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 20'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 stats-based guides, it's worth taking a look at our list of the highest potential FIFA 19 wonderkids, plus we have pages on the FIFA 20's best Goalkeepers, FIFA 20's best Midfielders, the FIFA 20's best Wingers and FIFA 20's best Strikers in the game, too.
FIFA 20 best CB - the best Central Defenders in FIFA
Unsurprisingly, man-mountain Van Dijk takes top spot in the defenders list, while Sergio Ramos survives on reputation after Real Madrid's extended run of poor form. Few other surprises in there, although we can probably expect the legends like Chiellini, Godin and Thiago Silva to fall away from next year.
FIFA 20 best Centre Backs (CB)
|1||Virgil Van Dijk||Liverpool||90|
|2||Sergio Ramos||Real Madrid||89|
|7||Mats Hummels||Borussia Dortmund||87|
|8||Toby Alderweireld||Tottenham Hotspur||87|
|9||Aymeric Laporte||Man City||87|
FIFA 20 best LB and LWB - the best Left Backs and Left Wing Backs in FIFA
Jordi Alba sits way out in front of an otherwise so-so pack at left back. No wing backs make the cut for the top 10 this year as EA Sports leaves that sport largely empty.
FIFA 20 best Left Backs and Left Wing Backs (LB and LWB)
|5||David Alaba||Bayern Munich||85|
Looking for more on FIFA 20? So far we have the key details on the FUT Chemistry explained and a Chemistry styles list and affected attributes, a detailed FIFA 20 Volta mode guide and details on how to earn Volta Coins in FIFA 20 fast, a list of the top FIFA 20 potential wonderkids: the best young players and hidden gems, the full FIFA 20 player ratings and top 100 players, an in-progress FIFA 20 Ones to Watch OTW players list, and a full FIFA 20 Icons list, too. Finally, check out our SBC pages on the Teemu Pukki SBC solution, Josef Martínez SBC solution and Robert Lewandowski SBC solution, as well as pages on FIFA 20 five star skillers, plus the best FIFA 20 goalkeepers, best FIFA 20 defenders, best FIFA 20 midfielders, best FIFA 20 wingers, and best FIFA 20 strikers for an in-depth look at each position. Finally, check out the latest in-forms in this week's FIFA 20 TOTW, number 40 and our full FIFA 20 Ultimate Scream cards and players list, too.
FIFA 20 best RB and RWB - the best Right Backs and Right Wing Backs in FIFA
There are even fewer top quality Right Backs in FIFA this year, with just Mario Fenandes, starred, coming in as a Wing Back. The other nine are all standard right backs, and Kimmich the only one rated higher than 85.
FIFA 20 best Right Backs and Right Wing Backs (RB and RWB)
|1||Joshua Kimmich||Bayern Munich||86|
|2||Dani Carvajal||Real Madrid||85|
|3||Joao Cancelo||Man City||84|
|7||Ricardo Pereira||Leicester City||82|
|10||Mario Fernandes*||CSKA Moscow||82|
Other things to know about picking the best FIFA Defenders
As we alluded to above, there are a few additional things to bear in mind when choosing your back three, four or five in FIFA 20, with slightly different factors becoming more or less important depending on the mode you're playing.
- 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 20 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.