FIFA 21 strongest players revealed: Van Dijk, Pogba, Pique & more - Dexerto

FIFA 21 strongest players revealed: Van Dijk, Pogba, Pique & more

Published: 11/Sep/2020 13:40 Updated: 16/Sep/2020 1:30

by Connor Bennett


FIFA 21 player ratings are starting to be revealed as we draw closer to that October 9 release date. Here, you can find the strongest players in the game. 

With the release of FIFA 21 on the horizon, Ultimate Team fans will be eyeing up some early choices for how they want to construct their team.


The silky skills of Kevin De Bruyne would obviously be ideal and the lightning pace of Christian Pulisic is also a good building block, but there is another key aspect to think about as well – strength and overall physicality.

Of course, being strong is usually more ideal for defenders – you want bruisers like Virgil van Dijk and Kalidou Koulibaly – but it doesn’t hurt to have them spread around your team in other positions.

Virgil Van Dijk going up for a header in FIFA
Van Dijk winning headers will be a regular sight in FIFA 21.

Strongest players in FIFA 21 – ratings

Along with the reveal of the Top 100 ratings, EA revealed the first batch of the strongest players in the game – with some of the names we’ve already mentioned getting key top roles. 

Van Dijk and Koulibaly were a part of the top three, clocking in with 92 and 94 strength respectively, until EA released the strength rankings for Silver and Bronze players. Then, Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa came along and took the top spot, as many expected him to.

  1. Adebayo Akinfenwa – 97 strength
  2. Daryl Dike – 96 strength
  3. Romelu Lukaku – 95 strength
  4. Alexander Vukotić – 95 strength
  5. Armando Méndez – 95 strength
  6. Obbi Oularé – 94 strength
  7. Tomáš Petrášek – 94 strength
  8. Stefan Maierhofer – 94 strength
  9. Felipe Carvalho – 94 strength
  10. Florian Ballas – 94 strength
  11. Sebastián Coates – 94 Strength
  12. Ariel Nahuelpan – 94 strength
  13. Pape Abou Cissé – 94 strength
  14. Kalidou Koulibaly – 94 strength
  15. Geoffrey Kondogbia – 94 strength
  16. Issa Marega – 93 strength
  17. Niklas Süle – 93 strength
  18. Willy Boly – 93 strength
  19. Abdoulaye Seck – 93 strength
  20. Mateo Pavlović – 93 strength
  21. Virgil van Dijk – 92 strength
  22. Erling Haaland – 91 strength
  23. Casemiro – 91 strength
  24. Paul Pogba – 89 strength
  25. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – 88 strength
  26. Matthias de Ligt –  88 strength
  27. Giorgio Chiellini –  87 strength
  28. Gerard Pique –  87 strength

Elsewhere, Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski are also highlights when it comes to forwards, with 91 and 86 respectively.


Be sure to let us know your thoughts on the current crop of ratings, and who you think will eventually take the top spot, by tweeting us @UltimateTeamUK.


FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre


EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.


Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.


Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.


These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Season 1 Rewards
This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.


There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!


TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA 21 news, updates, leaks, guides, and more.