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.




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

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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.

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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.

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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 ?

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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?

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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


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

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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.

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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.

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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.

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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.

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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


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

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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.

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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!

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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!

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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?

Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode

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


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


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(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.


91 thoughts on “Best Defenders for FIFA 17 Career Mode”

  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?

    1. 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.

  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. Mrinav Sharma

    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.

    1. i bought Griezzman and he is great i play a 4-3-3 with Sanchez on the left and bale on the right and rodriguez in CAM

      1. I have bought lukaku, lacazette, cancelo and gies for arsenal and have the originals like Sanchez, ozil, Walcott, bellerin, mustafi, monreal, xhaka, Ramsey, carzola. My team is awesome.

  5. Rabiul Faisal

    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.

      1. Can any of you help me here is my team
        GK navas
        LB Marcelo
        RB carvajal
        Cb Pepe
        Cb Ramos
        Cm Toni kroos
        Cm modric
        Cam Rodriguez/Isco
        Lw ronaldo
        Rw Messi
        St dybala

  6. Here is my current team for Man Utd career mode (im in my first season)
    De Gea

    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. Konstantinosking

    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!

    1. dont get embolo. i feel his agility is rly lacking and dembele seems quicker, faster in response, and flows better.

  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

    1. The slowest should play in the middle. Usually he should be also the taller one. To decide who plays on the left and on the right you need to look to their preferred foot.

  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
    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?
    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

    Alex Sandro

    Who should I replace, buy and/or sell

  17. My spurs team is
    Ck- Lloris
    RB- Walker
    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?


    Should I trade someone or get anyone else?

      1. 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

        1. 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.

          1. I had Griezman but didn’t like him very much…. I might try the others though

  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

    1. 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

  23. I’m doing Liverpool right now, and I’m in my first season. I’m trying to buy Marcelo or Alex Sandro to replace Milner. Is Alex Sandro better than Marcelo?
    Also, can you tell me which other players to buy?
    Gk: Karius 83 Mignolet 80
    Def: Clyne 82 Varane 85 Matip 84 Milner 79 Klavan 78 Moreno 77
    Mid: Koke 86 Henderson 83 Lallana 83 Wijnaldum 82 Can 81
    Att: Coutinho 87 Firmino 84 Mane 84 Mbappe 80

    I only have about 50m right now, which I will spend on the new left-back.

      1. And I meant that those players were in my team, and I was wondering if you had any suggestions for improvements.

          1. Not much, about 10m, but it’s Febuary. By the summer window I would probably would’ve won EFL, FA, and the prem league.

  24. I Play 3 5 2
    GK De Gea, Donnarunna, Oblak
    CB Varane, Bailly, Shaw, Van Dijk, Manolas, Laporte
    CDM Verrati, Pogba, Renato Sanches, Youri Tielmans
    CAM Dele Alli, Dybala
    LM Martial, Sane, Leon Bailey
    RM Dembele, Mahrez
    ST Rashford, Mbappe, Lukaku, Griezmann, Belotti

    Thats My Team In My Second Season, There Young And I Work On Keeping Them For Atleast 5 Seasons, Hence The Reason I Wanted To Make Them Better Than Neymar, Hazard , Bale ETC… What You Think Guys??

  25. Khondoker Zuhayr

    Dear Rodrigo,
    I now play with Manchester United. I played with the formation 4-3-3 or 4-3-3 (Attack)
    Here is my squad-
    GK> Neuer
    RB> Bailly
    CB> Fillipe Luis
    CB> Diego Godin
    CM> Pogba
    RM> Mata
    LM> Rooney
    ST> Ibrahimovic
    LW> Mkhitaryan
    RW> Martial

    Please suggest me if any improvement is needed as I have a Goalkeeper on the subs who is 68 and I’m less in subs and reserves. I need strong strikers and tall defenders who are capable of scoring headers. I still have 172 (MILLION) on my transfer budget so it is affordable to buy players. I was thinking to get Hazard and Dembele and sell Rashford. Please help me with the transfer suggestions

  26. I need help with my defense is have 87 Hummels 88 Boateng and Alba 80 and dinge 84 help me to improve my defense

  27. I have Everton 17 career mode
    How do I improve my team
    GK Stenkelenburg(76)Pickford(75)/Joel
    CB Jagielka(80)
    CB Funes Mori(78)/Williams(83)
    LB Baines(83)/Oviedo
    RB T.Browning(78)
    CAM Bernard(83)Captain
    CAM Alli(83)
    Youth signing CM D.Moraes(65)
    LM Mirallas(83)
    RM Delefeou(82)
    ST Rashford(79)
    ST K.Iheachenko(78)/Kone(75)

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