Winners of the 2016 European Championships and inaugural Nations League, the Portuguese national team has only recently been able to capitalise on the otherworldly talent that is Cristiano Ronaldo. Along with the current Manchester United star, Portugal has produced several other greats of the game, including Eusébio and Luís Figo.
Despite the national team only recently hitting its peak, there are plenty of top young talents waiting in the wings to extend Portugal’s time at the top. So here, we’re going through those that FIFA 22 grades as the best Portuguese wonderkids to sign in Career Mode.
Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best Portuguese wonderkids
In FIFA 22, there are many highly-rated Portuguese wonderkids to sign, with the likes of Pedro Neto, Gonçalo Ramos, and João Félix ranking among the very best to sign.
To make it onto this list of the best Portuguese wonderkids, the players had to be 21-years-old at the most, have Portugal down as their footballing nation, and have a potential rating of at least 80.
At the base of the page, you’ll find the full list of all of the best Portuguese wonderkids in FIFA 22.
1. João Félix (83 OVR – 91 POT)
Team: Atlético Madrid
Value: £70.5 million
Best Attributes: 87 Ball Control, 86 Agility, 86 Dribbling
Already with a decent 83 overall rating, João Felix also has a 91 potential rating, which sets him firmly as the best Portuguese wonderkid in FIFA 22.
The CF is still only 21-years-old, and yet he boasts 87 ball control, 86 dribbling, 84 attack positioning, and 83 sprint speed. As he develops into his lofty potential, Félix can be both a goal threat and a top-class feeder for a designated striker.
Hailing from Viseu, Félix has already amassed 18 caps for Portugal, scoring three goals and setting one up by that point. Expected to be the forward that carries the nation’s attack when Ronaldo eventually hangs up his boots, both Portugal and Atlético Madrid have been cautious to ease him into their line-ups.
2. Gonçalo Ramos (72 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: SL Benfica
Value: £4.9 million
Best Attributes: 87 Stamina, 85 Strength, 83 Acceleration
The FIFA series has been a bit short on high potential, up-and-coming centre forwards for a few editions, but in FIFA 22, two of the best CF wonderkids also rank as the best young players from Portugal, with Gonçalo Ramos being next on this list.
The Lisboa native is listed as ‘An Exciting Prospect’ with good reason, boasting an 86 potential rating. Already, Ramos is a physical presence along the front line, boasting 85 strength, 87 stamina, and 82 jumping.
Having broken into the Benfica first-team last season, Ramos is being given a more regular starting role in this campaign. With six goals in 23 games already, he’s expected to be the frontman of the future for the Águias.
3. Gonçalo Inácio (76 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Sporting CP
Value: £13 million
Best Attributes: 80 Sprint Speed, 79 Defensive Awareness, 79 Stand Tackle
Set to join the coveted class of speedster centre backs, Gonçalo Inácio comes into Career Mode as one of the best Portuguese wonderkids to sign and one of the top young centre backs to develop.
The left-footer starts FIFA 22 with 80 sprint speed, 79 defensive awareness, 78 acceleration, and 78 sliding tackle. As he develops towards his 86 potential, those key attribute ratings will only improve – possibly making him one of the most useful CBs in the game.
Inácio made quite the impression for Sporting CP last season, which has granted him passage to a starting place in the XI of the reigning champions. This season, he started in each of the first four Liga Bwin matches – scoring once and assisting another – but an injury derailed his hot start.
4. Francisco Conceição (70 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: FC Porto
Value: £3.5 million
Best Attributes: 85 Balance, 81 Acceleration, 78 Dribbling
With an 86 potential rating, left-footed RM Francisco Conceição ranks among the best young players from Portugal and is also the youngest to be among the top-class of wonderkids here.
Conceição only has a 70 overall rating to start with, but that allows the winger to have a cost-effective value of just £3.5 million. So, you can get a top wonderkid relatively cheaply – and one who already boasts 81 acceleration, 75 sprint speed, and 78 dribbling.
In the back half of last season, Conceição was regularly used as a substitute, ending the season with an assist in 14 Liga Bwin appearances. This season, the winger from Coimbra continues to get minutes for the first-team, even starting in the 2-1 win against FC Paços de Ferreira.
5. Pedro Neto (79 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Value: £24.5 million
Best Attributes: 87 Sprint Speed, 86 Acceleration, 86 Agility
Coming into Career Mode with a 79 overall rating and 85 potential rating, Wolves’ Portuguese speedster lands as one of the best wonderkids of his nation.
Featuring as a left winger in FIFA 22, Neto’s lofty rating at 21-years-old makes him quite an expensive target, featuring a £24.5 million value. Still, his 87 sprint speed, 86 acceleration, and 84 dribbling are already very useful in the game.
Capped three times for Portugal, Neto has played across the frontline and in attacking midfielder throughout his career. While a knee injury kept him out of the start of the 2021/22 campaign, he looks set to reclaim a starting place, based on his five goals and six assists in 31 Premier League games last season.
6. Diogo Costa (73 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: FC Porto
Value: £5.5 million
Best Attributes: 75 GK Reflexes, 73 GK Diving, 73 GK Positioning
Standing 6’3’’ with a 73 overall rating, Diogo Costa is already a decent back-up goalie for elite clubs and a worthy starter for low-to-mid table sides. Still, it’s his 85 potential that makes him one of Portugal’s best wonderkids.
