As the lockdown is gradually eased down for some of the football clubs in Europe to return back to the pitch, and as we continue waiting patiently for our darling team to resume back and hit the ground running once again.
I think now is the time to try our hands on a new league, a new team, and a new season for the lovers of the game FIFA 20, and get to create your own managerial career on the game, sign good players, and enjoy it as we patiently wait for football to resume.
Looking at the best young players with great potential to even surpass their initial ratings on the FIFA 20 career mode, which you could easily check out and get to sign to garnish up your dream team as a gaming manager.
For every lover of the FIFA 20 game, it’s absolutely important as a career mode manager that you scout the transfer market and find promising talented players that could help you enjoy a career mode manager full of trophies laden campaigns.
However, as we all know that not every team on the FIFA 20 career mode game can afford to give you that huge amount of money, especially with the lower-ranked team even the big team won’t go all out with the huge amount of money for transfer in the first season terms of signing defenders, midfielders or striker.
And with the fact that the game comes with scouts that the manager can’t really rely on because more often than not they don’t always come good or helpful in terms of scouting for those potential players that could be helpful in building your dream team.
So if you’re thinking of going towards the direction of a long term plan, and you don’t want to spend all your transfer money on superstar players like Ronaldo, Messi, Hazard, as this mentioned players can only give short term good and mouthwatering performance except for Eden Hazard who could still stay longer in the team considering his age when starting the game as a career mode manager on FIFA 20.
In other words, let start looking at these young players on FIFA 20 based on their initial ratings from the age of 16-23
Eduardo Camavinga (16) & Alphonso Davies (18)
Quick information of how Camavinga started his career before we will go into his rating on FIFA 20, the young Frenchman started his career with the Rennes youth system at the age of 11, he then went on to signed his first professional contract with the senior team in 2018, at the age of 16 and one months to become the youngest ever professional for the club.
Camavinga made his professional debut for Rennes against FC Angers in 2019 in a match that ended with a 3-3 draw in the Ligue 1 tie, becoming the youngest player to ever play for Rennes first team at the age of 16 and 4 months old.
So far in the 2019-2020 Ligue 1 season, Camavinga has made 25 match appearance and scored one goal, had it not been the Coronavirus pandemic, perhaps he could have gone on to score more goals for Rennes especially with the blistering form the team is in.
His age at the start of FIFA 20 career mode is 16, his initial FIFA 20 rating is 73, which could later raise up to a potential 90 overall on FIFA 20 depending on how well the handler of the game uses him in his career mode game manager.
Camavinga who could play as a central midfielder and as a defensive midfielder, which comes with a £7 million market value on FIFA 20, which looks very cheap compare to the real-life market value having been touted as the player that could replace Casemero at Real Madrid.
The good thing about Camavinga is that he’s a good passer of the ball, though not known for scoring too many goals now but then as he grows into a better and well-rounded player, and with a modest 73 rating on FIFA 20, anyone going for him should rest assured that is going for a good bargain with a potential 90 rating at the long haul.
Having highlight how good Camavinga is on FIFA 20 career mode, let take a look at another young talent Alphonso Davies who joined Bayern Munich in 2019 for a fee around $22 million-plus bonuses a then transfer record for MLS having joined from Vancouver.
The young Canadian made his debut in January against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Telekom Cup championship final won by the ‘Bavarians’ via penalties, he was also instrumental for Bayern Munich in their Champions League triumph against Chelsea and was widely praised in the media for the beautiful performance.
At age 18 on the FIFA career mode, a mouthwatering age where you could get to catch him young, and with the fact that his coming in with a lot of prospects, is initial FIFA 20 rating isn’t bad also which comes with a modest 77, which could also raise to a potential 88 overall rating if wisely used on the FIFA 20 career mode.
Alphonso Davies transfer value also comes with a decent £11.5m, which looks very cheap for every manager who wants to sign a decent talent and nurture him into becoming a superstar without necessarily coughing out a huge amount of money to sign a superstar in the market.
For the lovers of FIFA 20 career mode, be rest assured that, the explosive full-back is one of a kind they could trust, having been a revelation for Bayern Munich this season and it’s no different also on FIFA 20.
Vinicius Jr (19) & Matthijs de Ligt (19)
Vinicius signed for ‘Los Blancos’ in 2017, but his transfer was effective after is 18th birthday in 2018, as age 18 is the minimum age for international transfer, and his move to Madrid was reported to be around €46 million which was at that time the second most expensive sale of a player in the history of Brazilian soccer excluding Neymar move to Camp Nou.
Since the Brazilian joined the Galacticos, he has proved to be an instrumental player to the success of the club in the future, and he has shown a bit of what to expect in the future against arch-rival Barcelona in the Clasico, though he could be very profligate in front of goal, however, he has shown to be one player for the future.
