FIFA 21 Wonderkids: Best Goalkeepers (GK) to sign in Career Mode

Looking for a young goalkeeper to be the rock in goal for the long-term? Here are all the best Goalkeeper (GK) wonderkids in FIFA 21 Career Mode.


Finding the right goalkeeper is a must for any team, with a reliable shot-stopper a key part of any successful side. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done, with a number of goalkeepers having failed to make the grade.

Buying a young keeper with significant scope for improvement is one possible answer to goalkeeping issues, although it can be costly financially. The most important metric to consider when looking to bring in a wonderkid keeper in your FIFA 21 career mode is their potential overall rating.


Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s Best Wonderkid Goalkeeper (GK)

In the main body of this article are the five goalkeepers aged 21 or under with the highest potential overall rating, including those currently on loan. For a full list of ALL the best wonderkid goalkeepers (GK), please look at the table towards the end of the page.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (OVR 85 – POT 92)

Team: AC Milan
Best Position: GK
Age: 21
Overall/Potential: 85 OVR / 92 POT
Value (Release Clause): £84M (No Release Clause)
Wage: £30.5K a week
Best Attributes: 89 GK Reflexes, 89 GK Diving, 83 GK Positioning

The keeper with the highest overall potential rating, as well as the highest current rating, is AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Italian keeper has been a member of the first team in Milan since 2015 and has racked up 208 appearances in all competitions since making his debut during the 2015/16 season.

Donnarumma had a solid 2019/20 campaign, keeping 13 clean sheets despite I Rossoneri finishing a disappointing sixth in Serie A. In what was surely a personal highlight for the young keeper, Donnarumma was handed the captain’s armband for the final three games of the season.

The Italian’s 85 OVR should ensure that he is ready to take up the starting berth for just about any side in the world, whilst there is still scope for him to improve by as much as seven rating points.

His 89 goalkeeper reflexes, 89 goalkeeper diving, and 83 goalkeeper positioning are a great base to start with. But the absence of a release clause in Donnarumma’s contract could make doing business with Milan difficult. Equally, however, he starts FIFA 21 with just one year left on his contract. An early move for him could well pay dividends as a result.

Luís Maximiano (OVR 78 – POT 88)

Team: Sporting CP
Best Position: GK
Age: 21
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 88 POT
Value (Release Clause): £24.5M (No Release Clause)
Wage: £6.6K a week
Best Attributes: 79 GK Reflexes, 79 GK Diving, 76 GK Positioning

Those who don’t watch much football outside of Europe’s top five leagues may well have overlooked a hidden gem in Sporting CP shot stopper Luis Maximiano. The Portuguese U21 international spent the first part of last season deputising for Renan Ribeiro before making his debut against Gil Vicente.

Maximiano went on to make 23 Liga NOS appearances, notching 12 victories and ten clean sheets in the process. However, with the signing of Adrian Adan from Atlético Madrid, Maximiano could once again find himself struggling for game time in Lisbon.

The Celeirós native has solid statistics between the sticks, with the highlights his 79 goalkeeper reflexes, 79 goalkeeper diving, and 76 goalkeeper positioning and Maximiano has plenty of scope for growth. He could prove himself the long time number one for your team. His low wage also makes him an attractive proposition, although Sporting CP’s transfer demands will likely be high.

Andriy Lunin (OVR 75 – POT 87)

Team: Real Madrid
Best Position: GK
Age: 21
Overall/Potential: 75 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £11M (£24.7M)
Wage: £44.5K a week
Best Attributes: 77 GK Reflexes, 75 GK Positioning, 74 GK Kicking

Andriy Lunin is widely considered to be the natural successor to Real Madrid’s current number one Thibaut Courtois. The Ukrainian joined Los Blancos in 2018 after a strong season with Zorya Lugansk and has since spent time on loan at three Spanish clubs.

The most recent of those loan spells came at Real Oviedo in La Liga2, with Lunin making 20 appearances for the Asturias side, conceding 20 goals and keeping six clean sheets. With Lunin set to remain second choice behind Courtois for the foreseeable future, it might be the perfect time to swoop for the Ukrainian if the market is right.

His 77 goalkeeper reflexes, 75 goalkeeper positioning and 74 goalkeeper kicking illustrate that Lunin has a strong all-round game and his release clause is also modest for a player with high potential. However, his wage demands could make a deal difficult.

