Best Meta FUT Players List, FIFA 23 Defenders Cards

Best Meta FUT Players List, FIFA 23 Defenders Cards

Discover here our detailed list of the best players and Meta FUT cards for defenders in FIFA 23. The idea is therefore to give you all the information to make a choice in the construction of your team. These cards are Meta, understand the best in the game. Note that special cards (TOTW, POTM etc) will be present here. The list also has honorable mentions, again ranked from best to worst. The only exception is Icon cards which will have their own list of best cards for FIFA 23.



Update : Updated from Tuesday, May 2 at 12 p.m. The arrival of Future Stars Team 1 cards has been taken into account. The other updates will arrive by the middle of the week.

Important : The Lengthy type of sprint has been nerfed but its impact in defense is less than in the other positions. However, this list takes this nerf into account and the positions of a lot of cards have been changed.

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In this section: afficher 1 Liste des meilleurs défenseurs pour FUT sur FIFA 23 2 Les meilleurs défenseurs droits de FIFA 23 2.1 Achraf Hakimi TOTY, PSG, Ligue 1 2.2 Juan Cuadrado Moments WC, Juventus, Serie A 2.3 Kyle Walker PTG, Manchester City, Premier League 2.4 Dani Alves WC Stories, Brésil 2.5 Jeremie Frimpong WC Phénomènes, Leverkusen, Bundesliga 2.6 James Tavernier Centurions, Rangers, SFPL 2.7 Fabio WW, FC Nantes, Ligue 1 2.8 Diogo Dalot TOTT, Manchester United, Premier League 2.9 Daniel Carvajal PTG, Real Madrid, La Liga 2.10 Aaron Wan-Bissaka RTTK, Man United, Premier League 2.11 Djed Spence Future Stars, Rennes, Ligue 1 2.12 Vanderson Future Stars, AS Monaco, Ligue 1 2.13 Hamari Traoré TOTW 2, Rennes, Ligue 1 2.14 Seamus Coleman Centurions, Everton, Premier League 2.15 Jonjoe Kenny WW, Herta Berlin, Bundesliga 2.16 Jesus Navas Rulebreakers, FC Séville, La Liga 2.17 Benjamin Pavard Moments, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga 2.18 Jordan Amavi WW, Getafe, La Liga 2.19 Davide Calabria Centurions, Milan AC, Serie A 2.20 DeAndre Yedlin Fondation, Inter Miami, MLS 2.21 Djibril Sow Out of Position, Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2.22 Dodo Rulebreakers, Fiorentina, Serie A 2.23 Gonzalo Montiel RTWC, FC Séville, La Liga 2.24 Kieran Trippier WW, Newcastle, Premier League 2.25 Wilson Manafa Fondation, FC Porto, Liga NOS 2.26 Jonathan Clauss WW, OM, Ligue 1 2.27 Thomas Meunier Rulebreakers, Dortmund, Bundesliga 2.28 Denzel Dumfries TOTT, Inter Milan, Serie A 2.29 Bruno Peres Fondation, Trabzonspor, Süper Lig 2.30 Jeremy Toljan WW, Sassuolo, Serie A 2.30.1 Joueurs Meta jouables en DD en poste secondaire 3 Les meilleurs défenseurs gauches de FIFA 23 3.1 Théo Hernandez TOTY, Milan AC, Serie A 3.2 Ferland Mendy WW, Real Madrid, La Liga 3.3 Capdevilla FUT Heroes WC, La Liga 3.4 Joao Cancelo TOTY MH, Manchester City, Premier League 3.5 Alphonso Davies TOTY MH, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga 3.6 Andrew Robertson WW, Liverpool, Premier League 3.7 Yasser Al Shahrani WC Star, Al Hilal, MBS 3.8 Guerreiro TOTT, Dortmund, Bundesliga 3.9 Marcos Acuna Show, FC Séville, La Liga 3.10 Nuno Mendes TOTW, PSG, Ligue 1 3.11 Lissandro Martinez WC Phénomènes, Man United, Premier League 3.12 Luke Shaw Showdown, Man United, Premier League 3.13 Yuto Nagatomo WC Stories, Japon 3.14 Alfonso Espino Duo Dynamique, Cadiz, La Liga 3.15 Alex Telles Flashback, FC Séville, La Liga 3.16 Callum Hudson-Odoi Out of Position, Leverkusen, Bundesliga 3.17 Fran Garcia Future Stars, Rayo Vallecano, La Liga 3.18 Christian Günther Centurions, Freiburg, Bundesliga 3.19 Przemyslaw Frankowski Rulebreakers, RC Lens, Ligue 1 3.20 David Raum Rulebreakers, RB Leipzig, Bundesliga 3.21 DeJuan Jones Fondation, New England, MLS 3.22 Pervis Estupinan Rulebreakers, Brighton, Premier League 3.23 Robin Gosens RTTK, Inter, Serie A 3.23.1 Joueurs Meta jouables en DG en poste secondaire 4 Les meilleurs défenseurs centraux de FIFA 23 4.1 Virgil Van Dijk TOTY, Liverpool, Premier League 4.2 Eder Militao TOTY, Real Madrid, La Liga 4.3 Raphaël Varane WW, Man United, Premier League 4.4 Lucio FUT Heroes, Serie A 4.5 Sergio Ramos Flashback, PSG, Ligue 1 4.6 Kalidou Koulibaly TOTY MH, Chelsea, Premier League 4.7 Fikayo Tomori WW, Milan AC, Serie A 4.8 Marquinhos Road to WC, PSG, Ligue 1 4.9 Ivan Cordoba FUT Heroes, Serie A 4.10 David Alaba Rulebreakers, Real Madrid, La Liga 4.11 Josko Gvardiol Future Stars, RB Leipzig, Bundesliga 4.12 Christian Romero PTG, Spurs, Premier League 4.13 Gerard Piqué Rulebreakers, FC Barcelone, La Liga 4.14 Nathan Aké WC Star, Man City, Premier League 4.15 Jules Koundé WC Phénomènes, FC Barcelone, La Liga 4.16 Antonio Rüdiger OTW, Real Madrid, La Liga 4.17 Ibrahima Konaté RTTK, Liverpool, Premier League 4.18 Ricardo Carvalho FUT Heroes WC, Premier League 4.19 Pierre Kalulu Future Stars, Milan AC, Serie A 4.20 Kim Min Jae PTG, Naples, Serie A 4.21 Eric Bailly WW, OM, Ligue 1 4.22 Aymeric Laporte WC Stories, Man City, Premier League 4.23 Andreas Christensen WC Star, FC Barcelone, La Liga 4.24 Dayot Upamecano Show, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga 4.25 Ronald Araujo PTG, FC Barcelone, La Liga 4.26 Lukas Klostermann WW, RB Leipzig, Bundesliga 4.26.1 Joueurs Meta jouables en DG en poste secondaire

List of best defenders for FUT on FIFA 23

Here we list the best players, the defender cards, according to their natural position. Thus, a player like Cancelo is playable in DD via a change of position, but he will be listed in DG. Similarly, players in MDC are playable in DC. These cards will be listed at the end in special mentions, in order to gain readability in the article.



