FIFA 21 Best Defenders Guide

If you’re looking to find the best defenders to add to your team in FIFA 21, then we’ve got you covered with this guide where we’ve listed down the best defenders that you can get in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

Defenders are essential to your team victory as you can’t solely rely on your attacking power to secure wins.

FIFA 21 Best Defenders

Rank Name Club Rating
1 Virgil Van Dijk Liverpool 90
2 Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 89
3 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli 88
4 Aymeric Laporte Man City 87
5 Giorgio Chiellini Piemonte Calcio 87
6 Andrew Robertson Liverpool 87
7 Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 87
8 Jordi Alba Barcelona 86
9 Dani Carvajal Real Madrid 86
10 Alex Sandro Piemonte Calcio 85
11 Ricardo Pereira Leicester City 85
12 Kyle Walker Man City 85
13 Lucas Digne Everton 84
14 Alex Grimaldo Benfica 84
15 Jesus Navas Sevilla 84

Best Center-backs (CB)

Rank Name Club Rating
1 Virgil Van Dijk Liverpool 90
2 Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 89
3 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli 88
4 Aymeric Laporte Man City 87
5 Giorgio Chiellini Piemonte Calcio 87
6 Gerard Piqué Barcelona 86
7 Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund 86
8 Raphael Varane Real Madrid 86
9 Marquinhos PSG 85
10 Matthijs De Light Piemonte Calcio 85
11 Thiago Silva Chelsea 85
12 Milan Skriniar Inter 85
13 Clement Lenglet Barcelona 85
14 Leonardo Bonucci Piemonte Calcio 85
15 Toby Alderweireld Tottenham Hotspur 85
16 Diego Godin Inter 85
17 David Alaba Bayern Munich 84
18 Stefan De Vrij Inter 84
19 Felipe Atletico Madrid 84
20 Niklas Sule Bayern Munich 84

Virgil Van Dijk and Sergio Ramos continue their reign as the top CBs in FIFA 21. Just like FIFA 20, Virgil Van Dijk holds a 90 overall rating while Sergio Ramos follows closely behind with a rating of 89.

As compared to last year, Diego Godin, Toby Alderweireld, and Thiago Silva have lost their spots in the top 10 (the latter of which missed the top 10 by one place), but they’re still outstanding CBs nonetheless.

The most improved CB seems to be Aymeric Laporte, who has climbed up from 9th place in FIFA 20 to 4th place this year.

As we learned from FIFA 20, having a CB with very low pace in your team is a horrible experience; so if this remains true in FIFA 21, make sure to get use CBs with high pace ratings.

Best Left Backs (LB) and Left Wing Backs (LWB)

Rank Player Club Rating
1 Andrew Robertson Liverpool 87
2 Jordi Alba Barcelona 86
3 Alex Sandro Piemonte Calcio 85
4 Lucas Digne Everton 84
5 Alex Grimaldo Benfica 84
6 Nocolas Tagliafico Ajax 84
7 Alex Telles Porto 84
8 Marcelo Real Madrid 83
9 Yuri Berchiche Atletic Bilbao 83
10 Juan Bernat PSG 83
11 Jose Gaya Valencia 83
12 Marcos Acuna Sevilla 83
13 Ferland Mendy Real Madrid 83
14 Aleksandar Kolarov Inter 82
15 Marcel Halstenberg RB Leipzig 82
16 Reguilon Tottenham Hotspur 82
17 Marcos Alonso Chelsea 81
18 Ismaily Shaktar Donetsk 81
19 Benjamin Mendy Man City 81
20 Luke Shaw Manchester United 81

Andrew Robertson takes the top spot from Jordi Alba in FIFA 21 to become the highest rated LB in the game, with a rating of 87, but Jordi Alba hasn’t fallen down too far, as he’s in second place with an 86 rating.

Even though no wing-backs were able to crack the top 20, Jonny, of Wolves is the best one of them with a rating of 81.

Best Right Backs (RB) and Right Wing Backs (RWB)

Rank Player Club Rating
1 Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 87
2 Dani Carvajal Real Madrid 86
3 Ricardo Pereira Leicester City 85
4 Kyle Walker Man City 85
5 Jesus Navas Sevilla 84
6 Azpilicueta Chelsea 84
7 Kieran Trippier Atletico Madrid 83
8 Sergi Roberto Barcelona 83
9 Joao Cancelo Man City 83
10 Nelson Semedo Wolves 83
11 Aaron Wan-Bissaka Manchester United 83
12 Lars Bender Bayer Leverkusen 82
13 Juan Cuadrado Piemonte Calcio 81
14 Thomas Meunier Borussia Dortmund 81
15 Alessandro Florenzi PSG 81
16 Santiago Arias Atletico Madrid 81
17 Capa Athletic Bilbao 81
18 Benjamin Pavard Bayern Munich 81
19 Matt Doherty Tottenham Hotspur 81
20 Daniel Wass Valencia 80

From his 5th placing in FIFA 20, Trent Alexander-Arnold has climbed all the way up to the top spot to become the highest rating RB in FIFA 21, with a rating of 87.

