After lifting the Euros in 2016 and the Nations League in 2019, it may come as no surprise to anyone that Portugal are being considered among the favourites to lift the World Cup in 2022. Led by that man Cristiano Ronaldo with a stellar supporting cast that includes the likes of Bernardo Silva, Nelson Semedo, Raphaël Guerreiro and Ruben Neves amongst others, Portugal are gearing up for what could be an amazing 2022.
With plenty of young talent also waiting to emerge from the wings, it is safe to say that Portugal is in safe hands. While some of these youngsters are already well known and heralded, others are slightly less known and could tear up the pitch on FIFA 20. Check out our list of the best young Portuguese Players in FIFA 20 video game below:
10. Francisco Trincão (SC Braga: RW, LW)
Starting off this list is 19-year-old Francisco Trincão. Born in Viana do Castelo, the youngster is already turning heads around the world. Already having represented Portugal at all age groups from U17 to U21 levels, he will surely be a mainstay of the Portuguese national team for years to come. The 71 rated winger has an overall potential rating of 84 and a release clause of €11.6M. Standing at 6’0” and with his game based on dribbling (76), curve (83), ball control (73), acceleration (80), sprint speed (76) and agility (74), Francisco Trincão is certainly a prospect no full back will look forward to facing.
9. Nuno Tavares (SL Benfica: LB, RB)
Next up is youngster Nuno Tavares. The 19-year-old full back born in Lisboa has an overall rating of 72 to begin with but a potential rating of 84. A 4-star weak foot rating shows why he is equally adept at playing on both wings. After managing to make a couple of first team appearances last season, Nuno is primed for his breakout season and 2 assists and a goal in the Portuguese League have only served those expectations. With crossing (73), dribbling (71), ball control (73), acceleration (85) and sprint speed (85), Nuno Tavares is the definition of a modern fullback and expect him to be a household name (in both FIFA and in real life) in the near future. A release clause of €10.8M makes him a very affordable player.
8. Tiago Djaló (LOSC Lille: CB)
After moving from AC Milan to LOSC Lille this summer, 19-year-old Tiago Djaló will be looking to cement his place in the starting XI and develop into a formidable centre back in the French League 1. The youngster has made 4 appearances so far in the Ligue 1 as well as an appearance in the Champions League. Standing at 6’3” the 67 rated defender has the potential to make it to a solid 85. With a release clause of only €3.9M and with a game based on power (strength – 79) and defensive skill (defensive awareness – 66, standing tackle – 66 and sliding tackle – 64), Tiago Djaló has the potential and time to blossom into one of the world’s best centre defenders.
7. Fábio Silva (FC Porto: ST)
At only 16 years of age, Fábio Silva is the youngest player on this list and perhaps one of the most exciting. The 68 rated youngster has an overall potential rating of 85 and a release clause of €4.7M. While his game time has been limited so far to only 3 appearances in the league and 2 appearances in the Europa League, it would appear Porto are taking their time to ensure their young prospect develops his all round game. However, it does not appear that it will be too long before the 6’1” youngster is leading the line. A weak foot rated at 4 stars means he is equally adept with both feet and his height means he will challenge for the ball whenever it is in the box. That doesn’t mean his game is based on physicality though. His strongest attributes are his dribbling (73), ball control (72), acceleration (76), sprint speed (73) and agility (74). Expect to hear a lot more about Fábio Silva in the coming years.
6. Jota (SL Benfica: LM, RM, CF)
Another youngster from the SL Benfica youth academy. Jota is regarded as a future star on both FIFA 20 and in real life. Having already produced 2 assists from 4 appearances this season, Jota is primed for a big season. Rated at 72, he can go to the very top with an overall potential of 85. His versatility is yet another added bonus for the 5’9” winger whose game is based on skill (dribbling – 78 and ball control – 77) and explosive movement (acceleration – 86, sprint speed – 85 and agility – 88) and power. A release clause of €15.8M shows just how highly rated the 20-year-old is.
5. Diogo Dalot (Manchester United: RB, LB, RM)
When Jose Mourinho says you have fantastic potential you’re doing something right. At only 20 years of age, Diogo Dalot had only made 8 appearances for FC Porto before being snatched up by Manchester United. With the ability to play on either wing as both a full back and winger, Dalot’s versatility is an important part of his game. While he has yet to set the world alight since his move, he has the time and the potential to become one of the best in the world. With an overall rating of 75 and a potential rating of 85 his release clause stands at €21M. A look at his attributes show exactly how good the youngster is with crossing (80), dribbling (79), sprint speed (81), jumping (83) and aggression (80). Dalot is a frighteningly good prospect and a player no full back or winger would be relishing playing against.
