FIFA 22 Best Central and Defending Midfielders Tier List (August 2022)
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FIFA 22 Best Central and Defending Midfielders Tier List (August 2022)

Want to know who the best CMs and CDMs are in FIFA 22? You’ve come to the right place
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In FIFA 22, the central midfielders (CM) and the central defensive midfielders (CDM) are the core that holds up the middle of the field. With the CDMs being positioned just in front of the defense, and the CMs located directly in the middle of the field. Both of these positions play a pivotal role in helping to protect the defense as well as be the link between defense and the attacking midfielders or forwards.

As a result of their immense amount of responsibility, having a sound group of central and defending midfielders could make all the difference. So, to help you get started, we’ve created a FIFA 22 tier list ranking all of the best players in these positions.

FIFA 22 Best Central and Defending Midfielders Tier List (August 2022)

Central defensive midfielders (CDMs) tend to have similar attributes to center backs, in that they must be strong, aggressive and defensive minded. Whereas central midfielders (CMs) are a little bit more versatile due to their multi-faceted role on both offense and defense. Even though their roles are slightly different, they could be used interchangeably depending on the player and formation.

Without further ado, here is our FIFA 22 best central and defending midfielders tier list.

S Tier Players

  • Kevin De Bruyne, CM (91), Manchester City/Belgium
  • N’Golo Kante, CDM (90), Chelsea/France
  • Joshua Kimmich, CDM (89), Bayern Munich/Germany
  • Casemiro, CDM (89), Real Madrid/Brazil
  • Toni Kroos, CM (88), Real Madrid/Germany
  • Leon Goretzka, CM (87), Bayern Munich/Germany
  • Luka Modric, CM (87), Real Madrid/Croatia
  • Frenkie De Jong, CM (87), FC Barcelona/Netherlands
  • Paul Pogba, CM (87), Manchester United/France
  • Marco Verratti, CM (87), PSG/Italy
  • Sergio Busquets, CDM (86), FC Barcelona/Spain
  • Fabinho, CDM (86), Liverpool/Brazil
  • Marcos Llorente, CM (86), Atletico de Madrid/Spain
  • Perejo, CM (86), Villarreal CF/Spain
  • Rodri, CDM (86), Manchester City/Spain
  • Thiago, CM (86), Liverpool/Spain

A Tier Players

  • Jorginho, CM (85), Chelsea/Italy
  • Ilkay Gundogan, CM (85), Manchester City/Germany
  • Wilfred Ndidi, CDM (85), Leicester City/ Nigeria
  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, CM (85), Lazio/Serbia
  • Koke, CM (85), Atletico de Madrid/Spain
  • Nicolo Barella, CM (84), Inter Milan/Italy
  • Georginio Wijnaldum, CM (84), PSG/Netherlands
  • Marcel Sabitzer, CM (84), Bayern Munich/Austria
  • Franck Yannick Kessie, CDM (84), AC Milan/Ivory Coast
  • Jordan Henderson, CDM (84), Liverpool/England
  • Marcelo Brozovic, CDM (84), Inter Milan/Croatia
  • Youri Tielemans, CM (84), Leicester City/Belgium
  • Fernando, CDM (84), Sevilla FC/Brazil
  • Merino, CM (83), Real Sociedad/Spain
  • Paulinho, CM (83), Al Ahli/Spain
  • Fererico Velverde, CM (83), Real Madrid/Uruguay
  • Canales, CM (83), Real Betis/Spain
  • Thomas Partey, CM (83), Arsenal/Ghana
  • Allan, CDM (83), Everton/Brazil
  • Axel Witsel, CDM (83), Borussia Dortmund/Belgium
  • Arthur, CM (83), Piemonte Calcio/Brazil
  • Mateo Kovacic, CM (83), Chelsea/Croatia
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, CDM (83), Tottenham Hotspur/Denmark
  • Fernandinho, CDM (83), Manchester City/Brazil
  • Emre Can, CM (82), Borussia Dortmund/Germany
  • Rodrigo Javier De Paul, CM (82), Atletico de Madrid/Argentina
  • Saul, CM (82), Chelsea/Spain
  • Tomas Soucek, CDM (82), West Ham United/Czech Republic
  • Ever Banega, CDM (82), Al Shabab/Argentina
  • Campana, CM (82), Levante UD/Spain
  • Manuel Locatelli, CDM (82), Piemonte Calcio/Italy
  • Fabian, CM (82), Napoli/Spain
  • Marten De Roon, CDM (82), Atalanta BC/Netherlands
  • Ivan Rakitic, CM (82), Sevilla FC/Croatia
  • Ruben Neves, CM (82), Wolverhampton Wanderers/Portugal
  • Idrissa Gueye, CDM (82), PSG/Senegal
  • Palhinha, CDM (82), Sporting CP/Portugal
  • Miralem Pjanic, CM (82), FC Barcelona/Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Florian Neuhaus, CM (82), Borussia Monchengladbach/Germany
  • Declan Rice, CDM (82), West Ham United/England
  • Christian Eriksen, CM (82), Inter Milan/Denmark

