They do not call it the midfield battle for nothing; football games can be won and lost in the middle of the pitch, so here are all of FIFA 23''s top midfielders to help you out.
Your midfield is a vital component of your team''s spine, from the creative force of the number 10 to the deep-lying destroyer, and you''ll usually have the chance to defeat.
There are a few problems in FIFA 23 Career Mode. Some of the best midfielders from previous games, like Denis Zakaria, Franck Kessie, and Ryan Gravenberch have just moved onto new clubs or been sent out on loan, making them unaccessible in the first season of your save.
While a a lot of FIFA 23''s finest strikers have had their physical attributes reduced to incredible heights, many midfielders have seen their speed and strength reduced from the absolute most powerful levels they reached in the last few years.
In Career Mode, there aren''t quite a lot of amazing players to add to your roster - it just means you''ll need to look a little harder.
CAMs are the creative hooks that connect your advanced midfield to your attack, supplying players up the pitch with the ammo they need to shoot, while also arriving late to pick up goals themselves. For these weve had a lot of patience, expertise, and experience to improve deals.
CMs must be capable of shuttleing the ball forward without having to launch hopeful balls into the air every time they get possession.
Finally, CDMs do best in terms of speed to close down even faster attackers, strength to shrug them off the ball, and defending to break up play.
With a bit of training and a little patience with dynamic potential, it''s not too difficult to have a midfield filled with players with these attributes, but the following players will get you there in a flash.
The first well-rounded teams in FIFA 23 will tie the best of the best, with the highest overall midfielders that would tie the game in the Galacticos line-up.
Next, well list some lower overall CAMs, CMs, and CDMs with high potential for the future. These bargains are the ones to look out for in Career Mode, because you dont really need to be told that Luka Modric is good, however, we have a full page on FIFA 23 Wonderkids.
Finally, you can go over the top midfielders to join Career Mode for a wide range of teams. These are our most-loved players, and each one will make you a very happy manager.
Highest Overall midfielders in FIFA 23
|Highest Overall CAMs, CMs and CDMs in FIFA 23|
|Kevin De Bruyne||31||CAM, CM||Man City||91||91|
|N''''Golo Kante||31||CDM, CM||Chelsea||89||89|
|Bernado Silva||27||CAM, CM||Man City||88||88|
|Luka Modric||36||CM||Real Madrid||88||88|
|Toni Kroos||32||CM||Real Madrid||88||88|
|Frenkie de Jong||25||CM, CDM||Barcelona||87||92|
|Leon Goretzka||27||CM, CDM||Bayern||87||88|
|Christopher Nkunku||24||CAM||RB Leipzig||86||89|
|Bruno Fernandes||27||CAM, CM||Manchester United||86||87|
|Sergej Milinkovic-Savic||27||CM, CAM, CDM||Lazio||86||87|
|Marcelo Brozovic||29||CDM, CM||Inter||86||86|
|Thiago Alcantara||31||CM, CDM, CAM||Liverpool||86||86|
|Phil Foden||22||CAM||Man City||85||92|
|Nabil Fekir||28||CAM||Real Betis||85||85|
|Paul Pogba||29||CM, CDM, CAM||Juventus||85||85|
|Ilkay Gundogan||31||CM, CDM, CAM||Man City||85||85|
|Sandro Tonali||22||CDM, CM||AC Milan||84||90|
|Federico Valverde||23||CM||Real Madrid||84||90|
|Martin Odegaard||23||CAM, CM||Arsenal||84||89|
|Declan Rice||23||CDM||West Ham||84||87|
|Mason Mount||23||CAM, CM||Chelsea||84||87|
|Lorenzo Pellegrini||26||CAM, CM||Roma||84||87|
|Franck Kessie||25||CDM, CM||Barcelona||84||86|
|Wilfred Ndidi||25||CDM, CM||Leicester||84||86|
|Youri Tielemans||25||CM, CDM||Leicester||84||86|
|Marcos Llorente||27||CM, CDM, CAM||Atletico Madrid||84||85|
In FIFA 23, players'' potential is higher.