4. Gedson Fernandes (SL Benfica: CM)
Another player from the never ending SL Benfica production line, Gedson Fernandes is being regarded with great interest all over Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. Despite the 20-year-old having only made 2 appearances so far this season he is considered one of the brightest prospects in Portuguese football. Rated at 76 and with an overall potential rating of 85, Fernandes is already a must have for any FIFA 20 player. His release clause is €26.4M and a look at his attributes makes that an absolute steal. His game is based on skill (dribbling – 76 and ball control – 76), movement (acceleration – 80, sprint speed – 78 and agility – 79) and power (shot power – 80 and stamina – 84). Gedson Fernandes is an absolutely must have for any gamer in FIFA career mode.
3. Rafael Leão (AC Milan: ST)
After impressing last season in the Ligue 1 where he got 8 goals and 2 assists, 20-year-old Rafael Leão got a €23M to AC Milan. The 6’2” has already provided 1 goal and 1 assist in 6 appearances despite often being used as an impact substitute late in the game. With AC Milan currently struggling after an inconsistent start to the season, the youngster whose release clause is €21.9M will be looking to make an impression and break into the starting XI sooner rather than later. With impressive attributes on the latest edition of FIFA such as finishing (76) dribbling (77) acceleration (88), Sprint speed (86), Agility – 75, Reactions – 73, Shot power – 77, Strength – 77, Positioning – 78 and Composure – 76, Rafael Leão is yet another must have on your team. Currently rated at 76 he has the potential to be an 86 overall rated player.
2. Florentino Morris Luís (SL Benfica: CDM, CM)
It is a testament to the strength of the youth academy that SL Benfica possess that they have 4 players on this list. 19-year-old Florentino is yet another player who has the world at his feet. The defensive midfielder starts with a rating of 76 however his potential of 87 shows just how good he can be. His release clause is €26.4M. Already having made 4 appearances this season where he has provided 1 assist, expect him to be a future star of the game (both in video games and real life). Notable attributes include short passing (76), interceptions (78), defensive awareness (76), and both standing (78) and sliding tackle (77). Florentino is a must have for anyone who plays with a defensive midfielder on FIFA.
1.João Félix (Atletico Madrid: CF, ST)
The final name on the list requires no introduction. Atletico Madrid’s answer to the departure of Griezmann and what many Portugal fans hope is the answer to the eventual departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, 19-year-old João Félix burst on to the scene last year with SL Benfica (yes, it’s another Benfica youth product) popping up with 15 goals and 9 assists in 26 league appearances and scoring 3 times in the Europa League. A €126M move to Atletico Madrid awaited and the youngster has already become a mainstay of the side with 2 goals and an assist in La Liga and a goal in the Champions League. Already part of the Portuguese national side he was part of the side that lifted the UEFA Nations League in mid-2019. Rated at 80 at the beginning of the game, his overall potential is a staggering 93. A release clause of €74.9M further shows just how highly rated he is. His attributes are outstanding and his game is based on skill (dribbling – 82, curve – 81 and ball control – 80), movement (sprint speed – 85, agility – 83, reactions – 83 and balance – 80), Power (shot power – 82 and long shots – 80) and strong mentality (positioning – 84, vision – 77 and composure – 82). João Félix is one of the best – if not the best – prospect in the game and has the ability to win any club in the world points on his own. João Félix is the definition of a must have player.
Summary: Best Young Portuguese Players in FIFA 20
|Name||Club||Position||Age||Overall Rating||Potential Rating|
|João Félix||Atletico Madrid||CF, ST||19||80||93|
|Florentino||SL Benfica||CDM, CM||19||76||87|
|Rafael Leão||AC Milan||ST||20||75||86|
|Gedson Fernandes||SL Benfica||CM||20||76||85|
|Diogo Dalot||Manchester United||RB, LB, RM||20||75||85|
|Jota||SL Benfica||LM, RM, CF||20||72||85|
|Fábio Silva||FC Porto||ST||16||68||85|
|Tiago Djaló||LOSC Lille||CB||19||67||85|
|Nuno Tavares||SL Benfica||LB, RB||19||72||84|
|Francisco Trincão||SC Braga||RW, LW||19||71||84|
Despite the level of relative inexperience in these players, the talent remains very clear to see and is definitely worth investing in. João Félix is already a household name and a star – likely the best young player in the game – and his price tag reflects this. However, the rest of the youngsters are relatively unknown for the moment and offer great value to any savvy FIFA player who buys them early on and develops them into world class players. Of course, they are all young players and won’t reach their undoubted potential without the right training and development, however, if you get it right these things right, each of these players is capable of bossing whichever league they line up in for years to come.