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The Best Teams To Play With In FIFA 23

It’s the end of an era because FIFA 23 is the last FIFA game we’re going to get. After a nasty public divorce with its licensor, EA’s football simulation heralds the end of what has been a fairly predictable gameplay year after year. FIFA 23 is no difference with similar end-to-end gameplay as its predecesors and familiar frustrations. There are however a couple of exciting new additions such as Power Shots, camera angles etc. as well as the reason we’re all here, the actual teams and game of football.

Whether you want to lead a squad of stack players in Career Mode or if you want to just casually play with juggernauts against the AI or your friends in the Kick Off game mode. From over 700 playable teams, here are some of the highest-rated teams that you can use in FIFA 23.

 

Paris Saint-Germain

88 ATT | 82 MID | 83 DEF

Paris Saint-Germain is the top-rated team in FIFA for the second-consecutive year. PSG features Lionel Messi, the highest-rated player in FIFA 23, and Kylian Mbappe, who makes his third-consecutive appearance on the FIFA cover with FIFA 23. Other prominent players include left-winger Neymar Jr, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and center-back Marquinhos.

The headline acts are obvious here: Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi both come in at a whopping 91 overall with third band member Neymar not far behind with 89 overall – though the latter two have experienced a drop in rating, not that you’ll notice it really. Inevitably, Mpabbe performs strongly on the FIFA 23 fastest players list.

It still boggles the mind that they have two world-class goalkeepers in the squad: Gianluigi Donnarumma (92 OVR) and Keylor Navas (88 OVR), with either of that pair anchoring an otherworldly defence. There is not much more to explain – PSG will many people’s choice to engage in some chaotic attacking.

 

Manchester City

86 ATT | 86 MID | 86 DEF

The winners of the previous two Premier League campaigns remain the second-highest overall team from last season. Led by Kevin de Bruyne, the fourth-highest rated player in FIFA 23, and young superstar Erling Haaland, Manchester City is arguably the most complete team in FIFA, being the only team with their attacking, midfielding, and defending ratings over 85.

The most well rounded team on FIFA – which has art imitating life as Pep Guradiola strives for balance on a football pitch. Dropping the massive Erling Haaland (88 OVR) into the mix just feels unfair with Kevin De Bruyne (91 OVR) pulling the strings behind him. Especially with Haaland proving a dominant force on the FIFA 23 best young players list.

There are no weak links in this squad – The additions of Kalvin Phillips (81 OVR), Julian Alvarez (78 OVR) and Manuel Akanji (81 OVR) are neat complimentary pieces to a powerhouse of a side which is defensively strong, creatively flowing and deadly up front.

 

Real Madrid

85 ATT | 85 MID | 84 DEF

The winners of last year’s La Liga and Champions League campaigns, the team jumped up one overall point from last year’s game. Real Madrid boasts the second-highest player in FIFA 23 in Karim Benzema. The team also has the top-rated goalkeeper in the game with Thibaut Courtois, so from front to back, Los Blancos have a stacked squad that has proven in real life to be one of the best in Europe.

Karim Benzema sits atop the tree for the European champions with a 91 overall rating, enough for him to also front the FIFA 23 ratings countdown. The Frenchman is supplied by Luka Modric (88 OVR) and Toni Kroos (88 OVR) – not bad, either. They’re a team which will be used to pull apart many back lines and score at will. The addition of Antonio Rudiger (87 OVR) bolsters a defensive steel which is marshaled at its base by Thibaut Courtois (90 OVR).

New addition Aurélien Tchouaméni (82 OVR) and starlet Eduardo Camavinga (79 OVR) don’t jump off the page just yet, but they’re loaded with potential and are natural successors in the middle of the park. Plenty of quality in the here and now coupled with stars for the future makes Madrid a terrifying prospect.

 

Liverpool

84 ATT | 82 MID | 87 DEF

Last season’s FA Cup winners still have a stacked team, even with superstar striker Sadio Mané leaving the club. The team has center-back Virgil van Dijk leading the top-rated defense in the game, while right winger Mohamed Salah is the sixth-rated player in this season’s FIFA title. Liverpool’s overall rating has also increased by a point.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are in transition. Losing Sadio Mane will hurt any team, but Luis Diaz (84 OVR) has hit the ground running and his acceleration of 92 and a sprint speed of 91 means opposition full backs are in hell when he’s on the ball. New boy Darwin Nunez is a respectable 82 overall, and his finishing currently isn’t anything to write home about (83), but his potential of 89 makes him enticing for the long haul.