The best right defenders in FIFA 23

Generally defenders on the wing need speed, a good combo of agility and strength and, if possible, good ball play. In addition, the best right defenders are also good passers, especially if you play with rising wingers.

Achraf Hakimi TOTY, PSG, Ligue 1

We love Hakimi in the game as in real life and this since his Dortmund card on FIFA 20. What is interesting with him is that we always find the same sensations in game: great fluidity with the ball at the foot, an ability to always intercept passes and an omnipresence in the transition game (ideal as a piston in a 3-5-2) if you let it go up. Therefore, it seems obvious to us that his TOTY is monstrous and we were not disappointed. The Moroccan player is incredible with great speed but above all an excellent defensive presence. If his nation does not allow many links, the very many cards of PSG will allow relatively easy use. Note that its Phenomena and TOTW versions are also Meta.

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What an amazing card for Hakimi!

Recommended Style: Sentinel

Juan Cuadrado Moments WC, Juventus, Serie A

Coming from a DCE where he was originally placed in MD, Juan Cuadrado Moments WC is still an excellent DD. Therefore, we prefer to align him here since the majority of players will place him as a right defender. And the latter will be right as the Colombian player is pleasant to use. Agile, fast and very fluid, he projects himself perfectly with his 5-3 in stars. Especially since its explosive running style will make it an incredible weapon in a duel. In short, happiness, in next-gen as in old-gen.



Recommended Style: Pillar

Kyle Walker PTG, Manchester City, Premier League

Walker is back as one of the best defenders in FIFA 23 with this PTG build. Still just as fast in play (Lengthy hasn't really been nerfed, only the other two styles have been upgraded), the English player is also very physical in duels. This strength more than makes up for the rather average defensive stats just as his unique physique makes up for his lack of balance. Note that it is possible to choose between Lengthy and Controlled, but we prefer Lengthy because of his in-game physics and his top speed.

Recommended Style: Pillar (for Lengthy)

Dani Alves WC Stories, Brazil

Dani Alves WC Stories is one of those cards that doesn't have a club, making him a very difficult player to link. However, if you have the possibility of playing him at 2/3 or even 3/3 collectively, the latter is clearly one of the very best right defenders in FIFA 23. Agile (despite an average physique in play), very complete and In addition to having the sliding tackles trait to win his duels, Alves is really the DD that rises par excellence.

Recommended Style: Shadow (Explosive) or Pillar (Controlled)

Jeremie Frimpong WC Phenomena, Leverkusen, Bundesliga

We already loved it in Gold version, we loved it in TOTW version and we love it even more in WC Phenomena! The boost received is quite significant with in particular a nice increase in stats in physics and defense, a crucial point to remain Meta at this stage of the game. Thus, Frimpong is still this very agile, very fluid and fast player but he is now more strong and better placed. However, be careful because his passing game remains a little limited for our taste to be ultra Meta.



Recommended Style: Sentinel or Roc

James Tavernier Centurions, Rangers, SFPL

Let's be blunt here, Tavernier Centurions is one of the best defenders in FIFA 23 and his main limitation is his links. Indeed, if there are some good options in English players on FUT this year, the collective system still greatly limits its use. Playable at 2/3 collectively, Tavernier will still be somewhat limited by this factor. Apart from that, the Rangers player combines speed, power and agility, a very rare combo. In addition, he compensates for his 4-3 in stars by the presence of the outside line of the foot, a real plus on the offensive level.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Fabio WW, FC Nantes, Ligue 1

We love versatility and few defenders are as complete as Fabio WW. The Brazilian player is able to start in DD or DG and his 4 weak foot stars will allow him to really use it. In addition, his ideal physique in play and his agility give him great flexibility, with or without the ball. Finally, his nation will allow good links, again facilitating his incorporation into a team. In short, a real Swiss army knife which explains its price the week of its release despite a slightly low level of endurance.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Diogo Dalot TOTT, Manchester United, Premier League

A card that is generally a bit generic but that we appreciate on FIFA, Diogo Dalot takes advantage of a third special card to finally become one of the best right defenders in FIFA 23. It must be said that with very complete stats, 4 weak foot stars, the sliding tackles trait and a high/high output, the reasons for its effectiveness are many. The Man United player even allows himself to have very good connections, making him an excellent DD option on FUT. Note that his TOTW 2 is now outdated and that the gap between the two versions is still very large.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Daniel Carvajal PTG, Real Madrid, La Liga

Real Madrid fans must be happy as they finally have the opportunity to have a full defense and Meta following the arrival of Daniel Carvajal PTG. The Spanish player is a bit of the prototype of the classic DD: a high/medium yield, a good combo of speed, agility, physicality and defense as well as a modest 3-3 in stars. However, Carvajal stands out thanks to a unique physique (which makes him more agile) and above all by a very effective defensive AI. If not for Spain's loss to Morocco, Carvajal PTG could have been even higher up this list of the best right-backs in FIFA 23.

Recommended Style: Shadow or even Pillar

Aaron Wan-Bissaka RTTK, Man United, Premier League

AWB is a very interesting card at the start of the season. The English player has a somewhat average performance (high/medium) since his offensive stats are relatively low. But defensively speaking, Wan-Bissaka is really a reference on the wing, with the added bonus of the sliding tackle trait which helps with automatic control of the player. With both boosts having been secured by Man United, his card has become one of the best defenders on the left wing in FIFA 23.

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar

Djed Spence Future Stars, Rennes, Ligue 1

Like his teammate Hamari Traoré, Spence Future Stars is an extremely complete card. Quite large but still having an agile physique in play, Spence is a rather unique card due to this strange but effective combo. This in-game physique has the effect of compensating for his lack of balance, allowing a classic Shadow or Pillar style to be used. Also, the English player has a high/high yield, again a fairly rare situation for cards of this level. So while the rest of the map is fairly standard, Spence FS will provide more than just links for your FUT team.

