FIFA 21 Career Mode: Best Centre Backs (CB)

Need a solid centre back or two to guard your net? These are the highest-rated players at CB in FIFA 21.

FIFA 21 Career Mode: Best Centre Backs (CB)

Almost every single team that has won the most prestigious trophies have been able to do so because they feature at least one elite-level centre back.

A commanding and level-headed presence along the backline is essential for a team to find success, and now that EA Sports have revealed their highest-rated players, we can identify the top CBs of FIFA 21.

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On this page, you’ll find features of each of the best five centre backs in FIFA 21, with a full table of all of FIFA 21’s best CB position players at the base of the piece.

Virgil van Dijk (90 OVR)

FIFA 21 best centre back Virgil van Dijk

Team: Liverpool
Best Position: CB
Age: 29
Overall Rating: 90
Nationality: Dutch
Weak Foot: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 93 Marking, 93 Standing Tackle, 90 Interceptions

The signing of Virgil van Dijk for £75 million in January 2018 is what transformed Liverpool from top-four challengers to title contenders.

A towering presence hailing from the Netherlands, Van Dijk was worth every penny of the world-record fee for a defender, with his five goals through 38 Premier League games last season showing that he contributes much more than just rock-solid defending.

In FIFA 21, Van Dijk weighs-in as the best CB in the game, boasting a whole stack of user-friendly attribute ratings, including 89 reactions, 90 composure, 90 interceptions, 77 ball control, 93 marking, 93 standing tackle, 86 sliding tackle, 90 jumping, 92 strength, and an 86 for the Dutchman’s long passing.

Sergio Ramos (89 OVR)

FIFA 21 best centre back Sergio Ramos

Team: Real Madrid
Best Position: CB
Age: 34
Overall Rating: 89
Nationality: Spanish
Weak Foot: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 93 Jumping, 92 Heading Accuracy, 92 Reactions

Real Madrid’s stalwart captain is still one of the best defenders in the world despite now being 34-years-old. Once the best right-back in the world, starting his transition to a pure centre back about a decade ago, he’s now a brick wall up the middle while also being a threat in the opposition box.

Over his 650 games for Los Blancos, Ramos has stacked up 97 goals and 39 assists, claiming 13 of those goals and one of those assists in his 44 games last season.

He may be in his mid-30s, but Ramos still has all of the attributes that you look for in a top FIFA 21 CB, including 88 composure, 88 interceptions, 92 reactions, 90 sliding tackle, 88 standing tackle, 85 strength, and 85 marking.

Ramos enters the new game at 89 OVR, keeping par with his final FIFA 20 rating, and is set to be one of the best pre-contract signings of FIFA 21.

Kalidou Koulibaly (88 OVR)

FIFA 21 best centre back Kalidou Koulibaly

Team: SSC Napoli
Best Position: CB
Age: 29
Overall Rating: 88
Nationality: Senegalese
Weak Foot: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 94 Strength, 91 Marking, 87 Sliding Tackle

In a league which has historically touted some of the best defensive players and teams in Europe, Kalidou Koulibaly has been able to stand out as one of Serie A’s finest.

Alongside Andrea Barzagli, Andrea Pirlo, Radja Nainggolan, and Miralem Pjanić, Kalidou Koulibaly has made it into the Serie A Team of the Year four times, making a strong case for a fifth selection even though he only played 25 games due to multiple injuries last season.

Boasting a high defensive work rate and an 88 overall rating in FIFA 21, Koulibaly is one of the best players at the CB position in the game.

A purely defensive presence, Koulibaly’s main assets are his ball-winning abilities and physicality, boasting a 91 for marking, 89 for his standing tackle, 94 for strength, and 87 for his sliding tackle.

Aymeric Laporte (87 OVR)

FIFA 21 best centre back Aymeric Laporte

Team: Manchester City
Best Position: CB
Age: 26
Overall Rating: 87
Nationality: French
Weak Foot: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 89 Marking, 89 Standing Tackle, 89 Standing Tackle

Just as he had cemented himself as the standout centre back for Manchester City, Aymeric Laporte picked up a hefty knee injury and only made it onto the pitch 20 times in all competitions in 2019/20.

City suffered a double-whammy last season by losing their commander, Vincent Kompany, and their best CB, Laporte, at once. The Agen-native is back now, though, with a strong new centre back partner in the energetic Nathan Aké.

Despite his lengthy absence last season, Laporte returns in FIFA 21 with the same 87 OVR that he ended FIFA 20 with, still boasting many top attributes.

