The Best Teams In FIFA 21 - IGN (2023)

If you’re still trying to figure out which team to commit to in FIFA 21’s Career Mode, here are the best teams in FIFA 21 along with some useful context so that you know what you’re getting into when you start managing any of these 10 powerful squads.
In this guide, we’re going to dig into the star players and the super subs behind each of the top ten teams and talk about their advantages on the pitch so you can make a decision and choose the right squad in any game mode.

If you want to edit any of the teams in FIFA 21 for use in single-player mode, all you have to do is head to the Customize tab on the main menu and choose the Edit Teams option. From there you can change formations, swap players, confirm game plans, pick tactics and choose which footballers take set pieces like corners, free kicks and penalties. Also, in the customization menu, you can use the Club Transfers option to trade players between top-flight teams to create your fantasy squad.

The Best Teams In FIFA 21 - IGN (1)5 Stars / 89 ATT / 84 MID / 86 DEF

Hot off the heels of their Premier League title win in the 2019-20 season, Liverpool takes the top spot in FIFA 21 thanks to the sheer amount of versatility the team offers. With two 90 rated Wingers in Salah and Mane, the English team has stopping power up front, supported by a tight-knit midfield that strikes a strong balance between defending prowess and Pace thanks to highly adaptable players like Henderson and Wijnaldum.

With world-class defenders in the back four and a superb keeper in Allison, this is the team you want to reserve in a kick-off match against your mates. Liverpool’s super subs include Shaqiri, an easy swap for a tired Salah who boasts five-star skills if you need the extra flair upfront. Oxlade-Chamberlain also makes a fine replacement for Henderson when tired, providing the midfield with a boost in pace.

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5 Stars / 91 ATT / 85 MID / 82 DEF

Champions League and Continental Treble winners Bayern Munich arrive in second just behind Liverpool in FIFA 21’s team rankings. Bayern played 4-3-2-1 with a lone attacker upfront in Lewandowski, the game’s most powerful striker. With passing wizard Muller slotted behind to feed the Polish attacker opportunities, Bayern is a force to be reckoned with in FIFA 21.

Crucial to the team’s high rating is the speedy young midfield and defense that supports the aging forwards by holding possession and pressuring opponents when mistakes are made. Having the 89-rated Neuer in goal can’t hurt either! Super subs for Bayern Munich include swapping Sane for Coman in left midfield, and Costa for Muller in CAM to get a major boost in dribbling and pace and take advantage of the Brazilian player’s five-star skills.

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5 Stars / ATT 84 / MID 86 / DEF 85

La Liga reigning champions Real Madrid have always been a fixture at the top of the FIFA team rankings over the years, but in FIFA 21 they take a comfortable third place thanks to the staggering amount of talent at the club. The old guard of Ramos, Modric and Benzema form a formidable spine in the 4-3-3 formation, which is complemented by lightning-quick young wingers like Vinicius Jr and Rodrigo, who offer top pace and dribbling skills.

Super subs for Real Madrid include swapping Hazard for Benzema or Vinicius Jr on the left depending on their fitness, replacing Mendy with Marcelo’s five-star skill flair in left-back, and injecting pace into the ageing midfield with young star Odegaard.

The Best Teams In FIFA 21 - IGN (4)

5 Stars / ATT 86 / MID 86 / DEF 83

Man City is another excellent choice if you’re planning to play primarily as a Premier League squad in FIFA 21. Like Liverpool, they have consistent stats across the board with head honcho 91-rated De Bruyne controlling play in the midfield. His 93 Passing is a godsend for 93 Pace goal magnet Sterling on the left-wing, their powers combining to create unstoppable counter attacks.

With nimble defenders in left and right back to nurture the attacking supply chain, Manchester City excels in all areas in FIFA 21. Super subs for the English club include the 89-rated Aguero, whose 90 Shooting stat and excellent finishing skills secure goals regularly. Gundogan is also a decent swap for a tired Rodri in defensive midfield, to bolster your passing capabilities.

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5 Stars / ATT 84 / MID 85 / DEF 83

The other half of El Classico take fifth place in the FIFA 21 team rankings. But don’t let that dissuade you, Barca is still incredibly dangerous when used properly in-game. With the pace and power of Messi and Griezmann up front, Barcelona’s balanced attacking formation is hard to deal with online and only made more formidable by defenders with high Physical stats like Pique and Lenglet, who are flanked by pace heavy left and right backs Alba and Roberto.

Barcelona’s main super sub is swapping in Dembele for Fati on the left-wing. Dembele’s five-star skill moves and weak foot ability make him a serious problem for defenders, especially if you’re skilled enough to make use of his flair.

The Best Teams In FIFA 21 - IGN (6)

5 Stars / ATT 87 / MID 80 / DEF 84

Sixth place goes to Serie A’s Juventus, or Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 21, given that EA no longer owns the licence for the top-flight Italian team. You’re spoilt for choice as far as dangerous strikers go, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Dybala creating a dynamic duo upfront in the unusual 3-5-2 formation that arrives as standard. A lot of pressure is levied on Cuadrado and Kulusevski who hold the wings here, leaving three stalwart defenders at the back in Chiellini, Bonucci and Danilo.

