The best defenders in FIFA 21

Protecting your lead has never been easier.

FIFA 21 Trent Alexander-Arnold

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What is possibly the most difficult area of the pitch to play, defenders have the task of keeping the frontline of the opposition firmly at bay. They stop your goalkeeper from being exposed to the opposing strikers, and they can help create plays from the wingback and fullback positions by crossing from the byline or cutting inside to drag the defense out of position.

It’s often a thankless task, but if you do things right as a defender, you will be noticed for your talents because it’s so difficult to do it right over 90 minutes. That’s why the center backs and wide defenders on this list are some of the best in the world, and it’s been reflected in their FIFA 21 rating.

It should be noted that the stats for player cards detailed here will be the same found in Ultimate Team, but if you’re playing the Career Mode for the game, they may start with these but can change quickly depending on training progress and age amongst other factors.

Excluding icons, here are the best defenders in FIFA 21 by rating and stats using the data from the EA Player rating database.

The top 10 center backs

10. Matthijs De Ligt – 85 OVR – Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)

FIFA 21 De Ligt

9. Marquinhos – 85 OVR – Paris Saint-Germain

FIFA 21 Marquinhos

8. Raphaël Varane – 86 OVR – Real Madrid

FIFA 21 Varane

7. Mats Hummels – 86 OVR – Borussia Dortmund

FIFA 21 Hummels

6. Gerard Piqué – 86 OVR – FC Barcelona

FIFA 21 Piqué

5. Giorgio Chiellini – 87 OVR – Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)

FIFA 21 Chiellini

4. Aymeric Laporte – 87 OVR – Manchester City

FIFA 21 Laporte

3. Kalidou Koulibaly – 88 OVR – Napoli

FIFA 21 Koulibaly

2. Sergio Ramos – 89 OVR – Real Madrid

FIFA 21 Ramos

1. Virgil van Dijk – 90 OVR – Liverpool FC

FIFA 21 Van Dijk

The top 3 left fullback/wingback

3. Alex Sandro – 85 OVR – Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)

FIFA 21 Alex Sandro

2. Jordi Alba – 86 OVR – FC Barcelona

FIFA 21 Jordi Alba

1. Andrew Robertson – 87 OVR – Liverpool FC

FIFA 21 Andy Robertson

The top 4 right fullback/wingback

4. Kyle Walker – 85 OVR – Manchester City

FIFA 21 Kyle Walker

3. Ricardo Pereira – 85 OVR – Leicester City

FIFA 21 Pereira

2. Dani Carvajal – 86 OVR – Real Madrid

FIFA 21 Carvajal

1. Trent Alexander-Arnold – 87 OVR – Liverpool FC

FIFA 21 Alexander-Arnold