Portugal have had some excellent players throughout their footballing history, but arguably the greatest of them all led them to their first international cup competition victory in 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo may sit atop of the Portuguese pyramid, but players like Luis Figo, Rui Costa, Eusébio, and Pepe aren’t far behind.
Even though Cristiano Ronaldo seems to defy age with his level of play at 35-years-old, there will come a time when the next crop of players will need to take over. For Portugal’s sake, they’ll be hoping that one of the players in this article will become a key part of that future.
Therefore, this article contains all of the best Portuguese wonderkids to sign on Career Mode. We begin with an in-depth look at the top five players before presenting a table with all of the best wonderkids.
Picking the best Portuguese wonderkids
The rating that is more important than any other when discussing wonderkids is potential. Therefore, all of the players below have been selected and sorted by their potential rating. To be classed as a Portuguese wonderkid, the players must have a minimum potential overall rating of 80 and be aged 21-years-old or younger.
João Félix (81 OVR – 93 POT)
Team: Atlético Madrid
Best Position: CF, ST
Overall/Potential: 81 OVR / 93 POT
Skill Moves: Five-Star
Best Attributes: 85 Dribbling, 85 Ball control, 85 Agility
After making a big move from Benfica to Atlético Madrid in the summer of 2019, João Felix has steadily been establishing himself among the great forwards for the future. He began his career in the Spanish capital battling several injuries but has gone from strength to strength and has started this season very strongly.
The future is very bright for Felix as he looks to fill the shoes of the great Portuguese forwards that have come before him. Playing alongside veterans like Diego Costa and Luis Suárez should give him added experience to learn from as well.
The first thing to note with Felix is that he has one of the highest potential ratings in FIFA 21 at 93 POT. He is a skilful flair player who doesn’t lack power. The Viseu-native only has 64 strength, but that’s more than compensated for by his 85 agility, 80 balance, 83 shot power, and 81 long shots.
Felix can play either as a centre forward or a striker, with his attacking statistics making him a great option at either position. He has 83 finishing, 84 positioning, 81 vision, and 82 composure, which means that the Portuguese wonderkid is both lethal in front of goal and has an eye for an assist.
Francisco Trincão (80 OVR – 91 POT)
Team: FC Barcelona
Best Position: RW, LW, CAM
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 91 POT
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 85 Dribbling, 84 Curve, 84 Composure
Francisco Trincão broke into SC Braga’s first team in the 2019/20 season, playing 27 games in Liga NOS. Over this period, he scored eight goals and created eight assists. What’s impressive about these numbers is that he didn’t start until the 14th match of the campaign.
The breakthrough season earned Trincão a move to Barcelona in the summer of 2020. In what looks to be a knock-on effect from the move to Spain, the 20-year-old also made his international debut for Portugal in September this year.
A very skilful player on FIFA 21, the Portuguese wonderkid complements his technical ability with assured mental awareness. He boasts 85 dribbling, 84 curve, 83 ball control, and 84 composure.
Trincão is also quick on his feet, with 81 acceleration, 83 agility, 79 reactions, and 78 sprint speed laying the foundations of a future star. Overall, however, it’s his 91 potential rating which sets the Barça prospect apart from other young wingers.
Luís Maximiano (78 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Sporting CP
Best Position: GK
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 85 POT
Weak Foot: Two-Star
Best Attributes: 79 Goalkeeper Diving, 79 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 76 Reactions
Luís Maximiano worked his way through Sporting CP’s youth academy before making his professional debut last season, going on to play 23 games in Liga NOS. However, as Sporting have since brought in Antonio Adán, Maximiano may struggle for minutes this season.
The shot-stopper is yet to make his professional debut for the Portuguese national team, but he has played for Portugal’s age-restricted teams, from under-16s to under-21s.
Maximiano’s ratings on FIFA 21 are a great starting point for a goalkeeper with an 85 potential rating. His athleticism and instincts in net standout as his key attributes, carrying a 79 goalkeeper diving, 79 goalkeeper reflexes, and 76 goalkeeper positioning.
The other ratings worth noting are Maximiano’s 76 reactions and 76 goalkeeper handling, but it should also be noted that this wonderkid goalkeeper also carries the Cautious With Crosses trait.
