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Best FIFA 23 Career Mode defenders: Highest OVR & top wonderkids

FIFA 23’s best career mode defenders will solidify your back line, from the most promising young players to the highest overall sweepers.



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Utilizing an impenetrable defensive wall will make winning titles in Career Mode much easier. We’ve compiled a list of the best defenders and top wonderkids in FIFA 23’s Career Mode.

FIFA 23 players who prefer single-player modes have a brand-new iteration of Career Mode to discover. The realism in FIFA 23 kicks things up a notch and managing your favorite club feels as close to reality as possible.

If you want your club to succeed and stave off an early dismissal, you’ll need a solid back line to depend upon. The best defenders will bail you out in difficult situations, which is why we’ve listed the best CBs, RBs, and LBs you can buy in Career Mode as well as the crop of best young defenders in FIFA 23.

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Best defenders in FIFA 23 Career Mode

The best defenders in FIFA 23 will come at a steep cost, but they’re sure to immediately improve your club’s defensive prowess on the pitch.

In order to purchase these superstars, you’re going to need to manage a club with a massive transfer budget. However, several of these clubs already boast some of the best defenders in FIFA 23.

Taking charge of Manchester City for example could be a dream Career Mode scenario, as you look to add another top defender alongside Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo.

Player NamePositionAgeClubValueWageStarting OVRPotential OVR
Virgil van DijkCB31Liverpool€81.5M€230K9090
Joao CanceloLB28Manchester City€82.5M€250K8888
Ruben DiasCB25Manchester City€107.5M€230K8891
Kalidou KoulibalyCB31Chelsea€54.5M€175K8787
Antonio RudigerCB29Real Madrid€73.5M€250K8788
Andrew RobertsonLB28Liverpool€72M€185K8787
Trent Alexander-ArnoldRB23Liverpool€100.5M€150K8790
David AlabaCB30Real Madrid€55.5M€220K8686
Milan SkriniarCB27Inter Milan€68.5M€105K8687

Best young defenders in FIFA 23 Career Mode

If you’re looking to avoid the world’s elite clubs as you prefer to take on more of a challenge, the best young defenders in FIFA 23 are sure to add a ton of value to your Career Mode experience.

These wonderkids should be affordable for most clubs, and with a little patience and game time, you can nurture them into the next best defenders in FIFA 23.

The list consists of five full-backs and five center-backs. You’ll have to identify which part of your back line needs a youthful surge of energy.

Player NamePositionAgeClubValueWageStarting OVRPotential OVR
Giorgio ScalviniCB18Atalanta€3.8M€6K
Aaron HickeyRB20Brentford€12M€27.5K7585
Tanguy NianzouCB20Sevilla€7M€13K
Luca NetzLB19Gladbach€7M€10.5K7385
Malo GustoRB19Lyon€11.5M€24K7585
Tino LivramentoRB19Southampton€11.5M€22K7585
Calvin BasseyLB22Ajax€9M€11K7484
Leonidas StergiouCB20St. Gallen€2.5M€2.7K6784
Anthony RouaultCB21Toulouse€5.5M€9K7284

For more FIFA 23, check out our guides highlighting the best players in each position on Ultimate Team.

Goalkeepers | Full-backs | Center-backs | Midfielders | Wingers | Strikers

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