FIFA 23 player ratings: Top 20 defenders on the game

Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool, 2021/22

Virgil van Dijk is the highest rated defender in EA Sports’ FIFA 23 Ultimate Team game mode, with a rating of 90.

The Liverpool star is the seventh highest rated player in the entire game, jumping up eight places in the standings from FIFA 22, when he was 89 rated.

FIFA 23 will be released on 30 September and player ratings for the FIFA Ultimate Team mode have been officially revealed.

Players can be rated up to 99, with each defender receiving an overall rating as well as ratings in categories such as physicality and pace

Van Dijk tops the standings for defenders in the game, with his overall rating of 90, and is two ratings clear of the defender in second place – Paris Saint-Germain captain Marquinhos. The Brazilian has received an overall rating boost of one after starting FIFA 22 as an 87 rated card. He is rated 88 for FIFA 23.

Alongside Marquinhos with a rating of 88 are Manchester City and Portuguese defensive duo Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo. Dias has seen his overall rating increased by one from FIFA 22, while Cancelo has risen by two ratings after an impressive 2021/22 season.

Ruben Dias is rated 88 in FIFA 23

Ruben Dias is rated 88 in FIFA 23

In fifth place in the standings for defenders in FIFA 23 is new Real Madrid signing Antonio Rudiger. The Germany international left Chelsea on a free transfer in the 2022 summer transfer window and has been handed a plus four rating boost from his 83 rated card in FIFA 22. He is now rated 87, a rating he shares with Liverpool pair Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, and his replacement at Chelsea Kalidou Koulibaly.

Koublibaly’s rating has improved by one from FIFA 22, while Robertson and Alexander-Arnold have remained static.

Next comes a cluster of centre-back talent all with an overall rating of 86. Aymeric Laporte, Thiago Silva, David Alaba and Milan Skriniar are equally rated in FIFA 23, with Alaba receiving a rating increase of two, and Silva also handed a rating boost.

Theo Hernandez is 13th on the list of defenders in FIFA 23, with the AC Milan star rated 85 in the Ultimate Team game mode. Kyle Walker, Niklas Sule, Matthijs de Ligt, Jordi Alba and Marcos Acuna are also rated 85 on the game.

84 rated Achraf Hakimi and Jules Kounde round out the top 20 defenders in FIFA 23.

The top 20 defenders on FIFA 23

Player Team FIFA 23 Rating
Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 90
Marquinhos Paris Saint-Germain 88
Joao Cancelo Manchester City 88
Ruben Dias Manchester City 88
Antonio Rudiger Real Madrid 87
Andrew Robertson Liverpool 87
Kalidou Koulibaly Chelsea 87
Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 87
Aymeric Laporte Manchester City 86
Thiago Silva Chelsea 86
David Alaba Real Madrid 86
Milan Skriniar Inter Milan 86
Theo Hernandez AC Milan 85
Kyle Walker Manchester City 85
Niklas Sule Borussia Dortmund 85
Matthijs de Ligt Bayern Munich 85
Jordi Alba Barcelona 85
Marcos Acuna Sevilla 85
Achraf Hakimi Paris Saint-Germain 84
Jules Kounde Barcelona 84
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