Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

 

Are you building your squad but you are not sure about which centre backs and full backs you should buy? Follow our suggestions of the best defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode.

 
 

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How to choose the Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

 

In this article we will suggest the best defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode that you should be able to use in your club. Keep in mind that the best players for us may not be for you. It depends of your club, other players, formation, transfer budget, wages budget, play style, preferences, etc…

To select the best players, we have mainly into consideration their stats, potential and age. That’s why a few old players are not in this list. Someone who will not be playing for more than two seasons in our club is not such a good buy as someone who will play for five or six seasons.

 

In our website we suggest defenders of three categories:

    Best of the Best
    Ideal for unlimited wallets or for who wants the best.
    Best Deals
    Decent defenders that you can find at good prices or ending their contracts.
    Best Young
    Under 23 defenders with great growth. Potential future top players.

 
 
 
 
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Centre Back
Right Back
Left Back

 
 
 
 
 

Best Centre Back for FIFA 17 Career Mode

 
 
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Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode
BEST CHOICE

JEROME BOATENG
Nationality: Germany 🇩🇪
Club (first season): FC Bayern
Rating: 90
Potential (1): 90
Age: 28

If you want the best centre back of the game, you need to buy Boateng, which will not be easy. He’s fast, tall and has amazing stats. Highly recommended.


 
 
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Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

RAPAHEL VARANE
Nationality: France 🇫🇷
Club (first season): Real Madrid
Rating: 84
Potential (1): 91
Age: 24

The fault of Varane not being again the best choice is from Boateng. However, in a few seasons he will be better than him again. Varane must be the first buy in any major club.


 
 
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SERGIO RAMOS
Nationality: Spain 🇪🇸
Club (first season): Real Madrid
Rating: 89
Potential (1): 89
Age: 30

If you are playing with Real Madrid, then you just need to keep your centre backs because you already have the best of the best. Sergio Ramos is a beast. He is one of the fastest and also scores a lot of goals. Who doesn’t want a player like him ?


 
 
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SHKODRAN MUSTAFI
Nationality: Germany 🇩🇪
Club (first season): Arsenal
Rating: 83
Potential (1): 88
Age: 24

You are asking why we picked Mustafi and not Thiago Silva, Chiellini or Pepe, for example. Well, it is true that Mustafi is not the best centre back in the first season but you do have plans to play more than one season, right?


 
 
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ERIC BAILLY
Nationality: Ivory Coast 🇨🇮
Club (first season): Manchester United
Rating: 82
Potential (1): 90
Age: 22

Bailly is a beast. Is incredible to see someone under 23 in the top 5 of the best defenders in FIFA 17 Career Mode. You will love his pace, stamina, strength and defensive skills.


 
 
 
 
Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

BEST CENTRE BACKS

1. Jérôme Boateng
2. Rapahel Varane
3. Sergio Ramos
4. Shkodran Mustafi
5. Eric Bailly
6. Kostas Manolas
7. Leonardo Bonucci
8. Mats Hummels
9. Thiago Silva
10. Diego Godín


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Best Right Back for FIFA 17 Career Mode

 
 
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BEST CHOICE

SERGE AURIER
Nationality: Ivory Coast 🇨🇮
Club (first season): Paris Saint-Germain
Rating: 83
Potential (1): 88
Age: 23

It is very difficult to find a top-quality player like Aurier. He simply can’t play bad. In a near future he will be undoubtedly the best right back in the world.


 
 
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CARVAJAL
Nationality: Spain 🇪🇸
Club (first season): Real Madrid
Rating: 83
Potential (1): 86
Age: 24

Do you know the reason why Danilo, the best right back in Career Mode last year, isn’t in this top ten? Carvajal is the reason. He is strong, fast and defends well. He should be your first choice if you miss Aurier.


