FC 24 Best Centre Backs (CB) to sign in Career Mode

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To win trophies you need a solid defence, so finding the FC 24 Best CB to marshall your back-line will be essential in Career Mode. So much is asked of a centre-back nowadays. Not only do they need to be solid defensively with great strength and aerial prowess, but top pace and ability on the ball are now must-have attributes!

If you can find all of that in one player then you will be laughing with a rock at the back! Bring in the best around for your FC 24 Career Mode save. Check out the best CB ratings in EA FC 24 below and what centre-backs you should sign in Career Mode.

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Best CB in FC 24

Here are the top-rated centre-backs (CB) available in FC 24 Career Mode and offline modes:

PlayerClubAgeContractValueWageOverallPotential
Ruben DiasManchester City262027£90.5M£213k8990
Virgil van DijkLiverpool312025£59.9M£187k8989
MarquinhosPSG292028£62.5M£119k8788
Ronald AraujoBarcelona242026£79.1M£149k8691
Eder MilitaoReal Madrid252028£68M£179k8689
Alessandro BastoniInter242028£62.5M£81k8590
Matthijs de LigtBayern Munich232027£59.1M£65k8589
Jules KoundeBarcelona242027£59.1M£136k8589
John StonesManchester City292026£42.1M£153k8586
David AlabaReal Madrid312026£31.5M£170k8585
Antonio RudigerReal Madrid302026£37.4M£170k8585
William SalibaArsenal222027£49.7M£102k8489
Fikayo TomoriAC Milan252027£44.6M£71k8488
BremerJuventus262027£41.7M£115k8487
Lisandro MartinezManchester United252027£42.1M£119k8487
GabrielArsenal252027£40M£111k8486
Kim Min JaeBayern Munich262028£39.1M£70k8486
Aymeric LaporteAl Nassr292026£33.2M£55k8485
Kalidou KoulibalyAl Hilal322026£23.4M£53k8484
Raphael VaraneManchester United302024£29.3M£123k8484

Ruben Dias – 89 Overall

There is a two-way tie at the top of the FC 24 Best CBs list. Premier League stars Ruben Dias and Virgil van Dijk share an 89 OVR, making them the highest-rated central defenders in the game. However, the Manchester City man has the potential to go one better, up to a 90 OVR! He is still relatively young for a centre-back, at 26, meaning you can go plenty of seasons with him at the heart of your defence.

Virgil van Dijk – 89 Overall

The Dutchman is still regarded as the best CB to use in-game, although he is already at the peak of his powers. Nevertheless, you should still be able to get three or four seasons out of him at his best. Virgil van Dijk is so dominant physically, in the air, and when tackling, he can sometimes prove impossible to pass! Importantly, the Liverpool man has the Aerial+, Anticipate, Bruiser, Block, and Jockey PlayStyles, making him a unit at the back.

Ronald Araujo – 86 Overall

Barcelona colossus Ronald Araujo received a big upgrade this season and has the best potential of anyone in the position, with a 91 POT. He is certainly one for the future, but is good enough to start for nearly any team in the land too!

Jules Kounde – 85 Overall

Araujo’s Barca teammate Jules Kounde is another top player in the position, but can also fill in at RB. Kounde is pacey and has great dribbling abilities for a CB. However, at 5’11”, he isn’t as imposing aerially as others around.

William Saliba – 84 Overall

Arsenal man-mountain William Saliba is another player we want to highlight. At just 22 years old, if you sign him early then he can marshall your defence for over a decade. He has all the attributes you would want for a solid CB and could be the natural successor to van Dijk in the game.

If you are looking to sign a younger centre-back in Career Mode, take a look at our Best Young CB and Wonderkid CB lists to secure yourself a top talent for years to come.

Looking for the best players in other positions on the field? Check out our lists of all the top-rated players covering every position:

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Michael Wicherek

Michael Wicherek is the Sports Editor for VideoGamer. He has over five years of experience creating content around sports games.

EA Sports FC 24

  • Release Date: September 30, 2023
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Sports
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