Best center-backs for FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

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Meta center-backs in FIFA 23 are key to keeping attackers at bay in FIFA 23 and suppressing attacks from your opponents. In this guide, we’ve compiled a list of the top-tier meta CBs that players should use in Ultimate Team.

One of the core decisions you’ll need to make before diving into all of the key elements that make up an Ultimate Team in FIFA 23 – including custom tactics and formations – you’ll first need to consider which positions to fill.

Speedy wingers set up scoring, a world-class striker gets you goals, and midfielders hold down the middle of the park. Center-backs in contrast, are essential to your defensive tactics as their primary job is to prevent the opposition from scoring goals.

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Therefore, if you don’t have a CB with the right qualities, your defense won’t be nearly as effective.

We’ve compiled a list below of the best meta CBs in FIFA 23 that you’ll want to use in Ultimate Team.


Best center-backs in FIFA 23

A ton of the game’s player ratings and overalls are known to the world, meaning we can see the very best that the game has so far, as well as the fastest.

Whether you have two or three center-backs, they ideally need to have a good balance of speed, height, strength, mobility, and tactical nous.

To do this, we present to you the best meta center-backs in FIFA 23, but also the quickest player ones as well.

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Best meta center-backs in FIFA 23

As with each iteration of FIFA 23, expect the majority of these players to be available at a premium when the game first launches – especially the ones with the highest overalls.

For the most part, though, you get what you pay for, and these are the best center-backs for a reason in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.

These are the ratings for the best center-backs.

Player NameOVRClub
Virgil Van Dijk90Liverpool
Ruben Dias88Manchester City
Antonio Rüdiger87Real Madrid
Kalidou Koulibaly87Chelsea
Milan Skriniar86Inter Milan
Aymeric Laporte86Manchester City
Thiago Silva86Chelsea
David Alaba86Real Madrid
Niklas Sule85Borussia Dortmund
Matthijs de Ligt85Bayern Munich
Jules Koundé84Barcelona
Eder Gabriel Militao84Real Madrid
Lucas Hernandez84Bayern Munich
Sergio Ramos84PSG
Raphael Varane84Manchester United
Mats Hummels84Borussia Dortmund
Fikayo Tomori84AC Milan
Alessandro Bastoni84Inter Milan
Leonardo Bonucci84Juventus
Joel Matip84Liverpool
Giorgio Chiellini84Los Angeles FC
Stefan De Vrij84Inter Milan
Stefan Savić84Atletico Madrid
Pau Torres83Villarreal CF
Presnel Kimpembe83PSG
John Stones83Manchester City
Ronald Araujo83Barcelona
Diego Carlos83Aston Villa
Gerard Piqué83Barcelona
Cristian Romero83Tottenham Hotspur
Giménez83Atletico de Madrid
Nico Schlotterbeck82Borussia Dortmund

Fastest center backs to buy in FIFA 23

As well as the best-rated CBs in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, you also need to know who the absolute fastest players are because sometimes ‘best’ doesn’t actually mean the best.

An 86-rated CB may have the defensive qualities to read the game, but if they’re slow, then someone like Mbappe will absolutely burn them with pace.

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So here are the game’s absolute fastest defenders to consider for your Ultimate Team.

Player NameOVRPaceClub
Jeremiah St. Juste7693Sporting CP
Maxence Lacroix7787Wolfsburg
Lukas Klostermann8086RP Leipzig
Eder Gabriel Militao8486Real Madrid
Fikayo Tomori8486AC Milan
Jules Kounde8484Barcelona
Antonio Rudiger8782Real Madrid
Ben Godfrey7782Everton
Dayot Upamecano8182Bayern Munich
Josko Gvardiol8182RB Leipzig
Jurrien Timber8082Ajax
Kalidou Koulibaly8782Chelsea
Jordan Teze7781PSV Eindhoven
Konstantinos Mavropanos7881Stuttgart
Lucas Verissimo7981Benfica
Raphael Varane8481Manchester United
Virgil Van Dijk9081Liverpool
Evan Ndicka8180Eintracht Frankfurt
Goncalo Inacio7980Sporting CP
Joe Gomez8180Liverpool
Kim Min Jae7980Napoli
Pierre Kalulu7880AC Milan
Presnel Kimpembe8380PSG
Min Jae Kim7980Napoli
Timo Hübers76801. FC Koln
David Alaba8679Real Madrid
Moussa Niakhaté7879Nottingham Forest
Kevin Danso7579RC Lens
Josip Šutalo7579Dinamo Zagreb
William Saliba8078Arsenal
Milan Škriniar8078Inter Milan

That wraps up both of our comprehensive FIFA 23 CB lists with you now having full knowledge of the best and fastest center-backs in the game.

Also, if you enjoyed this guide, why not check out even more of our FIFA 23 guide content below:

FIFA 23 ICONS | FIFA 23 FUT Heroes | FIFA 23 crossplay explained | Best FIFA 23 custom tactics, meta formations & player instructions | FIFA 23 TOTW squads: Team of the Week explained | How to do the best FIFA 23 celebrations | Best FIFA 23 camera settings for Ultimate Team