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I’m a pro sports commentator — This is the FIFA 23 FUT you should pick

FIFA 23 releases at the end of the month, and with the web and companion apps out already, fans are eager to build their first FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT).

While it may seem that the best possible team would be made up of the world’s highest rated players, that’s not how FUT works.

The best teams require good chemistry between their players in order to reach their full potential.

This means that sometimes it’s better to choose a lower rated player who fits in better with your team.

An interview with EA Sports about FIFA 23's FUT

Luckily for me, my partner, Benjamin Rees, is a professional sports commentator, with a long history following the beautiful game.

Here are his recommendations for the best players to make up your FIFA 23 FUT.

Goalkeeper – Ederson

A narrow save by Ederson.


A narrow save by Ederson.Credit: News Group Nrewspapers Ltd

While not the top rated goalie in FIFA 23, Ederson remains a strong choice with an 89.

He has been with Manchester City for a number of years, and has good synergy with the squad’s numerous other top ranked players.

Rees says: “He’s a good shot stopper, and also excellent with the ball at his feet.”

England’s Premier League has an excellent selection of players to choose from, making it a strong choice for the core of your FUT.

Right Back – Trent Alexander-Arnold

Despite his rating, Alexander-Arnold is one of the strongest defenders.


Despite his rating, Alexander-Arnold is one of the strongest defenders.Credit: Getty

Another player that doesn’t quite reach the top ranks, Alexander-Arnold is still a strong 87-rated defender.

He’s “arguably the best attacking full-back in world football”, claims Rees.

A member of another of the Premier League’s strongest teams, Liverpool, he has good chemistry with van Dijk.

Using a strong Premier League based set of defenders for FUT will ensure that no striker makes it through.

Centre Back – Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk plays dynamically.


Van Dijk plays dynamically.Credit: AP

90-rated van Dijk is the best defender in the world, both in real life and FIFA.

Playing for Liverpool, he synergises with the other members currently on our list of defenders.

“Van Dijk transformed Liverpool when he transferred,” says Rees.

When all your defenders are from the same league, it creates impressive player chemistry.

Centre Back – Rúben Dias

Congratulating fellow teammate Haaland.


Congratulating fellow teammate Haaland.Credit: Getty

Playing for Man City, it’s no surprise that 88-rated Dias has been chosen as a centre back.

He has twice the chemistry with Ederson, since they’re both from the same club and league.

Rees calls Dias “a rock at the back for City,” as he makes scoring incredibly difficult for opposing strikers.

Dias is a strong player in his own half and poses an aerial threat at set-pieces.

Left Back – João Cancelo

Cancelo links the whole team together.


Cancelo links the whole team together.Credit: Reuters

Cancelo is a clever choice for the chemistry of this team.

Not only is he rated 88, but he is both a Man City player and Portuguese, meaning he makes one of the strongest pairs possible with Dias.

With this combination, all five defending players are from just two clubs in the Premier League.

Cancelo is a “versatile defender who just keeps improving”, according to Rees.

Central Midfielder – Kevin De Bruyne

It's easy to see why players should choose De Bruyne.


It’s easy to see why players should choose De Bruyne.Credit: Getty

De Bruyne is not only one of the Premier League’s best players, but also one of the best players in the world.

As a top 91-rated player, he feels essential on almost any FUT.

Another Man City player, he creates a key link between the defenders and the midfield.

“Watching De Bruyne play is like poetry in motion”, says Rees.

Centre Midfielder – N’Golo Kanté

Kanté covers the whole pitch.


Kanté covers the whole pitch.Credit: Getty

As a Chelsea supporter, Rees may be biassed, but it’s hard to deny Kanté’s dominating performance as a midfielder.

With a rating of 89, he and De Bruyne are the only midfielders to make it into the Premier League’s top ten rated players.

Despite only linking to the defenders via the Premier League, as a French player he makes a vital connection to the attacking half.

Rees says: “The saying is true: two-thirds of the world is covered with water, the other third is covered by Kanté.”

Centre Midfielder – Bernardo Silva

Another City player holds the team together.


Another City player holds the team together.Credit: Getty

It may come as a shock, but Rees has chosen another Man City player to round out the midfield.

Hailing from Portugal, the 88-rated player has great chemistry with both Cancelo and Dias.

Rees thinks that Silva is “more than capable of pulling the strings from midfield.”

He has excellent vision and top passing ability, tying the whole team together.

Striker – Karim Benzema

Benzema has won five UEFA Champions Leagues.


Benzema has won five UEFA Champions Leagues.Credit: Getty

Finally, taking a break from the Premier League, Real Madrid’s Benzema hails from France, giving him chemistry with Kanté as well as the other strikers.

FIFA 23 considers him to be the world’s best player with a rating of 91.

“While controversial off the pitch, his on field ability is unquestionable,” says Rees.

Rees fills out his FUT strikers with 91s only; FIFA 23’s highest rating.

Striker – Kylian Mbappé

Mbappé is one of the world's best.


Mbappé is one of the world’s best.

As FIFA’s three-time cover star, it’s no surprise that Kylian Mbappé received a 91-rating.

He’s also won Ligue 1’s player of the year for the last three years, creating chemistry for a French attacking half.

Mbappé plays for Paris Saint-Germain, undoubtedly Ligue 1’s best team.

“A striker with a complete skill set, there’s a reason he’s the face of FIFA,” says Rees.

Striker – Lionel Messi

PSG holds Mbappé and Messi together.


PSG holds Mbappé and Messi together.Credit: AFP

Another former FIFA cover star, Messi is undoubtedly an all time great.

Playing for Paris Saint-Germain, he maintains a vital link with fellow striker Mbappé.

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“He is quite simply the GOAT,” Rees says, refusing to explain further.

Rated 91, it does seem obvious why Messi is a clear choice for any FUT.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.

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