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It’s no secret that FIFA 21 has a pay-to-win reputation, and there’s a good reason it has it. If you aren’t willing to shell out cash to get the best cards in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT), you’re going to be at a serious disadvantage against anyone who has them. Fortunately, there are plenty of great players that you can get your hands on for a good price. While these players may not be near as impactful as Neymar or Mbappe, you should still be able to get plenty of wins with them until you save up enough coins for the top-tier players.

FIFA 21 top players

4. Thibaut Courtois

FIFA 21 best budget players

Having a good Goalkeeper is almost mandatory in FIFA 21. The keeper is the one player you can’t control, so you need a decent one. Courtois is a great option here. According to FUTWIZ, he’s only costs around 34,500 coins on the FUT Transfer Market.

At 6’6 and an 89 Overall rating. Courtois is a great investment. He consistently makes saves and he gets to balls that other cheaper keepers might not be able to. He also has good chemistry links with popular defenders like Varane, Kounde, and Lenglet.

3. Nelson Semedo


Simply put, Semedo is the best value in FIFA 21 FUT. He’s easily one of the best RBs in the entire game, and he only costs around 12,000 coins. Since he’s from the Premier League, he gets great chemistry links with other popular defenders and midfielders.

Semedo’s main appeal is his 92 Pace stat. Pace is essential for defenders, as it allows them to run down fast opposing attackers. You can put a Shadow or an Anchor Chem Style on him to further increase his Pace and help out his Defense or Physical attributes.

2. Wissam Ben Yedder


Ben Yedder is always a popular budget player. This year, he only costs around 17,000 coins. His 5-star Weak Foot and 4-star Skill Moves make him a great candidate for a striker or midfielder. Throw a Hunter Chem Style on him to up his Pace and Shooting — you won’t regret it.

He is also French and plays in Ligue 1, so he has great chemistry with other popular cheap (and expensive) players like Sissoko, Kante, Dembele, Neymar, and Mbappe. Ben Yedder is an excellent scorer, so be sure to include him on your squad until you can afford someone better.

1. Ousmane Dembele


Dembele isn’t only a great budget option; he’s a great option in general. He has 5-star Skill Moves, a 5-Star Weak Foot, a 92 Pace, and an 86 Dribbling. The best part about him is he’s only around 18,000 in FIFA 21.

Dembele is a French player in LaLiga, which means you can pair him with Ben Yedder along with a French defender or a defender from LaLiga (or both). You can use him with 10 chemistry as a winger or midfielder, or you can choose to play him as a Striker.

Using budget players in FIFA 21 will help you get wins while saving up coins to get better players. Be sure to check out all the other popular budget players as well, such as Gabriel Jesus, Lucas Moura, Rodrigo, Allan, and Ndidi.