B Tier Players

  • Arturo Vidal, CM (81), Inter Milan/Chile
  • Jordan Veretout, CDM (81), Roma FC/France
  • Adrien Rabiot, CM (81), Piemonte Calcio/France
  • Konrad Laimer, CDM (81), RB Leipzig/Austria
  • Hector Herrera, CM (81), Atletico de Madrid/Mexico
  • Thomas Delaney, CDM (81), Sevilla FC/Denmark
  • Giovani Lo Celso, CM (81), Tottenham Hotspur/Argentina
  • Lucas Paqueta, CM (81), Olympique Lyonnais/Brazil
  • Carlos Soler, CM (81), Valencia CF/Spain
  • Leandro Paredes, CDM (81), PSG/Argentina
  • Maximilian Arnold, CDM (81), VfL Wolfsburg/Germany
  • Piotr Zielinski, CM (81), Napoli/Poland
  • Houssem Aquar, CM (81), Olympique Lyonnais/France
  • Donny Van De Beek, CM (81), Manchester United/Netherlands
  • Fred, CDM (81), Manchester United/Brazil
  • Benjamin Andre, CDM (81), Lille OSC/France
  • Pizzi, CM (81), SL Benfica/Portugal
  • Kalvin Phillips, CDM (81), Leeds United/England
  • Danilo Pereira, CDM (81), PSG/Portugal
  • James Ward-Prowse, CM (81), Southampton/England
  • Pedri, CM (81), FC Barcelona/Spain
  • Kevin Kampl, CM (81), RB Leipzig/Slovenia
  • Lucas Leiva, CDM (81), Lazio/Brazil
  • Renato Sanches, CM (80), Lille OSC/Portugal
  • Denis Zakaria, CDM (80), Borussia Monchengladbach/Switzerland
  • Scott McTominay, CDM (80), Manchester United/Scotland
  • Corentin Tolisso, CM (80), Bayern Munich/France
  • Gerson, CM (80), Olympique de Marseille/Brazil
  • Roberto Pereyra, CM (80), Udinese/Argentina
  • Ismael Bennacer, CM (80), AC Milan/Algeria
  • Marek Hamsik, CM (80), Trabzonspor/Slovakia
  • Francis Coquelin, CM (80), Villarreal CF/France
  • Lucas Torreira, CDM (80), Fiorentina/Uruguay
  • Rafinha, CM (80), PSG/Brazil
  • Teji Savanier, CM (80), Montpellier/France
  • Enzo Perez, CDM (80), River Plate/Argentina
  • Remo Freuler, CM (80), Atalanta BC/Switzerland
  • Xavier Schlager, CDM (80), VfL Wolfsburg/Austria
  • Charles Aranguiz, CDM (80), Bayer Leverkusen/Chile
  • Joan Jordan, CM (80), Sevilla FC/Spain
  • Sergio Oliveira, CM (80), FC Porto/Portugal
  • Joao Mario, CM (80), SL Benfica/Portugal
  • Naby Keita, CM (80), Liverpool/Guinea
  • Aaron Ramsey, CM (80), Piemonte Calcio/Wales
  • Boubacar Kamara, CDM (80), Olympique de Marseille/France
  • Joao Moutinho, CM (80), Wolverhampton Wanderers/Portugal
  • Stefano Sensi, CM (80), Inter Milan/Italy
  • Iniesta, CM (80), Vissel Kobe/Spain
  • Diego Demme, CDM (80), Napoli/Germany