|Lower Overall, High Potential CAMs, CMs and CDMs|
|Player Name:||Age:||Position(s):||Team:||Overall:||Starting Potential:|
|Eduardo Camavinga||19||CM, CDM||Real Madrid||79||89|
|Ryan Gravenberch||20||CM, CDM, CAM||Bayern||79||89|
|Emile Smith Rowe||21||CAM||Arsenal||80||87|
|Enzo Fernandez||21||CM, CDM||Benfica||78||87|
|Harvey Elliott||19||CAM, CM||Liverpool||73||87|
|Dominik Szoboszlai||21||CAM||RB Leipzig||79||87|
|Zubimendi||23||CM, CDM||Real Sociedad||79||86|
|Ivan Ilic||21||CM||Hellas Verona||76||86|
|Fabio Carvalho||19||CAM, CM||Liverpool||73||86|
|Nicolo Rovella||20||CM, CDM||Juventus||73||86|
|Gianluca Busio||20||CM, CDM||Venezia||73||86|
|Xavi Simons||19||CAM, CM||PSV||73||86|
|Martin Baturina||19||CM, CAM||Dinamo Zagreb||69||86|
|Abdul Fatawu Issahaku||18||CAM||Sporting||67||86|
|Carney Chukwuemeka||18||CM, CAM||Chelsea||64||86|
|Jacob Ramsey||21||CM, CAM||Aston Villa||75||85|
|Kenneth Taylor||20||CM, CDM||Ajax||73||85|
|Adam Karabec||18||CAM, CM||Sparta Prague||72||85|
Who are the best midfielders to sign in FIFA 23 Career Mode?
- Mohammed Kudus - Ajax - 21 - 17m Value - 76 OVR/ 84 POT - CAM, CM
Injuries have hampered Mohammed Kudus'' progress in real life and eroded his potential in FIFA, but he is still a fantastic pick-up and a fantastic player in the game.
His ability, strength, and energy make him difficult to deal with. Besides, he is the perfect CM due to a good tackling abilities.
- Weston McKennie - Juventus - 23 - 30m Value - 80 OVR/ 85 POT - CM
Weston McKennie, an American, tends to polarize opinion, but in FIFA 23, he is a nearly flawless all-rounder who excels.
McKennie is a fantastic option for any club that can afford him, with his impressive combination of 80 pace, 80 strength, 80 dribbling, 80 passing, and 80 tackling. Zakaria was locked in a loan at Chelsea and Franck Kessie was just transferred to Barca.
- Renato Sanches - PSG - 24 - 33m Value - 80 OVR/ 86 POT - CM
Im breaking my own rules here, Renato Sanches isnt available in the first season, but I had to show you how impressive his stats are in FIFA 23. Always take a look at picking him up as you climb the divisions or begin to challenge for titles in future seasons.
All of his physical abilities are in the mid-80s or approaching 90, and with the good starting potential to even further increase his ratings, he can expand his 85 dribbling, 80 passing, and 75 defending to be truly dominant.
- Szymon Zurkowski - Fiorentina - 24 - 12m Value - 76 OVR/ 82 POT - CM, CDM
Szymon Zurkowski, a much cheaper option capable of quickly beast all that stand before him, has a hefty set of useful statistics in the mid-70s or approaching 80.
In the 80s in no time, solid minutes will have all of his best skills, and a starting strength of 90 allows him to star week-in-week.
- Martin Baturina - Dinamo Zagreb - 19 - 3.5m Value - 69 OVR/ 86 POT - CM, CAM
Is there a classy, forceful Croatian midfielder? Where have I seen it before?
Martin Baturina is a professional Road to Glory-style contract for lower league or rising clubs. Sure, it''s not very realistic, but his performances, including over 80 dribbling on a 69 overall, are too impressive to pass up.
- Enock Mwepu - Brighton - 24 - 12m Value - 76 OVR/ 82 POT - CM, CDM, CAM
After a fantastic start to the Premier League season, Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister have been friends with the Brightons, but Enock Mwepu is quietly excellent with excellent physical, technical, and defense statistics for a hefty fee.
