FIFA 20: All the best Centre Backs (CB) to buy on Career Mode and Ultimate Team – Van Dijk, Koulibaly, Ramos & more

At the heart of any great team is a great defence, check out who are the best men at the back.

Michael Wicherek by Michael Wicherek

Centre backs (CB) are a pivotal part of any successful team and FIFA 20 is no different. With fast attacking play the order of the day, the ideal CB’s are not only defensively sound but also athletic in the modern style.

Pace is a key attribute across all positions but watch out for players with high physical and defensive ratings to ensure a solid backline.

Below are the best centre-halves available on FIFA 20 in both Career Mode and online in Ultimate Team (FUT).

 

 

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Virgil van Dijk (OVR 90 – POT 91)

Age: 27

Position: CB

Club: Liverpool

Country: Netherlands

Work Rate: Medium / Medium

Best Stats: 92 Strength, 92 Standing Tackle, 92 Defensive Awareness

Career Mode Value: £70 million (Release clause: £135 million)

Wage: £180,000 a week

FUT Cost: 647k PS4 / 590k Xbox One

There is nothing Virgil van Dijk can’t do. The Liverpool centre back is 6’4”, boasts 77 Pace and a massive 92 Strength rating which contribute to him being the best defender on the game. He is a major factor in Liverpool’s incredible unbeaten run in the Premier League, a run of 26 games.

Dutch international van Dijk will not come cheap on FUT or Career Mode so be prepared to crack open your war chest if you want him marshalling your defence.

Kalidou Koulibaly (OVR 89 – POT 91)

Age: 28

Position: CB

Club: Napoli

Country: Senegal

Work Rate: Medium / High

Best Stats: 95 Strength, 91 Defensive Awareness, 90 Standing Tackle

Career Mode Value: £61 million (Release clause: £108 million)

Wage: £135,000 a week

FUT Cost: 30k PS4 / 30k Xbox One

Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly is a rock-solid player to have in the heart of your defence. Physically capable of dealing with any striker, his Jumping (81) and Heading Accuracy (83) make him a threat at the other end of the pitch too.

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Koulibaly is a favourite for both Career Mode and FUT fans alike. He is the best Serie A centre back available on FUT whilst also having room to reach 91 overall this year on Career Mode. 

Sergio Ramos (OVR 89 – POT 89)

Age: 33

Position: CB

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Spain

Work Rate: High / Medium

Best Stats: 93 Jumping, 92 Heading Accuracy, 90 Sliding Tackle

Career Mode Value: £28 million (Release clause: £58 million)

Wage: £270,000 a week

FUT Cost: 181k PS4 / 145k Xbox One

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been one of the world’s best defenders for over a decade. Heading into the twilight of his career, Ramos has reached his potential on FIFA 20 Career Mode so is not a signing for the future.

Ramos is still very popular on FUT this year as one of the most well-rounded players available, his Spanish nationality is also handy when developing a hybrid squad.

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Giorgio Chiellini (OVR 89 – POT 89)

Age: 34

Position: CB

Club: Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)

Country: Italy

Work Rate: Medium / High

Best Stats: 94 Defensive Awareness, 91 Standing Tackle, 91 Aggression

Career Mode Value: £22 million (Release clause: £36 million)

Wage: £194,000 a week

FUT Cost: 28k PS4 / 29k Xbox One

A mainstay at the heart of his club and country’s defence for well over 10 years, Giorgio Chiellini is a legend of the game. A World Cup winner in 2006, Chiellini also boasts eight Serie A titles in a decorated career and will be missed when he decides to hang up his boots.

Combing Chiellini and Koulibaly on FUT will cost you just over 50k coins but in doing so you will create one of the best partnerships available.

Diego Godin (OVR 88 – POT 88)

Age: 33

Position: CB

Club: Inter Milan

Country: Uruguay

Work Rate: Medium / High

Best Stats: 90 Jumping, 90 Defensive Awareness, 89 Strength

Career Mode Value: £25 million (Release clause: £43 million)

Wage: £122,000 a week

FUT Cost: 22k PS4 / 22k Xbox One

Another top-class centre back from the Italian league, Diego Godin swapped La Liga for Serie A in the summer. Godin has helped his new side Inter start the season brilliantly as they find themselves just one point off the top spot. 

The experienced Uruguayan is another defender that has reached his peak but if you want a reliable defender for just a season or two, he could be your man.

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Gerard Pique (OVR 88 – POT 88)

Age: 32

Position: CB

Club: Barcelona

Country: Spain

Work Rate: High / Medium

Best Stats: 89 Interceptions, 89 Defensive Awareness, 88 Standing Tackle

Career Mode Value: £34 million (£70 million release clause)

Wage: £257,000 a week

FUT Cost: 22k PS4 / 23k Xbox One

Highly decorated Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has won it all during his career for both club and country. Pique excelled having left Manchester United as a youngster, cementing his place at the Nou Camp and in the national side as he became one of the best in the world.

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No longer at the ‘Pique’ of his powers (sorry!), the Spanish CB is still a reliable option in FIFA 20 however his lack of pace leaves him susceptible to the counterattack.