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C Tier Players

  • Geoffrey Kondogbia, CM (79), Atletico de Madrid/Central Africa
  • Mateus Uribe, CM (79), FC Porto/Columbia
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, CM (79), Liverpool/England
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure, CM (79), Everton/France
  • Aurelien Tchouameni, CM (79), AS Monaco/France
  • Alexandr Golovin, CM (79), AS Monaco/Russia
  • Mousa Dembele, CM (79), Guangzhou R&F/Belgium
  • Jude Bellingham, CM (79), Borussia Dortmund/England
  • Ander Herrera, CM (79), PSG/Spain
  • Renato Tapia, CDM (79), RC Celta/Peru
  • Yves Rissouma, CDM (79), Brighton/Mali
  • Blaise Matuidi, CDM (79), Inter Miami CF/France
  • Teun Koopmeiners, CDM (79), Atalanta BC/Netherlands
  • Sergi Darden, CM (79), RCD Espanyol/Spain
  • Nemanja Gudelj, CDM (79), Sevilla FC/Serbia
  • James Milner, CM (79), Liverpool/England
  • Rafael Carioca, CDM (79), Tigres UANL/Brazil
  • Mahmoud Dahoud, CM (79), Borussia Dortmund/Germany
  • Bruno Guimaraes, CDM (79), Olympique Lyonnais/Brazil
  • Yann M’Vila, CDM (79), Olympiacos FC/France
  • Kerem Demirbay, CM (79), Bayer Leverkusen/Germany
  • Jonas Hofmann, CM (79), Borussia Monchengladbach/Germany
  • Taras Stepanenko, CDM (79), Shakhtar Donetsk/Ukraine
  • Julian Weigl, CM (79), SL Benfica/Germany
  • Nemanja Maksimovic, CDM (79), Getafe CF/Serbia
  • Manu Trigueros, CM (79), Villarreal CF/Spain
  • Illarramendi, CDM (79), Real Sociedad/Spain
  • Tiemoue Bakayoko, CDM (79), AC Milan/France
  • Granit Xhaka, CDM (79), Arsenal/Switzerland
  • Iborra, CDM (79), Villarreal CF/Spain
  • Nemanja Matic, CDM (79), Manchester United/Serbia
  • Mauro Arambarri, CDM (79), Getafe CF/Uruguay
  • Montoro, CDM (79), Granada CF/Spain
  • Christoph Kramer, CDM (79), Borussia Monchengladbach/Germany

D Tier Players

  • Nicolas De La Cruz, CM (78), River Plate/Uruguay
  • Uros Racic, CM (78), Valencia CF/Serbia
  • Ryan Gravenberch, CM (78), Ajax/Netherlands
  • Seko Fofana, CM (78), RC Lens/Ivory Coast
  • John McGinn, CDM (78), Aston Villa/Scotland
  • Moussa Sissoko, CDM (78), Watford FC/France
  • Rodrigo Bentancur, CM (78), Piemonte Calcio/Uruguay
  • Eduardo Camavinga, CM (78), Real Madrid/France
  • Fredrik Midtsjo, CM (78), AZ/Norway
  • Thiago Mendes, CDM (78), Olympique Lyonnais/Brazil
  • Luis Milla, CDM (78), Granada CF/Spain
  • Youssouf Fofana, CM (78), AS Monaco/France
  • Giacomo Bonaventura, CM (78), Fiorentina/Italy
  • Roman Zobnin, CDM (78), Spartak Moscow/Russia
  • Benjamin Bourigeaud, CM (78), Stade Rennais/France
  • Fransergio, CM (78), Bordeaux/Brazil
  • Matias Vecino, CM (78), Inter Milan/Uruguay
  • Ruud Vormer, CM (78), Club Brugge/Netherlands
  • Amadou Haidara, CM (78), RB Leipzig/Mali
  • Mario Pasalic, CM (78), Atalanta BC/Croatia
  • Andres Guardado, CDM (78), Real Betis/Mexico
  • Yangel Herrera, CM (78), RCD Espanyol/Venezuela
  • Bryan Cristante, CDM (78), Roma FC/Italy
  • Boubakary Soumare, CDM (78), Leicester City/France
  • Dennis Praet, CM (78), Torino/Belgium
  • Maxence Caqueret, CM (78), Olympique Lyonnais/France
  • Ashley Westwood, CDM (78), Burnley/England
  • Denis Suarez, CM (78), RC Celta/Spain
  • Wataru Endo, CDM (78), VfB Stuttgart/Japan
  • Florian Grillitsch, CM (78), TSG Hoffenheim/Austria
  • Jonas Hector, CDM (78), FC Koln/Germany
  • Etienne Capoue, CM (78), Villarreal CF/France
  • Baptiste Santamaria, CDM (78), Stade Rennais/France
  • Dani Garcia, CM (78), Athletic Bilbao/Spain
  • Miguel Veloso, CM (78), Hellas Verona/Portugal
  • Hans Vanaken, CM (78), Club Brugge/Belgium
  • Julian Baumgartlinger, CDM (78), Bayer Leverkusen/Austria
  • William Carvalho, CDM (78), Real Betis/Portugal
  • Guido Rodriguez, CDM (78), Real Betis/Argentina
  • Steven Nzonzi, CDM (78), Roma FC/France
  • Oriol Romeu, CDM (78), Southampton/Spain