 
 
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PHILIPP LAHM
Nationality: Germany 🇩🇪
Club (first season): FC Bayern
Rating: 88
Potential (1): 88
Age: 32

Everyone knows Lahm. He’s not fast but no one plays as he does in this position. However he is already 32, which means that you will need someone else if you plan to play for several seasons. If your plan is to play only one or two seasons, you can also try Dani Alves.


 
 
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ALESSANDRO FLORENZI
Nationality: Italy 🇮🇹
Club (first season): Roma
Rating: 82
Potential (1): 85
Age: 25

Florenzi can play in any club. He’s a very balanced player who only needs one chance to proof how good he is.


 
 
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JOÃO CANCELO
Nationality: Portugal 🇵🇹
Club (first season): Valencia CF
Rating: 79
Potential (1): 86
Age: 22

He is already one of the best RB’s in the world at the age of just 22. Imagine how he will be when he reaches his maximum potential in two seasons.


 
 
 
 
Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

BEST RIGHT BACKS

1. Serge Aurier
2. Carvajal
3. Philipp Lahm
4. Alessandro Florenzi
5. João Cancelo
6. Hector Bellerin
7. Kyle Walker
8. Ricardo Pereira
9. Nathaniel Clyne
10. Mario Gaspar


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Best Left Back for FIFA 17 Career Mode

 
 
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Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode
BEST CHOICE

DAVID ALABA
Nationality: Austria 🇦🇹
Club (first season): FC Bayern
Rating: 87
Potential (1): 90
Age: 24

This is probably the easiest choice we have made in our guides. Alaba will be the best player in his position until he retires, which will take more than 10 years to happen.


 
 
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JORDI ALBA
Nationality: Spain 🇪🇸
Club (first season): FC Barcelona
Rating: 86
Potential (1): 87
Age: 27

Alba is perfect for who wants a really fast full back. And his pace may grow up. What a player!


 
 
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ALEX SANDRO
Nationality: Brazil 🇧🇷
Club (first season): Juventus
Rating: 84
Potential (1): 87
Age: 25

It is not normal to see so many young full backs with high potential. Alex Sandro is just one of the best examples. With him in your team you don’t need anyone else. Hype!


 
 
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LAYVIN KURZAWA
Nationality: France 🇫🇷
Club (first season): Paris Saint-Germain
Rating: 81
Potential (1): 88
Age: 24

He is the type of player everyone loves. Balanced, young and with a great potential, he is probably already in your list, right?


 
 
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LUKE SHAW
Nationality: England 🇬🇧
Club (first season): Manchester United
Rating: 81
Potential (1): 89
Age: 21

Shaw is the only player that wasn’t in this top 5 last year. He is one of the most popular young players in England and it is easy to understand why. Fast and with a great tackling, one day Shaw may be better than Philipp Lahm.


 
 
 
 
Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

BEST LEFT BACKS

1. David Alaba
2. Jordi Alba
3. Alex Sandro
4. Layvin Kurzawa
5. Luke Shaw
6. Marcelo
7. Wendell
8. Ricardo Rodriguez
9. Gaya
10. Grimaldo


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

If you want to check the best players for other positions, just click over it:

 
 

If you want to check the best defenders of previous years, just click over it:

 
 
 
 
Notes:
(1) Potential is an average of estimated rating a player can reach. It doesn’t mean that you will reach that overall nor that you won’t overcome it.

 
 
 
 
 
 

70 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Rodrigo I’m just wondering something. So you put Mustafi at 4th place for best CB’s in Fifa 17 Career Mode and that is understandable. However I was looking through your other lists and I saw that Gimenez is also a great CB. So my question is why did you put Mustafi and not Giemenez as the 4th best CB in Career Mode… Considering that they both have the same rating, same potential, but Gimenez is 3 years younger than Mustafi and according to you has amazing defensive stats at such a young age. You also specifically point out that you chose Mustafi as 4th over guys like Thiago Silva or Pepe because he is younger than them and can be used for more seasons. Well Gimenez can be used for even more time. Plus Gimenez plays for Atletico Madrid which is a top European club, so he’s definitely capable of playing at the highest level even if he’s pretty young. I’m just wondering why you did this?