Costa’s best attribute ratings are mostly par to his overall ratings, which at least means that he’ll be solid in the fundamentals when he reaches his potential. For now, the shot-stopper’s best attributes are his 71 handling, 73 diving, 75 reflexes, and 73 positioning.
Now 22-years-old, the Swiss-born Portuguese keeper is already FC Porto’s first-choice in the net. This season, by his tenth appearance, he’d kept four clean sheets but did concede five in the Champions League against Liverpool.
7. Fábio Silva (70 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Value: £3.3 million
Best Attributes: 75 Sprint Speed, 74 Dribbling, 73 Finishing
Another of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ top prospects, Fábio Silva still grades among the best Portuguese wonderkids to attempt sign in Career Mode, with his 85 potential being the same as in FIFA 21.
Despite his 70 overall rating, Silva has some decent ratings that make him a viable striker to bring on late or rotate into your team’s starting XI. His 73 finishing, 75 sprint speed, 74 dribbling, and 73 reactions all set the young player up to be a classy sharpshooter down the line.
After winning the league and the cup with FC Porto, Silva came to Wolves to add to their ever-growing pool of top Portuguese players. Since the £36 million move – facilitated by the owners’ close ties with Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes – Silva has featured in 42 games, scoring four goals and teeing up a further five.
All of the best young Portuguese players in FIFA 22
Below, you’ll find the full list of all of the best Portuguese wonderkids to sign in Career Mode.
|João Félix||83||91||21||CF, ST||Atlético Madrid||£70.5 million||£52,000|
|Nuno Mendes||78||88||19||LWB, LB, LM||Paris Saint-Germain (on-loan from Sporting CP)||£24.9 million||£7,000|
|Gonçalo Ramos||72||86||20||CF, ST||SL Benfica||£4.9 million||£6,800|
|Gonçalo Inácio||76||86||19||CB||Sporting CP||£13 million||£5,500|
|Francisco Conceição||70||86||18||RM||FC Porto||£3.5 million||£2,200|
|Pedro Neto||78||85||21||LW, RW||Wolverhampton Wanderers||£24.5 million||£59,000|
|Trincão||76||85||21||RW, RM||Wolverhampton Wanderers (on-loan from FC Barcelona)||£14.6 million||£72,000|
|Diogo Costa||73||85||21||GK||FC Porto||£5.5 million||£4,500|
|Fábio Silva||70||85||18||ST||Wolverhampton Wanderers||£3.3 million||£20,000|
|Fábio Vieira||72||85||21||CAM, RM||FC Porto||£5.2 million||£6,000|
|Joelson Fernandes||68||84||18||RM, LM||FC Basel 1893 (on-loan from Sporting CP)||£2.7 million||£2,000|
|Marcos Paulo||72||84||20||LM, ST||Famalicão (on-loan from Atlético Madrid)||£4.7 million||£20,000|
|João Mário||71||83||21||RB, RM||FC Porto||£3.8 million||£5,000|
|Florentino||74||83||21||CDM, CM||Getafe CF (on-loan from SL Benfica)||£7.7 million||£7,000|
|Tiago Araújo||67||83||20||LM||FC Arouca (on-loan from SL Benfica)||£2.3 million||£3,000|
|Rodrigo Gomes||63||83||17||RW, LW, ST||SC Braga||£1.1 million||£559|
|David Carmo||73||83||21||CB||SC Braga||£5.6 million||£7,000|
|Eduardo Quaresma||71||83||19||CB||CD Tondela (on-loan from Sporting CP)||£3.6 million||£3,000|
|Tomás Tavares||73||82||20||RB||FC Basel 1893 (on-loan from SL Benfica)||£5.6 million||£6,000|
|Tiago Tomás||74||82||19||ST||Sporting CP||£7.7 million||£7,000|
|Samú Costa||69||82||20||CDM, CM||UD Almería||£2.8 million||£3,000|
|Gonçalo Esteves||65||82||17||RWB, RB||Sporting CP||£1.5 million||£430|
|Romário Baró||72||82||21||RM, CAM||Estoril Praia (on-loan from FC Porto)||£4.7 million||£6,000|
|Afonso Sousa||69||82||21||LW, CAM||Os Belenenses||£2.9 million||£3,000|
|Tiago Djaló||74||82||21||CB||LOSC Lille||£7.7 million||£16,000|
|Félix Correia||66||82||20||RW, LW||Parma||£1.9 million||£6,000|
|Vitinha||67||81||21||CAM, CM||FC Porto||£2.2 million||£3,000|
|Tiago Dantas||66||81||20||CM, CAM||CD Tondela (on-loan from SL Benfica)||£1.8 million||£3,000|
|Domingos Quina||71||81||21||CAM, CM, LM||Fulham (on-loan from Watford)||£3.6 million||£20,000|
|Tiago Morais||65||81||17||ST||Boavista FC||£1.5 million||£731|
|Rafael Camacho||71||80||21||RW, LW||Os Belenenses (on-loan from Sporting CP)||£3.6 million||£6,000|
|Nuno Tavares||70||80||21||LB||Arsenal||£2.9 million||£21,000|
|André Almeida||71||80||21||CM||Vitória Guimarães||£3.6 million||£5,000|
|Christian Marques||58||80||18||CB||Wolverhampton Wanderers||£538,000||£3,000|
|Herculano||63||80||17||ST||Vitória Guimarães||£1 million||£430|
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