For more physicality and a better weak foot at the expense of pure pace, you can swap out Dybala for Morata upfront, and you may consider bringing all-rounder Alex Sandro off the bench if you want to make the defence as nimble as possible.

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5 Stars / ATT 84 / MID 82 / DEF 82

Atletico Madrid take seventh place in the FIFA 21 team rankings after consistent La Liga success in recent years, only bolstered by recent attacking acquisitions like Suarez and Carrasco. Madrid play a flat 4-4-2 in FIFA 21, with 80+ rated players across the board, protected by the game’s best goalkeeper, 91 rated Jan Oblak.

Super subs for the Spanish club include swapping out Felix for Costa up front to take advantage of his Physical prowess and high attacking work rate. Llorente is also a great swap to fight fatigue at half-time, as he boasts green skills across the board and an incredible work rate in midfield.

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5 Stars / ATT 86 / MID 82 / DEF 79

With Mbappe being this year’s cover star, it’s no surprise that French titans Paris Saint-German have made it into the top 10 teams in FIFA 21. With Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria applying constant pressure up front with their five-star skill moves and nifty pace, you shouldn’t have any problem scoring multiple goals with PSG.

However, the team’s lacking defence make them a little more tricky to play as, especially against teams who are keen on the counter-attack. Super subs for PSG include swapping in Bernal for Bakker at left-back, and Pereira for Verratti in midfield to bolster physicality and stop attacks before they get dangerous.

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4.5 Stars / ATT 85 / MID 82 / DEF 81

Spurs find themselves at place number 9 in the FIFA team ratings, arguably making them the best 4.5-star team in the game. With Bale back at Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid, the team’s attacking potential is startling, with crack shot Kane leading the charge. Star player Son sits in left midfield with high pace, shooting and dribbling skills, and players can expect to utilise his high work rate to supply Kane with plenty of easy goals.

Super subs for Tottenham include swapping in Bale for Moura on the right-wing to take advantage of his Shooting stats and Alli for Lo Celso or Winks in midfield to add some more aggression and pace to the core of the squad.

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4.5 Stars / ATT 85 / MID 81 / DEF 81

Dortmund is one of the Bundesliga’s most exciting teams, and thanks to the remarkable roster of talent that powers it, the club rounds off our list of the top 10 teams in FIFA 21. With exciting future stars like Haaland, Sancho and Brandt in the squad, they’re tons of fun to develop across a Career Mode as you battle to clinch the title from Bayern. Dortmund’s chevron formation allows for a wide midfield which protects incredible defenders like Hummels who hold back the tide.

Super subs for Dortmund include swapping Schulz for Akanji in left-back to prop up the defence with more pace, and replacing a tired Brandt with Reus at centre-attacking-midfield to achieve more clinical finishing and create chances.

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Which team is the best team in FIFA 21? ›

The best team in FIFA 21 will depend on the type of player you are. If you love to be on the side that's putting on the pressure, Paris Saint-German can be the team to play in most cases. Kylian Mbappe, Ángel Fabián Di Maria, and Neymar are just too powerful of a trio to deal with.

Who has the best potential in FIFA 21? ›

Highest Potential Career Mode Players
  • Kylian Mbappé - Paris Saint-Germain - ST | 95 Potential OVR.
  • Jadon Sancho - Borussia Dortmund - RM | 93 Potential OVR.
  • Kai Havertz - Chelsea - CAM | 93 Potential OVR.
  • João Félix - Atlético de Madrid - CF | 93 Potential OVR.
  • Vinícius Jr. -

Who is the most overpowered team in FIFA? ›

Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Lionel Messi are three of the best players in FIFA 23, all of who can win games alone. The three make PSG the most overpowered team in the game and are an excellent pick for anyone looking to gain an advantage over their friends.

Who is the fastest player on FIFA 21? ›

Adama Traore

Who has the best dribbling in FIFA 21? ›

Lionel Messi – 95

Messi was the best dribbler in FIFA 21 as well with a 95 rating.

Who is the best shooter in FIFA 21? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo, Piemonte Calcio, 92 Rated

He's the second best forward, but has the highest shooting rating in the game.

Which team should I choose in FIFA? ›

Paris Saint-Germain is the top-rated team in FIFA for the second-consecutive year. PSG features Lionel Messi, the highest-rated player in FIFA 23, and Kylian Mbappe, who makes his third-consecutive appearance on the FIFA cover with FIFA 23.

What is the best team for Career Mode? ›

Best teams to manage in FIFA 23 Career Mode
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Who is the most skillful player in FIFA 21? ›

In its latest FIFA 21 news update, EA Sports has disclosed the list of players with the best skills in the game, with the usual suspects like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe topping the charts.

