While many Squad Building Challenges are released in FIFA 21 to test your knowledge of the clubs, leagues, and nations of its thousands of players, others give you the chance to earn rewards based solely on how many high-rated players you’re willing to part with.
The likes of the Puzzle Master SBC and the First XI SBC torment FIFA players’ brains with their complexity, however other puzzles prefer to test players’ willingness to part with their clubs’ top ballers. This is particularly true with SBCs that reward you with special cards – like Road to the Final, Player of the Month cards, or Icons.
So, if you want to get your hands on those cards, you’re going to need some high-rated players to trade in. If you’re club is looking a little thin on the ground for anything 83 and over, have no fear, as we’ve compiled a list of high-rated Ultimate Team cards you can scoop up from the Transfer Market for cheap, and highlighted a few more useful players that are good value for completing most of these top end SBCs.
cheapest FIFA 21 players for SBCs
What traits cause a player in FIFA Ultimate Team to be given the label of ‘SBC fodder’? Well, a combination of a high overall rating but an uncommon nation, obscure league, or undesirable stats that results in a low price on the transfer market, that’s what.
These are the players that won’t really earn you a big payday by selling them, won’t help in dishing out a lot of chemistry in your squad, and certainly won’t be a useful player for winning matches.
However, they can be extremely useful for completing SBCs with high rating requirements. Below, we’ll run through the cheapest options currently available for each overall rating between 83 and 90, but be warned: if your SBC is reliant on a lot of chemistry, these may not be the best options. They’re usually from obscure countries and leagues, and often play in awkward positions.
Nevertheless, here they are:
FIFA 21 cheap 83-rated players
The following players are the cheapest 83-rated options for SBCs in FIFA Ultimate Team right now. You’ll be looking to snipe these players for between 1,000 and 2,500 coins.
- Aitor (La Liga, Spain)
- Kieran Trippier (La Liga, England)
- Muniain (La Liga, Spain)
- Pau Lopez (Serie A, Spain)
- Thomas Strakosha (Serie A, Albania)
- Duvan Zapata (Serie A, Colombia)
- Lukas Hradecky (Bundesliga, Finland)
- Filip Kostic (Bundesliga, Serbia)
- Kevin Trapp (Bundesliga, Germany)
- Charles Aranguiz (Bundesliga, Chile)
- Martin Dubravka (Premier League, Slovakia)
- Steve Mandanda (Ligue 1, France)
- Anthony Lopes (Ligue 1, Portugal)
- Dusan Tadic (Eredivisie, Serbia)
- Oscar (CSL, Brazil)
- Rafa (Liga NOS, Portugal)
- Ever Banega (Saudi Pro League, Argentina)
- Gonzalo Higuain (MLS, Argentina)
- Carlos Vela (MLS, Mexico)
- Edin Visca (Super Lig, Bosnia Herzegovina)
FIFA 21 cheap 84-rated players
For the cheapest 84-rated players in FIFA Ultimate Team, expect to pay anywhere between 5,000 and 6,500 coins.
- Oyarzabal (La Liga, Spain)
- Saul (La Liga, Spain)
- Jose Maria Gimenez (La Liga, Uruguay)
- Josip Ilicic (Serie A, Slovenia)
- Lautaro Martinez (Serie A, Argentina)
- Salvatore Sirigu (Serie A, Italy)
- Roman Burki (Bundesliga, Switzerland)
- Raphael Guerreiro (Bundesliga, Portugal)
- Wilfred Ndidi (Premier League, Nigeria)
- Kasper Schmeichel (Premier League, Denmark)
- Raul Jimenez (Premier League, Mexico)
- Rui Patricio (Premier League, Portugal)
- Thomas Partey (Premier League, Ghana)
- Idrissa Gueye (Ligue 1, Senegal)
- Jesus Corona (Liga NOS, Mexico)
- Pizzi (Liga NOS, Portugal)
- Grimaldo (Ligs NOS, Spain)
FIFA 21 cheap 85-rated players
Now we’re getting into some of Ultimate Team’s top players, and that means parting with a fair amount of coins to grab these players. The cheapest 85-rated players in FIFA 21 can be grabbed for between 10,000 and 12,000 coins, depending on your platform.
- Miralem Pjanic (La Liga, Bosnia Herzegovina)
- Parejo (La Liga, Spain)
- Gianluigi Donnarumma (Serie A, Italy)
- Milan Skriniar (Serie A, Slovakia)
- Christian Eriksen (Serie A, Denmark)
- Dries Mertens (Serie A, Belgium)
- Lorenzo Insigne (Serie A, Italy)
- Luis Alberto (Serie A, Spain)
- Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serie A, Serbia)
- Diego Godin (Serie A, Uruguay)
- Peter Gulacsi (Bundesliga, Hungary)
- Serge Gnabry (Bundesliga, Germany)
- Bernd Leno (Premier League, Germany)
- Hakim Ziyech (Premier League, Morocco)
- Memphis Depay (Ligue 1, Netherlands)
FIFA 21 cheap 86-rated players
Special card or Icon SBCs can potentially feature squad rating requirements of 86 or higher, so these are the type of top players you’re going to need to start filling them out. The ones we’ve picked here can be nabbed for between 17,000 and 21,000 coins.