E Tier Players

  • Weston McKennie, CM (77), Piemonte Calcio/United States
  • Lukas Provod, CM (77), Slavia Praha/Czech Republic
  • Mady Camara, CM (77), Olympiacos FC/Guinea
  • Nahitan Nandez, CM (77), Cagliari/Uruguay
  • Petr Sevcik, CM (77), Slavia Praha/Czech Republic
  • Djibril Sow, CM (77), Eintracht Frankfurt/Switzerland
  • Gedson Fernandes, CM (77), SL Benfica/Portugal
  • Tomas Holes, CDM (77), Slavia Praha/Czech Republic
  • Sandro Tonali, CDM (77), AC Milan/Italy
  • Juraj Kucka, CM (77), Watford FC/Slovakia
  • Leander Dendoncker, CM (77), Wolverhampton Wanderers/Belgium
  • Unai Lopez, CM (77), Rayo Vallecano/Spain
  • Petros, CM (77), Al Nassr/Brazil
  • Fernando Gorriaran, CDM (77), Santos Laguna/Uruguay
  • Adel Taarabt, CM (77), SL Benfica/Morocco
  • Valentin Rongier, CM (77), Olympique de Marseille/France
  • Jonathan Dos Santos, CM (77), LA Galaxy/Mexico
  • Matteo Guendouzi, CDM (77), Olympique de Marseille/France
  • Melero, CM (77), Levante UD/Spain
  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin, CDM (77), Everton/Ivory Coast

F Tier Players

  • Exequiel Palacios, CM (77), Bayer Leverkusen/Argentina
  • Sebastian Rode, CDM (77), Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany
  • Luis Montes, CM (77), Club Leon/Mexico
  • Dani Ceballos, CM (77), Real Madrid/Spain
  • Ellyes Skhiri, CDM (77), FC Koln/Tunisia
  • Andre Gomes, CM (77), Everton/Portugal
  • Edson Alvarez, CDM (77), Ajax/Mexico
  • Oier, CDM (77), CA Osasuna/Spain
  • Joshua Guilavogui, CDM (77), VfL Wolfsburg/France
  • Stanislav Lobotka, CM (77), Napoli/Slovakia
  • Harry Winks, CDM (77), Tottenham Hotspur/England
  • Roberto Gagliardini, CDM (77), Inter Milan/Italy
  • Celso Ortiz, CDM (77), CF Monterrey/Croatia
  • Oliver Torres, CM (77), Sevilla FC/Spain

That concludes our FIFA 22 tier list ranking all of the best central and defending midfielders in the game. Before you go, be sure to check out some of our other FIFA content here at Gamer Journalist. Like the top wonder kids to sign in Career Mode for FIFA 22 or all new leagues, stadiums and teams in FIFA 23.

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