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar

Vanderson Future Stars, AS Monaco, Ligue 1

Vanderson FS is a rather strange card on FIFA due to not necessarily optimal stats but an excellent physique in play. Thus, with a flexible physique, the lack of agility and balance is partially compensated. On the other hand, its average/average performance is quite disturbing in DD, which explains its position compared to cheaper cards. One could therefore believe that the card is useless but far from it! Indeed, his size and especially his physical stats give him a rather aggressive side in defense, something quite rare at this stage of the game. Therefore, from a purely defensive perspective, Vanderson FS is quite viable especially since his links are excellent (Brazil + Ligue 1).

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar

Hamari Traore TOTW 2, Rennes, Premier League

After an excellent first TOTW card available at the start of the FUT season, Hamari Traoré is back with this 87 version. Always as fast and fluid (much more than the stats suggest), the Rennes player continues to be a very good option within Ligue 1. However, the card is limited by the interest of its links, with the added bonus of a teammate (Spence) who now has a very good card in the same position.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Seamus Coleman Centurions, Everton, Premier League

Wow what a boost for Coleman going from a pure gold fodder to a real special card! The Everton player represents just about everything you look for in a DD: speed (with Shadow), decent agility, a solid level of passing and a good defense and physical combo. Also, his high/high yield is a plus, as his defensive placement will be pretty good if you leave him behind in your tactics. In short, without being a Cancelo or a Walker, Coleman Centurions is a good option in the Premier League.

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar

Jonjoe Kenny WW, Herta Berlin, Bundesliga

Where a card like Fabio WW is very complete because it can be played in DG and DD, Kenny WW is deceptively versatile. Indeed, although he too has both positions, the English player only has 2 weak foot stars, making his use on the left rather complicated. Apart from that, Kenny is very solid in DD with an ideal physical in play, the sliding tackles trait and overall complete stats.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Jesus Navas Rulebreakers, Sevilla FC, La Liga

While we already appreciated his Gold version, Jesus Navas finds himself becoming really Meta thanks to a huge boost in physics. Now much more powerful in game (even if his strength level remains a notch below the standard), Navas remains extremely fluid and pleasant to use. Also, his defensive placement continues to be excellent, which undoubtedly makes him a very attractive option on FUT, especially at his price point.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Benjamin Pavard Moments, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga

Like Acuna Show or Martinez WCP, Pavard Moments is placed here primarily for its versatility. Thus, the French player is a better DC than DD. This allows it to be used in a formation with three defenders and thus gives your team a lot of flexibility. In DD, Pavard lacks a bit of speed and flexibility although in the end it is totally playable. Better still, his high defensive performance, his sliding tackle trait and his defensive stats make him an excellent defender. A very underrated card and a real success from EA for an objective card.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Recommended position: DC

Jordan Amavi WW Getafe La Liga

We are going to be quite direct, Amavi WW is very generic but effective. Why generic? In fact, Amavi is nothing special, notably with an average in-game physique and no usable traits. However, in game, the French player proved to be quite effective with good stats everywhere. In addition, his 5 weak foot stars are a real big plus, allowing him to be used on the left in matches if necessary.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Davide Calabria Centurions, Milan AC, Serie A

As often here, we are on a card that will not be remembered. However, be careful because with a good level of agility and relatively complete stats, Calabria will be a good option in Serie A. Better still, its explosive running style (with Shadow) is a very good point if you like to overflow with your sides. In the end, if you use it for its links, you shouldn't be too disappointed, although its effectiveness won't be incredible either.

Recommended Style: Shadow (Explosive) or Pillar

DeAndre Yedlin Foundation, Inter Miami, MLS

Like Wilson Manafa Foundation, Yedlin is a very classic and effective DD. Although generic, the American player has everything you need: speed, agility and strength. Thus, this card could be much more than a fodder of DCE even if its use will be difficult outside of an MLS formation.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Djibril Sow Out of Position, Frankfurt, Bundesliga

So on paper, Sow OOP is a relatively solid DD, also playable in DC. As a central defender, we consider that he is only effective on a formation with three DCs (3-5-2 style) since he is neither Lengthy nor very strong and tall. If he is efficient enough in DD, we recommend rather than aligning him with Meunier RB (in MD on your initial formation) and swapping the two players in play. Thus, Sow will shine much more in MDC, especially if you are in old-gen. His very agile in-game physique is ideal for a player who likes to use his defensive midfielders a lot.

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar

Best position: MDC

Dodo Rulebreakers, Fiorentina, Serie A

Let's be clear, Dodo Rulebreakers is not a bad card. However, we found the player very generic and, for once, less complete and efficient than a Cuadrado Gold. Thus, given its price, this is a rather negative observation. However, be careful, Dodo will still be playable and his nation will allow strong links on a hybrid formation. However, we would have liked a slightly lower price to justify this card.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Gonzalo Montiel RTWC, FC SĂ©ville, La Liga

Let's be honest, Montiel Road to the World Cup is a relatively generic map. Thus, nothing will really stand out compared to a solid player in the same position: good speed, correct fluidity and an unfortunate tendency to lose duels or to be overtaken by a superstar in attack. In short, nothing very shocking and very new for this type of card that does the job but nothing more. However, we like the player's stamina and physique, points that make us regret that this is not a PTG because 1 or 2 upgrades could have transformed this card.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Kieran Trippier WW, Newcastle, Premier League

Kieran Trippier WW is a very complete DD, notably with an excellent passing game and 4 stars from weak foot. However, with average in-game physicality, relatively low agility, and no explosive style, Trippier WW will be a generic card overall. We are therefore on a correct option but nothing more, present more in the context of links or for players who play a lot on the wings.

Recommended Style: Pillar or Ombre

Wilson Manafa Foundation, FC Porto, Liga NOS

One of the best cards in these Foundation objectives, Wilson Manafa is a generic but effective player. By this we mean that Manafa has everything you look for in a DD: speed, agility and enough defense and physicality. However, his physique in play is average and he only has 3 stars for technical gestures, limiting his interest in the ball. Thus, we are here in the presence of a solid card (and free) but which will not be remembered.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Jonathan Clauss WW, OM, Ligue 1

If we loved Jonathan Clauss on previous FIFA games, this year EA was clearly not nice to the French player. Indeed, after a rather useless TOTW (in DG when he is right-handed with 3 stars of weak foot), this WW is clearly strange. Thus, in an overflowing DLD role, Clauss will excel thanks to excellent passing, good explosiveness (with shadow) and a very agile in-game physique. Conversely, his defensive stats and strength level are a bit low, which somewhat limits his interest as a pure defender.