As you’d assume from a player picked by Pep Guardiola, Laporte boasts strong passing attributes, with an 82 for short passing and 80 for long passing, as well as sound defending fundamentals, such as 89 marking, 89 standing tackle, and 87 interceptions.

Giorgio Chiellini (87 OVR)

FIFA 21 best centre back Giorgio Chiellini

Team: Juventus
Best Position: CB
Age: 36
Overall Rating: 87
Nationality: Italian
Weak Foot: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 94 Marking, 90 Standing Tackle, 90 Aggression

Already a legendary defender, even at 36-years-old, Giorgio Chiellini is still the cornerstone of the silverware-hunting Juventus.

While the left-footed centre back could only muster four appearances throughout the entirety of last season, due to a cruciate ligament injury, the dominant Italian looks set to reprise his role as team captain this year.

Missing almost the whole 2019/20 season resulted in Chiellini being docked one point in his overall rating, being an 87 OVR CB in FIFA 21.

The Juventus talisman continues to hold strong ratings where it counts, too, boasting an 88 for interceptions, 94 for marking, 90 for his standing tackle, 88 for his sliding tackle, 87 strength, and 84 composure.

All the Best Centre Backs (CB) in FIFA 21

Here’s the list of all of the best CB players in FIFA 21. The table below will be updated with more players once the full game launches.

NameOverallAgeTeamBest Attributes
Virgil van Dijk9029Liverpool93 Marking, 93 Standing Tackle, 90 Interceptions
Sergio Ramos8934Real Madrid93 Jumping, 92 Heading Accuracy, 90 Sliding Tackle
Kalidou Koulibaly8829SSC Napoli94 Strength, 91 Marking, 89 Standing Tackle
Aymeric Laporte8726Manchester City89 Marking, 89 Standing Tackle, 88 Sliding Tackle
Giorgio Chiellini8736Juventus94 Marking, 90 Standing Tackle, 90 Aggression
Gerard Piqué8633FC Barcelona88 Reactions, 88 Marking, 87 Strength
Mats Hummels8632Borussia Dortmund91 Interceptions, 90 Marking, 88 Standing Tackle
Raphaël Varane8627Real Madrid89 Marking, 87 Standing Tackle, 87 Interceptions
Marquinhos8526Paris Saint-Germain89 Jumping, 87 Standing Tackle, 87 Marking
Matthijs de Ligt8521Juventus88 Strength, 86 Marking, 85 Standing Tackle
Thiago Silva8536Chelsea90 Jumping, 88 Interceptions, 87 Marking
Milan Škriniar8525Inter Milan92 Marking, 87 Standing Tackle, 86 Aggression
Clément Lenglet8525FC Barcelona90 Marking, 87 Interceptions, 86 Standing Tackle
Leonardo Bonucci8533Juventus90 Marking, 90 Interceptions, 86 Standing Tackle
Toby Alderweireld8531Tottenham Hotspur89 Standing Tackle, 88 Marking, 86 Composure
Diego Godín8534Inter Milan90 Marking, 89 Jumping, 87 Interceptions
David Alaba8428Bayern Munich88 Reactions, 85 Marking, 85 Free-Kick Accuracy
Stefan de Vrij8428Inter Milan88 Marking, 87 Standing Tackle, 86 Interceptions
Felipe8431Atlético Madrid92 Aggression, 90 Jumping, 89 Strength
Niklas Süle8425Bayern Munich93 Strength, 88 Standing Tackle, 87 Sliding Tackle
José María Giménez8425Atlético Madrid90 Strength, 90 Jumping, 89 Aggression
Jan Vertonghen8333SL Benfica86 Sliding Tackle, 86 Marking, 85 Standing Tackle
Konstantinos Manolas8329SSC Napoli87 Sliding Tackle, 86 Jumping, 86 Interceptions
Joel Matip8329Liverpool86 Interceptions, 86 Standing Tackle, 85 Marking
Francesco Acerbi8332SS Lazio87 Marking, 87 Standing Tackle, 86 Strength
Samuel Umtiti8326FC Barcelona85 Strength, 85 Jumping, 84 Interceptions
Alessio Romagnoli8325AC Milan88 Marking, 86 Interceptions, 86 Standing Tackle
Diego Carlos8327Sevilla FC86 Strength, 85 Aggression, 84 Interceptions
Joe Gomez8323Liverpool85 Standing Tackle, 84 Interceptions, 83 Reactions

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