Maarten Vandevoordt (OVR 68 – POT 87)

Team: KRC Genk
Best Position: GK
Age: 18
Overall/Potential: 68 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £2.4M (No Release Clause)
Wage: £500 a week
Best Attributes: 72 GK Diving, 71 GK Reflexes, 67 GK Handling

You may remember seeing Maarten Vandevoordt in the corresponding list of wonderkid goalkeepers for FIFA 20. In FIFA 21, The Belgian once again has received a high overall potential, which will make him a good buy for the future.

Last season, Vandevoordt appeared in the league on only four occasions, conceding five goals and failing to record a clean sheet. But he did make his debut in the Champions League, becoming the youngest keeper ever to start a game in Europe’s premier club competition, although Genk lost 4-0 away to Napoli.

Vandevoordt has more scope for improvement than just about any other player in FIFA 21. Although he is not quite ready to play at the highest-level, his 72 goalkeeper diving, 71 goalkeeper reflexes and 67 goalkeeper handling should make him well-equipped to play in the EFL Championship or 2. Bundesliga, with Vandevoordt having the potential to become a world beater.

Alban Lafont (OVR 78 – POT 84)

Team: FC Nantes (On loan from AC Fiorentina)
Best Position: GK
Age: 21
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 84 POT
Value (Release Clause): £16.5M (No Release Clause)
Wage: £22.5K a week
Best Attributes: 82 GK Reflexes, 79 GK Diving, 76 GK Handling

It feels like Alban Lafont has been around for quite some time with the Frenchman having made his debut for Toulouse in Ligue 1 aged just 16. He went on to spend three years with Les Violets, making 98 appearances in the league, before joining AC Fiorentina in the summer of 2018.

After just one season in Florence, Lafont was sent back to France for a two-year loan spell with FC Nantes. He made a strong start to life in Nantes, making 27 appearances and keeping ten clean sheets in the league.

Lafont has a strong starting foundation in FIFA 21, with his 82 goalkeeper reflexes, 79 goalkeeper diving and 76 goalkeeper handling showing that he is a strong shot-stopper and capable with the ball at his feet. His loan at Nantes does mean that you won’t be able to sign him until the start of the 2021/2022 season, but he may well prove to be worth the wait.

All the Best Wonderkid Goalkeepers (GK) on FIFA 21

Here’s the complete list of all the best wonderkid goalkeepers in FIFA 21 Career Mode.

NamePositionAgeOverallPotentialTeamValueWage
Gianluigi DonnarummaGK218592Milan£37.4M£30K
Luís MaximianoGK217888Sporting CP£12.2M£7K
Andriy LuninGK217587Real Madrid£8.6M£45K
M. VandevoordtGK186887KRC Genk£1.4M£495
Alban LafontGK217884FC Nantes£9.9M£12K
Lucas ChevalierGK186183LOSC Lille£428K£450
Nico MantlGK206983SpVgg Unterhaching£1.8M£2K
Christian FrüchtlGK2066831. FC Nürnberg£1.1M£2K
FortuñoGK186282RCD Espanyol£473K£450
Filip JörgensenGK186282Villarreal CF£473K£450
Marco CarnesecchiGK206682Atalanta£1.1M£6K
Gavin BazunuGK186082Rochdale£360K£450
Diogo CostaGK207082FC Porto£2.3M£3K
Jan OlschowskyGK186381Borussia Mönchengladbach£563K£540
Stefan BajicGK186281AS Saint-Étienne£473K£450
Iván MartínezGK186081CA Osasuna£360K£450
Kjell ScherpenGK206781Ajax£1.3M£2K
Illan MeslierGK206981Leeds United£1.4M£16K
Luca PlogmannGK206481SV Meppen£765K£450
Kamil GrabaraGK216781Aarhus GF£1.3M£2K
Lino KastenGK196280VfL Wolfsburg£495K£2K
Anatoliy TrubinGK186380Shakhtar Donetsk£563K£450
AltubeGK206380Real Madrid£608K£9K
Matěj KovářGK206480Swindon Town£765K£1K
Joaquín BlázquezGK196380Club Atlético Talleres£608K£900
Dani MartínGK217080Real Betis£2.1M£5K
Manuel RoffoGK206480Boca Juniors£765K£2K
Lennart GrillGK216880Bayer 04 Leverkusen£1.2M£9K
Radosław MajeckiGK206880AS Monaco£1.2M£7K

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