The role of the Central Defender or Centre Back (CB) has certainly evolved a lot over the years. From the calm collectedness of the greats like Paolo Maldini, to the swashbuckling, goal scoring defenders like Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique and the immense quality of Virgil Van Dijk. With the way that game has evolved in recent times thanks to the likes of Pep Guardiola, defenders no longer only have to defend, and can be a vital part of the teams attacking play and build up too. No champion team is complete without a colossus at the back, who is comfortable in all aspects of the game. So if you’re looking to add a world class centre back to your side in career mode, check out our list of the best central defenders in FIFA 20 below:
10. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur: CB)
Standing at 6’2”, 32-year-old Belgian Jan Vertonghen has been playing at the very top level for Belgium and Tottenham for a long time now. Having moved from Ajax after the 2011/12 season, Vertonghen has been a massive part of the project Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino built, and despite having a tough start to the season, fans are optimistic that he will recapture his form under Jose Mourinho. Jan Vertonghen is his potential and overall rating are 87 and his 3-star weak foot ensures he can play as a LCB or RCB, despite his preference being on the left. His most notable attributes include reactions (85), jumping (85), interceptions (89), defensive awareness (89), standing tackle (87) and sliding tackle (88). The experienced defender has a release clause of €60.1M in FIFA 20.
9. Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund: CB)
German Mats Hummels is now 30 and is approaching the end of an illustrious career. A World Cup winner, 6 time German Champion, 2 time German Cup winner, a 6 time German Super Cup winner and an U-21 European Champion, Hummels has achieved more than most players dream of. Since moving back to Dortmund from Bayern, Hummels is looking to help end Bayern’s dominance in the Bundesliga. Rated at 87 overall, which is also his max potential, his key attributes include are accuracy (87), reactions (87), interceptions (89), composure (89), defensive awareness (90) and standing tackle (89). In the latest version of the video game, Hummels has a release clause of €69.7M.
8. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur: CB)
Vertonghen’s partner in crime for both Belgium and Tottenham, Toby Alderweireld has been a rock at the back for both club and country. Having endured a slow start to the season with Tottenham, Toby will be looking to kick on and help Spurs out of their rut under new coach Mourinho. Another CB rated at 87 overall, his best in-game attributes are his reactions (87), interceptions (88), composure (86), defensive awareness (90), standing tackle (90) and sliding tackle (86). Toby Alderweireld has a release clause of €75.9M in FIFA 20.
7. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City: CB)
At only 25, Aymeric Laporte is the youngest name on this list and for good reason. His dominance at Manchester City where he has been outstanding has only been cut short this season due to injury. Already a 2-time Premier League winner, Laporte will be looking to help Manchester City finally lift the Champions League. Rated at 87 (with a potential rating of 90), key aspects of his game include his reactions (87), interceptions (87), defensive awareness (88), standing tackle (89) and sliding tackle (88). The City defender has a release clause of €108.8M in the latest version of the video game.
6. Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona: CB)
Gerard Piqué may no longer represent Spain, but his name will forever be synonymous with the success that Spain and Barcelona have had in the past decade. A serial winner, the 6’4” defender is now 32 and approaching the twilight of his career. Rated at 88, which is also his potential rating in FIFA 20, the experienced centre back is strong and dominant and his best qusalities include strength (87), interceptions (89), composure (87), defensive awareness (89), standing tackle (88) and sliding tackle (87). If you’re looking to bring Gerard Piqué to your club in career mode, he has a release clause of €77.9M.
5. Diego Godin (Inter Milan: CB)
Now 33 years old, Simeone favorite and Uruguay veteran, Diego Godin left Atletico Madrid this summer for Italy and Inter Milan. Part of the team that helped Atletico to the La Liga title, Godin will be looking to help Inter Milan challenge Juventus this season. Rated at 88 in FIFA 20, his notable attributes are heading accuracy (88), jumping (90), strength (89), aggression (88), interceptions (87), defensive awareness (90), standing tackle (89) and sliding Tackle (87). Despite his advancing years, Diego Godin has an in-game release clause of €47.6M in the game.
4. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus: CB)
Now 34 years old, Giorgio Chiellini has been a rock at the back for Juventus and Italy since 2005. While he is currently out with injury, Chiellini is still amongst the world’s best when he is fit and healthy. He will be looking to help his successor De Ligt make a favorable transition into Italian football and help Juve defend their Serie A title. Rated at 89 in FIFA, Chiellini’s main attributes include jumping (89), strength (89), aggression (91), interceptions (88), defensive awareness (94), standing tackle (91) and sliding Tackle (89). The veteran Italian has a release clause of €40.4M in FIFA 20.
3. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid: CB)
You love to hate him if he’s not in your team, but you absolutely adore him if he is. The pantomime villain of his own story. Sergio Ramos has finally been knocked off his throne however the 33-year-old Real Madrid and Spain captain still has plenty to offer. The ultimate big game player, you can always count on him to score that goal when you need it (cough…Atletico…cough). The Spaniard has almost 200 appearances with Spain (168 to be exact) and over 500 appearances with Real Madrid. He is rated at 89 in FIFA, and his most notable attributes include heading accuracy (92), reactions (87), jumping (93), aggression (90), interceptions (88), Penalties (86), standing tackle (87) and sliding tackle (90). If you think you can convince Ramos to leave Madrid, he has a release clause of €64.6M in FIFA.
2. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli: CB)
Kalidou Koulibaly moved to Napoli in 2014/15 from KRC Genk and has never looked back. The Senegalese international who represented the French Under 20s earlier in his career is the definition of a rock at the back. The footballer of the year in both 2017 and 2018 in Senegal, Koulibaly is the subject of intense transfer speculation every time the transfer window opens and with over 200 appearances for Napoli it’s not difficult to see why. Koulibaly is almost always the first name on the team sheet, and with an overall rating of 89 in FIFA 20, and a potential of 91, it is easy to understand why. His key attributes include reactions (86), strength (95), aggression (87), interceptions (88), defensive awareness (91), standing tackle (90) and sliding tackle (87). Koulibaly has a release clause of €119.8M in FIFA 20.
1.Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool: CB)
The man who has almost single handedly changed how centre backs are viewed, Virgil Van Dijk, tops the list of the best central defenders in FIFA 20 too. In recent times, he has helped lead Liverpool to a 6th Champions League title and the Netherlands national team to the Nations League final. Never looking like he’ll be beaten, opposition forwards hate coming up against him. He’s big and strong with an eye for a pass and was recently in contention for the Ballon D’or after being awarded the best player in Europe. His move from Southampton to Liverpool for €84.65M was regarded with much disdain at the time, but now it seems like a bargain. Rated at 90 in FIFA 20, with a potential rating of 91, VVD has a 3-star weak foot and his key attributes include his reactions (88), jumping (90), strength (92), interceptions (89), composure (89), defensive awareness (91) and standing tackle (92). If you’re looking to add the best central defender money can buy to you team in career mode, you can trigger his release clause of €150.2M.
Summary: The Best Central Defenders (CB) in FIFA 20
|Name||Club||Position||Age||Overall rating||Potential rating|
|V. van Dijk||Liverpool||CB||27||90||91|
|Sergio Ramos||Real Madrid||CB||33||89||89|
|D. Godín||Inter Milan||CB||33||88||88|
|Gerrard Piqué||FC Barcelona||CB||32||88||88|
|A. Laporte||Manchester City||CB||25||87||90|
|T. Alderweireld||Tottenham Hotspur||CB||30||87||87|
|M. Hummels||Borussia Dortmund||CB||30||87||87|
|J. Vertonghen||Tottenham Hotspur||CB||32||87||87|
The ever evolving role of the central defender has continued to grow and change. No longer just required to clear the ball up field, or stick a leg in or throw themselves in front of shots, central defenders are required to retain possession, start attacks and even chip in with the odd goal! While most of these players may be looking at life beyond football (Gerrard Pique, Chiellini and Ramos), the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Koulibaly and Laporte offer a long-term option in the centre of your defense. An option sure to strike fear into any opposing forward.