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FIFA 22 best defenders: The best CB, LB, RB and Wing Backs in FIFA 22

The top defenders in FIFA 22 and where to find them.

The best FIFA Defenders are essential to establishing a strong team which will keep you as close to as many clean sheets as possible.

This page goes through the entire roster of defending possibilities - including the best FIFA 22 CBs, the best FIFA 22 LBs, the best FIFA 22 RBs and the best FIFA wing backs, all ranked by their overall rankings within their category.

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If you're interested in other positions, we have pages on the best FIFA 22 goalkeepers, best FIFA 22 strikers, best FIFA 22 wingers, and the best FIFA 22 midfielders.

FIFA 22 best CB: The best Centre Back in FIFA 22

Once again, Virgil Van Dijk and Sergio Ramo take up the top two places when it comes to the Centre Back positions. Perhaps the biggest shake up is Marquinhos and Kalidou Koulibaly trading places - from ninth and third to third and ninth in FIFA 22.

Virgil Van Dijk remains the best Centre Back in FIFA 22. Image credit: EA Sports
RankPlayerClubRating
1Virgil Van DijkLiverpool89
2Sergio RamosPSG88
3MarquinhosPSG87
4Ruben DiasManchester City87
5Mats HummelsBorussia Dortmund86
6Raphael VaraneManchester United86
7Milan SkriniarInter86
8Aymeric LaporteManchester City86
9Kalidou KoulibalyNapoli86
10Giogio ChielliniPiemonte Calcio86
11Leonardo BonucciPiemonte Calcio85
12Thiago SilvaChelsea85
13Stefan De VrijInter85
14Matthijs De LigtPiemonte Calcio85
15David AlabaReal Madrid84

FIFA 22 best LB and LWB: The best Left Backs and Left Wing Backs in FIFA 22

For another year, Liverpool dominates either side of the pitch - with Andrew Robertson taking the top spot in the joint Left Back and Left Wing Back ranking. Alba is once again second, while Luke Shaw has had a meteoric rise from 20th position last year to third in FIFA 22.

Andrew Robertson is the best Left Back in FIFA 22. Image credit: EA Sports
RankPlayerClubRating
1Andrew RobertsonLiverpool87
2Jordi AlbaBarcelona86
3Luke ShawManchester United84
4Marcos AcunaSevilla FC84
5Theo HernandezMilan84
6Lucas DigneEverton84
7Raphael GuerreiroDortmund84
8Ferland MendyReal Madrid83
9AngelinoRB Leipzig83
10Alex SandroPiemonte Calcio83
11Leonardo SpinazzolaRoma FC83
12GayaValencia CF83
13Lucas HerrnandezFC Bayern83
14Alex TellesManchester United82
15Alphonso DaviesFC Bayern82

FIFA 22 best RB and RWB: The best Right Backs and Right Wing Backs in FIFA 22

As mentioned above, Liverpool boasts having both the rest LB and RB in the game - with Trent Alexander-Arnold once again in first. There is otherwise a bit of a shuffle in the list, with Dani Carvajal now in second, and the likes of Ricardo Pereira dropping from third to sixth, with PSG's Achraf Hakimi rounding off the top three.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best Right Back in FIFA 22. Image credit: EA Sports
RankPlayerClubRating
1Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool87
2Joao CanceloManchester City86
3Achraf HakimiPSG85
4Kyle WalkerManchester City85
5CarvajalReal Madrid85
6Ricardo PereiraLeicester City84
7Jesus NavasSevilla FC84
8Kieran TrippierAtletico de Madrid84
9Juan CuadradoPiemonte Calcio83
10Aaron Wan-BissakaManchester United83
11Mario FernandesCSKA Moscow82
12Denzel DumfriesInter82
13Alessandro FlorenziMilan81
14DaniloPiemonte Calcio81
15Manuel LazzariLatsium81

Stuck for who to make up your team? We have pages on FIFA 22 Wonderkids, the best FIFA 22 goalkeepers, best FIFA 22 defenders, best FIFA 22 strikers, best FIFA 22 wingers, and the best FIFA 22 midfielders. For FUT fans, we have guides to how Chemistry works and a full Chemistry Styles list, too.


Other things to know about picking the best FIFA 22 Defenders

As always, there are more than just player ratings to bear in mind when choosing your back three, four or five in FIFA 22, 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.
  • 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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