- David Silva (La Liga, Spain)
- Carvajal (La Liga, Spain)
- Jordi Alba (La Liga, Spain)
- Alejandro Gomez (La Liga, Argentina)
- Yann Sommer (Bundesliga, Switzerland)
- Thomas Muller (Bundesliga, Germany)
- David De Gea (Premier League, Spain)
- Jamie Vardy (Premier League, England)
- Rui Patricio [In-Form] (Premier League, Portugal)
- Jordan Henderson (Premier League, England)
- Marco Verratti (Ligue 1, Italy)
FIFA 21 cheap 87-rated players
For players with an 87 overall rating, you’ll have to part with somewhere between 22,000 and 26,000 coins.
- Luka Modric (La Liga, Croatia))
- Sergio Busquets (La Liga, Spain)
- Wojciech Szczesny (Serie A, Poland)
- Ciro Immobile (Serie A, Italy)
- Giorgio Chiellini (Serie A, Italy)
- Heung-min Son (Premier League, South Korea)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Premier League, Gabon)
- Bernardo Silva (Premier League, Portugal)
- Hugo Lloris (Premier League, France)
- Fabinho (Premier League, Brazil)
- Andrew Robertson (Premier League, Scotland)
- Jadon Sancho (Bundesliga, England)
- Keylor Navas (Ligue 1, Costa Rica)
- Angel Di Maria (Ligue 1, Argentina)
As well as these players from major leagues, there are also a handful of cheap 87-rated special cards available for less than 26,000 coins, but you may struggle with chemistry:
- Gabriel Arias [Team of the Group Stage] (CONMEBOL Libertadores, Chile)
- Erik Sviatchenko [Team of the Season] (3F Superliga, Denmark)
FIFA 21 cheap 88-rated players
These 88-rated players are great for hiking up your overall rating for an SBC – if you’ve got the funds. These are the cheapest options for you to buy from the Transfer Market right now, and all can be poached for anywhere between 32,000 and 35,000 coins.
- Eden Hazard (La Liga, Belgium)
- Toni Kroos (La Liga, Germany)
- Samir Handanovic (Serie A, Slovenia)
- Kalidou Koulibaly (Serie A, Senegal)
- Paulo Dybala (Serie A, Argentina)
- Joshua Kimmich (Bundesliga, Germany)
- Harry Kane (Premier League, England)
- Raheem Sterling (Premier League, England)
- Ederson (Premier League, Brazil)
As well as these players, there are also some cheap 88-rated special cards out there. They’ll be less than 35,000, but are not so good for chemistry:
- Richard Ortiz [Team of the Group Stage] (CONMEBOL Libertadores, Paraguay)
- Fabrizio Angileri [Team of the Group Stage] (CONMEBOL Libertadores, Argentina)
- Anton Tinnerholm [Team of the Season] (MLS, Sweden)
FIFA 21 cheap 89-rated players
For these 89-rated players, you’ll have to fork out between 37,000 and 42,000 coins.
- Thibaut Courtois (La Liga, Belgium)
- Karim Benzema (La Liga, France)
- Casemiro (La Liga, Brazil)
- Manuel Neuer (Bundesliga, Germany)
- Sergio Aguero (Premier League, Argentina)
Here are two 89-rated special cards you could also get in that price bracket, but they could be difficult to link:
- Billy Arce [Team of the Group Stage] (CONMEBOL Libertadores, Ecuador)
- Lisandro Lopez [Team of the Group Stage] (CONMEBOL Libertadores, Argentina)
FIFA 21 cheap 90+ players
There are only a handful of players rated 90 or higher that can be considered good value for SBCs. Expect to pay anywhere between 45,000 and 52,000 for these high-rated cards.
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen (La Liga, Germany)
- Sadio Mane (Premier League, Senegal)
- Alisson (Premier League, Brazil)
While you should always turn to what’s in your Ultimate Team club first, these are some high-rated yet affordable options for you to turn to if you need a big player to pull the rating up or plug a gap.
If you’re super sparse of high-rated players and need to build from scratch, you can’t go wrong with building a La Liga or Serie A team if you need a fair bit of chemistry..
It is worth noting that prices of players can fluctuate if certain SBCs are released, so checking sites like FUTWIZ for live Transfer Market updates is a sound piece of advice.