Regardless of what era of football you look at, you’ll always be able to identify at least one superstar Brazilian player who dazzles the fans with their movement and sublime footwork.
Players like Pelé, Ronaldo, Romário, Zico, Ronaldinho, Cafu, and Roberto Carlos have already etched their names in the illustrious history books of Brazilian football. The likes of Neymar and Casemiro are currently doing so, but they are nigh impossible to add to your FIFA 20 Career Mode team at a reasonable price.
As such, we look to the next crop of the best wonderkids from Brazil to sign in FIFA 20. There’s a full slate of all of the best Brazilian wonderkids in FIFA 20 at the foot of the article, with a few picked out to feature as strong Career Mode signings.
Choosing FIFA 20 Career Mode’s best Brazilian wonderkids
As you would assume, the potential rating of all of these players is the main aspect focused upon when we decide the best Brazilian wonderkids. Those that feature in the article and table are under the age of 23 and have a minimum potential rating of 85.
The Brazilian wonderkids featured outside of the table have been selected because they are either younger, have a particularly low transfer value, boast strong key attribute ratings, or are still at a club that can be purchased from with relative ease.
So, you’ll find the likes of Vinícius Jr, Arthur, Rodrygo, Luiz Felipe, and Gabriel Jesus listed in the table as we’ve focussed on the more gettable Brazilian wonderkids in FIFA 20 Career Mode.
David Neres (OVR 81 – POT 86)
Best Positions: LW, LF, CF, RF, RW, LAM, CAM, RAM, LM, RM
Overall/Potential: 81 OVR / 86 POT
Value (Release Clause): £21.5 million (£31.9 million)
Skill Moves: Five-Star
Best Attributes: 91 Agility, 88 Dribbling, 87 Sprint Speed
It won’t be long before David Neres makes a big-money move from Dutch giants Ajax to one of Europe’s elite leagues. Last season, the São Paulonative scored 12 goals in 50 games while also providing 15 assists.
Neres got off to a good start this season too, scoring six goals and two assists through 20 games, but suffered a knee injury in early November to rob Ajax of their star Brazilian wonderkid.
In FIFA 20 Career Mode, David Neres is an incredibly exciting player to have in the team. His five-star skill moves, 88 dribbling, 88 acceleration, 87 sprint speed, 91 agility, 81 vision, 80 composure, 86 ball control, and 76 finishing makes him an excellent winger to have in the team already.
The left-footed Brazilian wonderkid quickly develops into his 86 POT rating and can play at his peak level as a left winger (LW), right winger (RW), centre attack midfielder (CAM), and everywhere else in between. With a £31.9 million release clause, Neres is not to be missed.
Wendel (OVR 77 – POT 86)
Team: Sporting CP
Best Positions: LCM, CM, RCM, LAM, CAM, RAM, LF, CF, RF
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 86 POT
Value (Release Clause): £11.5 million (£29.7 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 85 Shot Power, 83 Long Shots, 82 Composure
In the second half of last season, Wendel broke out in a huge way for Sporting CP. Not in the squad for the opening game of the Liga NOS season, Wendel established himself as a first-team regular at the turn of 2019, featuring in central midfield and attacking midfield to accumulate 33 appearances.
Now, in 2019/20, the Brazilian wonderkid is still a regular feature in the Sporting line-up, either in central midfield or attacking midfield. From the middle of the park, the man from Duque de Caxias had two goals and an assist by his 16th game.
Wendel is a tremendously versatile player in FIFA 20 Career Mode, staying close to his peak overall rating almost anywhere on the field. Best played in central midfield (CM), Wendel’s attribute ratings are well rounded but a bit lacking in the attacking aspects.
The strengths of this Brazilian wonderkid include his 81 dribbling, 80 stamina, 79 ball control, 79 sprint speed, and 79 short passing. For his high potential, relatively cheap release clause, and lack of positional bias, Wendel is worth adding to your squad.
Paulinho (OVR 71 – POT 86)
Team: Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Best Positions: RM, LM, RW, LW, LAM, CAM, RAM
Overall/Potential: 73 OVR / 86 POT
Value (Release Clause): £4.6 million (£14.6 million)
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 85 Balance, 80 Acceleration, 78 Sprint Speed
Still only 19-years-old, Paulinho started making a name for himself in Brazil’s Série A all the way back in 2017, scoring a brace in his first start for Vasco da Gama.
