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FIFA 20 best young defenders: The top 50 DEFs on career mode

4:00 PM EDT 4/28/20
FIFA 20 Matthijs de Ligt
Goal looks at all the wonderkid defenders in Career Mode, listing their potential ability and price in the game

Manchester United made Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in the world in August, breaking the record set when Liverpool bought Virgil van Dijk in January 2018. World-class defenders are also expensive in FIFA 20 Career Mode, but there are many bargains to be had if you are willing to scout in the right places.

New Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is the best young defender in the game and has the potential to be a 92-rated superstar, while RB Leipzig have a centre-back pairing that should dominate for the next decade or more. Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano are valued at £18.9 million and £15m at the start of Career Mode so may be above the budget of many clubs.

Portugal has a number of top young defenders in the league, including Porto right-back Tomas Esteves and Benfica's Nuno Tavares who has the ability to play in both full-back spots. Both of these are available at less than £3m and will end up as some of the best full-backs in the game.

Here are all the best young defenders in FIFA 20 Career Mode, ordered by their potential rating in the game.

PO. = Position(s)

CR = Current Rating

PR = Potential Rating

VA. = Value

*Clubs listed are the clubs the players are assigned to in FIFA 20 Career Mode, while ages shown are the age at the start of Career Mode

FIFA 20: Best young defenders

# Name Age Club PO. CR PR VA.
1 M de Ligt 19 Juventus CB 85 92 £42.8m
2 T Alexander-Arnold 20 Liverpool RB 85 90 £41.4m
3 D Upamecano 20 RB Leipzig CB 80 89 £18.9m
4 I Konate 20 RB Leipzig CB 79 88 £15m
5 A Davies 18 Bayern Munich LB, RM, LM 77 88 £11.3m
6 W Saliba 18 Arsenal CB 75 88 £9.9m
7 R James 19 Chelsea RB, CDM 75 87 £9.5m
8 D Zagadou 20 Borussia Dortmund CB, LB 79 86 £14.4m
9 J Kounde 20 Sevilla CB 77 86 £12.6m
10 O Kabak 19 Schalke CB 77 86 £10.8m
11 E Tapsoba 20 Bayer Leverkusen CB 76 86 £10,4m
12 Z Vanheusden 19 Standard Liege CB 75 86 £9m
13 J Todibo 19 Barcelona CB, CDM 73 86 £6.3m
14 M Simakan 19 Strasbourg CB, RB 72 86 £5.4m
15 M Kumbulla 19 Hellas Verona CB, RB 72 86 £5.4m
16 B Williams 18 Man Utd LB, LWB 71 86 £4.1m
17 E Ampadu 18 Chelsea CB, CDM 68 86 £1.5m
18 M Kana 16 Anderlecht CB, CDM 66 86 £1.1m
19 L Stergiou 17 St Gallen CB 63 86 £675k
20 A Bastoni 20 Inter CB 75 85 £9m
21 Diogo Dalot 20 Man Utd RB, LB 75 85 £9m
22 E N'Dicka 19 Eintracht Frankfurt LB, CB 75 85 £8.6m
23 Emerson 20 Real Betis RB, RM, RWB 75 85 £9m
24 M Salisu 20 Real Valladolid CB 75 85 £9m
25 M Aarons 19 Norwich RB 73 85 £5.9m
26 L Pellegrini 20 Cagliari LB 71 85 £4.3m
27 R Ait Nouri 18 Angers LB 70 85 £3.1m
28 Eric Garcia 18 Man City CB 69 85 £1.8m
29 J Frimpong 18 Celtic RB, RWB 68 85 £1.5m
30 J Gvardiol 17 Dinamo Zagreb CB, LB 67 85 £1.3m
31 J Vagnoman 18 Hamburg RB, LM, LB 66 85 £1.1m
32 A Bella-Kotchap 17 Bochum CB 63 85 £675k
33 P Retsos 20 Bayer Leverkusen CB, RB, LB 75 84 £8.6m
34 O Wijndal 19 AZ Alkmaar LB 74 84 £7.2m
35 N Perez 19 Atletico Madrid CB 74 84 £7.2m
36 Tomas Tavares 18 Benfica RB 72 84 £4.2m
37 Nuno Tavares 19 Benfica LB, RB 71 84 £3.7m
38 D Popov 20 Dynamo Kyiv CB 71 84 £3.8m
39 J Tanganga 20 Spurs CB, RB, LB 69 84 £2m
40 Tiago Djalo 19 Lille CB 69 84 £1.9m
41 N Katterbach 18 Koln LB 67 84 £1.4m
42 S van der Berg 17 Liverpool CB 66 84 £1m
43 N Armini 18 Lazio CB 66 84 £1.1m
44 N Collins 18 Stoke CB 63 84 £700k
45 K Hoever 17 Liverpool RB, CB 62 84 £550k
46 S Bornauw 20 Koln CB 75 83 £8.1m
47 V Mykolenko 20 Dynamo Kyiv LB 74 83 £7.2m
48 P Schuurs 19 Ajax CB 74 83 £6.8m
49 D Bradaric 19 Lille LB 73 83 £5m
50 Pedro Porro 19 Man City RB, RWB, RM 73 83 £5m
51 R van Drongelen 20 Hamburg CB 73 83 £5.4m
52 Diogo Leite 20 Porto CB 72 83 £4.2m
53 B Sutalo 19 Atalanta CB 72 83 £4.3m
54 T Tomiyasu 20 Bologna RB, CB 72 83 £4.4m
55 L Cacace 18 Wellington Phoenix LB, LWB 72 83 £4.1m
56 T Kouassi 17 PSG CB, CDM 71 83 £3.1m
57 J Bogle 18 Derby RB 71 83 £3.2m
58 D Maresic 19 Reims CB 71 83 £3.4m
59 I Diveev 19 CSKA Moscow CB 70 83 £2.8m
60 Mujaid 19 Deportivo La Coruna RB, CB 69 83 £1.9m
61 A Chindris 20 Botosani CB 69 83 £2m
62 N Ferguson 18 West Brom RB, LB, CB 68 83 £1.5m
63 L Balerdi 20 Borussia Dortmund CB 68 83 £1.6m
64 A Bernabei 20 Lanus LB, LW, LM 67 83 £1.4m
65 J Beyer 19 Borussia M'gladbach RB, CB 67 83 £1.3m
66 K Sardella 17 Anderlecht RB, LB 65 83 £900k
67 E Laird 17 Man Utd RB 65 83 £900k
68 Manu Sanchez 18 Atletico Madrid LB 64 83 £800k
69 T Harwood-Bellis 17 Man City CB 60 83 £400k
70 L Matheson 16 Rochdale RB 60 83 £400k