Defensively, Liverpool are the best in the game, boasting Virgil van Dijk (90 OVR), Alisson (89 OVR), Trent Alexander-Arnold (87 OVR), Andy Robertson (87 OVR) and Joel Matip (84 OVR) – good luck trying to score past that. The midfield – like in real life – has some question marks over it. While Fabinho is a great shield for the back four and Thiago acts as the primary playmaker, there is a little else outside of that which will really scare the opposition.

 

Bayern Munich

89 ATT | 85 MID | 82 DEF

Despite losing legendary striker Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich still maintains its spot as the top-rated attacking side in FIFA, an accolade the team has held for the past three FIFA titles. They have the second-highest-rated goalkeeper in Manuel Neuer, and they have seven additional players with an 85+ rating.

Having an attack which just pips PSG’s mighty lineup to the post is noteworthy. The loss of Robert Lewandowski (91 OVR) is somewhat offset with the addition of Mane (89 OVR) – who is no slouch when finding the net with a 86 finishing stat. Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry flank the attack to create a fearsome trio.

Defensively, Bayern are solid if not spectacular. Manuel Neuer anchors it in goal with a 90 overall rating and in front of him with the massive Matthijs de Ligt (85 OVR), who has perhaps not hit the heights many thought he would, but is still an outstanding defender – and he’s only 23-years-old. And let’s not forget Dayot Upamecano (81 OVR), who has massive potential.

 

Chelsea

84 ATT | 86 MID | 84 DEF

Chelsea are a fun team to explore because of the number of new faces in the squad. Raheem Sterling (86 OVR) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (85) make up the bulk of a new-look attack – teamed with N’Golo Kante (89 OVR), Jorginho (85 OVR) and Mason Mount (84 OVR) the vibes are creative and chaotic for the Blues.

Chelsea always have great depth in FIFA games – no difference here in FIFA 23. They may not be the strongest overall, but you could swap out, say, Ben Chilwell (82 OVR) for Marc Cucurella (81 OVR) or Mount for Mateo Kovacic (84 OVR) and not experience much drop off in quality. Perfect for a run at FIFA 23 career mode glory.

 

FC Barcelona

84 ATT | 85 MID | 82 DEF

Barcelona lost Sergio Aguero to retirement due to medical reasons and then sold Aubameyang to Chelsea to leave a hole up top – which has now been filled by Lewandowski (91 OVR). Not a bad replacement.

Barca’s unusual financial gymnastics pay dividends for FIFA players here. Lewandowski joins Jules Kounde (84 OVR), Franck Kessie (84 OVR), Raphinha (83 OVR) and Hector Bellerin (79 OVR) amongst others to form a fun team while retaining Memphis Depay (85 OVR), Ousmane Dembele (83 OVR) and, of course, Frenkie de Jong (87 OVR). By hook or by crook, Barcelona remains one of FIFA 23’s best teams, and also appears in our best FIFA 23 kits guide.

 

Inter Milan

85 ATT | 83 MID | 83 DEF

Inter fell just short of the 10 best teams last year. But dropping Romelu Lukaku (86 OVR) back into the fold to go with Lautaro Martinez up front – both with 88 finishing stats, so watch out goalkeepers – will go a long way to propelling you up the ranking table.

Having a midfield three of Marcelo Brozovic (86 OVR), Nicolo Barella (86 OVR) and Hakan Calhanoglu (84 OVR) is a fun frenzy of defensive steel, imagination and goals. There is nothing particularly outstanding about the squad – but conversely, there is nothing that is really bad.

 

Manchester United

85 ATT | 83 MID | 80 DEF

The one surprise inclusion, but then again this is just a videogame. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 90 overall rating and new signing Casemiro’s 89 OVR bolster what is otherwise a good but not great squad in FIFA circles on paper.

Due to the form – or lack thereof – of United in recent years, some players have taken a dip. Marcus Rashford comes in at 81 overall – though his 90 sprint speed is useful. Harry Maguire has gone from 84 overall in FIFA 22 to 81 overall here. But there is still fun to be had: Bruno Fernandes (86 OVR), Jadon Sancho (84 OVR) and new Red Devils Christian Eriksen and Antony – both 82 overall – provide more than the flat, flavorless versions of United which have so often plagued them in the last decade.

 

Atletico Madrid

82 ATT | 82 MID | 80 DEF

Diego Simeone teams have always been greater than the sum of their parts. That isn’t to say the parts are bad, but many of their successes in recent years have come more through tremendous team spirit and organization rather than the individual brilliance which dots Real Madrid and Barcelona teams.

That is the case here. Antoine Griezmann’s rating continues to slightly dip (83 overall this year compared to 85 last year), but he is still a force – and you’ll be able to use him for longer than half an hour. Joao Felix (84 OVR) continues to be the attacking livewire with 89 dribbling and 88 ball control. Meanwhile Jan Oblak (89 OVR) is an elite and steady presence in goal.

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