Recommended Style: Shadow (Explosive Style) or Pillar

Thomas Meunier Rulebreakers, Dortmund, Bundesliga

We stop you right away, yes Meunier is really good despite a relatively low price. Very present in the packs and not so easily usable in a hybrid team, Meunier RB saw its price drop as soon as it was released. However, we are in the presence here of an excellent DD but also a solid MDC. With 4 weak foot stars and the outer line of the foot, the Belgian player has meta assets that make him an incredible option given his price.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Denzel Dumfries TOTT, Inter Milan, Serie A

For us, Dumfries has always been a fake DD because of his physique and strength. Thus, the Dutch player is ideal for a formation with 3 defenders in play, since he combines a lot of speed and strength to play this role. In pure DD, it will be a little too rigid to really carry the ball but also to intercept the ball manually. It is therefore recommended for players looking for versatility in this position, those looking for a Serie A DD should rather bet on Cuadrado.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Bruno Peres Foundation, Trabzonspor, SĂĽper Lig

You already know what we're going to say about Bruno Peres Foundation… Yes, it's generic, it's not a card you'll keep for long and we would have liked a better boost. However, he is interesting because of a good combo of speed and physics (especially with Pillar) and his nation will allow correct links. In short, nothing incredible but it remains playable despite 2 weak foot stars.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Jeremy Toljan WW, Sassuolo, Serie A

A fairly solid but generic card, Jeremy Toljan is clearly the type of player sought primarily for bonding issues. If this is your case, Toljan WW will be correct defensively (with the Shadow style) thanks to great speed and a good level of interception. If the average / average performance limits his interest a little, his physical appearance will make him more than correct with the ball at his feet.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Honorable Mentions: Jeremy Toljan WW (Serie A), Wilfried Singo Future Stars (Serie A), Jamie Shackleton Fondation (EFL), Reggie Cannon WC Star (Liga Nos), Pedro Porro TOTW (Liga Nos), Bartosz Bereszynski WC Star (Serie A), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Serie A), Sergino Dest OTW (Serie A), Oscar De Marcos TOTW (La Liga), Reece James (Premier League), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Premier League), Timothy Castagne TOTW (Premier League), Ricardo Pereira (Premier League), Lucas Vazquez (La Liga), Mohamed Simakan TOTW (Bundesliga), Hans Hateboer (Serie A), Nordi Mukiele (Ligue 1), Rick Karsdorp (Serie A), Nelson Semedo (Premier League), Pedro Porro (Liga NOS), Manuel Lazzari (Serie A), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Premier League), Clinton Mata (Pro League).

Meta players playable in DD in secondary position

  • Adam Maruzic TOTW, Lazio (Serie A)
  • Cancelo Out of Position, Man City (Premier League)
  • Ivan Perisic Out of Position, Spurs (Premier League)
  • Marcos Llorente, Altetico Madrid (La Liga)
  • Joe Gomez TOTW, Liverpool (Premier League)

The best left defenders in FIFA 23

Generally defenders on the wing need speed, a good combo of agility and strength and, if possible, good ball play. Additionally, the best left-backs are also good passers, especially if you're playing with rising wingers.

Théo Hernandez TOTY, Milan AC, Serie A

Preceded for months by Ferland Mendy, Théo Hernandez is now the best DG on our list! It must be said that EA has gone all out with so many offensive and defensive stats that the AC Milan player would almost become a box-to-box MC. However, we will regret his 3 stars for weak footing and technical gestures which somewhat limit his offensive contribution. At this price, we would have liked a 4-4 boost to really be a multi-role option. Note the excellent links on the map, both by nation and by club. It goes without saying that its TOTT and TOTW versions remain playable at this stage of the season.

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Theo is the best GM in FIFA 23!

Recommended Style: Guardian, Hinge, or Sentinel

Ferland Mendy WW, Real Madrid, La Liga

It took an incredible TOTY version of Théo Hernandez to dethrone Ferland Mendy WW. However, if you are looking for a French GM Meta, Mendy WW is much closer to Theo than it seems. It must be said that even if his defensive stats seem weak, the French player still seems well placed. Moreover, with a unique physique and 4-5 stars, Mendy WW is clearly one of the best defenders in FIFA 23. Especially since his links are excellent, both via the nation and the club.

Recommended Style: Anchor

Capdevilla FUT Heroes WC, La Liga

A card with a very big hype some time after its release, Capdevilla WC is a real big boost compared to its basic version. The Spanish player is on paper, pretty basic: a high/medium yield, 4-3 stars and fairly normal stats at this position. In addition, his defensive contribution is excellent with in particular a good strength to win his duels. However, be careful, because the current price of this card clearly does not correspond to its impact in play. Yes, Capdevilla is probably the best defender among the DGs in the game, but overall, we prefer the versatility of a Mendy Gold. Indeed, his average physique and agility make him an unattractive option on the ball. We are therefore on an excellent DG if you keep it back, but an option not so good as that on a piston role.

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar

Joao Cancelo TOTY MH, Manchester City, Premier League

For those who played FIFA 22, Cancelo was really one of the best left defenders thanks to an extremely complete TOTY and then TOTS. Devoid of a TOTY this year, the Portuguese player will console himself with this Honorable Mention. Much faster and more agile than its OOP, this TOTY MH is also far superior to the TOTW 89. We therefore obtain a real lateral defender, also capable of playing the ball well and even scoring if necessary. Note that he also has the secondary station in DD but that we prefer to play it in MC / MDC if possible.

Footnotes : The Out of Position version of Cancelo is present in our list of the best midfielders in FIFA 23. On the other hand, he has a secondary position in DLD, which would allow him to also play in defense without in-game swaps. However, given its price, it is considered more interesting to leave it in MC/MDC hence its absence from this list.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Alphonso Davies TOTY MH, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga

One of the fastest players in FIFA 23, Davies is also one of the best defenders on the wings in the game. This speed and agility makes the Canadian a unique player, highly valued on FUT. Also, his secondary position in MG and his 4-4 in stars increase his versatility. However, the performance of the card in high / low could limit its interest in a formation with 4 defenders since Davies will sometimes be badly placed.

Recommended Style: Sentinel

Andrew Robertson WW, Liverpool, Premier League

Andrew Robertson WW is a pretty specific card due to a very weird star combo. It must be said that the DG is one of the rare defenders with 5 stars for technical gestures but he only has two stars for weak footing. Thus, you will have to be very careful with its use on the offensive level. Besides this point, Robertson WW is very complete with great speed (with Shadow), good passing and defensive stats. However, be careful because you will pay for its links and its 5 GT stars very expensive.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Yasser Al Shahrani WC Star, Al Hilal, MBS

Ok so you know we like to highlight little-known cards, because for us, all we care about is listing the best cards for you, not the most popular. Here, Yasser Al Shahrani WC Star is really an excellent card and one of the best defenders on the wings of FIFA 23. Indeed, the latter has 5 stars from weak foot, two DD / DG positions, a physical ideal in play, with great agility and almost perfect stamina. So, although his strength is limited, he will benefit from the explosive sprint style, which makes him extremely fast on runs. So yes, he will be difficult to link, but he is clearly a top player in this Meta.

