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.

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.

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.

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.

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Michael Wicherek

Studying BA Sports Journalism at University of South Wales, Cardiff.

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