These are the best rated players in the game when it comes to preventing the opposition team from scoring.

FIFA 22 is out now for the general public amidst huge fanfare. The latest offering in a long line of FIFA games from Electronic Arts is massively popular. The fans of the game have been waiting eagerly to get their hands on what the latest edition has to offer. FIFA 22 is out now on all major platforms like PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC. 

For the last few weeks, people were busy planning and formulating tactics ahead of the release of the game. The announcement of ratings further increased the level of excitement amongst the users who could not wait to play the new edition of the game. Getting a look at the rating before the full release of the game gives a great opportunity to conceptualize squads. The FIFA Ultimate Team and Career Mode are hugely popular where users meticulously pick the best suited players for their teams.

While the attackers take away most of the fame, defenders are also very important. Stopping your opponents, whether it is an AI controlled team or an online opponent, is the key to victory. Having solid defenders in a team with good attributes is vital to any successful squad setup in FIFA 22. Here are the top 10 defenders in the new EA Sports FIFA 22 who possess the highest defensive stats.

10. Raphael Varane – 87

Manchester United’s new signing Raphael Varane has a defence rating of 87 in FIFA 22. His defensive rating and overall rating (86) remains the same from the previous edition. The center-back has moved to the Premier League and is one of the most technical defenders in Europe. 

9. N’Golo Kante – 87

Kante has a defence stat of 87 in FIFA 22 (Courtesy: Bleacher Report)

The Frenchman is the only midfielder in this list and the only player with an overall rating of 90. The Chelsea star has a defence stat of 87 on his FIFA 22 base card. The 30-year-old had a very successful season with the Blues last year. He was instrumental in the outfit winning the UEFA Champions League. He remains one of the finest players when it comes to doing the defensive work in FIFA 22. 

8. Milan Skriniar – 87

The 26-year-old has a 87 defence rating in FIFA 22. The Inter Milan defender had a major hand in the Serie A winning season last term. The Slovakian international also represented his nation at the 2020 UEFA Euros. Skriniar had a defense rating of 87 in FIFA 21 as well but has received a one point boost in his overall rating. 

7. Kalidou Koulibaly – 87

Napoli’s towering center-back Kalidou Koulibaly has received a 87 defense stat as well. He is one of the strongest players in the game, with a strength rating of 94 as well. He has an overall rating of 86 which has fallen down by two points from FIFA 21.

The Senegalese has been under the radar of several top clubs in the recent times, but his price-tag has become an obstacle for his pursuers. 

6. Sergio Ramos – 88

Ramos joined PSG in the 2021 summer transfer window (Courtesy: PSG)

Former Real Madrid skipper and current Paris Saint-Germain star Sergio Ramos is next up on the list with 88 defense stat in FIFA 22. He has a defense rating of 88, which is the same as his overall rating. While his defense stats remain the same, Ramos’ overall has reduced by one point from the last edition. The Spaniard made headlines by agreeing to join the Ligue 1 outfit after leaving Los Blancos in the summer. 

5. Ruben Dias – 88

The Manchester City star has a defence rating of 88 in FIFA 22, making him the second-best defender in the Premier League. The center-back has a 88 defense rating, five more than the previous edition. His overall rating has increased by six points as well, from 81 to 87.

The Portuguese transformed Manchester City’s backline which already had several expensive signings. Dias signed for the Cityzens from Benfica during the 2020/21 season and helped them to win the Premier League and reach UCL final. 

4. Mats Hummels – 89

The German is the highest rated defender in the Bundesliga in FIFA 22. The center-back has a 89 defensive rating with an overall of 86. He has carried the same ratings from the previous edition. Hummels plays a vital role in the heart of Borussia Dortmund’s defense and has been a consistent performer. 

3. Marquinhos – 89

Marquinhos’ rating increased by 2 points in FIFA 22 (Courtesy: Ligue 1)

The Brazilian ace is the next player in the list, having a defense rating of 89. The Brazilian is one of the finest center-backs playing in Europe. The Paris Saint-Germain defender has an overall rating of 87 as well. Both his defense and overall rating has received a two point boost each from the previous edition, making him a popular choice in the game.

2. Giorgio Chiellini – 89

Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini has 89 defense rating on his card in FIFA 22. The 86 overall rated player had a very successful campaign last season. He was at the heart of Italy’s triumph at the 2020 UEFA Euros. The 37-year-old continues to defy age and is one of the best defenders in FIFA 22. However, he has lost one point each from his overall and defense stat compared to FIFA 21.

1. Virgil Van Dijk – 91

Van Dijk is the best defender of FIFA 22 (Courtesy: Reuters)

The Dutchman is yet again the best defender in FIFA 22. He was the best rated defender in FIFA 21 as well and retains his spot at the top. The Liverpool defender is central to the squad and a huge factor in their recent success. He has maintained the defense statistic of 91 but lost one overall point from FIFA 21. It is understandable though, as Van Dijk missed out the majority of the previous season due to a knee injury. 

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