The FIFA 23 best Career Mode players have been revealed, and there are some big names and some low-key stars coming through to really make an impact this year.
Whilst most of the eyeballs on FIFA 23’s recent release are on FIFA Ultimate Team, Career Mode is having a second wind in popularity. The single-player mode was the star of the show in FIFA’s past before EA Sports introduced the microtransaction-filled live service FUT mode.
If you’re firing up Career Mode and taking up a manager role, transfer targets are often your first thought. Choosing who to sign requires looking to the future, as your management project won’t just run for a single season. With that in mind, we’ve selected the players who have the highest potential overall rating. Not just great now, but great for your team in the future too. So get your transfer budget ready, here are the FIFA 23 best Career Mode players.
FIFA 23 Best Career Mode players
Here are our picks for the FIFA 23 best career mode players after time with the game and looking at EA’s full player list website:
FIFA 23’s cover hero and PSG megastar Kylian Mbappé naturally has the highest potential in the game. One of the most recognisable players in world football, Mbappé has become the footballer that every club wants to sign and every kid in the playground wants to be.
At 95 potential overall, Mbappé will grow into even more of a baller than he already is in FIFA 23 Career Mode. He’s got a stacked trophy cabinet already, but players will undoubtedly be able to add to it with him leading the line in-game.
A clear objective for Mbappé in this season will be retaining the FIFA World Cup with the French national team. FIFA players can expect a huge amount of World Cup content from Qatar 2022 – and we’re sure that Kylian Mbappé will be front and centre of it.
Erling Haaland was a ridiculously good football player at Borussia Dortmund and is already showing even more progress at Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. How can somebody so tall and physical also be so athletic?
Amongst team members at The Loadout, he’s referred to as “the cheat code”. What sets Haaland apart from every other striker in the Premier League is his ability to read the game and be in the right place at the right time to poach. His potential is at the top of the world, and that’s reflected in his 94 potential overall rating.
Expect him to be your talisman for years to come in FIFA 23 Career Mode – it’s astonishing he’s only 22. Run a Career Mode save with him at City (you can use real managers now) or tempt him away to dominate another league. Just prepare to part with a hefty transfer fee to do so.
No Career Mode team is complete without some Brazilian flair, and Vinícius Jr. will bring that by the bucket load. He’s got skill, he’s got agility, he’s got goals to give to. He’s also the best dancer in world football, so be sure to celebrate those goals appropriately.
Real Madrid’s left winger may only be 22, but he’s playing outrageous football and has more than earned his 92 potential ratings.
Signing Vini Jr. for your Career Mode save will guarantee you cause all sorts of problems for defenders from out wide. His five-star skill moves and four-star weak foot means you’ll have great fun doing it, too.
When 17-year-old Jude Bellingham left Birmingham City for Borussia Dortmund, he was so loved that the club retired his 22 jersey “to remember one of our own and to inspire others.” Such is the talent of the central midfielder, he has become one of the first names on Dortmund’s team sheet and has earned his place in the England senior team. We expect to see him shine at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
With high attacking and defending workrates, Bellingham is already a complete midfielder and EA Sports’ devs know that he’ll be one of the best before long, giving him a 91 potential rating.
At 19, Bellingham is worth investing in as a long-term rock in the middle of the park for your Career Mode team.
Gavi may be overshadowed by teammate Pedri’s higher potential rating in FIFA 23, but he’s the youngest player in this top 20 list and has a massive future ahead of him.
He’s already earned senior caps with Spain at just 18 years old, and he holds the youngest goalscorer record for his international side. Only having a breakout season with Barcelona in 21-22 has impacted his current overall of 79, but +10 growth is possible to bring him to a potential 89 rating.
This stacked Barcelona is certainly worth a try in FIFA 23 Career Mode, with Gavi, Pedri and Ansu Fati making this list, along with Robert Lewandoski, Franck Kessié, Jules Koundé and Raphinha starring alongside them. Can you restore long-term glory to Camp Nou?
Below, you can also find a list of all the top career mode players in FIFA 23, with a top 20 list:
- Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain, 91 OVR, 95 potential OVR
- Erling Haaland, Manchester City, 88 OVR, 94 potential OVR
- Pedri, Barcelona, 85 OVR, 93 potential OVR
- Phil Foden, Manchester City, 85 OVR, 92 potential OVR
- Vinícius Jr., Real Madrid, 86 OVR, 92 potential OVR
- Gianluigi Donnarumma, Paris Saint-Germain, 88 OVR, 92 potential OVR
- Florian Wertz, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 82 OVR, 91 potential OVR
- Kai Havertz, Chelsea, 84 OVR, 91 potential OVR
- Dušan Valhović, Juventus, 84 OVR, 91 potential OVR
- Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund, 84 OVR, 91 potential OVR
- Ansu Fati, FC Barcelona, 79 OVR, 90 potential OVR
- Jamal Musiala, Bayern Munich, 81 OVR, 90 potential OVR
- Rafael Leāo, AC Milan, 84 OVR, 90 potential OVR
- João Félix, Atletico Madrid, 84 OVR, 90 potential OVR
- Sandro Tonali, AC Milan, 84 OVR, 90 potential OVR
- Alessandro Bastoni, Inter, 84 OVR, 90 potential OVR
- Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool, 87 OVR, 90 potential OVR
- Ryan Gravenberch, Bayern Munich, 79 OVR, 89 potential OVR
- Eduardo Camavinga, Real Madrid, 79 OVR, 89 potential OVR
- Gavi, FC Barcelona, 79 OVR, 89 potential OVR
With at least some of these players, you should be easily on the way to having a great career in FIFA 23 and really making an impact with your team. While you are playing with those best career mode players in FIFA 23, take a look at the FIFA 23 AFC Richmond ratings, which are playable in the game across the modes.