Recommended Style: Pillar

TOTT warrior, Dortmund, Bundesliga

Once again, the players will be surprised by our choices but listen to us carefully: Guerreiro has everything we are looking for in a left defender who projects a bit in attack. Indeed, the latter is agile, explosive, good passer and his defensive stats are very good. Therefore, the main weakness of the Portuguese player remains his strength (even with the Pillar style) which is a problem during duels like pivots. Other than that, Guerreiro TOTT is an ideal card in a piston role with its stamina and high/high output.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Marcos Acuna Show, Sevilla FC, La Liga

Like a Cancelo OOP, Acuna Show is a better MDC/MC than DG. The Argentinian has stats that correspond much more to a midfielder, with an ideal performance, a fairly decent shot and a very good passing game. Better, the external line of the foot compensates for its 3 stars of weak foot. Therefore, if you are lucky enough to have a DD like Pavard WC, it will be possible to align Acuna in MDC on a 3-5-2 in play. Apart from this flexibility, he is a very solid DG but who lacks a bit of punch to be better than a Capdevilla or Mendy.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Nuno Mendes TOTW, PSG, Ligue 1

We've been waiting for it for some time and here it is, finally, this special card for Nuno Mendes! The Portuguese defender is going to open up a lot of possibilities for those using Premier League and Ligue 1 Meta cards. Besides his links, the most important thing is that Mendes TOTW is also Meta! Indeed, the latter has an ideal physique in play for great agility, very high speed but also rather correct defensive stats. Thus, we are in the fairly classic DG, agile and fast but a bit limited on the passing game. Note however, 4 stars of weak foot, a significant asset on the wings.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Lissandro Martinez WC Phenomena, Man United, Premier League

We come to you immediately, for us Martinez is clearly not a DG. The Argentinian player is much better in DC or even in MDC. So, we put him so high purely because of his versatility, but know that a player like Shaw Showdown will be more effective as a left defender. On the other hand, the presence of these secondary stations will make it easier to include rather special cards, a huge plus in our opinion. Apart from that, Martinez is clearly a DC with a medium/high output, speed and level of agility much more interesting in central defender.

Recommended Style: Pillar or Ombre

Recommended position: DC or MDC

Luke Shaw Showdown, Man United, Premier League

Without an upgrade, the Man United player's Show card remains solid but a bit average at all levels. Thus, his main quality lies in his duels, since his physique in play and his strength make him a very good defender in 1v1. However, the rest is generally correct with a good level of passing. From then on, Luke Shaw stands out as a good option in DG without being the kind of card you will remember all season.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Yuto Nagatomo WC Stories, Japan

Who ? Yes as for Alves and Cavani, Nagatomo does not have a club, creating a particularly difficult situation for the collective. Therefore, a majority of players will necessarily ignore this card which is nevertheless very solid. Thus, although generic, Nagatomo remains a successful DG thanks to a combo of speed, agility and defensive stats. If he lacks the strength (his physique in play does not help) to impose himself well in a duel, his fluidity will compensate if you play your defenders manually.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Alfonso Espino Duo Dynamique, Cadiz, La Liga

A free card but not very visible in FUT squads since Mendy is a better option, Espino Duo Dynamique is undoubtedly a Meta card and one of the best left defenders in FIFA 23. Having a rather strong physique, his agility remains its weak point (especially compared to a Mendy). Conversely, the Cadiz player is quite powerful and complete although we regret the absence of Lengthy (too small).

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar

Alex Telles Flashback, Sevilla FC, La Liga

Alex Telles Flashback is one of the best defenders in FIFA 23 due to a combination of great stats, exterior footwork and a unique in-game physique. strength. However, be careful because his weak defensive performance could limit his interest if you let him go up in attack too often in your tactics.

Recommended Style: Pillar or Ombre

Callum Hudson-Odoi Out of Position, Leverkusen, Bundesliga

While we didn't like our first test with Hudson-Odoi OOP at all, the changes to the sprint styles made it much more interesting. Thus, his mobility (speed, agility) has become excellent with Shadow, since he is now explosive. Although this limits his physical impact (weak in strength), the Leverkusen player will be very quick on defensive movements and particularly hard-hitting in attack, notably with a 4-3 in stars.

Recommended Style: Shadow in next-gen, Pillar in old-gen

Fran Garcia Future Stars, Rayo Vallecano, La Liga

It's quite easy to sum up Fran Garcia Future Stars: a very agile and lively little player on the wing. Concretely, Garcia FS is quite generic in its stats but its extremely agile physics in game makes it a very pleasant card to use. In addition, his speed will make up for a placement error although his defensive AI is not bad. In the end, we are here on a cheap option because it is very common but nevertheless effective if you have training under one million credits.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Christian GĂĽnther Centurions, Freiburg, Bundesliga

Honestly, we are here again in the presence of a relatively generic card, of which the Bundesliga already has a lot. Indeed, despite a strong physique and a lot of strength in stats, GĂĽnther Centurions is clearly the kind of card that we use for links for lack of anything better before quickly forgetting it after changing it. Note, however, a relatively solid defensive placement and good duel interventions, which makes it a fully playable option.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Przemysław Frankowski Rulebreakers, RC Lens, Ligue 1

“It doesn't cost anything, it has to be a bad card” is probably what many players thought when they saw this card. Nonetheless, Frankowski RB is an absolutely playable Meta option for the coming weeks. Although a bit generic (average physical, 3-3, no trait, low agility), the Polish player is illustrated by a good defensive presence. If the Lengthy racing style (via the Pillar style) is not so interesting anymore, it remains playable or using Shadow.

Recommended Style: Pillar (for Lengthy) or Ombre

David Raum Rulebreakers, RB Leipzig, Bundesliga

David Raum RB is the somewhat classic, generic, but effective GM that we all knew one day. Fast, agile and complete, the German player is still limited by an average physique, a controlled sprinting style, 2 weak foot stars and an absence of a trait. However, its Gold version was more than correct and this RB remains in the same line.

Recommended Style: Pillar

DeJuan Jones Fondation, New England, MLS

So there, what a surprise! As with other Foundation cards, Jones is fairly generic: good stats but average physique and no useful traits. However, the American player is distinguished by his secondary position in DD and his 5 stars of weak foot. Thus, Jones will be usable both on the right and on the left, a huge bonus for a fully playable card at the start of the FUT season.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Pervis Estupinan Rulebreakers, Brighton, Premier League

The epitome of an underrated map due to an uncommon club and nation, Estupinan Rulebreakers came close to fodder price in its first weekend of release. However, we really liked this card which has a strong enough physique to win in a duel. Once played with the Pillar style to get Lengthy, now it's better to use Ombre to avoid too rigid movements. In addition, we regret the lack of precision in the pass, which limits its use with the ball.