Who is No 1 in FIFA ranking? ›

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Who is the fastest man in FIFA? ›

Daniel James, Wales, 35.39 km/h

Daniel Owen James and his lighting-fast speed are credited for helping Wales qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958. He plays as a winger for Premier League club Fulham, on loan from Leeds United.

Who is the fastest player in FIFA game? ›

Who are the fastest players in FIFA 23 overall? In what might not come as any surprise to FIFA fans, FIFA 23 cover star Kylian Mbappe takes the top spot when it comes to speed - albeit virtual.

Who has the fastest defense in FIFA 21? ›

The quickest centre-backs in the game are special cards, including both Team of the Year (TOTY) defenders Virgil van Dijk and Sergio Ramos, while the fastest centre-back in the game is a Team of the Week version of Kyle Walker.

What is the fastest FIFA Goal? ›

Where does Alphonso Davies' quickfire strike against Croatia sit on the all-time list? FIFA+ looks closer. Just 68 seconds were on the clock at Khalifa International Stadium when Canada's Alphonso Davies scored the fastest goal to date at Qatar 2022*.

What team in FIFA has the fastest players? ›

PSG owner, manager, and coach Kylian Mbappé is the fastest player in FIFA 23. 97 pace is the biggest number a player has right from the start.

Who is the Fastest striker in FIFA 21? ›

In FIFA 21, you want the fastest players. It's an incredibly realistic football sim, but it still has the mentality that more goals means more fun.
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  1. Adama Traore - RW, Wolverhampton Wanderers, 96 Pace, 79 Overall.
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Who is the fastest midfielder? ›

Top 10 Fastest Midfielders in FUT
  • Vinícius Jr. 95 Acceleration. 95 Sprint Speed.
  • Moussa. Diaby. 97 Acceleration. ...
  • Theo. Hernández. 94 Acceleration. ...
  • Adama Traoré 96 Acceleration. 96 Sprint Speed.
  • Sheraldo. Becker. 95 Acceleration. ...
  • Tajon. Buchanan. 98 Acceleration. ...
  • Jonathan. Ikoné 98 Acceleration. ...
  • Moses. Simon. 97 Acceleration. 98 Sprint Speed.

What is the best trick in FIFA 21? ›

Hold R2/RT while performing a fake shot (Square/X then canceled with X/A) aiming in the direction you want to go to burst past the defender. There are no skill move stars required for this one but the fastest players in FIFA 21 will have the pace to burn past any defenders nearby.

Who are the strong defenders in FIFA 21? ›

FIFA 21 best CB - the best Central Defenders in FIFA

Sergio Ramos, Giorgio Chiellini, Mats HUmmels and Thiago Silva continue to defy their age here, although their usefulness in FIFA 21 will depend on how much emphasis is placed on pace this year - in last year's game slow defenders were borderline unuseable.

Who has the best free kick accuracy in FIFA 21? ›

Ruslan Malinovskyi - Atalanta - CM | 88 FK ACC.

Who is the best finisher in FIFA? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo is officially the best finisher in FIFA 23, with the Manchester United attacker handed a shooting attribute rating of 92 in EA Sports' popular video game, which can't be bettered by anyone in the game.

Who is the best player in 21 22? ›

1Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) In 2021-22: 48 goals, 15 assists. Won Champions League, La Liga, UEFA Nations League & Supercopa de Espana.

What is the most op team in FIFA 22? ›

  1. 1 Bayern Munich. Munich has long been considered one of the best teams in the world, and they consistently show up as the most viable option across many FIFA titles.
  2. 2 Paris Saint-Germain. ...
  3. 3 Liverpool. ...
  4. 4 Manchester United. ...
  5. 5 Piemonte Calcio. ...
  6. 6 Manchester City. ...
  7. 7 Real Madrid. ...
  8. 8 FC Barcelona. ...
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Which is the strongest team in FIFA World Cup 22? ›

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  • England (No. ...
  • Lionel Messi, Argentina. ...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal. ...
  • Kylian Mbappé, France. ...
  • Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium. ...
  • Neymar, Brazil. Often overshadowed by Mbappé and Messi at Paris Saint-Germain, still the main man for Brazil.
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Who is the most overpowered player in FIFA 22? ›

These are the best OP players for the start
  • Presnel Kimpembe, 83 OVR (CB / Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Ferland Mendy, 83 OVR (LB / Real Madrid)
  • Federico Chiesa, 83 OVR (RW / Piemonte Calcio)
  • Federico Valverde, 83 OVR (CM / Real Madrid)
  • Theo Hernandez, 84 OVR (LB / AC Mailand)
  • Franck Kessié, 84 OVR (CDM / AC Mailand)

What is the best team possible in FIFA 22? ›

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  • Borussia Dortmund. ...
  • Chelsea. ...
  • Real Madrid. ...
  • Liverpool. ...
  • Bayern Munich. ...
  • Manchester United.
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