Aymeric Laporte (OVR 87 – POT 90)

Age: 25

Positions: CB, LB

Club: Manchester City

Country: France

Work Rate: Medium/Medium

Best Stats: 89 Standing Tackle, 88 Defensive Awareness, 88 Sliding Tackle

Career Mode Value: £51 million (£98 million release clause)

Wage: £176,000 a week

FUT Cost: 35k PS4 / 42k Xbox One

Aymeric Laporte epitomises the modern day CB. Comfortable on the ball (71 Passing) and physically capable (82 Physical), Laporte fits the bill as a ball-playing defender. The Frenchman can also reach 90 overall on Career Mode so can be a stalwart in your side for many seasons to come.

Laporte has improved greatly under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola and is now one of the Premier League’s finest CB’s. A partnership of him and van Dijk on FUT would be tough to beat.

Toby Alderweireld (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 30

Position: CB

Club: Spurs

Country: Belgium

Work Rate: Medium / Medium

Best Stats: 90 Defensive Awareness, 90 Standing Tackle, 88 Interceptions

Career Mode Value: £37 million (Release clause: £68 million)

Wage: £140,000 a week

FUT Cost: 18k PS4 / 17k Xbox One

Despite Spurs’ shaky start to the season, Toby Alderweireld remains one of the best centre backs on FIFA 20. His partnership with Jan Vertonghen has been solid for both club and country in recent years and he rightly deserves his 97 OVR on the back of that.

High defensive stats make up for less impressive physical attributes, however this doesn’t stop Alderweireld being a force on FIFA 20 and he won’t break the bank either!

Mats Hummels (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 30

Position: CB

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Country: Germany

Work Rate: High / Medium

Best Stats: 90 Defensive Awareness, 89 Interceptions, 89 Standing Tackle

Career Mode Value: £37 million (£61 million release clause)

Wage: £117k a week

FUT Cost: 18k PS4 / 19k Xbox One

German giant Mats Hummels has returned to Dortmund after a successful spell at Bundesliga champions Bayern. Excellent on the ball (76 Passing), Hummels is a calming presence at the back. His defensive attributes (89 Defence) make up for his 51 Pace as he reads the game superbly.

Under 20k coins on FUT, Hummels is a top CB and reasonably priced on the Transfer Market. On Career Mode it will cost around £40 million to bring him to your club although there will be minimal sell-on value.

Jan Vertonghen (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 32

Position: CB

Club: Spurs

Country: Belgium

Work Rate: High / High

Best Stats: 89 Defensive Awareness, 89 Interceptions, 88 Sliding Tackle

Career Mode Value: £29 million (£54 million release clause)

Wage: £140,000 a week

FUT Cost: 17k PS4 / 19k Xbox One

The other Belgian centre back at Spurs, Jan Vertonghen has reached his potential on Career Mode and at 32 has few seasons left at the top. Exceptional defensive stats including 89 Defensive Awareness and 89 Interceptions make him a top quality defender.

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His reading of the game allow you to start counter attacks quickly, especially given his range of Passing (74). Another highly rated defender who is reasonably priced on FUT, Vertonghen is a popular pick on this year’s edition of FIFA.

All Centre Backs above 85 OVR on FIFA 20

Player Pos Age Club Country OVR POT V W FUT
V. Van Dijk CB 27 Liverpool Netherlands 90 91 £70m £180k 647k
590k
K. Koulibaly CB 28 Napoli Senegal 89 91 £61m £135k 30k
30k
S. Ramos CB 33 Real Madrid Spain 89 89 £29m £270k 181k
145k
G. Cheillini CB 34 Piemonte Calcio Italy 89 89 £22m £194k 28k
29k
D. Godin CB 33 Inter Milan Uruguay 88 88 £25m £122k 22k
22k
G. Pique CB 32 Barcelona Spain 88 88 £34m £257k 22k
23k
A. Laporte CB
LB
25 Man City France 87 90 £51m £176k 35k
42k
T. Alderweireld CB 30 Spurs Belgium 87 87 £37m £140k 18k
17k
M. Hummels CB 30 Borussia Dortmund Germany 87 87 £37m £117k 18k
19k
J. Vertonghen CB 32 Spurs Belgium 87 87 £29m £140k 17k
19k
T. Silva CB 34 PSG Brazil 87 87 £17m £122k 16k
16k
M Skriniar CB 24 Inter Milan Slovakia 86 90 £47m £80k 11k
10k
Marquinhos CB CDM 25 PSG Brazil 86 90 £46m £108k 12k
12k
S. Umtiti CB 25 Barcelona France 86 89 £45m £189k 53k
41k
L. Bonucci CB 32 Piemonte Italy 86 86 £26m £144k 11k
11k
M. De Ligt CB 19 Piemonte Netherlands 85 93 £45m £68k 7k
7k
C. Lenglet CB 24 Barcelona France 85 89 £41m £158k 117k
85k
J. Gimenez CB 24 Atletico Madrid Uruguay 85 89 £41m £62k 6k
6k
N. Sule CB 23 Bayern Germany 85 90 £42m £104k 10k
10k
R. Varane CB 26 Real Madrid France 85 90 £41m £185k 280k
210k
K. Manolas CB 28 Napoli Greece 85 86 £34m £95k 49k
34k

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Michael Wicherek

First console: PlayStation 2 / Favourite Game: Modern Warfare 2 / Currently Playing: FIFA 20