Signing wonderkids is great for those on a long term project, but sometimes you just need those out and out winners to come in and propel you to success.
Picking up an elite centre back will help you do exactly that.
Here are the best of the best to come in a sure up your defence.
FM21 Best Centre Backs
This article is going to focus on the best centre backs in FM21. We will be focusing solely on their current ability (CA) to ensure we are picking the players who will perform best right from the word go.
You'll be expected to fork out some serious cash if you want these players in your side but trust us, they will be worth it!
Virgil van Dijk (CA 180)
Best Attributes: 18 Determination, 18 Heading, 18 Anticipation
Wage: £180k p/w
Was it ever going to be anyone else?
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk remains the best defender in FM21 for a second year after helping his side to a first ever Premier League title last year.
He has some crazy stats such as 18 determination, heading and anticipation as well as a fair 16 pace. He's not cheap, but he's certainly going to help improve your defence!
Sergio Ramos (CA 174)
Club: Real Madrid
Best Attributes: 20 Heading, 20 Determination, 18 Aggression
Wage: £350k p/w
Sergio Ramos is heading to the twilight of his footballing career, but he can still do a job!
The 34-year-old has some incredible stats - including maxed out heading and determination - but he does come with an extortionate wage.
His value is reflective of the fact that he is coming towards the end of his career. A good short term option for those wanting a run at the title though.
Aymeric Laporte (CA 170)
Club: Manchester City
Best Attributes: 17 Concentration, 16 Heading, 16 Tackling
If you're after a left-footed centre back then look no further.
Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte has an impressive 170-rated CA and whilst he doesn't have any stand out stats per se, he has a very well rounded set of attributes.
£61M seems steep, but at 26-years-old, you'll get plenty of years out of the Frenchman.
Gerard Pique (CA 169)
Club: FC Barcelona
Best Attributes: 18 Composure, 18 Positioning, 17 Decisions
Wage: £110k p/w
Another veteran centre half for those of you looking for a short term fix.
Barcelona's Gerard Pique may be 33-years-old, but he's still got some life left in him, with FM handing him a Peak Current Ability (PCA) of 174.
£17.5M is quite steep given his age, but his relatively low weekly wage of £110k should offset that value.
Raphael Varane (CA 165)
Club: Real Madrid
Best Attributes: 17 Marking, 17 Tackling, 17 Positioning
Wage: £195k p/w
Now if you've played FIFA 21, then you'll know how good Raphael Varane is!
The Frenchman isn't bad in FM21 either. 165 CA makes the Real Madrid man one of the top five in his position on FM21.
His £52M valuation is pretty high though, and with no a massive amount of growth left in him, there are better alternatives out there.
Kalidou Kouliably (CA 164)
Best Attributes: 19 Balance, 19 Strength, 18 Bravery
Wage: 195k p/w
If you're looking for an absolute warrior to throw himself into each and every challenge, then Koulibaly is your man.
The Senegalese centre back has monster strength (19 OVR) as well as 18-rated bravery. He won't shy out of any takes.
£45.5M is a little on the high-side though, and, as a Star Player at his current club, Napoli aren't going to let him go cheap.
Marquinhos (CA 163)
Club: Paris Saint German
Best Attributes: 18 Positioning, 18 Teamwork, 17 Composure
Wage: £250k p/w
The final name in the list of the very best centre backs on FM21 is Brazilian Marquinhos.
The PSG man has been in and around the top-rated players for the last few years and, at 26-years-old, remains there once more on the latest Sports Interactive offering.
Don't be put off by the valuation, Marquinhos is one of the best ball playing centre backs in FM21, and will only get better with time.