Joelson Fernandes (69 OVR – 87 POT)
Team: Sporting CP
Best Position: RW, LW
Overall/Potential: 69 OVR / 87 POT
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 91 Acceleration, 90 Sprint Speed, 88 Agility
This Sporting CP youth academy graduate made his debut for the senior side last season aged 17-years-old. However, through four games played, he was unable to score or assist.
Joelson Fernandes predominantly plays on the left wing, but can also play on the right if needed. So far in his young career, with the senior team and the under-23s, he’s primarily impacted the scoresheet when starting on the left flank.
What stands out from Fernandes’ ratings on FIFA 21 is his speed and ability to change direction, featuring incredible ratings of 91 acceleration, 90 sprint speed, 88 agility, 84 balance. The wonderkid born in Guinea-Bissau also has 75 dribbling and 74 ball control to go along with his 71 composure.
Fernandes may only be only 17-years-old, but he already has the base ratings to be of use in Career Mode, and boasts a potential rating that’ll make him a dominant winger in the future.
Nuno Mendes (72 OVR – 87 POT)
Team: Sporting CP
Best Position: LB, LWB, LM
Overall/Potential: 72 OVR / 87 POT
Weak Foot: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 86 Sprint Speed, 82 Acceleration, 82 Agility
Nuno Mendes is another graduate from Sporting CP’s youth set-up, which has guided the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo through the system.
After muscling into the senior team this summer, the young full-back looks to hold his place in the team’s Liga NOS starting XI. Mendes plays predominantly as a left midfielder now, but he has also featured at left back and centre back.
For a player with a 72 overall rating, what stands out from Mendes’ individual ratings are his 86 sprint speed, 82 acceleration, 82 agility.
His 85 potential means that the teenage wonderkid’s other ratings, such as his 78 shot power, 76 balance, 73 stamina, 71 crossing, and 71 composure, aren’t far from being factors in his gameplay, too.
All the best Portuguese wonderkids in FIFA 21
With the top players dissected, below is a table with all of the best Portuguese wonderkids to sign on Career Mode in FIFA 21.
Name Team Age Overall Potential Position João Félix Atlético Madrid 20 81 93 CF, ST Francisco Trincão FC Barcelona 20 78 91 RW, LW, CAM Luís Maximiano Sporting CP 21 78 88 GK Joelson Fernandes Sporting CP 17 69 87 RW, LW Nuno Mendes Sporting CP 18 72 87 LB, LWB, LM Florentino AS Monaco 20 76 86 CDM, CM Eduardo Quaresma Sporting CP 18 72 86 CB Tomás Tavares Deportivo Alavés 19 73 85 RB Jota Real Valladolid CF 21 72 85 LM, RM Diogo Dalot Milan 21 76 85 RB, LB Fábio Silva Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 69 85 ST Romário Baró FC Porto 20 73 85 RM, CAM Nuno Tavares SL Benfica 20 72 85 LB Daniel Bragança Sporting CP 21 72 85 CAM, CM Gedson Fernandes Tottenham Hotspur 21 75 84 CM, RM Tomás Esteves Reading 18 66 84 RB, RWB Gonçalo Ramos SL Benfica 19 66 84 CF Rúben Vinagre Olympiacos CFP 21 74 84 LWB, LB Félix Correia Juventus 19 66 84 RW, LW Vítor Ferreira Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 66 83 CM Pedro Neto Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 72 83 LW, CF, RW Tiago Dantas Bayern München II 19 67 83 CM, CAM Tiago Tomás Sporting CP 18 66 83 ST Rafael Leão Milan 21 74 83 ST Pedro Mendes UD Almería 20 71 83 ST Rodrigo Fernandes Sporting CP 19 68 83 CDM Tiago Djaló LOSC Lille 20 68 83 CB Fábio Vieira FC Porto 20 66 83 CAM, RM David Carmo SC Braga 20 71 83 CB Nilton Varela Os Belenenses 19 70 82 LWB Diogo Leite FC Porto 21 71 82 CB Diogo Costa FC Porto 20 70 82 GK Tiago Morais Boavista FC 16 61 82 ST Rodrigo Gomes SC Braga 16 61 81 ST, RW Tiago Almeida CD Tondela 18 61 81 RB, RM, ST Domingos Quina Watford 20 68 81 CAM, CM, CDM Tomás Ribeiro Os Belenenses 21 69 81 CB Pedro Brazão FC Lausanne-Sport 17 62 81 RW, CAM Famana Quizera Borussia Mönchengladbach 18 62 80 CAM
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