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar (for Lengthy)

Robin Gosens RTTK, Inter, Serie A

Let's be clear, this card is the very example of the generic player in FUT mode. Not bad but not amazing either, Robin Gosens RTTK will do the job but nothing more. It must be said that with an average in-game physique, 3-3 stars, a classic performance at this position (high/medium) and complete stats but nothing more, we couldn't have expected much better. On the other hand, the latter shines much more in MDC, his versatility being much more useful in this position than on the wing.

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar (for Lengthy)

Honorable Mentions: Cristiano Biraghi Centurions (Serie A), Ismaily WW (League 1), Sead Kolasinac TOTW (League 1), Adam Marusic TOTW (Serie A), Matias Vina WC Star (Serie A), Nouhou Tolo WC Star (MLS), Leonardo Spinazzola (Serie A), Bryan Oviedo PTG (MLS), Alex Moreno (The League), Alejandro Grimaldo (NOS League), Jordi Alba (The League), Nicolas Tagliafico TOTW (League 1), Jonathan Clauss TOTW (League 1), Tyrell Malaysia (Premier League), Reinildo TOTW (League), Renan Lodi (Premier League), Yuri Berchiche (League), Gaya (League), Reguilon (League), Adam Marusic (Serie A), Owen Wijndal (Eredivisie). ), Ramy Bensebaini TOTW (Bundesliga), David Raum (Bundesliga), Nicolas Tagliafico (League 1), Pervis Estupinan (Premier League), Alex Telles (La Liga), Kieran Tierney (Premier League), Paulo Otavio (Bundesliga), Angelino (Bundesliga), Jerome Roussillon (Bundesliga), Cristiano Baraghi (Serie A), Marc Cucurella (Premier League), Alex Sandro (Serie A), Luke Shaw (Premier League), Adria Pedrosa (La Liga), Ben Chilwell (Premier League). Lucas Digne (Premier League), Zaidu Sanusi (NOS League), Rico Henry (Premier League), Przemyslam Frankowski (League 1), Hassane Kamara (Premier League), Mitchel Bakker (Bundesliga).

Meta players playable in DG in secondary position

  • Filip Kostic WC Star, Juventus, (Serie A)
  • Ivan Perisic, Tottenham (Premier League)
  • Lucas Hernandez, Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)
  • Josko Gvardiol, RB Leipzig (Bundesliga)
  • Mario Hermoso, Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
  • Maxwel Cornet, West Ham (Premier League)
  • Sergino Dest, Milan AC (Serie A)

The best centre-backs in FIFA 23

The best central defenders in FIFA 23 have a fairly high speed, defense and physicality combo. However, some are illustrated by more agility, by a better physics in play but also, by a better ability to raise.

Virgil Van Dijk TOTY, Liverpool, Premier League

One of the cards that best symbolizes the Lengthy style in DC is Virgil Van Dijk. This next-gen novelty makes him a very fast player despite a lack of acceleration especially in the stats, including in the TOTY version. Thanks to Lengthy and the unique physique of VVD, the Liverpool player is essential in any defense. Strong in interception, he excels in duels where his large size and power will make the difference. Better, the boost in TOTY is so important that the card even becomes agile, which really transforms it into a DC usable by everyone, where its previous versions could not please because of its unique physics. Virgil Van Dijk is undoubtedly one of the very best defenders in FIFA 23. Note that his WC Stories card remains extremely Meta.

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VVD, stronger than ever in TOTY.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Eder Militao TOTY, Real Madrid, La Liga

After being somewhat forgotten at the launch of FIFA 23 in favor of player Lengthy, Militao is completely back in the Meta. For us, the game favors a DC duo with a flexible and agile player and a more physical and beefy defender. Thus, with this TOTY version (just like the WC Phenomena), Militao is clearly one of the best options to fill the role of an agile and fast central defender, which you can use manually. If VVD TOTY is better because of the defensive animations related to his unique physique, Militao is illustrated by a secondary position in DD, where he is fully capable of playing (this is also generally where we align him on our main account since Maldini Prime and VVD TOTY non-tradeable occupy the positions of DC).

Recommended Style: Pillar for Lengthy or Ombre

Raphaël Varane WW, Man United, Premier League

As for years with his special cards, Varane is one of the best defenders in FIFA 23 thanks to this WW. The explanation is simple: Varane has a unique in-game physique, which gives him extremely powerful special animations. Also, his top speed still seems extraordinary, thus giving him a combo of speed and dueling efficiency. So forget his lack of agility since his physique will make up for everything. A real monster, which will probably only be replaced by TOTY cards, and more...

Recommended Style: Ombre

Lucio FUT Heroes, Serie A

Lucio is a newcomer to FIFA 23 and it took us three trial periods to really appreciate this DC. On paper, a somewhat generic card, the Brazilian player is illustrated by a solid game with the ball at his feet. Also, his Lengthy style looks better than quite a few players listed here, even after the nerf. But it is on the defensive level that he really shines by always being well placed and unbeatable in a duel. If its price is extremely high, this is explained by the fact that it can be used by everyone, at 3/3 collective regardless of its links, in addition to being an extraordinary defender.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Sergio Ramos Flashback, PSG, Ligue 1

While his Rulebreakers version was already quite interesting, here Ramos is back with an amazing Flashback card. With a unique physique in play giving him plenty of defensive presence, good stats and most importantly the sliding tackle trait, Ramos is truly intimidating in the box. Better, his stats in relaxation and his powerful header make him a real threat on corners. On the other hand, its high/medium yield pushes it to rise a little, often playing close to the position of your MDC which remains behind. While that might be a problem if you let your full-backs go up, a tactic with two MDCs should more than cover that and even make it a strength. It must be said that Ramos really has his power which pushes him to intercept and act quickly on the ball. Thus, Ramos FB will shine with a more flexible DC, Koundé or Militao style or in a device where he will receive help from his side or MDC.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Kalidou Koulibaly TOTY MH, Chelsea, Premier League

One of FIFA's most specific physique, Koulibaly is clearly a unique card in the game. The new Chelsea defender indeed has a unique physique, which compensates quite a bit for his lack of balance and agility but sometimes makes it hard to play for some players. Thus, it is the very example of a card that will appeal to some and not totally to others. Note that in addition to his physical presence, his defensive positioning is really a big strong point of Koulibaly.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Fikayo Tomori WW, Milan AC, Series A

We'll say it right away, we would already love Tomori TOTW and this new upgrade puts him easily in the conversation of the best defenders in FIFA 23. The AC Milan player is fast, agile and powerful enough to be an omnipresent DC on the pitch . If his level of passing remains limited, he compensates with 4 stars from weak foot, a real plus at this stage of the game. Especially since his links are excellent, between the many Meta cards of AC Milan but also the English nation. Note that it is possible to play it Lengthy with Pillar or controlled with Ombre.

