FIFA 23 wonderkids: The 30 best young defenders

Alphonso Davies playing for Bayern Munich, 2022/23

Bayern Munich and Canadian wonderkid Alphonso Davies is the highest rated defender in FIFA 23 after being awarded an 84 rated overall base card in the FIFA Ultimate Team game mode.

Davies is also the second highest rated player aged 21 or under in the entire video game, and features top of the list for defenders alone.

He has enjoyed a hugely successful rise to the top of world football following his move from his native Canada to Bayern in 2019. Davies has seen his rating increase by two from his 82 rated card in FIFA 22.

Josko Gvardiol is the second highest rated defender in FIFA 23, with the Croatian handed an 81 rated card after his excellent 2021/22 campaign. The RB Leipzig star was rated 75 in FIFA 22, with his plus six rating testament to his eye-catching performances in the Bundesliga.

Behind Gvardiol comes a quartet of highly talented young defenders, namely Nuno Mendes, Jurrien Timber, William Saliba and Jeremie Frimpong at 80 rated. Of those four players, Frimpong has received the biggest upgrade, jumping up seven ratings from FIFA 22. However, they have all been rewarded with upgrades from the previous edition of the video game.

William Saliba is rated 80 in FIFA 23

William Saliba is rated 80 in FIFA 23

Sporting CP centre-back Goncalo Inacio and Chelsea’s Wesley Fofana are both 79 rated in FIFA 23. Both players have received a rating upgrade of one from FIFA 22.

Piero Hincapie is one rating higher than Benoit Badiashile and Sergino Dest, who are in turn one rating higher than the likes of Eric Garcia and Castello Lukeba.

Premier League stars Aaron Hickey, Luke Thomas, Nathan Collins, Valentino Livramento, Djed Spence and Tariq Lamptey are all 75 rated, hence they just make the cut to be a gold card in FIFA 23.

Udinese’s Destiny Udogie and SL Benfica’s Morato are both 74 rated silver cards and complete the top 30.

The 30 highest rated young defenders in FIFA 23

Player Team FIFA 23 Rating
Alphonso Davies Bayern Munich 84
Josko Gvardiol RB Leipzig 81
Nuno Mendes Paris Saint-Germain 80
Jurrien Timber Ajax 80
William Saliba Arsenal 80
Jeremie Frimpong Bayer Leverkusen 80
Goncalo Inacio Sporting CP 79
Wesley Fofana Chelsea 79
Piero Hincapie Bayer Leverkusen 78
Benoit Badiashile AS Monaco 77
Sergino Dest AC Milan 77
Jorge Sanchez Ajax 76
Eric Garcia Barcelona 76
Rayan Ait Nouri Wolverhampton Wanderers 76
Castello Lukeba Lyon 76
Wilfried Singo Torino 76
Aaron Hickey Brentford 75
Melvin Bard OGC Nice 75
Tariq Lamptey Brighton & Hove Albion 75
Adrien Truffert Stade Rennais 75
Luke Thomas Leicester 75
Odilon Kossounou Bayer Leverkusen 75
Nathan Collins Wolverhampton Wanderers 75
Valentino Livramento Southampton 75
Warmed Omari Stade Rennais 75
Djed Spence Tottenham Hotspur 75
Bosko Sutalo Dinamo Zagreb 75
Malo Gusto Lyon 75
Destiny Udogie Udinese 74
Morato SL Benfica 74
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