The teams that will likely get the most use in Kick-Off in FIFA 21 will be the powerhouses of world football, including domestic and European champions, whose squads contain the very best in the world and have been rated as five-star teams by EA Sports.
There are only nine clubs in the game that are included in this elite bracket. Below are the five best teams in the game, with a table located at the foot of the article showing every five-star team in the game.
Liverpool FC (Team Total: 85)
Best Player: Mohamed Salah (OVR: 90)
The best team in FIFA 21 at launch is the Premier League champions, Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp guided the Merseyside club to their first title in 30 years last season, which they won at a canter, but they proved unable to defend their Champions League title.
They also lost out to Arsenal in the Community Shield at the start of the season. Despite the expectations that Liverpool would have a quiet window, that has not proven to be the case. The Reds brought in Thiago from Bayern Munich and added Diogo Jota from Wolves to lend further strength in depth to their forward line.
There have also been outgoings at Anfield, with Liverpool receiving sizable transfer fees for the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg and Rhian Brewster to Sheffield United. But it is the front three of Mohammad Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino that will attract most FIFA 21 players to Liverpool.
But the options are almost endless up front for Liverpool, with Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, and the aforementioned Jota providing a deep pool of talent. Liverpool also have plenty of quality at the back, with Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson being world-class.
Manchester City (Team Total: 85)
Best Player: Kevin De Bruyne (OVR: 91)
Liverpool’s main challengers for the title this season look to be Manchester City. The Citizens were outclassed by Liverpool last season, finishing 18 points behind their rivals, with the League Cup and Community Shield wins being poor consolation prizes.
Unsurprisingly, Pep Guardiola has spent big to try and close the gap on Liverpool. The main area for concern for City was in defence, with Nathan Aké and Rúben Dias brought in to strengthen the backline. Valencia winger Ferran Torres also joined the club for a significant fee.
The pacey Leroy Sané, however, departed to join German champions Bayern Munich, and Nicolás Otamendi joined Benfica as a makeweight in the deal to bring Dias to Manchester.
But there is plenty to enjoy about playing as Manchester City in FIFA 21, particularly for fans of tiki-taka football. The Belgian wizard Kevin De Bruyne remains in a class of his own in midfield, whilst Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero, and Raheem Sterling provide a dynamic attack. As for the defence, it’s solid in FIFA, at least.
Real Madrid (Team Total: 85)
Best Player: Sergio Ramos (OVR: 89)
La Liga champions Real Madrid appear to have been rejuvenated by the return of manager Zinedine Zidane and finally broke the Barcelona stranglehold in the league. However, they stumbled in the Champions League, crashing out in the last-16 at the hands of Manchester City.
They also haven’t spent a dime in the transfer market this window. That said, there have been several high-profile departures, with Zidane seemingly looking to trim his squad.
Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan) and James Rodriguez (Everton) have departed permanently, whilst Takefusa Kubo left on-loan for Villareal. Gareth Bale (loan) and Sergio Reguilón (permanent transfer) both joined Tottenham Hotspur.
Los Blancos have been without Cristiano Ronaldo for a couple of seasons now, but they still have quality in all areas of the pitch. Thibaut Courtois has re-established himself as one of the world’s best between the sticks, while Sergio Ramos and Raphaël Varane are a solid centre-back pairing. Eden Hazard has had issues remaining healthy, but the Belgian is still an excellent player on FIFA.
FC Barcelona (Team Total: 85)
Best Player: Lionel Messi (OVR: 93)
Barcelona are entering a period of transition after a miserable, trophyless campaign last season. Ronald Koeman is the man charged with bringing a revival to the Camp Nou, but it’s going to be a tall order this season for Barcelona to have domestic success.
One win for Barcelona was keeping Lionel Messi, who remains unhappy with the current situation but will now almost certainly remain at the club until at least next season. Others, however, have been shown the door. Luis Suárez (Atlético Madrid) and Arturo Vidal (Inter Milan) both left on free transfers.
But Arthur and Nélson Semedo brought Barca a much-needed injection of cash, moving to Juventus and Wolves, respectively. With Messi and a number of young stars, including Ansu Fati, on the books, there is still much to enjoy about Barcelona, including the chance to oversee the rebuild in Career Mode.
FC Bayern Munich (Team Total: 84)
Best Player: Robert Lewandowski (OVR: 91)
FC Bayern Munich were arguably the best side in Europe throughout the 2019/20. When Niko Kovač was sacked in favour of Hansi Flick, Bayern looked to be in disarray. Yet, they ended the season having completed the treble, winning the DFB Pokal, the Bundesliga, and the Champions League. The only trophy to elude them was the DFL-Supercup.
It has been a relatively quite window for Bayern, but they landed a star in Leroy Sané. Flick will surely be hoping that Sané and Serge Gnabry become the new Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben combination. Thiago was the only player to leave for a fee, while young talents Lars Lukas Mai and Christian Früchtl have left on-loan to Darmstadt and Nürnberg, respectively.
The defence seems criminally underrated in the initial FIFA 21 ratings, Niklas Süle is one of the best defenders in Germany while Alphonso Davies is perhaps the most exciting player ever to come out of North America. It is arguable that neither man has received the rating he deserves from EA Sports.
Still, Bayern have pace to burn with Davies, Gnabry, and Sané in the team, while also having probably the best striker in the world in Robert Lewandowski. For players looking to conquer Europe, Bayern might just be the perfect side.
All of the best five-star teams in FIFA 21
In the table below, you’ll find all of the best five-star teams in FIFA 21:
|FC Bayern Munich||5||91||84||82||85|
Now you know all of the best five-star teams available to use in FIFA 21.
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