    • Hi.
      I went to the garbage to check my notes about these players. 🙂
      Well, you question makes sense but before Gimenez we also have three other young players that are worst placed than Mustafi.
      All you said is true: the age, the potential and the rating. If we were analysing only these three things, Giménenez would be better than Mustafi. However, we made a deeper analysis and, in our opinion, Mustafi is better than the young Argentinian player. Giménez has good defensive stats but not as good as in the other stats. If you compare the attributes of both players, Mustafi is better in 20 and Giménez in 8. Besides that, these 8 attributes in which Giménez is better is always just for a few points. Some attributes make the difference when you are controlling the player in the field. That’s the case of ball control, short passing, stamina, balance and reactions. Mustafi is better than Giménez is all of them.
      Regards

  2. Im doing aston villa career mode currently in season 5. I have a 110 mil budget. My whole defence is weak plsss give me some cheap yet high potential players

  3. Rodrigo i need help with my team 87:Cech 85:Mustafi 85:Kosielny 86:Alba 84:Bellerin 86:Xhaka 86:Asensio 89:Ozil 90: Hazard 87:Dybala 83:Lucas

  4. Help for arsenal squad… I bought griezzman as Striker but he’s holeples tbt. I play 4-3-3 attack with support of bale sanchez and Coutinho with santi and Xhakha back.

  5. Brother Rodrigo i need help with my team. I play 5-4-1 FB Rush in mobile.
    GK 82 Horn
    LWB 84 Marcelo CB 85 Koscielny CB 81 Radu CB 86 Pique RWB 78 Moses
    CDM 85 Alonso
    LM 84 Payet
    RM 79 Ayew
    CAM 81 Ben Arfa
    ST 83 Dybala
    Please reply as early as possible. Positive response in this regards will be highly appreciated.

  6. Here is my current team for Man Utd career mode (im in my first season)
    De Gea
    Bailly
    Varane
    Laporte
    Herrera
    Pogba
    Mata
    Mkhitaryan
    Martial
    Griezmann
    Ibrahimovic/Rashford

    Who should i sign or sell as to improve my team? Thank you!

  7. I need help I have a Liverpool career mode and one player i was looking forward to was couhtino but he is under performing and not playing like my other cam’s de bruyne and Ali any suggestions on what I could buy instead of him I would prefer a player who can set up people a lot thx !!

  8. My Man United starting xi is system 4-2-3-1 narrow
    GkDe hea
    Lb shaw
    Cb baily
    Cb rojo
    Rb Bellerin
    CDM dele alli
    CDM weigl
    Lw martial
    Behind the st couthinio
    Rw pogba
    St dybala
    I need to improve my defense who should I buy

  9. My career mode has been going great. I have neymar(93),griezman (91),bale(92),modric(89),Isco (89),james(92),Kroos(90),boateng(91),varane(91),Thiago Silvia(90), Sergio Ramos(90), de gea(91),Marcelo (87) and its barely my second season!

  10. 90 rated calsio master CB CHIELLINI or 90 rated inform CB SOKRATIS, which one is better to buy. I allready have 3 calsio master player. Pls pls suggest……regards

  11. I am playing with 5 defender
    my 3 CB are 90 BAILY 90 SOKRATIS 84 CIMAN
    pls suggest how I arrange them like LCB,CB,RCB

  12. Should i buy ramos or hummels i have a slow defence so i need a fast one like Ramos but he is a bit old…or can u suggest some other?

  13. How can I improve my team
    3-5-2
    Bailly CB
    Smalling CB
    Blind CB
    Fellaini CM
    Matuidi CM
    Reus LM
    Mkhtariy RM
    Pogba CAM
    Suarez ST
    Ibra ST

  14. How could I improve my team?
    4-1-2-1-2
    GK: David de Gea / Donnarumma
    RB: Timothy Fosu-Mensah / Rojo
    LCB: Raphael Varane
    RCB: Shkodran Mustafi
    LB: Luke Shaw
    CDM: Julian Weigl / Rentato Sanches
    LM: Anthony Martial
    CAM: Thiago / Dele Alli
    RM: Ousmane Dembele / Breel Embolo
    RS: Antoine Griezmann / Marcus Rashford
    LS: Paulo Dybala.

