Italy is one of the finest footballing nations in Europe, claiming multiple World Cup titles and being the home of so many players who rank among the best of all-time.
Famed for top-class goalkeeping and stalwart defensive efforts, many legendary footballers hailing from Italy spent much of their respective careers in their own half, including Dino Zoff, Gianluigi Buffon, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, and even defensive midfielders Gennaro Gattuso and Daniele De Rossi to an extent.
However, that’s not to say that Italy hasn’t also developed some fine midfielders and attackers over the years. The likes of Andrea Pirlo, Francesco Totti, Luigi Riva, Alessandro Del Piero, and Filippo Inzaghi were all world-class talents.
Now we look to the next crop of the best young Italian wonderkids to sign in FIFA 20 Career Mode. There’s a full slate of all of the best Italian wonderkids in FIFA 20 at the foot of the article, with those with the highest potential overall ratings featuring in the main body of the article.
Choosing FIFA 20 Career Mode’s best Italian wonderkids
As you would assume, the potential rating of all of these players is the main aspect focused upon when we decide the best Italian wonderkids. Those that feature in the article and the table are under the age of 23 and have a minimum potential rating of 85.
The Italian wonderkids featured outside of the table have been selected because they are the best of the best wonderkids from Italy in FIFA 20’s Career Mode.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (OVR 85 – POT 92)
Team: AC Milan
Best Position: GK
Overall/Potential: 85 OVR / 92 POT
Value (Release Clause): £37.4 million (£71 million)
Skill Moves: One-Star
Best Attributes: 90 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 90 Goalkeeper Diving, 80 Goalkeeper Positioning, 80 Goalkeeper Handling
Despite calls for the Italian wonderkid goalkeeper to jump ship and join Juventus to follow in the footsteps of legend Gianluigi Buffon, Gianluigi Donnarumma continues to be AC Milan’s first-choice goalie.
AC Milan have boasted many great young talents in their team over the last few years, but it simply hasn’t come together for them yet. Donnarumma has been a mainstay between the pegs during these trialling times, keeping 66 clean sheets through 183 games for the former Serie A giants.
In FIFA 20, and the last couple years of FIFA entries, Gianluigi Donnarumma has been the go-to wonderkid goalkeeper. But now that the 6’5’’ shot-stopper is a first-team regular and 20-years-old, he’s rather expensive to acquire.
As Donnarumma becomes one of the best goalkeepers in FIFA 20 – boasting a potential overall rating of 92 – the Italian is certainly worth the price. Already rated 85 overall with 90 goalkeeper diving, 90 goalkeeper reflexes, and 90 goalkeeper handling, Donnarumma can go straight into your first-choice goalie slot.
Sandro Tonali (OVR 76 – POT 90)
Team: Brescia Calcio
Best Positions: LDM, CDM, RDM
Overall/Potential: 76 OVR / 90 POT
Value (Release Clause): £14 million (£33.8 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 82 Acceleration, 81 Long Pass, 79 Strength
As a part of the Brescia Calcio team that won promotion from Serie B last season, Sandro Tonali could have easily moved his talents to a much larger club. Instead, the 19-year-old remains the team’s anchor in midfield, dictating the play during this relegation battle.
Tonali still needs to refine his skills, but his demonstrated ability to pick out a long pass, send in a pinpoint cross from deep, and deploy a defence-cutting through ball have turned a lot of heads among Italy’s elite.
In FIFA 20, Tonali is one of the best hidden gem midfielders as well as one of the top lower league gems to pick up in Career Mode. On top of his potential, the teenage Italian is also incredibly versatile and will hold a strong overall rating, relative to his best overall rating, in any outfield position.
Only toting a 76 overall rating in the game, Tonali’s four-star weak foot, 81 long passing, 72 crossing, 78 shot passing, 82 acceleration, 72 sliding tackle, 72 standing tackle, and 76 vision make him a viable option in some match-ups from the start of a Career Mode.
Alex Meret (OVR 78 – POT 89)
Team: SSC Napoli
Best Positions: GK
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 89 POT
Value (Release Clause): £12.6 million (£23.9 million)
Skill Moves: One-Star
Best Attributes: 82 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 79 Goalkeeper Diving, 77 Goalkeeper Positioning
In on-loan from Udinese Primavera last season, despite missing a lot of time due to a fractured arm, Alex Meret showed enough ability through 21 games – in which he allowed 18 goals against, kept nine clean sheets, and was shown a red card – to convince SSC Napoli to pay £19.8 million to sign the Italian wonderkid.
