ParejoCelta VigoCM85
85SkriniarInterCB85
86KokeAtletico MadridCM85
87Dries MertensNapoliCF85
88LenoArsenalGK85
89LengletBarcelonaCB85
90BonucciJuventusCB85
91De JongBarcelonaCM85
92RodriMan CityCDM85
93GulacsiRB LeipzigGK85
94AlderweireldTottenham HotspurCB85
95GodinInterCB85
96IcardiPSGST85
97WalkerMan CityRB85
98SandroJuventusLB85
99EriksenInterCAM85
100HaalandBorussia DortmundST84

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!


As we mentioned above this list will likely prove most useful for Career Mode players, although it'll still be a good starting point for scouting out potential signings in FUT as well.

For specific Ultimate Team explainers though, you'll find FUT Chemistry is much more important than actual player ratings, particularly when Chemistry Styles are capable of boosting a selection of your players' stats by a whopping 90 points in total.

It's otherwise an interesting read for those looking to see who has risen to the top - or dropped down the list - with each yearly iteration, with Gareth Bale now out of the top 100 altogether, having last year dropped from the top 10, and breakout stars like Jadon Sancho bursting into 34th place from being out of the reckoning last year.

For ultimate scouting knowledge, combine this with our guides to the best FIFA 21 goalkeepers, best FIFA 21 defenders, best FIFA 21 midfielders, best FIFA 21 wingers, best FIFA 21 strikers, and, crucially, our big list of FIFA 21 potential wonderkids and career mode hidden gems, too.

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