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FIFA 23 Ultimate Team best center-backs: Cheap & meta players

Utilizing the best center-backs in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team will solidify your defensive play, so here’s our guide of the best CBs.



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Defending is just as important in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team as attacking, and you’ll need a solid pair of CBs to keep the game’s best players out. So, here are the best Ultimate Team center-backs in FIFA 23.

Central positions in FUT can make or break your squad, and while midfielders will attempt to facilitate your transition game, center-backs (CBs) are meant to act as a brick wall in front of your goal.

The best center-backs in FIFA 23 will add pace, ball-playing ability, and of course defensive prowess to your Ultimate Team squad. With FUT’s new chemistry system and position modifier method, players have access to more center-back pairings than ever before.

Let’s take a look at the best center-backs in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.

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FIFA 23’s center-backs are your last line of defense.

Best center-backs in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

Center-backs don’t have the flashiest jobs on the pitch, but without solid defending, you’re guaranteed to drop some important FUT matches. Whether you’re playing with two or three center-backs, solidifying your backline with the highest-rated CBs is a great idea.

With Ultimate Team promos coming thick and fast, it’s easy to look at the top of the pitch when building your squad. However, firepower in attack is worthless if you can’t keep the opposition out.

With this in mind, here are the best non-Icon center-backs in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.

Highest-rated center-backs in FUT 23

Player NameVersionRatingClub
Virgil van DijkTOTY96Liverpool
Eder MilitaoTOTY94Real Madrid
Kalidou KoulibalyTOTY HM91Chelsea
Ruben DiasFantasy FUT90Manchester City
Rafael MarquezFF Hero90MLS
David AlabaRTTF90Real Madrid
Ronald AraujoFuture Stars90Barcelona
Jurgen KohlerWC Hero90Bundesliga
LucioWC Hero90Bundesliga
Milan SkriniarFantasy FUT89Inter Milan
William SalibaFantasy FUT89Arsenal

Meta center-backs in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

The highest-rated center-backs might have the best overall stats, but not all of them have what it takes to rise to the top of FIFA 23’s meta. The best meta center-backs in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team will truly feel like the best players in the game when it comes to defending.

Here are the best meta center-backs in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team:

Player NameVersionClubRatingPrice
LucioWC HeroBundesliga902.5 million
Virgil van DijkTOTYLiverpool962.3 million
Eder MilitaoTOTYReal Madrid941.8 million
David AlabaRTTFReal Madrid901.6 million
William SalibaFantasy FUTArsenal891.4 million
Ivan CordobaFF HeroSerie A881.1 million
Ruben DiasFantasy FUTManchester City90939,000
Ronald AraujoFuture StarsBarcelona90791,000
Dayot UpamecanoFantasy FUTBayern Munich88735,000
Raphael VaraneWinter WildcardManchester United88679,000
Rafael MarquezFF HeroMLS90545,000
Presnel KimpembeCenturionsPSG86520,000

Best cheap center-backs in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

If your FIFA 23 Ultimate Team journey is just beginning, you’ll want to save some of your coins and focus on building a well-balanced squad. Fortunately, there are a ton of cheap defenders that can get the job done while you’re saving up coins.

Check out our picks for the best cheap center-backs in FIFA 23 below:

Player NameClubRatingPrice
Ronald AraujoBarcelona832,600
Diego CarlosAston Villa832,600
Lucas HernandezBayern Munich845,600
Joe GomezLiverpool811,600
Josko GvardiolRB Leipzig81700
Jurrien TimberAjax80700
Lukas KlostermannRB Leipzig80750
Presnel KimpembePSG834,000
Pau TorresVillarreal832,600

Those were the best center-backs in FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team based on rating, the current meta, and their price. We’ll be updating this page regularly to add the latest top defenders as more special cards arrive and the meta shifts.

For more FIFA 23, check out our other guides:

Best custom tactics in FIFA 23 | How to get free Twitch Prime Gaming pack in FIFA 23 | Best wingers in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team | Best strikers in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team | Best goalkeepers in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team | Best full-backs in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

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