In soccer, it is very important and vital to pay close attention to players’ age, because when you catch them young, with proper tutoring and proper nurturing, the player tends to blossom into becoming a superstar, though not all young talent usually went on to have a successful career.
However, for Vinicius, he comes with a good age and at a club that could help have a successful career. On FIFA 20 career mode, his initial rating comes with a massive 79, which is the overall rating of some players, which is a pointer to the fact that Vinicius would come good.
And for his overall potential rating, it comes with a massive 92, isn’t that fantastic, for a player that boasts of a five-star skill moves and a four-star weak foot with a pace of 93 and dribbling of massive 85 rating which makes him devastating on the left-wing.
With all of that things could only get better if signed from his initial of 79 couple with his age to a potential 92 and he sure comes with a market value of £21 million.
De Ligt is another young talent you could bank on, though the same can’t be said of his performances for Juventus since he joined from Ajax on a five-year contract for a fee of €75 million to be paid in five annual installments, De Light still has the potential on FIFA 20.
As a center-back at just 19 years old, you should expect a defender of De Ligt statue to grow bigger into becoming one of the best centers back in the world, likewise on FIFA 20.
He comes with an initial 85 rating on FIFA which is very commendable for a player who is just 19, and if well used in the career mode the center back could reach 93 and get to marshal the defense for many years to come, and he is available for a market value of £42.5 million.
Rodrygo Goes (18) & Sandro Tonali (19)
Joining a big club in the mode of Real Madrid at age 19 is definitely a pointer to the fact that there is something unique about the young Brazilian who joined from Santos in 2018 for a rumored fee of €45 million, and since he joined he has hit the ground running with goals and mouthwatering performance for Los Blancos.
The maker of FIFA 20 was also thoughtful of his performance and prospect for the future, as he comes with a decent initial 78 FIFA rating, which could also raise to a potential overall 91.
With the fact that he has shown glimpses of what he’s capable of at the Santiago Bernabeu, and on FIFA 20 be rest assured to enjoy is tricky on the ball from his right-wing position, plus a decent shooting skill, and mind you he could also raise to a potential 91 overall rating isn’t that massive?
What do you expect from a young player who has been touted the heir to Andrea Pirlo over the years, I mean if the Brescia midfield maestro isn’t listed among the best young players on FIFA 20, they ought to be sue, don’t mind my sarcasm there.
However Sandro Tonali has proved to the world that he’s one player they’re actually waiting for, Tonali is a kind of player with brilliant passing and also brings his team into the game right from his deep line position.
Tonali made his professional debut for Brescia Calcio in 2017 at the age of 17, won the Seria B title which got the team promoted into Seria A and since then he has been a constant starter for the club up until when football was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe.
As a defensive midfielder which comes with a lot of tactical intelligence, Tonali comes with that on FIFA 20 with an initial decent 77 rating, boasting good passing stats including 81 for both long passing and short, isn’t that decent enough?.
His 77 rating on FIFA 20 could also improve if the Brescia midfielder reaches his potential overall of 91, to become the best defensive midfielder in the game, which am sure every FIFA 20 lover would like to have him in their team and he comes with a decent £16 million to have the best defensive midfielder in your team.
Kylian Mbappe (20) & Federico Valverde (21)
Even if any player from France isn’t listed among the best young players on FIFA 20, you should definitely expect the World Cup winner to be listed.
In fact, the good news is that he is he best young player on FIFA 20, Mbappe started his career with Ligue 1 side Monaco where he made his professional debut in 2015 at age 16.
He won the Ligue 1, Young Player of the year, the Golden Boy award, and in 2017 he signed for the best team in the league Paris Saint Germain on an initial loan which was later made permanent in 2018 for a transfer worth €180 million making him the second most expensive player and teenager.
Mbappe turns 21 after FIFA 20 career mode started, and he is already one of the best players in the game with a lot to expect from him, his initial FIFA 20 rating comes with a fantastic 89 rating.
He will definitely become the best when he reaches his potential of 95 which is massive and already turning excellent and brilliant attributes into simply frightening skills on FIFA 20, and getting him into your team comes with a whopping £84 million, understandable right?
Little wonder why the young Uruguayan made the list, upon returning from his loan, Valverde impressed then manager of Real Madrid Julen Lopetegui during the pre-season, and he was assigned to the first team.
After the exit of Lopetegui and Solari who at some point managed the Los Blancos before the return of Zinedine Zidane to manage Madrid, Valverde burst to the scene under Zidane proper to show what he’s capable of which was very evident in the Supercopa match against cross-town rival Atletico Madrid, where he tackled Morata who was clear on goal.
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Valverde on FIFA 20, is one central midfielder who could partner with Sandro Tonali if you do want a strong midfield depending on the choice of player and likeness though.
