The Best 20 Players in FIFA 21


Out of the many things that were cancelled in 2020, the FIFA World Cup just might have been the most devastating for football fans. Fortunately for you, EA released their latest FIFA fantasy sports game, FIFA 21, on October 9 to fill a little bit of that void for you. This is the ultimate fantasy football game - you can build your perfect team from a massive roster of 17,000 players from over 30 official leagues worldwide.

Having a huge selection of the world’s best players is great, but it starts getting tricky when you get into career mode. After all, you want the best of the best for your team. But who exactly is the best? We’ve taken the guesswork out for you and organized a list of the 20 best players in the game.

Lionel Messi

Overall Rating: 98
Position: Right Wing (RW)
Nation: Argentina
League: LaLiga Santander
Club: FC Barcelona
Preferred Foot: Left
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 319,000 - 6,000,000
Xbox 317,000 - 6,000,000
PC 379,000 - 7,200,000

This Argentinian superstar may be familiar to you from previous games. Messi is a powerhouse when attacking, with insanely good stats in almost every category. High acceleration and sprint speed make him incredibly fast on the field, while his shot power, positioning, and finishing stats make him a guaranteed goal. You’ll have to mortgage your entire team’s houses to afford him, but we assure you, he’s worth it.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Overall Rating: 98
Position: Striker (ST)
Nation: Portugal
League: Serie A
Club: Piemonte Calcio
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 897,000 - 15,000,000
Xbox 631,000 - 12,000,000
PC 968,000 - 15,000,000

While his real-life home club of Juventus is not included in the game, you don’t have to miss out on having this powerhouse striker on your team. Cristiano Ronaldo is a must-have player in FIFA 21, and his stats make it easy to see why. He has a mind-blowing Pace stat of 96, making him one of the fastest players in the game. His almost perfect set of shooting stats will make you wonder how any opposing team ever thought they had a chance.

Robert Lewandowski

Overall Rating: 98
Position: Striker (ST)
Nation: Poland
League: Bundesliga
Club: FC Bayern München
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 148,000 - 2,800,000
Xbox 169,000 - 3,200,000
PC 195,000 - 3,700,000

Yet another amazing striker on our list, Robert Lewandowski should not be underestimated. The Polish-born striker has an incredible set of stats - he’s strong, he’s fast, and he’ll be unstoppable on the field. His Shooting stats are especially good - he’s second only to Ronaldo in his ability to score goal after goal.

Kylian Mbappé

Overall Rating: 97
Position: Striker (ST)
Nation: France
League: Ligue 1 Conforama
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 712,000 - 13,500,000
Xbox 528,000 - 10,000,000
PC 666,000 - 12,600,000

Mbappé is a football superstar in real life - he’s won a World Cup and taken Paris Saint-Germain to their first Champions League final. In FIFA 21, he’s no different. He has a Potential of 95, which is incredibly high, and his stats for sprint speed and acceleration both sit at 96, making him one of the fastest strikers in the game.

Kevin De Bruyne

Overall Rating: 96
Position: Central Attacking Midfielder (CAM)
Nation: Belgium
League: Premier League
Club: Manchester City
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 5 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 122,000 - 2,300,000
Xbox 111,000 - 2,100,000
PC 137,000 - 2,600,000

You can have all the great strikers that you want, but your team will still be weak without good central attacking midfielders - and Kevin De Bruyne might just be the best. A Belgian national now playing for Manchester City, De Bruyne’s stats are incredibly balanced - both his attacking and defending abilities are exceptional. Of course, his highest skills are Passing and Shooting, making him an excellent player whether he’s passing the ball up the field or going for the goal.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Overall Rating: 94
Position: Right Back (RB)
Nation: England
League: Premier League
Club: Liverpool
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 90,000 - 1,700,000
Xbox 80 500 - 1,500,000
PC 103,000 - 1,900,000

This incredibly promising right back from Liverpool has incredible stats - his high sprint speed and acceleration will make him lightning on the field, while incredible stats in dribbling and passing will make him invaluable in getting the ball to your top strikers. Alexander-Arnold is one of the most exciting young players in FIFA 21, and it’s easy to see why.

Alphonso Davies

Overall Rating: 93
Position: Left Back (LB)
Nation: Canada
League: Bundesliga
Club: FC Bayern München
Preferred Foot: Left
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 154,000 - 2,900,000
Xbox 142,000 - 2,700,000
PC 193,000 - 3,700,000

Getting this player from the Allianz Arena will cost you a pretty penny, but he’s totally worth it. The Canadian left-back is lightning on the field thanks to his high acceleration and sprint speed and will be absolutely unstoppable if you pair him with a similarly fleet-footed left-winger.

Neymar da Silva Santos Jr.

Overall Rating: 92
Position: Left Midfielder (LM)
Nation: Brazil
League: Ligue 1 Conforama
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 5 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 162,000 - 3,100,000
Xbox 121,000 - 2,300,000
PC 168,000 - 3,200,000

This Brazilian-born midfielder might only be 28 years old, but he is a well-known star in FIFA 21. While his Physical stats are a bit lower than what we usually see with top-rated players, he makes up for them with exceptional Dribbling, Pace, and Shooting categories. Neymar is a very well-rounded player who would make a great addition to your roster.

Ansu Fati

Overall Rating: 92
Position: Striker (ST)
Nation: Spain
League: LaLiga Santander
Club: FC Barcelona
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 197,000 - 3,700,000
Xbox 177,000 - 3,400,000
PC 200,000 - 3,800,000

This incredible player might only be 17, but it’s easy to forget that when you see him on the field. He’ll cost you over $13 million to sign, but consider it an investment - he will quickly improve from his decent 76 rating at the start to his superstar 92 ratings.

