FIFA 17 Ratings Prediction: Top 10 Best Defenders

u4fifa Date: Jun/20/16 10:58:10 Views: 22

"Attack wins you games; defense wins you leagues" – Sir Alex Ferguson.


Defenders usually get overlooked at many cases in watching the game, but any good FIFA player knows the last thing to overlook when playing a game is the defense of your team. The absence of a good defender hurts more than the presence of a good one when you are playing FIFA.


The given list is a predicted version of the rating. We will provide you with the official ratings and ranking once EA Sports makes them available to us.


So, here's a list of the top 10 defenders in FIFA 17:




Following a harsh red card against Manchester City, England international Chris Smalling has seen an unforeseen improvement in his game. Since then, Chris Smalling has proved to be one of the finest center backs in the English Premier League. Smalling, nick-named ‘Mike' after Louis Van Gaal mistook the England No.12 for midfielder Michael Carrick, has been a key-player in a season that saw Man United top the defense table in the Premier League with only 35 goals conceded in 38 matches with 18 clean sheets.


Former Fulham defender Chris Smalling is representing the Three Lions in Euro 2016 at France. The England center-back, however, might have to fight for a place in the starting XI under Jose Mourihno with Ivory Coast center-back Eric Bertrand Bailly joining Manchester United ahead of season 2016/17.




Belgian wall Toby Alderweireld has been the central piece of Tottenham's finest performance in years, as the 27-year old held the Spurs defense as they conceded only 35 goals in 38 matches. After joining the London club in July 2015 from Atletico Madrid, Toby Alderweireld has enjoyed a long, consistent run of games for Mauriccio Pochettino's side.


Featuring in all 38 Premier League matches this season with 4 goals in his name, Alderweireld is easily the season's best defender in English football. His magnificient season at White Hart Lane earned him a spot in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year season 2015/16 and UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season 2015/16. Toby was also named the Spurs Player of the Year 2016.




Appearing in 51 matches across 4 competitions for the La Liga title holders, Javier Mascherano stands as one of the most consistent defenders in the world. Former Liverpool centerback Javier Mascerano has enjoyed yet another successful season at Camp Nou under coach Luis Enrique. The 32 year old is part of the team that represents Argentina in the ongoing Copa America this year. 4 times La Liga winner Javier Mascherano beat the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez to win FC Barcelona Player of the Year award in the seasn 2013/14.




35 year old Andrea Barzagli has proved himself  a sturdy defender for Juventus in the last 6 seasons. With 42 appearances for the Italy giants in the 2015/16 campaign, Barzagli has certainly been the defender to watch in the Serie A. Italian professional footballer Andrea Barzagli has won 5 Serie A titles with Juventus in the last five seasons.


2006 FIFA World Cup winner Andrea Barzagli is looked upon as a perfectly built defender at Italy and is called "The Wall" and "The Rock" by Juventus and Italy supporters. Barzagli is part of the 23-man Italy national squad that represents the last edition's runner-ups in Euro 2016 being held in France.




33 year old Brazil international finished his 8th season with the Blaugrana at Camp Nou winning the La Liga and Copa Del Rey for the 5 times European champions. Making 48 appearances across 4 competitions in his 8th season at Barcelona, Dani Alves was a key part of Luis Enrique's plan at Camp Nou this season.


Despite a breath-taking season at Barcelona, the full-back has seen his national team slip away from the Copa America as early as the group stages, following a defeat at the hands of Peru. Former Sevilla right-back Dani Alves has been named FIFA FIFPro World XI for 5 times.




Brazil skipper Joao Miranda has been one of the most consistent defenders in Europe this season. Following an exit from Atletico Madrid after 4 seasons at the Spanish capital, Miranda has been a sensational buy at age 31 for Internazionale.


With 30 league appearances and a goal for the Italy giants, the Brazilian helped Roberto Mancini's side to keep their spot at the Serie A table at 4th position. Joao Miranda has been a speculated target for 20 times English Champions Manchester United following an eye-catching season at the San Siro.




Germany interational Mats Hummels played a crucial role in Borussia Dortmund's revival this season as coach Thomas Tuchel brought the side back to scracting Bayern Munich's back after they finished 7th last season under current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. The 27-year old was named in UEFA Europa League team of the season 2015/16.


Former Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has been sought out by top sides in England for his abilities to stop the offense's attack. Hummels, who won the FIFA World Cup 2014 with Germany, featured in 50 matches across 3 competitions to finish second in both the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal.



Thiago Silva is the orchestrator of the PSG defense which saw only 19 goals conceded in 38 matches this season under manager Laurent Blanc. Named in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season, the Brazil international Silva led the French side into a third double in 3 seasons.


Signed by PSG in 2012 for a record shattering price from AC Milan, the 31-year old finished his fourth season at the club with 30 league appearances and a goal. Often compared to Italy legend Franco Baresi, Silva has to play a crucial role in the next season for PSG as they look forward to finally clenching the Champions League title.




Spain international Sergio Ramos played a crucial role in handing the 10th and 11th Champions League title to los Blancos scoring goals in both finals. But the 30 year old has fulfilled an even better role at the defense of Real Madrid winning himself a place at La Liga team of the season 2015/16 and UEFA Champions League team of the season 2015/16. Named ‘La Liga Best Defender' for four consecutive years, Sergio Ramos is representing Spain in UEFA European Championship 2016 being held in France as the defending champions look to win the trophy for a 3rd consecutive time.


Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has been at the Camp Nou for 11 seasons winning 3 La Liga titles and 2 UEFA Champions League titles at the Spanish capital.




UEFA Champions League finalist with Atletico Madrid, Diego Godin is by far the best defender the world has seen in the last season. For his relentless efforts at the heart of Atletico Madrid's defense, the Uruguayan has found himself in the UEFA Champions League Team of the season as well as the La Liga Squad of the Season.


Appearing in 46 matches under Diego Simeone, the former Villareal defender played an especially important role in Atletico's victory against Barcelona in the Champions League. Copa America winner with Uruguay, Diego Godin has spent 9 seasons in La Liga winning 6 major titles with Atletico Madrid.