However, if you choose to go with a strong midfield then Valverde is the man to go for with an initial FIFA 20 rating of 82, his overall potential comes with a decent rating of 89, coupled with the fact that he’s an all-round solid addition to any midfield with attributes of 70 across, which could reach 80 if well nurtured in career mode on FIFA 20.
Signing him into any team won’t be too much for a market value of £29 million.
Trent Alexander Arnold (20) & Eder Militao (21)
When you invest and give academy football a chance to thrive when you starting enjoying the benefit you would definitely wish to have invested more in academy football, such as the story of Liverpool.
Trent was born and raised in Liverpool and he joined the academy in 2004 and later went on to captained the club at various youth levels, he made his senior debut and he has since made over 100 club appearances for Liverpool.
Starting FIFA 20 career mode before his 21st birthday, the Liverpool right-back is already the one of best in the game and still has enough time to improve with an initial 85 FIFA 20 rating.
With the potential rating looking to reach 90, plus his standout attributes which include 91 crossing prowess and 86 long passing and 83 standing tackle which looks decent for a modern-day right back. To have Trent in your team then you must be ready to cough out a decent £41.5 million.
Los Blancos acted swiftly in the transfer market to signed the Brazilian from Porto, although since he joined from the Portuguese league he hasn’t found playing time easy with Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in top shape and not ready to relinquish their position for Real Madrid.
Miliitao comes with an initial 81 rating on FIFA 20, which makes him a powerhouse amongst top center-backs and could also grow to 88 overall potentials if well nurtured on FIFA 20, to have the Brazilian as your favorite center back partnership on FIFA it comes with a market value of £20.5 million which looks decent enough for a defender of his statue.
Erling Braut Haaland (18) & Gianluigi Donnarumma (20)
For a player of his age who has already hit the ground running right from Salzburg, and now with Dortmund. it’s no surprise that he made this list as one of the best young players on FIFA 20.
Haaland started his career at his home town club Bryne, in 2016, moved to Molde the following year where he spent two years.
In 2019 he joined the best club in Austria Salzburg on a five-year deal having done impressively well with Salzburg he sealed a move to Germany with Borussia Dortmund for a fee reported to be in the region of €20 million.
When you’re in need of a center forward who could lead the line comfortably on FIFA 20, no doubt the man to opt for is the young Norwegian.
He comes with a modest 80 initial rating and could raise to 90 his potential overall if use properly in the career mode, and the Dortmund forward comes with a decent £28 million which don’t even come close to his release clause at Dortmund.
The Italian number one goalkeeper Donnarumma started his career with Milan in 2015, to become the second-youngest goalkeeper ever to debut in Seria A.
At the age of 16 years and 242 days, he broke into the starting eleven and since then he has become one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Despite just been 20, when the career mode started Donnarumma boasts of an initial 85 FIFA rating, with diving and reflexes at 89, kicking at 79 which is the lowest among his goalkeeping attributes. But then if signed at the initial stage it won’t be too long to reach the potential 92 overall ratings on FIFA 20. His market value is very much cheaper and affordable available at £37.5 million.
Having taken an interesting look at the best and finest young players on FIFA 20, you could easily check out this for the basic things to do when you intend to start a career mode on FIFA 20.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.
Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1
Ligue 1 no doubt harbors quite a number of talented players, as such it’s quite understandable for those considered to be world-class players among them to cash out hugely on what they earn at the end of the month.
As of late, the players’ salaries have given indications of solid development, on account of the tremendous income pouring into the game. The fierce rivalry between the country’s top football clubs has brought the nature of the competition higher than ever. The league has more than its own fair share of highly paid players.
Here is a rundown of the top 15 highest-paid players in the Ligue 1
- Neymar Jr – (Paris Saint Germain, – €3.06 Per Month )
Behind Ronaldo and Messi, the Brazilian forward is regarded as the third-best player in world football since moving from Santos to Barcelona in 2013 for a deal reported worth €86.2million.
After apparently growing and widening his status as a footballer with his achievement on and off the pitch, it was evident that the former Puskas Award winner would go on to attract top elite clubs.
With the Parisian club brimming with a lot of cash to flex muscles with high spending clubs, it was just a matter of time before Neymar would join them. Fast forward to 2017, the Selecao captain signed for PSG for a world record transfer fee worth €222million, and since then he’s been an important figure of both the club and their project.
Amidst transfer rumors of him returning to his old home Barcelona, plus the fact that the Parisian are also ready to offer him a new deal that would tie him down with the French side for at least another three seasons.
- Kylian Mbappe – (Paris Saint Germain, € 1.91m Per Month)
As a World Cup winner and one of the best prospects in world football, it’s quite understandable for Mbappe to be among the highest-paid players in Ligue 1 and Paris Saint Germain. The 2018 World Cup winner burst into the scene as a young player for Monaco, making his professional debut in 2015 at the age of 15.
