These are the best players in FIFA 23

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If this article was just going to be the best FIFA 23 players in terms of pure stats, then you’d be looking at an incredibly samey list of amazing centre forwards and pacey wingers. Instead, this guide will go through the 11 best players in the world based on their position. The qualifier? This is based on FIFA 23’s stats, and not my highly biased real world opinions—nor those you’d find on Sky, BT or ESPN Sports.


FIFA 23 best players

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Thibaut Courtois
Rating: 90

An absolute monster of a keeper, and proof positive that goalies can individually win you big finals. Has there ever been a better, more convincing display in Courtois’ position than the Champions League final last season against Liverpool? His shot-stopping isn’t just off the page, he’s a mentality monster, too. Go back over thirty years of European football, and you’ll struggle to find a better, big game keeper. 


Virgil Van Dijk
Rating: 90

The most supremely confident centre half in world football over the last decade, and it’s not all that close. Liverpool made the best, most canny signing of their modern history when they bought Virgil for a reasonably paltry fee from Southampton all those years ago. Almost unbeatable in the air, and hugely composed on the ball, until a certain William Saliba this season, VVD has set the bar for all EPL defenders.

FIFA 23 best players

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Ruben Dias
Rating: 88

A transformative central defensive signing for the already absurdly good Man City, Dias is one of the most composed centre-backs ever to grace the English Premier League. Like in real life, Dias is incredibly assured on the ball in FIFA 23. His passing stats are also through the roof, making him almost as much of a Kevin De Bryune as he is a Tony Adams or John Terry.

Left back

FIFA 23 best players

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João Cancelo
Rating: 88

Another FIFA 23 entry, another Man City player. Yawn. Also, look away for non-Citizens, because this list is only going to get more tiresome. It’s like Pep Guardiola is the best manager in world football or something, because here’s another unbelievably good FIFA 23 player who just so happens to reside on his books. In terms of creativity, you’ll struggle to find a better LB than Cancelo in FIFA 23.

Right back

Kyle Walker
Rating: 85

He might have been around since the days of the GTX 970—and actually, decidedly longer—but City’s trusty RB is rapid beyond his years. A natural athlete with seemingly untapped reserves of speed, there’s almost no other right back we’d rather sign in FIFA 23 than the former Tottenham ace. 

Defensive midfielder

Rating: 89

He just provided Ronaldo with his 700th club career goal, but we think we’d still rather start McTominay. Jokes! The five times Champions League winner may not be getting any younger, and his wages will cost you a silly amount in FIFA 23’s Career Mode, but DMs don’t come any more experienced or classier than Casemiro. 

Central midfielder 

FIFA 23 best players

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Kevin De Bryune
Rating: 91

The best creative midfielder in the history of the Premier League… and he’s still got a lot of years ahead of him. Old Kev has probably been the most consistent player in world football for the last decade. Not only is he ruthless in front of goal for a midfielder, his assist ratio is unparalleled. Judging by how many times he’s set up Haaland already this season—and yes, it is absurd FIFA’s stats game excludes the Norwegian hitman from this list—De Druyne will probably end the year on thirty league assists. 

Left winger

Neymar Jr.
Rating: 89

The Brazilian who has gone for all the transfer fees in the past is a serial winner. A certain FIFA 23 male cover star may slightly be stealing his spotlight at the moment, but make no mistake: Neymar is an absolute killer. Pacy, and a devastating dribbler, you won’t find many more effective attackers in EA’s final FIFA than this Samba star. 

Right winger

FIFA 23 best players

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Mohamed Salah
Rating: 90

Poor Mo is probably glad his FIFA 23 numbers are based on his 2020/21 stats. Over the last year, Salah has almost stunk out the joint in the English Premier League. Thankfully, FIFA has a longer memory, and Mohamed remains pretty much the most dangerous right sided attacker in virtual world football. Just don’t mention the recent Arsenal game where he got subbed off after 60 minutes.

Second striker

Kylian Mbappé
Rating: 91

FIFA 23’s main male cover star is—alongside Erling Haaland—a once in a generational talent. While his goals record may not quite compare to the Norwegian assassin, he’s a better athlete to watch in full flight. Let off the leash in either FIFA or real life, the lighting fast PSG forward is the next coming of Thierry Henry. 

Central striker

Karin Benzema
Rating: 91

It’s absolutely absurd Benny is on this list. Despite being 34, the Real Madrid striker has just enjoyed one of the best European campaigns in the history of the Champions League. With over 40 club goals to his name last season, while he pretty much dragged Madrid to a historic 14th European Cup by himself, Karin is currently redefining what a striker can do in his mid-30s at a truly elite level. 

The top 20 players this year

Some of these positions are out of date compared to what’s going on in the world of football right now, but that’s FIFA and overly leaning on legacy players for you. Putting that aside, these are the 20 best players you can currently sign or play with in FIFA 23.

Rank Player Club Position Overall
1 Karim Benzama Real Madrid CF 91
2 Robert Lewandowski FC Barcelona ST 91
3 Kylian Mbappe PSG ST 91
4 Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City CM 91
5 Lionel Messi PSG RW 91
6 Mohamed Salah Liverpool RW 90
7 Virgil Van Dijk Liverpool CB 90
8 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United ST 90
9 Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid GK 90
10 Manuel Neuer FC Bayern Munich GK 90
11 Neymar Jr. PSG LW 89
12 Heung Min Son Tottenham Hotspur LW 89
13 Sadio Mane FC Bayern Munich LM 89
14 Casemiro Manchester United CDM 89
15 Joshua Kimmich FC Bayern Munich CDM 89
16 Alisson Liverpool GK 89
17 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur ST 89
18 Ederson Manchester City GK 89
19 N’Golo Kante Chelsea CDM 89
20 Jan Oblak Atletico De Madrid GK 89

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