    I feel like I’m lacking defensive options. When one gets injured, I only have one more to spare or I have to choose a 70 rated slow and young defender.
    I’m in 2019, and options like Aurier and Carvajal seem to be very expensive options. I am looking for a fast defender, but versatile players like Joshua Kimmich (who can play defense too) is also an option.
    Any suggestions?
    Anywhere else I need to improve my team?

  15. Thanks for your reply.
    I was just wondering, since many of the full-backs seem to be expensive, if I were to put a centre-back in RB or LB, what qualities or what traits could possibly allow them to play that role?

  16. Should I replace this
    Starting 11
    Handanovic
    Aurier
    Ramos
    Bailly
    Alaba
    Kante
    Mata
    Alli
    Hazard
    Mkhtaryan
    Costa

    Subs:
    Benteke
    Lucas
    Matuidi
    Rues
    Manolas
    Alex Sandro
    Bellerin

    Who should I replace, buy and/or sell

  17. My spurs team is
    Ck- Lloris
    RB- Walker
    Cb-baily
    Cb-Laporte
    Lb-rose
    Cdm- Casemiro, dier
    Rm- dembele
    Cam- Ali
    Lm- carrasco
    St- Kane
    Any suggested singings ???

  18. I need help
    Gk vorm
    Lb alva
    Cb kocielney
    Cb alderweiled
    Rb walker
    Cdm Casemiro
    Cdm busquets
    Cam alli
    Cam eriksen
    Cam dembele
    St Kane

    Can I have suggestions for CAM, RB, GK

  19. Is it the best I can get?

    Neuer
    Alaba
    Boateng
    Ramos
    Aurier
    Reus/Neymar
    Pogba
    Bale
    Rodríguez
    Suárez
    Lewandowski

    Should I trade someone or get anyone else?

      • Oh and I forgot there’s Renato Sanchez too at 90 ovr now. And you said Neuer had a potential of 92, got him a 95 first season and 97 after the second

        • Neuer is likely aging so I would say you should have a replacement lined up for him, probably De Gea or Donnarumma.

          Same goes for your strikers, a Dybala/Griezman & Higuain/Morata wouldnt be a bad combination.

          I have had a Dybala/Morata partnership up front that has been terrific for me.

  20. Hey Rodrigo, I have a question.
    In my career modes I usually tend to create 2 totally difrent team sheets. One which is my first team and one of lesser quality which is my second team. I rotate between them when one team has played recently and is tired. At the moment I’m playing as AC Milan and am wondering whether i should start to buy players to create a second team. What is your opinion and recommendation on this? Is it better to just invest money into a strong first team and buy a couple Subs which can rotate with other players.
    I would appreciate your opinion as you have great knowledge when it come to Fifa

    • Thank you.
      My suggestion is to invest your money into a strong first team and buy a couple Subs which can rotate with other players.
      If you plan to play several seasons, be sure to buy young players.

  21. I need your help in my team for fc barcelona 433:
    Suarez alcacer messi neymar verrati pogba busquets roberto seri pique hummels mustafi aurier semedo alba gaya neuer donnaruma
    I need one cb and one young cdm and a rw and a lw who should i buy

  22. Rodrigo lopes you are the most helpfull person here so can you please help mee. i dont have any subsitution in this team
    My team is Man City
    GK- rulli
    LB- jordi alba
    LCB- bonucci
    RCB- Godin
    RB- Carvajal
    RCM- Modric
    LCM- thiago
    CAM- de bruyne
    LW- perisic
    St- griezmann
    RW- James rodriguez

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