- Nicolas De La Cruz - River Plate - 25 - 16.5m Value - 78 OVR/ 79 POT - CM, CAM, CDM
Kante, the poor man, may not have much starting potential anymore, but with his performances, he is likely to turn in dynamic potential fairly quickly.
De La Cruz is an unreal shuttler with a great deal of pace, strength, and maneuverability, but has excellent defense skills that make him quite capable of being dragged in. A lot of fun to use.
- Nicolo Fagioli & Fabio Miretti - Juventus - 21 & 18 - 7.5m & 3.5m Value - 73 & 70 OVR/ both 85 POT - CAM, CM, CDM
This season, two young midfielders have made a name for themselves in Turin, and they should add to your squad if you can get them.
Fagioli is both capable of playing anywhere on the pitch, with improved dribbling, and 81 short passing already at just 73 rated. Miretti is much cheaper and more of a deep-lying playmaker with good pace, stamina, and passing.
- Florian Wirtz - Leverkusen - 19 - 65m Value - 82 OVR/ 91 POT - CAM, CM
If youre playing as one of the world''s richest clubs, Florian Wirtz is a huge player that might not have the same potential outside of Germany as other high-profile players.
- Davide Frattesi - Sassuolo - 22 - 22m Value - 77 OVR/ 86 POT - CM, CDM
Davide Frattesi, a class and technical deep-lying playmaker, had a great season for Sassuolo last term and has been linked to a host of Premier League teams.
With an 80 degree pace, stamina, dribbling, and passing, it''s easy to see why. Hes also got good enough defending to embark on a CDM shift.
- Khephren Thuram - Nice - 21 - 22m Value - 77 OVR/ 84 POT - CM, CDM
Khephren Thuram, who stands out from the world cup with his technical skills, is the son of Lilian Thuram, who, alongside his brother Marcus at Monchengladbach, would be the best family five-a-side team ever.
- Konrad Laimer - RB Leipzig - 25 - 38m Value - 83 OVR/ 84 POT - CDM
Konrad Laimer is yet another excellent, if costly, option to anchor the midfield of one of Europe''s top teams in FIFA 23.
It''s not in his listed positions anymore, but he''s an excellent RB cover.
- Eliot Matazo - Monaco - 20 - 5m Value - 72 OVR/ 83 POT - CM, CDM
For a less eye-wateringly pricey transaction, look no further. Eliot Matazo in Ligue 1, who, despite taking a backgrade to some of his physicals, has a good mix of mid-70s techniques to help them make up for it at a reasonable price.
- Alex Scott - Bristol City - 18 - 2.5m Value - 67 OVR/ 85 POT - CAM, CM
Alex Scott is a classic Road to Glory player. English, with enormous potential and some impressive stats already.
The ideal thing about him is that his good stamina makes him useful from the start of your save, unlike a lot of youngsters.
- Carlos Alcaraz - Racing Club - 19 - 4m Value - 71 OVR/ 84 POT - CAM, CM
Alcaraz, a serious, quick-paced player with 80 dribbling already on a 71 overall player, has been proven to be capable of playing in the game for decades.
- Gianluca Busio & Tanner Tessmann - Venezia - 20 - 7.5m & 1.8m value - 73 & 66 OVR/ 86 & 80 POT - CM, CDM
Both Americans at Venezia are looking to the ground of midfield. Busio has excellent stamina and jumping, as well as excellent passing and capability to get out of trouble.
Tanner Tessmann on the other hand is a fantastic option if you want to get rid of it. While many of his statistics aren''t much to write home about, good stamina and 83 strength are both out against a very low fee.
- Wouter Burger - Basel - 21 - 2.5m Value - 68 OVR/ 78 POT - CDM
Given his speed, strength, and passing ability, Wouter Burger is a really good deal if you need someone on the cheap.
- Ibrahim Sangare - PSV - 24 - 35m Value - 81 OVR/ 86 POT - CDM
Ibrahim Sangare is an incredible destroyer capable of protecting even the world''s best defenses in his head.
A transfer from the Netherlands with teammate Cody Gakpo never occurred, but a significant commitment for this truly exceptional player is certainly not far away.