Giovanni Reyna

Overall Rating: 91
Position: Right Midfielder (RM)
Nation: United States
League: Bundesliga
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 3 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 197,000 - 3,700,000
Xbox 177,000 - 3,400,000
PC 200,000 - 3,800,000

Yet another incredible 17-year-old on the roster! In real life, the young star is already a starter in the Bundesliga club. He’s a club manager’s dream - he starts with an average 68 rating, but he will quickly rise to 91 with the right training. And all you have to do is spend $1.7 million on signing him, which, considering the cost of some of the other players on this list, is an outright bargain.

Erling Haaland

Overall Rating: 90
Position: Striker (ST)
Nation: Norway
League: Bundesliga
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Preferred Foot: Left
Weak Foot: 3 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 197,000 - 3,700,000
Xbox 177,000 - 3,400,000
PC 200,000 - 3,800,000

If you’re even a little bit familiar with FIFA 21, then you will have heard this prominent striker’s name before. Haaland is an incredibly well-rounded player in terms of stats - his acceleration and sprint speed are phenomenal, and none of his Dribbling, Shooting or Physical skills dips below a score of 80, which is, frankly, insane. Your opponent’s defence will never see him coming.

Jadon Sancho

Overall Rating: 90
Position: Right Midfielder (RM)
Nation: England
League: Bundesliga
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 3 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 96,000 - 1,800,000
Xbox 80 500 - 1,500,000
PC 107,000 - 2,000,000

This young, exciting player has caught the attention of the iconic Manchester United club, and for good reason. He’s an excellent attacking player, with high stats in both shooting and passing. However, you’ll need to pay a king’s ransom if you want him on your team.

João Félix Sequeira

Overall Rating: 87
Position: Centre Forward (CF)
Nation: Portugal
League: LaLiga Santander
Club: Atlético Madrid
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 56,500 - 1,100,000
Xbox 41,250 - 800,000
PC 72,000 - 1,400,000

This young star from Portugal has a fantastic set of stats. His Shooting stats are particularly impressive, with a Positioning score of 92 and Finishing and Shot Power scores of 90. Though his acceleration and sprint speed is a bit lower than some of the other attacking players on our list, Sequeira should not be overlooked.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Overall Rating: 87
Position: Goalkeeper (GK)
Nation: Italy
League: Serie A
Club: Milan
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 3 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 70,000 - 270,000
Xbox 70,000 - 230,000
PC 70,000 - 330,000

An incredible young player, Gianluigi Donnarumma has been named the most valuable goalkeeper in FIFA 21. He has a very high Potential at 92, and if you put the right resources and development into him he can soon turn into a world-class goalie. His jumping and reaction stats are also very high, at 72 and 79 respectively, so he’s a great player to have on your team if you’re struggling with a weak defence.

Sandro Tonali

Overall Rating: 87
Position: Central Defensive Midfielder (CDM)
Nation: Italy
League: Serie A
Club: Milan
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 70,000 - 270,000
Xbox 70,000 - 230,000
PC 70,000 - 330,000

This young, eager defensive midfielder is an excellent choice for anyone who would rather make plays from the back than just shunt the ball towards your striker. Tonali’s acceleration and short-passing abilities make him a must for a strategically planned defence.

Matthijs de Ligt

Overall Rating: 85
Position: Centre Back (CB)
Nation: Holland
League: Serie A
Club: Piemonte Calcio
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 2,400 - 45,000
Xbox 2,400 - 45,000
PC 2,900 - 55,000

If you’re looking for a level-headed, aggressive defender, then Matthijs de Ligt is your man. His scores for Composure, Reactions, and Accuracy are all in the mid-80s, making him dominate on the field. You’ll need a big budget if you want to snatch him up from his home club, though.

Kai Havertz

Overall Rating: 85
Position: Central Attacking Midfielder (CAM)
Nation: Germany
League: Premier League
Club: Chelsea
Preferred Foot: Left
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 2,000 - 37,500
Xbox 2,300 - 42,500
PC 2,800 - 50,000

Havertz is definitely a young player to keep an eye on in the future of football. His even spread of stats and high Potential make him an excellent young investment for any self-respecting team manager. He’s an especially good dribbler, making him a great candidate to get the ball up the field towards your strikers.

Dayot Upamecano

Overall Rating: 84
Position: Centre Back (CB)
Nation: France
League: Bundesliga
Club: RB Leipzig
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 3 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 32,000 - 600,000
Xbox 23,500 -  440,000
PC 33,000 - 600,000

This excellent defender is a must-have for any good defence. Upamecano has excellent defensive stats, but he’s also pretty fast, making him a good accompaniment to a team focused on running circles around their opponents. His Standing Tackle is very high, so no attacking players from the opposing team even have a chance.

Rodrygo Silva de Goes

Overall Rating: 83
Position: Right Winger (RW)
Nation: France
League: LaLiga Santander
Club: Real Madrid
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 3 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 650 - 10,000
Xbox 650 - 10,000
PC 650 - 10,000

It’s easy to forget that this record-breaking right-winger is only 19 years old. De Goes is a particularly pacey player, with an acceleration and sprint speed that are both over 90. While speed is his main asset, his dribbling and shooting skills should not be ignored.

Ferrán Torres

Overall Rating: 81
Position: Right Midfielder (RM)
Nation: Spain
League: Premier League
Club: Manchester City
Preferred Foot: Right
Weak Foot: 4 out of 5

PLATFORM PRICE RANGE
Playstation 650 - 10,000
Xbox 650 - 10,000
PC 650 - 10,000

Despite a weak balance stat, this midfielder is a valuable addition to any team. His attacking skills are very balanced, other than his relatively average penalties stat. He is a little lacking in the aggression department, but he makes up for that with high vision and reaction stats.

Sarthak Khurana
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