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar

Marquinhos Road to WC, PSG, Ligue 1

Like every year, Marquinhos is one of the very best defenders in FIFA 23 thanks to complete stats and a unique physique in play. Omnipresent, rarely misplaced, the Brazilian is a safe bet on FUT. This opinion persists with its RTWC version, which simply boosts this card a little more than the TOTW version of the beginning of the season. Note that the PSG player will be playable in Lengthy as in Controlled, according to your needs and desires (in next-gen, since in current-gen, favor the shadow style).

Recommended Style: Pillar (for Lengthy) or Ombre

Ivan Cordoba FUT Heroes, Serie A

Anyone who played with Ivan Cordoba last year knows that the Colombian player will be one of the best defenders in FIFA 23 when the game launches. Fast, agile but still with great defensive stats, the DC will even be able to afford the luxury to play with the Anchor style, allowing him to compensate for his lack of physicality. Despite everything, the card has two flaws: its size and its passing game. Promote the presence of a great DC at his side, like VVD or Koulibaly.

Recommended Style: Anchor

David Alaba RulebreakersReal MadridLa Liga

An expensive DCE but which gave us an excellent player as we like them. Indeed, Alaba RB is everything we like in a DC: good mobility, physicality and a certain security on the ball in the raises. If its size is not ideal, it is nevertheless an excellent choice in a duo with a larger DC like VVD or Rudiger. Note that Alaba is also very strong in MDC (although he does not have the secondary position, he will need the switch in play) or in the center in a 3-5-2.

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar (for Lengthy)

Josko Guardiol Future Stars, RB Leipzig, Bundesliga

While we said we wanted a version with a better rating than Josko Gvardiol's TOTT, the Croatian player got the card we wanted! Indeed, this Future Stars is simply a double evolution of this TOTT. Thus, we are entitled to an excellent left-hander, powerful but relatively agile, effective in all situations. Although he has a high/high yield and no really interesting traits, Gviardiol FS is one of the very best defenders in FIFA 23.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Christian Romero PTG, Spurs, Premier League

A generally popular card in FIFA, Romero PTG has gone from a generic option to a real monster thanks to the success of the Argentina team during the competition. Now 5/5 (practical mainly for his weak foot) and 89 overall rating, Romero is one of the very best defenders in FIFA 23. What makes his strength is his versatility, since he will be usable in all game patterns. If preferred with a more powerful DC (typically a Koulibaly or VVD), Romero will also be effective in a line for a three-man defense.

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar (for Lengthy)

Gerard Piqué Rulebreakers, FC Barcelona, ​​La Liga

On paper, many things seemed to limit the interest of Pique RB: an average defensive performance, a very low level of balance and no interesting traits. Still, Pique is one of the best defenders in FIFA 23. In game, his unique physique, placement and power make him a real wall. Whether you're the type to play with your DCs or leave them with the AI, this card will be effective. A real surprise that seems to confirm the advantage of unique physics in defensive animations.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Nathan Aké WC Star, Man City, Premier League

A card that we absolutely wanted to test by seeing the nerve of Lengthy, Nathan Aké absolutely confirmed our initial opinion: it's a monster! The Lengthy nerf highlights the importance of having a good level of acceleration on at least one of the two DCs, making Aké WC Star the ideal complement to a VVD or a Rudiger. Thus, the Dutch player combines speed, fluidity and solid stats in defense and physics on a small frame. Therefore, if he will be regularly beaten on the aerial game (hence the idea of ​​having a great DC with him), Nathan Aké will be very good in anticipation and movement. An ideal defender if you play with your DCs but also on a formation with 3 defenders. Especially since with a secondary position in DG, it is possible to play on this aspect to have a DD in MDC on a 3-5-2 in play for example.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Jules Koundé WC Phénomènes, FC Barcelona, ​​La Liga

With the meta change, maps like Koundé become more interesting again and this new version of the French player will be very popular. Fast, agile and with a fairly classic physique, Koundé WC Phénomènes is a card that everyone can play at their best with a stronger DC duo. Be careful on the other hand because if the Anchor style makes it possible to compensate a little for its lack of strength, this one will give it Lengthy, which is not necessarily interesting. It all depends on whether you want to play it manually (favor controlled) or more AI (Lengthy).

Recommended Style: Ombre or Pillar (becomes Lengthy)

Antonio Rudiger OTW, Real Madrid, La Liga

Real Madrid's new player should once again be a much-requested option when FIFA launches. Where a lot of top DCs have really unique physics (VVD, Koulibaly) that are not always unanimous, RĂĽdiger is more of a fairly classic option. If his lack of acceleration somewhat limits his interest, his defensive stats make him an incredible defender in a duel. Besides, his links with Real Madrid will make it very easy to use him this year.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Ibrahima Konate RTTK, Liverpool, Premier League

Konaté among the best Premier League DCs on FIFA 23? Yes, you saw correctly, the young Frenchman is already at the top of the Meta thanks to his first special card of the season. The Reds player is a real rock, with an incredible physique that allows him to win all his duels. Also, Lengthy makes up for his lack of acceleration, which makes him absolutely amazing on counterattacks. In the end, not much to say about this card except that we now want a new victory for Liverpool to ensure a double upgrade.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Ricardo Carvalho FUT Heroes WC, Premier League

A card that would have gone unnoticed before the patch, Ricardo Carvalho is now a particularly meta card in its new World Cup version. The Portuguese player is indeed much more agile and mobile than the majority of DCs. Also, his sliding tackling trait and high defensive output will go a long way towards compensating for his lack of strength, in order to provide a real presence. However, we consider that the strength of Carvalho is to be able to complete a stronger defender like Konaté RTTK or VVD.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Pierre Kalulu Future Stars, Milan AC, Serie A

Among the central defenders, there are several categories: powerful players, fairly agile players and finally those who are complete. Kalulu Future Stars is a complete option with a lot of agility in addition to good speed and despite everything, a good level of physical stats. The French player is even able to get the Lengthy running style with Pillar, which makes him particularly effective. So, without being extraordinary, Kalulu FS is a very good map with excellent links.

