Having top-tier center-backs in FIFA 23 is the key to keeping clean sheets and keeping attackers at bay, so we’ve put together the best meta CBs to use in Ultimate Team.
Before you start diving into FIFA 23’s custom tactics, formations, and all the other key elements that comprise an incredible Ultimate Team, you need to consider what positions you need to fill.
A world-class striker gets you goals, tricky, speedy wingers set them up and nick the odd few goals themselves, and midfielders run the middle of the park, but center-backs prevent them from going in at your end.
If you don’t spend enough coins or don’t pick a CB with the right qualities, then you may as well part your center-backs and allow the opposition to score.
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 to 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.
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.
|Virgil Van Dijk||90||Liverpool|
|Ruben Dias||88||Manchester City|
|Antonio Rüdiger||87||Real Madrid|
|Milan Skriniar||86||Inter Milan|
|Aymeric Laporte||86||Manchester City|
|David Alaba||86||Real Madrid|
|Niklas Sule||85||Borussia Dortmund|
|Matthijs de Ligt||85||Bayern Munich|
|Eder Gabriel Militao||84||Real Madrid|
|Lucas Hernandez||84||Bayern Munich|
|Raphael Varane||84||Manchester United|
|Mats Hummels||84||Borussia Dortmund|
|Fikayo Tomori||84||AC Milan|
|Alessandro Bastoni||84||Inter Milan|
|Giorgio Chiellini||84||Los Angeles FC|
|Stefan De Vrij||84||Inter Milan|
|Stefan Savić||84||Atletico Madrid|
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.
So here are the game’s absolute fastest defenders to consider for your Ultimate Team.
|Jeremiah St. Juste||76||93||Sporting CP|
|Lukas Klostermann||80||86||RP Leipzig|
|Eder Gabriel Militao||84||86||Real Madrid|
|Fikayo Tomori||84||86||AC Milan|
|Antonio Rudiger||87||82||Real Madrid|
|Dayot Upamecano||81||82||Bayern Munich|
|Josko Gvardiol||81||82||RB Leipzig|
|Jordan Teze||77||81||PSV Eindhoven|
|Raphael Varane||84||81||Manchester United|
|Virgil Van Dijk||90||81||Liverpool|
|Evan Ndicka||81||80||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Goncalo Inacio||79||80||Sporting CP|
|Kim Min Jae||79||80||Napoli|
|Pierre Kalulu||78||80||AC 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