Looking for the next Cristiano Ronaldo? Portugal’s Primeira Liga is a hotbed of young talent in FIFA 18 – and we’ve picked out the best.
If you want to sign the next big thing in FIFA 18, there are worse places to look than Portugal.
The Primeira Liga is where players such as Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo all made names for themselves, before securing moves to some of Europe’s biggest clubs. So, if you’re on the hunt for a future star for your FIFA 18 Career mode, look no further than Spain’s next-door neighbour. And buy FIFA 18 PC coins on fifacoin-buy Thanksgiving sale.
To save your scouts the effort, we’ve picked out 11 of Portugal’s best players aged 21 or under. Each of them is available to buy from the very first transfer window on FIFA 18’s Career mode, and while the transfer fees quoted are the ones we managed to agree upon, you might be able to do better by adding sell-on clauses.
Some of the players listed below are more prepared for first-team action than others, and they won’t all go on to be world-beaters, but all of them have the potential to reach the top level. In short, there’s a player here for every budget.
GK: Pedro Silva (Sporting CP)
The most promising young goalkeeper in Portugal is Benfica’s Mile Svilar but the teenager isn’t for sale. Look across town to Sporting, though, and you’ll find 20-year-old Pedro Silva. Rated 65 overall, with 69 for diving and 67 for reflexes the best of his goalkeeping stats, he’s a long way from being the finished article, but with an asking price of only €850K and a low weekly wage, if you can get him to reach 77 overall he’s a great option for smaller sides.
LB: Ghislain Konan (Vitória Guimarães)
Benfica’s Grimaldo is the best full-back in Portugal but you’ll have to fork out €30m if you want to sign him. If that’s out of your price range, for around a third of that figure you can get Ghislain Konan from Vitória Guimarães instead. His potential of 82 might not be as high, but his stats card is littered with decent numbers. 85 for both acceleration and balance stand out, but it’s the 89 for stamina that’ll keep him on the pitch for 90 minutes, even if you ask him to sprint up and down the line from the first whistle to the last.
CB: Marcão (Rio Ave)
Marcão’s contract at Rio Ave is up in 12 months but considering he only has the potential to reach 77 overall, he might be a player worth trying to pick up on a free rather than coughing up the €1m the club will want for him. If you do decide to splash out, you’ll be getting a strong centre-back whose biggest strength is in the air. 83 for jumping, 80 for aggression and 77 for strength mean that if there’s a ball there to be won, he’ll do everything he can to reach it. His tackling stats are just shy of 80, too, but if you’ve got a bit more cash, you can find better elsewhere.
CB: Rúben Dias (SL Benfica)
Partnering the veteran Luisão at the heart of Benfica’s defence, Rúben Dias is very much one for the future. Rated 69 overall but with the potential to hit 80, the 20-year-old only made his first-team debut in September but the signs are there – 72 for standing tackles, 77 for aggression and 76 for strength are exactly the areas you want to see a no-nonsense centre-half excelling in at an early age – while the fact that he has the leadership trait suggests he has what it takes to command a defence for years to come. Wave just under €2m at Benfica and he’s yours.
RB: Diogo Dalot (FC Porto)
With the potential to reach 84 overall and an asking price of just €1.5m, Porto’s Diogo Dalot is something of a bargain. The teenager can play anywhere across the defence but is most at home at right-back, where his pace, quick reactions and ability to use either foot should mean he won’t easily get caught out by opposition wingers. His tackling needs work, with nothing higher than 67, and the same goes for his crossing, but at just 18 years old there’s still plenty of time for him to develop.
CDM: Palhinha (Sporting CP)
With 86 for strength, 84 for jumping and 82 for stamina, it’s not hard to see what kind of defender Palhinha is. If you’re looking for an aggressive ball-winner to break up opposition play, the €12.75m you’ll have to give Sporting in exchange for his interception and tackling skills is well worth it. With half-decent long and short passing, he’s also adept at using both feet, so while he won’t exactly ping balls about like Andrea Pirlo, playing quick, simple passes into more creative players is certainly well within his remit. Get him to reach 84 overall and that’s definitely a job well done.
CDM: Danilo (SC Braga)
Danilo’s potential has fallen a bit since it briefly hit 86 in the early days of FIFA 17 but 81 is nothing to turn your nose up at, particularly when he starts at a pretty decent 74 overall. The 21-year-old Brazilian is a no-nonsense all-rounder, with stats in the seventies for everything from interceptions to shot power. An 86 for jumping makes him mean in the air and his tackling skills are so strong he can even drop in at centre-back in necessary. Braga will want just over €7m for him.
LM: Raphinha (Vitória Guimarães)
The priciest player on the list, Raphinha has all the attributes you’d expect from a Brazilian winger: pace and trickery with the ball at his feet. Vitória’s asking price of around €21.5m will get you a player with the potential to reach 85 overall, but he can come in and do damage straight away, with 88 for acceleration, 85 for sprint speed and balance, plus 82 for dribbling. Crossing and finishing in the low 70s mean he can contribute from both out wide and in front of goal, while four stars for skill moves will allow you to try out those stepovers you’ve been practising.
CAM: Bruno Xadas (SC Braga)
Listed as a RM but with all the technical skills necessary to play as a CAM, 19-year-old Bruno Xadas even wears the number 10 shirt for Braga. A hefty release clause of €20.9m is clearly designed as a deterrent but the club will let him go for around €12m, which is a steal for someone who can reach 85 overall. Slot him in behind your striker and his first touch, close control and short passing will be vital weapons when it comes to unlocking opposition defences. And if you find yourself out wide with him on the ball, he loves an early cross.
RM: Andrija Živković (SL Benfica)
Benfica’s 20-year-old winger has already been dubbed the “Serbian Messi” for the way he carries the ball and the speed at which he can manipulate it, and while it’s obviously far too early to make any such comparison, the 88 he has for balance, 87 for agility and 87 for acceleration at least show that it’s grounded in some sort of reality. His finishing needs work and his stamina’s not the best but with the right development Živković can reach 86 overall, which is the highest of anyone on this list. That makes the €19m asking price all the more reasonable.
CF: Daniel Podence (Sporting CP)
At just 1.65m tall, Sporting’s Daniel Podence isn’t necessarily the kind of player you want playing upfront on his own. Pair him with a second striker though and 92 for acceleration means he’s got a good chance of beating the last man, while 87 for sprint speed and 84 for dribbling will make him tough to catch once he has. Good composure means you’d back him in a one-on-one, but with 66 for finishing you might want to use his agility and balance to take it round the ‘keeper. Podence has a release clause of €25.3m, but Sporting will accept around €11.5m and he should go on to reach 84 overall.
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