This season, Alex Meret is in somewhat of a tandem with former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, ceding the crease to the Colombian every few games. He has, however, been Napoli’s go-to goalie in the Champions League.
Standing at 6’3’’ with a release clause of £23.9 million and a potential overall rating of 89, Alex Meret is one of the best goalkeeper wonderkid options for those who can’t afford Gianluigi Donnarumma.
As it stands, the 78 overall rating is a bit low for most top clubs to trust Meret in goal every game. However, the 22-year-old develops quickly if given time and does have some decent fundamental ratings, like his 82 goalkeeper reflexes and 79 goalkeeper diving.
Nicolò Barella (OVR 80 – POT 88)
Team: Cagliari Calcio (on loan to Inter Milan)
Best Positions: LWB, RWB, LDM, CDM, RDM, LCM, CM, RCM
Overall/Potential: 80 OVR / 88 POT
Value (Release Clause): £19.4 million (N/A)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 83 Stamina, 83 Balance, 82 Ball Control, 82 Short Passing, 82 Aggression
Eased into the team from the start of the season, Nicolò Barella became a first-team regular for the best defensive team in FIFA 20, Inter Milan, but a knee injury quelled his momentum in December.
In his first 19 games for the Nerazzurri, Barella notched five assists and two goals from central midfield. At the start of the 2020/21 season, Barella will officially sign for Inter from Cagliari Calcio for £22.5 million.
In FIFA 20, Nicolò Barella is already a decent choice to have in your central midfield corps. He’s a good all-rounder with an overall rating of 80, but of course, the real draw is that 88 potential rating.
Barella’s highlights in FIFA 20 include his 82 short passing, 82 ball control, 83 balance, 83 stamina, and 82 aggression. His 80 dribbling, 80 standing tackle, 80 composure, and 79 interceptions also come in handy.
Emil Audero (OVR 77 – POT 87)
Team: UC Sampdoria
Best Positions: GK
Overall/Potential: 77 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £10.4 million (£19.7 million)
Skill Moves: One-Star
Best Attributes: 80 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 80 Goalkeeper Diving, 75 Reactions
Having put in some impressive performances for UC Sampdoria last season, while on loan, the Genoa-based club opted to pay £18 million to secure the services of Emil Audero from Juventus – adding credence to the theory that the Old Lady may be planning a move for Donnarumma in the near future.
Despite being the starting goalie for a team in a relegation battle, the Indonesian-born Italian has put in some strong performances this season, keeping six clean sheets through 20 Serie A games.
Emil Audero weighs in as the third-best wonderkid goalkeeper coming from Italy on this list, so it seems like the country has nothing to worry about in these post-Buffon years.
With an overall rating of 77, he’s not strong enough to be a top club’s starter, but it’s worth giving him regular game time due to his 87 potential overall rating. The 22-year-old has sound fundamental goalkeeping ratings, with 80 goalkeeper reflexes and 80 goalkeeper diving being Audero’s current highlights.
All the Best Italian Wonderkids in FIFA 20
Here’s the complete list of all of the best Italian wonderkids in FIFA 20 Carer Mode.
|Gianluigi Donnarumma||AC Milan||20||85||92||GK|
|Sandro Tonali||Brescia Calcio||19||76||90||CDM, CM|
|Alex Meret||SSC Napoli||22||78||89||GK|
|Nicolò Barella||Inter Milan||22||80||88||CM, CAM|
|Emil Audero||UC Sampdoria||22||77||87||GK|
|Sebastiano Esposito||Inter Milan||16||65||87||ST|
|Patrick Cutrone||Wolverhampton Wanderers||21||77||87||ST|
|Nicolò Zaniolo||AS Roma||19||75||87||CAM, RM|
|Federico Chiesa||Fiorentina||21||79||86||RW, CF|
|Andrea Pinamonti||Genoa CFC||20||70||86||ST|
|Riccardo Orsolini||Bologna||22||76||86||CAM, RW, RM|
|Pietro Pellegri||AS Monaco||18||67||85||ST|
|Luca Pellegrini||Cagliari Calcio||20||71||85||LB|
|Roberto Piccoli||Atalanta BC||18||64||85||ST|
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