FIFA 22 Ultimate Team best center-backs: Cheap and meta players

Nathan Warby
Best FIFA 22 center-backs Ultimate Team

While attackers often get the headlines, defenders are just as important in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. A solid backline can be the difference between winning and losing, so here are the best, cheap, and meta center-backs you should buy in FUT 22.

Crafting the perfect Ultimate Team can take a lot of work. It usually involves hours of experimenting to find the right combination of players and chemistry to be a success in FUT Champions.

What goes without saying is that having the best players in each position is vitally important to being competitive when faced with high-skilled opponents.

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We’ve picked out the center-backs that are dominating this year’s FIFA and split them up into three categories.

Best center-backs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

FIFA 22 defender passing the ball

Even though it’s the strikers that tend to get the attention, keeping things tight at the back is just as important.

Center-backs need to have the intelligence to read the game when opponents are in position, but also have the speed to recover when a pacey forward inevitably beats the offside trap.

Based on EA’s player ratings, these are the best non-Icon center-backs on the market in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

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Player NameClubRatingAverage Price
Ruben Dias (TOTY)Manchester City97400,000
Virgil van Dijk (TOTS)Liverpool96260,000
Marquinhos (TOTS)PSG95638,000
Kalidou Koulibaly (TOTS)Napoli95236,000
Eder Militao (TOTS)Real Madrid95594,000
Aymeric Laporte (TOTS)Manchester City94380,000
David Alaba (TOTS)Real Madrid94185,000
Jules Kounde (TOTS)Sevilla93298,000
Milan Skriniar (TOTS)Inter Milan9256,000
Evan Ndicka (TOTS)Eintracht Frankfurt92326,000

Best meta center-backs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Sergio Ramos in FIFA 22

Even though some defenders have unbelievably high ratings, they aren’t always the best ones to buy.

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Whether because of their pace, defending, or something else, there are other cards that fit the FIFA 22 meta far better. You’ll see them in FUT Champions teams up and down the land.

Special cards also come out thick and fast, many of which quickly outshine the top-rated players with their stats.

These players will often have lower overall ratings, but a higher market value. Here are the best meta center-backs you should think about using in your squad.

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Player NameClubVersionRatingAverage Price
Ivan Cordoba N/AFUT Captain92980,000
MarquinhosPSGTOTS95638,000
Eder MilitaoReal MadridTOTS95595,000
Ruben DiasManchester CityTOTY97400,000
Aymeric LaporteManchester CityTOTS94380,000
Evan NdickaEintracht FrankfurtTOTS92326,000
Presnel KimpembePSGRTTF87286,000
Lukas KlostermannRB LeipzigFantasy FUT91285,000
Jules KoundeSevillaTOTS93279,000
Virgil van DijkLiverpoolTOTS96258,000

Best cheap center-backs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Laporte in FIFA 22

Some of the defenders we’ve listed there are probably going to set you back a few coins, but this isn’t always possible if you’re just starting out or if you’re respecting a budget.

In the early stages of your FUT journey, you might just want someone who can keep you competitive while you save up for six-figure meta cards.

Luckily, this year’s notoriously slow market means you can bag some outstanding cards without breaking the bank.

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Here are the cheap gold defenders you should buy in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

Player NameClubRatingAverage Price
Presnel KimpembePSG835,700
Antonio RudigerChelsea831,700
Jules KoundeSevilla832,500
Dayot UpamecanoBayern Munich822,600
Joe GomezLiverpool822,400
Diego CarlosSevilla822,000
Eder Militao Real Madrid822,900
Lukas KlostermannRB Leipzig802,200
Maxence LacroixWolfsburg792,000
Nathan AkeManchester City781,400

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out our lists of the best goalkeepers, full-backs, midfielders, wingers, and strikers.

Image Credits: EA

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About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer for CharlieIntel and Dexerto, primarily covering FIFA and Call of Duty, as well as general gaming news and guides. After leaving university with a degree in Sports Studies and a master's degree in Magazine Journalism, he took on a role as a local news reporter before moving into games media. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].