Since a £16.65 million move to Germany in the summer of 2018, Paulinho has clocked in many substitute appearances for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, scoring two goals as of his 29th appearance.
With an overall rating of 71, Paulinho isn’t ready to be a starter for most top-flight teams in FIFA 20 Career mode. But, his 85 balance, 80 acceleration, 78 sprint speed, 78 agility, and 75 dribbling do make the winger a good impact sub for now.
Given the persuasion of the Brazilian wonderkid’s base stats, Paulinho looks set to develop into a very useful player to feature on your left-wing (LW), right-wing (RW), or in central attacking midfield (CAM). Valued at £4.6 million, the starlet from Rio de Janeiro is a steal.
Gabriel Martinelli (OVR 68 – POT 86)
Best Positions: LW, LF, CF, RF, RW
Overall/Potential: 71 OVR / 86 POT
Value (Release Clause): £1.7 million (£11.2 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 86 Acceleration, 84 Sprint Speed, 76 Agility
Despite the record-signing of Nicolas Pépé from LOSC Lille, Gabriel Martinelli was the most intriguing of Arsenal’s summer business. Even though he wasn’t expected to jump straight into the starting XI, the highly-touted Brazilian wonderkid arrived to much fanfare.
The Guarulhos-born forward, despite being 18-years-old, has already impressed with eight goals and three assists in his first 15 games for the Gunners. Featuring up the middle and on either wing, it’s clear to see why Arsenal moved for the young talent.
In FIFA 20 Career Mode, Martinelli can play anywhere along the frontline, slightly preferring to play as a left winger (LW), right winger (RW), or centre forward (CF) than an outright striker (ST).
The Brazilian wonderkid isn’t quite ready to be a starter for your team with an overall rating of 71, but he does boast some usable ratings. While Martinelli’s finishing is a fairly lowly 70, his 73 dribbling, 73 ball control, and 84 sprint speed are fun to use.
Lucas Paquetá (OVR 79 – POT 85)
Team: AC Milan
Best Positions: LAM, CAM, RAM, LM, RM, LF, CF, RF
Overall/Potential: 79 OVR / 85 POT
Value (Release Clause): £18 million (£24.8 million)
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 84 Stamina, 84 Dribbling, 82 Composure
Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Lucas Paquetá made a name for himself with Flamengo, scoring 13 goals and five assists through 65 games. In January 2019, he sealed a huge £35 million move to AC Milan having already played twice for the Brazil national team.
With AC Milan in Italy’s Serie A, Paquetá is a regular starter in central midfield (CM), amassing one goal and three assists through his first 30 games for the club. For his national team, the Brazilian wonderkid has already tallied two goals in 11 contests.
Lucas Paquetá is a decent player to feature in your FIFA 20 Career Mode team’s midfield. Best used as an attacking midfielder (LAM, CAM, RAM), the 21-year-old has great numbers of 84 in stamina, 84 in dribbling, 82 in composure, 81 in jumping, 80 in ball control, and 74 in vision.
AC Milan’s Brazilian wonderkid is strong on the ball and very athletic, developing into a powerful attacker from the middle of the park when he reaches his 85 potential rating.
All the best Brazilian Wonderkids in FIFA 20
The players above are certainly worth your consideration, but here’s the complete list of all of the best wonderkids from Brazil in FIFA 20 Career Mode.
|Vinícius Jr.||Real Madrid||18||79||92||LW|
|Rodrygo||Real Madrid||18||77||90||LW, RW|
|Éder Militão||Real Madrid||21||81||88||CB, RB|
|Gabriel Jesus||Manchester City||22||82||88||ST|
|Luiz Felipe||SS Lazio||22||78||87||CB|
|Renan Lodi||Atlético Madrid||21||79||87||LB|
|Richarlison||Everton||22||80||86||LM, RM, ST|
|David Neres||Ajax||22||81||86||RW, CAM|
|Paulinho||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||18||73||86||RM|
|Gabriel Martinelli||Arsenal||18||71||86||LW, RW, ST|
|Marcos Antonio||Shakhtar Donetsk||19||65||85||CM|
|Tete||Shakhtar Donetsk||19||72||85||LM, CAM|
|Matheus Cunha||RB Leipzig||20||74||85||ST, CAM|
|Lucas Paquetá||AC Milan||21||78||85||CM, CAM|
|Douglas Luiz||Aston Villa||21||74||85||CDM, CM|
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