Like with LWBs, you won’t see many RWBs in the top 20. In fact, the only RWB that’s made the cut is Matt Doherty, who is Tottenham’s newest star.

Now that we’ve looked at the best defenders for each position, let’s rank the overall top 5 defenders in FIFA 21, based on their overall ratings.

Who are the Best CB, LB, LWB, RB, RWB in FIFA 21?

Top 3 CBs

#1: Virgil Van Dijk (90 Rated)
It isn’t really that difficult to see why Virgil has become the best defender in the game. Virgil’s leadership played a big part in Liverpool’s first Premier League title win, which is why praised so much.

Stats

  • Pace: 76
  • Shooting: 60
  • Passing: 71
  • Dribbling: 72
  • Defense: 91
  • Physical: 86

#2: Sergio Ramos (89 Rated)
Even though he’s dropped down to second place, Sergio Ramos is still a force to be reckoned with. Being a defender, he was amongst the top scorers in La Liga, which is an insane fact to think about.

Sergio is one of the most balanced players in the football world, as he excels in pretty much every aspect.

Stats

  • Pace: 71
  • Shooting: 70
  • Passing: 76
  • Dribbling: 74
  • Defense: 88
  • Physical: 85

#3: Kalidou Koulibaly (88 Rated)
Kalidou’s immense speed and strength makes him an incredible defender. Once he gets the ball, you can be sure that the opponent isn’t getting it back.

Stats

  • Pace: 75
  • Shooting: 28
  • Passing: 55
  • Dribbling: 69
  • Defense: 89
  • Physical: 86

Top 3 LBs and LWBs

#1: Andrew Robertson (87 Rated)
The last spot is taken by Trent Arnold’s teammate, Andy Robertson. They’re both very similar in most aspects, with Andy falling just a bit behind in passing.

Having both Trent and Andy on your team in FIFA 21 would just be incredible.

Stats

  • Pace: 83
  • Shooting: 62
  • Passing: 80
  • Dribbling: 80
  • Defense: 81
  • Physical: 76

#2: Jordi Alba (86 Rated)
Jordi Alba has pretty much got it all when it comes to stats. Three of his stats are sitting in the 80s, including in incredible 88 pace. As we know already, pace has become an extremely crucial factor in the game, so Jordi Alba might become one of the most popular defenders in FIFA 21.

  • Pace: 88
  • Shooting: 69
  • Passing: 81
  • Dribbling: 83
  • Defense: 78
  • Physical: 72

#3: Alex Sandro (85 Rated)
Looking at his stats, Alex Sandro seems to have a lot of potential if you use him properly. In theory, the Shadow chemistry style should work perfectly with him to improve his already great stats.

If you link him up with high-level strikers like Ronaldo or Mbappe etc., you may be able to perform some awesome plays.

  • Pace: 81
  • Shooting: 65
  • Passing: 77
  • Dribbling: 80
  • Defense: 81
  • Physical: 81

Top 3 RBs and RWBs

#1: Trent Alexander-Arnold (87 Rated)
Trent Alexander Arnold is the best passing defender and highest rated full back in FIFA 21.

Over the last few seasons, Liverpool’s entire playstyle has evolved around Trent’s own vision. Trent is a must-have in FIFA 21 if you want your team to be as strong as possible from the back.

Stats

  • Pace: 80
  • Shooting: 66
  • Passing: 87
  • Dribbling: 80
  • Defense: 80
  • Physical: 71

#2: Dani Carvajal (86 Rated)
Carvajal is a very well-balanced player with 4 stats in the 80s. If you pair him up with the Shadow chemistry style to bring his pace up to its max potential, he might become a great shot-creator.

  • Pace: 80
  • Shooting: 54
  • Passing: 78
  • Dribbling: 81
  • Defense: 82
  • Physical: 80

#3: Kyle Walker (85 Rated)
Kyle Walker blows all his competition out of the water when it comes to pace as he’s been given a remarkable 92 pace rating in FIFA 21. This is coupled with the fact that he has 77 dribbling and 76 passing.

With these stats, and the fact that you can bump them up even more with the chemistry styles, Kyle Walker might re-take his throne in FIFA 21 as one of the best defenders in the franchise.

  • Pace: 92
  • Shooting: 63
  • Passing: 76
  • Dribbling: 77
  • Defense: 80
  • Physical: 82