Recommended Style: Pillar

Kim Min Jae PTG, Naples, Serie A

A player discovered by some but that FIFA players should know following his TOTS last year in the SĂĽper Lig, Kim Min Jae immediately imposed himself in Serie A. Same observation at stake for a player who perfectly illustrated the interest of Lengthy at the start of the game. Even nerve, Kim remains an excellent DC with a very good defensive position and a great physical presence. Also, his agility is rather high for the position, making him more fluid than most centre-backs. Finally, his passing game is quite surprising since we have often obtained decisive passes from long depths thanks to him.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Eric Bailly WW, OM, Ligue 1

Bailly WW is not the fastest, the most agile or the best passer, but he is one of the most solid and consistent defenders in FIFA 23. With excellent defensive stats and the sliding tackles trait, the player of OM are a particularly effective DC in a duo with another more agile defender. In addition, if at first sight his links seem average, the presence of good OM cards like Guendouzi WC, Payet WW or Clauss WW increases Bailly's interest a little more.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Aymeric Laporte WC Stories, Man City, Premier League

We're going to be frank, we didn't really get hooked on this special version of Laporte. Although very correct and efficient, it left us a little unsatisfied. Nothing negative either, apart from a small tendency to play a little high, potentially linked to its average/average return. Apart from that, the Man City player is a little more agile than it seems and remains a good passer. Overall, we preferred our experience with players like Pique or Ramos, in the same DC style.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Andreas Christensen WC Star, Barcelona FC, La Liga

As mentioned several times in this guide, a good part of the World Cul Star cards are generic. On the other hand, some are really very good and Andreas Christensen is part of this group. With relatively decent speed, good agility stats, an above-average passing game in defense but above all excellent defensive ratings, the Danish player is clearly a Meta option on FIFA 23. We clearly regret that he is not dynamic since one or two improvements would make him one of the best central defenders in FIFA 23 in La Liga.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Dayot Upamecano Show, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga

That we would have liked to see a boost on this card, implying a victory for the Blues in the final. However, Upamecano Show remains a Meta option within the Bundesliga but this one is not as good as one would have hoped. Thus, we are on a Konaté RTTK-style DC: a great physique, a lot of strength to win duels but an acceleration/speed split which limits the impact on small spaces. Therefore, if you are looking for a DC mover, Upamecano Show will be very effective but he will need to be paired with a more flexible player next to him (Koundé or Militao style).

Recommended Style: Ombre

Ronald Araujo PTG, FC Barcelona, ​​La Liga

A monster in Gold version, Ronald Araujo receives his first special card of the year here. As with Kimpembe last year, this special card was discussed a lot to know if it was at the level of the basic version. The concern being that Lengthy's nerf went through there, somewhat reducing the interest of a card like Araujo. However, the defender of FC Barcelona is very interesting because of his usual presence and his physique in a duel. However, its lack of agility will be felt at the start of long races.

Recommended Style: Ombre

Lukas Klostermann WW, RB Leipzig, Bundesliga

A card that we generally appreciate on FUT, Klostermann WW almost left us a little unsatisfied. Although he is one of the very best defenders in the Bundesliga, the German player suffers from an average / average performance which plays on his defensive positioning. Also, the stat balancing isn't the most interesting, with a lack of acceleration and agility. If the option of the Lengthy player brings a plus, his teammate Gvardiol TOTT is clearly a better card.

Recommended Style: Pillar or Ombre

Honorable mentions : Nicolas Otamendi TOTY MH (Liga NOS), Thiago Silva FB (Premier League), Matthijs De Ligt OTW (Bundesliga), Marc Guehi Future Stars (Premier League), Seko Fofana OOP (Ligue 1), Thilo Kehrer WCP (Premier League) , Stefan Radu Centurions (Serie A), Nicolas Pallois Centurions (Ligue 1), Azpilicueta Centurions (Premier League), Manuel Akanji TOTW (Premier League), Abdou Diallo Show (Bundesliga), Mario Hermoso TOTW (La Liga), Micky Van de Ven Future Stars (Bundesliga), Jawad El Yamiq Duo Dynamiques (La Liga), Jürgen Kohler FUT Heroes World Cup (Bundesliga), Milos Degenek PTG (MLS), Nayef Aguerd Show (Premier League), José Gimenez Show (La Liga), Walker Zimmerman RTWC (MLS), Ben White RTWC (Premier League), Maxence Lacroix RB (Bundesliga), Bremer TOTY MH (Serie A), Piero Hincapie RTWC (Bundesliga), Stefan Posch Duo Dynamique (Serie A), Davinson Sanchez Rulebreakers ( Premier League), Denzel Dumfries Out of Position (Serie A), Simon Kjaer WC Stories (Serie A), Joseph Aidoo WC Star (La Liga), Montassar Talbi WC Star (Ligue 1), Tiago Djalo TOTW (Ligue 1), Cameron Carter-Vickers (SPFL), Edmond Tapsoba TOTW (Bundesliga), Presnel Kimpembe (Ligue 1), Chancel Mbemba Duo Dynamique (Ligue 1), Francisco Calvo WC Star (Süper Lig), William Saliba TOTW (Premier League), Kevin-Prince Boateng WW (Bundesliga), Leander Dendoncker Goals (Premier League), Leonardo Bonucci Rulebreakers (Serie A), Pau Torres TOTW (La Liga), Christian Kabasele Foundation (EFL), Niklas Süle RTTK (Bundesliga), Kevin Danso TOTW (Ligue 1 ), Rafael Marquez FUT Heroes (La Liga), Ben Godfrey RB (Premier League), Stefan De Vrij TOTW (Serie A), Jeremiah St Juste (Liga NOS), Chris Smalling TOTW (Serie A), Milan Skriniar (Serie A) , Gabriel TOTW (Premier League), Ruben Dias (Premier League), Evan Ndicka (Bundesliga), Diego Carlos (Premier League), Lucas Hernandez (Bundesliga), Javier Mascherano FUT Heroes (La Liga).

Meta players playable in DG in secondary position

  • Piero Hincapie RTWC (Bundesliga),
  • Djibril Sow Out of Position, Frankfurt (Bundesliga)
  • Nordi Mukiele, PSG (Ligue 1)
  • Emre Can, Dortmund (Bundesliga)
  • Clinton Mata, Brugge (Pro League)
  • Reinildo, Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
  • Tomas Holes, Slavia Prague (R Czech)
  • Lutsharel Geertruida, Feyenoord (Eredivisie)
  • Juan Foyth, Villarreal (La Liga)

So much for our list of the best defenders and Meta cards for the FUT mode of FIFA 23. Do not hesitate to consult our FIFA portal to discover all the solutions of the DCE as well as advice to invest, our opinion on the players but also to follow the news and game TOTWs.

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