The Frenchman signed for the Parisian club in 2017 on loan, which was later made permanent in 2018. He has shown to be a great prospect for both the club and their project in dominating the Ligue 1 and also flex muscles with the top clubs in Europe.
His permanent transfer to Paris Saint Germain is reported to be worth €180million, making him both the second most expensive player and most expensive teenager. Since joining the Ligue 1 Champions permanently, the 22-year-old has scored over 120 goals for the Parisian club.
However, amidst the rumor of Real Madrid prepping up to break the bank in their quest to bring him down to the Bernabeu, the World Cup winner is still actively the second biggest earner in the league and of course Paris Saint Germain.
- Correa Marquinhos & Marco Verratti – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.2m Per Month)
Since the departure of top players such as Edinson Cavani, Zlatan, and recently Thiago Silva, Marquinhos’s status has risen from being a mere squad player in the dressing room into a leader, captain, and one of the best gladiator of the club.
As a 19-year-old teenager, the Brazilian was signed in 2013 on a five-year deal by Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for a fee of around €31.4million. And as reported by BBC Sport, the deal was said to be the highest transfer fee for a teenager then, while Sky also reports it to be the then fifth highest transfer.
The current form of the Brazilian makes him rank as one of Europe’s most valuable players, most especially as a player who is currently plying his trade with the best team in France.
According to the transfer market rating, Marquinhos market value currently stands at €70million, as such with his years of experience and playing over 313 matches for the Parisian, it’s no surprise that the club captain takes home €1.2m per month tied with the Italian on the same amount.
As for the Italian, he’s also been a very instrumental player for the team since joining the club nine years ago. There have always been rumors concerning his future, either joining Barcelona or go back to Italy, but as it stands his current contract with Paris Saint Germain would expire in 2024.
- Angel Di Maria – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.1m Per Month)
Since joining the Parisian for €63million after a disappointing stint with Manchester United in 2015, the Argentine winger has continued to prove to the world that he’s still one of the best players in football since leaving Real Madrid.
Di Maria isn’t just rank among the highest earner for doing nothing, he earns his pay through his brilliant performances over the years since joining them, accumulating a total of 251 appearances scoring over 88 goals and 104 assists.
The former Real Madrid winger may not stay in the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain for three years or more, as he’s already moving close to the end of his career. However, with his deal still running that makes him the fourth-highest earner in the league.
- Keylor Navas – (Paris Saint Germain, €1m Per Month)
When Navas joined Madrid from Levante in the summer of 2014, no one ever thought he’s going to achieve quite a number of success with Los Blancos based on where he was coming from and his antecedent as a goalkeeper.
After a successful stint with Los Merengues, the imminent arrival of Thibaut Courtois means the Costa Rican goalkeeper days at Real Madrid are numbered.
With his achievement at Real Madrid, it was evident that the Costa Rican won’t find it hard to get good European suitor to come by, as such Paris Saint Germain came calling for his services in 2019 having been told he won’t be Real Madrid number one going forward into the new season.
Following Navas’s move to the French capital, it means his salary would be on the high side based on his achievement and reputation as a Champions League winner with arguably the biggest club in Europe.
As a Paris Saint Germain player, he earns €1m per month, making the Costa Rican one of the highest-paid players in Ligue 1
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- Mauro Icardi – (Paris Saint Germain, €800,000 Per Month)
The imminent departure of El Matador when Icardi joined Paris Saint Germain on loan means the responsibility of goalscoring would be on the shoulder of the Argentine. The former Inter Milan forward made his loan permanent with the PSG following a strong start in Paris.
The Argentine and controversy certainly go hand in hand based on his antecedent with his previous clubs. Everywhere he goes he has always shown he could lead the line perfectly, and since he joined the Parisian permanently no report of controversy has been recorded concerning the former Nerazzurri captain.
Icardi may not be the poster boy of PSG just like his days at Inter, that doesn’t make him less of a player in the dressing room among other star players like Neymar and Mbappe who are no doubt the face of the club.
- Leandro Paredes – (Paris Saint Germain, €750,000 Per Month)
Juan Bernat – (Paris Saint Germain, €700,000 Per Month)
Presnel Kimpembe – (Paris Saint Germain, €670,000 Per Month)
Ander Herrera – (Paris Saint Germain, €650,000 Per Month)
Wissam Ben Yedder – (Monaco, €650,000 Per Month)
Cesc Fabregas – (Monaco, €600,000 Per Month)
Julian Draxler – (Paris Saint Germain, €600,000 Per Month)
Idrissa Guaye – (Paris Saint Germain, €500,000 Per Month)