FIFA 21 Defenders: Fastest Centre Backs (CB) to Sign in Career Mode

‘Pacey' and ‘defender’ go hand in hand for this list. Discover ALL the fastest centre backs (CB) in FIFA 21.


Traditionally centre backs have been slow and cumbersome on FIFA, an element of the game that increasingly hasn’t reflected reality. However, hidden amongst the ranks of tall, strong, and slow defenders are a number of centre backs blessed with blistering pace.

All would be a potentially invaluable asset to your side in career mode, so we’ve compiled a list of all the fastest defenders in the game. For players to feature in this article they will have to have 80 pace or higher, with the pace stat determined by an average taken from sprint speed and acceleration.


For example, a player with 90 sprint speed and 80 acceleration would have 85 pace. Included in the main body of this article are the five fastest centre backs in the game, whilst in a table at the foot of the article you will fund a full list of ALL the fastest centre backs to sign in your career mode.

Tyler Magloire (Pace 89, OVR 56)

Team: Blackburn Rovers
Positions: CB, RB
Age: 21
Overall/Potential: 56 OVR / 71 POT
Sprint Speed: 89
Acceleration: 89
Skill moves: Two Stars

After a handful of appearances on loan for Rochdale, Tyler Magloire has returned to Blackburn Rovers ahead of the 2020/21 season, with the Englishman looking to get regular minutes in the first team. Still just 21, Magloire has time on his side, but he’ll want to establish his place in the side as soon as possible.

Fortunately, he has plenty of pace to help press his claim. Indeed, there are few players in any position who could beat Magloire over 100 metres, with the Blackburn defender handed 89 sprint speed and 89 acceleration ratings by EA Sports.

The other highlights on Magloire’s stats sheet are his 75 jumping and 77 strength. However, his 58 agility and 47 balance does mean that changing direction quickly can be an issue. Still, with a potential rating of 71 OVR, Magloire could be an effective option for a lower league team.

Takuma Ominami (Pace 85, OVR 63)

Team: Kashiwa Reysol
Positions: CB
Age: 22
Overall/Potential: 63
OVR / 71 POT
Sprint Speed: 90
Acceleration: 79
Skill moves: Two Stars

Takuma Ominami was never able to cement a place in the team at Júbilo Iwata, which is perhaps what spurred the 22-year-old’s decision to move to newly promoted Kashiwa Reysol this summer, although his former side’s relegation to the Japanese second tier may have also played a role.

Regardless, if you are looking to play a high line in defence, Ominami might be the perfect centre back for you. There certainly aren’t many attackers who could beat him a foot race thanks to his 90 sprint speed. He is also effective in the air, with his 82 jumping ensuring he can defend crosses and set pieces.

He is not one of the quickest players off the mark, but his 79 acceleration is respectable. However, like Magloire, his 58 agility and 64 balance are below par, so if he is running, it had better be in a straight line. But his 79 stamina and strength would make him a useful option in the centre of defence for most lower league teams in Europe.

Jeremiah St. Juste (Pace 85, OVR 74)

Team: 1. FSV Mainz 05
Positions:CB, RB, CDM
Age: 23
Overall/Potential: 74
OVR / 79 POT
Sprint Speed: 88
Acceleration: 81
Skill moves: Three Stars

Last summer the Dutchman Jeremiah St. Juste moved from Eredivisie powerhouse Feyenoord to FSV Mainz in a deal worth just over £7m. It was a largely successful move for the 23-year-old, who played 25 times for Mainz in the Bundesliga and chipped in with two goals and two assists.

Whilst he has played mostly as a centre back, he is a versatile option, with St Juste also comfortable as a central defensive midfielder and at right back.

His stats sheet makes for impressive reading, with the highlights his 88 sprint speed, 81 acceleration and 90 jumping. He is also considerably more agile than the first two players to appear in this list with a 77 agility rating.

His purely defensive stats are also solid, with 78 interceptions 76 defensive awareness and 76 standing tackle, whilst St Juste will be comfortable on the ball thanks to his 75 short passing and 75 dribbling. Plus, with 79 potential, St Juste could develop into a good ball playing centre back for a team in one of Europe’s top flights.

Ike Opara (Pace 84, OVR 75)

Team: Minnesota United FC
Positions: CB
Age: 31
Overall/Potential: 75
OVR / 75 POT
Sprint Speed: 88
Acceleration: 79
Skill moves: Two Stars

After spending seven years with Sporting Kansas City in the MLS, Ike Opara made the move to Minnesota United FC in January 2019. With one season under his belt in Minnesota, the American made a strong start to this campaign, scoring twice in as many games only to pick up an injury.

When he is fit, Opara is fast, strong and powerful in the air. To complement his 88 sprint speed and 79 acceleration, Opara has 91 jumping, 85 strength, 82 aggression and 77 heading accuracy.

That said, at 31, he is not a viable long-option in career mode. But if you are looking for a physically imposing centre back to serve as a stopgap whilst a younger defender develops, Opara could be your man.

Lukas Klostermann (Pace 84, OVR 80)

Team: RB Leipzig
Positions: CB, RB, RWB
Age: 24
Overall/Potential: 80
OVR / 85 POT
Sprint Speed: 88
Acceleration: 79
Skill moves: Two Stars

RB Leipzig are reaping the rewards of a shrewd piece of business in purchasing Lukas Klostermann from VFL Bochum for just under £1m in 2014. Towards the end of last season, he established himself as a centre back after playing principally as a full back on either side of the defence in previous years.

Klostermann has some very impressive stats, not least his 88 sprint speed, 81 interceptions, 84 defensive awareness, 81 standing table, 85 sliding tackle, and 81 reactions, as well as 82 jumping and 82 stamina. He also has considerable scope for improvement with 85 potential.

With his pace and defensive ability, Klostermann could be superbly effective as a central defender, particularly in a three at the back with attacking wingbacks. His pace would be a considerable asset if he was pulled out wide up against a winger or if he was looking to break forward. But he is unlikely to be cheap.

All the fastest CBs on FIFA 21

In the table below are the 5 players featured above along with all the fastest centre backs that fit the criteria of having a minimum 80 pace rating.

NamePositionPaceAccelerationSprint SpeedOverall
Tyler MagloireCB RB89898956
Takuma OminamiCB85799063
Jeremiah St. JusteCB RB CDM85818874
Ike OparaCB84798875
Lukas KlostermannCB RB RWB84798880
Dominic IorfaCB RB83778771
Hamdan Al ShamraniCB LB83838364
Konstantinos ManolasCB82808383
Steven ZellnerCB CDM82808464
Raphaël VaraneCB82798586
Joe GomezCB82788583
Maxim LeitschCB LB82768667
Georgiy DzhikiyaCB82907577
Kim Jae WooCB82818355
Clinton MataCB RB RM82798477
Marco KomendaCB81788365
Adedeji OshilajaCB RB81808266
Chris MavingaCB81768571
Jiang GuangtaiCB80778368
Fikayo TomoriCB80768376
Egidio SchetinoCB80837880
Charles DunneCB80817963
Hong Jeong HoCB80788172
Gustavo VelázquezCB RB80788169
Benedikt ZechCB80808068
Przemysław WiśniewskiCB80679165

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Tim M

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