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Best Meta Centre Backs in FIFA 23 – Top 10 CB

The foundation of your team in FIFA 23 always starts with the centre-backs. Thankfully, we’ve found all the best CB in FIFA 23 right now!

Without a strong pair of CBs your opponent will run circles around you in FIFA 23. Players that can defend and recover the ball are vital.

Especially with the changes that HyperMotion 2 in FIFA 23 has brought that highlights the Physical and Defense stats on defenders.

Here are the best centre-backs in FIFA 23 for all the top leagues and for any budget you may have.

Top 10 Meta CB in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

10. Raphaël Varane

Varane has high stats in Pace, Defending, and Physicality. This makes his ability to stop a counter-attack top-notch.

He is a great Premier League player card, but his ability to link up with French players really raises his usability in FIFA 23.

Overall84
NationFrance
LeaguePremier League
ClubManchester United
Pace81
Shooting49
Passing64
Dribbling66
Defending85
Physicality80

9. Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the most sturdy defenders in all of FIFA 23. He can stand his ground and cover a large area relatively quickly.

Overall87
NationSenegal
LeaguePremier League
ClubChelsea
Pace82
Shooting33
Passing59
Dribbling68
Defending88
Physicality85

8. Marquinhos (TOTW)

The Marquinhos In-Form cards for the Team of the Week boost his stats and brings him up to an 89. This makes him one of the highest rated center-backs in the game.

He can also link up with Ligue 1 and Brazilian players, which gives gamers a large pool of talent to work with.

Overall89
NationBrazil
LeagueLigue 1
ClubPSG
Pace80
Shooting57
Passing76
Dribbling76
Defending90
Physicality82

7. Milan Škriniar

Milan Škriniar is one of the most prolific defenders in Serie A.

If you are building any type of team with Serie A players, then having Škriniar on your side will ensure you have a reliable back line to hold off, even the likes of Haaland.

Overall86
NationSlovakia
LeagueSerie A
ClubInter
Pace78
Shooting41
Passing57
Dribbling69
Defending88
Physicality86

6. Ronald Araujo

Ronald Araujo is one of the best budget players in all of FIFA 23 Ultimate Team. Currently, his price hasn’t exceeded 10k coins, which makes him a high-value target for any starter team.

When paired up with the right Chemistry Style to help boost his passing and dribbling, Araujo can also be a huge help in pushing up possession in the popular 5-2-2-1 formation.

Overall83
NationUruguay
LeagueLa Liga
ClubFC Barcelona
Pace77
Shooting51
Passing65
Dribbling61
Defending83
Physicality83

5. Virgil van Dijk

Virgil Van Dijk is the highest-rated base card for any CB in FUT 23. But he’s relatively hard to find, which is why he isn’t any higher on the list.

If you’re looking to add him to your team, you’ll need to really save up coins or sacrifice other high-rated players from other positions.

Overall90
NationNetherlands
LeaguePremier League
ClubLiverpool
Pace81
Shooting60
Passing71
Dribbling72
Defending91
Physicality86

4. Jules Koundé

Jules Koundé is one of FC Barcelona’s newest signings, which means that we could potentially see a Ones to Watch card in the near future.

But for now, his pace card is already one of the quickest CB in the game and will quickly shut down any high-pace ST your opponents may have.

Overall84
NationFrance
LeagueLa Liga
ClubFC Barcelona
Pace84
Shooting45
Passing64
Dribbling74
Defending85
Physicality78

3. Fikayo Tomori

Fikayo Tomori helped AC Milan win the Serie A title last season with AC Milan, so it only makes sense that his player reflects how well he can put a stop to any attack.

Tomori has a pace of 86 in FIFA 23. This means he can quickly catch any player that gets a follow-through ball and stop the most dangerous of plays.

Overall84
NationEngland
LeagueSerie A
ClubAC Milan
Pace86
Shooting40
Passing60
Dribbling66
Defending86
Physicality81

2. William Saliba (TOTW)

William Saliba’s Team of the Week card has quickly grown to be one of the favorites of FIFA 23 gamers. He links well with Premier League and French players.

This means you could base your attack off Premier League players and keep your backline solid with Saliba, Varane, and Koundé without suffering for it in Chemistry Points.

Overall83
NationFrance
LeaguePremier League
ClubArsenal
Pace80
Shooting43
Passing71
Dribbling75
Defending84
Physicality82

1. Antonio Rüdiger

Rüdiger is by far the best CB in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team. His ability to stop follow-through passes, return to defense, and just overall command of the box is undeniable.

He’s also one of the players with a Ones to Watch promo card, which means that his reign at #1 is only just beginning.

Overall87
NationGermany
LeagueLa Liga
ClubReal Madrid
Pace82
Shooting53
Passing71
Dribbling67
Defending86
Physicality85

This top ten list does not include any FUT Icon and FUT Hero cards due to how difficult they are to obtain for your FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.

All of these players perform well in any of the current meta formations in FUT 23, and will add depth to your play style.

FIFA 23 CB

Best CB For Every Top League in FIFA 23

Premier League

  • Best Starter CB
    • Raphaël Varane – Manchester United
  • Best Overall CB
    • William Saliba (TOTW) – Arsenal

La Liga

  • Best Starter CB
    • Ronald Araujo – FC Barcelona
  • Best Overall CB
    • Antonio Rüdiger – Real Madrid

Serie A

  • Best Starter CB
    • Min Jae Kim – Napoli
  • Best Overall CB
    • Fikayo Tomori – AC Milan

Ligue 1

  • Best Starter CB
    • Presnel Kimpembe – PSG
  • Best Overall CB
    • Marquinhos (TOTW) – PSG

Bundesliga

  • Best Starter CB
    • Lukas Klostermann – RP Leipzig
  • Best Overall CB
    • Matthijs de Ligt – Bayern Munich

Once you have the best possible CB for your team in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, then you’ll want to add a Chemistry Style to your defender to boost their stats further.

Best CB For Every Top Nation in FIFA 23

Here are the best centre-backs for each of the most popular nations in FIFA 23:

  • Spain
    • Pau Torres – VIllareal CF
  • England
    • Fikayo Tomori – AC Milan
  • Portugal
    • Rúben Dias – Manchester City
  • Brazil
    • Marquinhos (TOTW) – PSG
  • France
    • Jules Koundé – FC Barcelona
  • Netherlands
    • Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool
  • Germany
    • Antonio Rüdiger – Real Madrid
  • Argentina
    • Lisandro Martínez – Manchester United
  • Belgium
    • Toby Alderweireld – Royal Antwerp FC
  • Italy
    • Alessandro Bastoni – Inter Milan

Best Promo Card CB in FIFA 23

Promo cards weren’t included in the top 10 because they are incredibly difficult to find or just highly expensive.

But they are usually the absolutely best cards in the game. If you ever manage to get a promo card in your packs, it’s definitely worth building your team around them.

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