The South American footballing giants Argentina have cemented themselves as a nation brimming with footballing talent, winning two FIFA World Cups and 15 Copa America titles in their rich history. They’ve also produced generational talents like Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi in the process, along with the likes of Sergio Agüero, Javier Zanetti, and Gabriel Batistuta.
Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best Argentinian wonderkids
This article focuses on the next generation of talent rising through the ranks from Argentina, including top prospects Thiago Almada, Pedro De la Vega, and Alan Velasco, who rank among the best in FIFA 22.
The players selected for this article were chosen based on their potential overall rating being 80 or above, their age being 21-years-old or younger, and their nationality being Argentinian.
At the foot of the page, you’ll find a full list of all of the best Argentinian wonderkids in FIFA 22.
1. Pedro De la Vega (74 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Club Atlético Lanús
Wage: £11,000 p/w
Value: £8.6 million
Best Attributes: 87 Sprint Speed, 85 Acceleration, 85 Agility
The Argentinian youngster with the joint highest potential is Pedro De la Vega, who weighs in with a 74 overall and an 86 potential rating.
Able to play on either wing, De la Vega possesses an attacking versatility which will add more depth to your frontlines. The wide-man also brings a high attacking work rate and four-star skills to the table, alongside an impressive 82 stamina, 87 sprint speed, and 85 acceleration. You can sign this hot prospect for £14.6 million by activating his release clause.
Plying his trade in the Argentinian Liga Profesional with his boyhood club Atlético Lanús, Pedro De la Vega graduated from their academy and made his professional debut in 2018 when he was only 17 years old.
Now 20 years of age, De la Vega finds himself regularly amongst the starting eleven. He featured 17 times last season, ending it with three goals and an assist to his name, and progressing at the rate he is it won’t be long until he gets his chance at a national level with the famous Albiceleste.
2. Thiago Almada (74 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Vélez Sarsfield
Wage: £9,000 p/w
Value: £8.6 million
Best Attributes: 93 Balance, 92 Agility, 90 Acceleration
Following on from the previous FIFA title, Thiago Almada continues his development in FIFA 22 with an overall rating of 74 and a mouth-watering potential of 86.
Best deployed behind the striker, Almada has very sought-after qualities for any manager as he boasts both a four-star weak foot and skill moves combined with a high attacking work rate. The talented midfielder’s attributes are exceptional for his 74 rating, with his 92 agility and 90 acceleration the most eye-catching among them, but he’s also equipped with a cool 81 composure and 83 dribbling.
Another youngster perfecting their craft in their home nation’s top-flight, Almada rose through the ranks of the Vélez Sarsfield academy, bursting onto the scene in 2018 and quickly nailing down a spot in the starting eleven.
Last season, Almada featured heavily for Vélez Sarsfield, playing 18 games, scoring five and assisting two more as his side reached the Copa de la Liga Profesional de Fútbol quarter-finals.
3. Alan Velasco (73 OVR – 85 POT)
Wage: £3,000 p/w
Value: £6 million
Best Attributes: 90 Agility, 84 Balance, 82 Acceleration
Beginning his FIFA 22 journey at 73 overall, Alan Velasco holds an exciting 85 potential. Nurturing this talent with plenty of game time, specific training, and keeping him injury-free will soon see the young left midfielder fulfil his potential for your side.
A right-footed left midfielder, Velasco operates best as an inverted winger cutting inside to great effect by utilising his four-star skill moves, 90 agility, and 84 balance to glide past opponents. Velasco doesn’t possess an obscene amount of pace like other wingers you can find in-game, but his 81 composure and technical dribbler trait means that he can slot in as a very effective CAM.
Our third Argentinian talent developing within their home country, Velasco plays for his boyhood club Independiente in Argentina’s top league. He got his first taste of senior football in 2019 after coming on as a substitute in the Copa Sudamericana at just 16 years old.
Since his debut, Velasco has risen through the pecking order and continues to earn valuable playing experience. At 18-years-old he’s proving himself to be a top talent, with his manager playing him 19 times last season – games in which Velasco scored once and assisted twice.
4. Lautaro Morales (72 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Club Atlético Lanús
Wage: £5,000 p/w
Value: £4.3 million
Best Attributes: 74 GK Positioning, 73 GK Reflexes, 71 GK Diving
The first goalkeeper to feature in our list of young Argentinian talents, Lautaro Morales has the ability to play a starting role in a developing team looking to grow their status in world football, with a 72 overall rating backed up by a tantalising 85 potential.
Possessing a release clause of £9.1 million, Morales could be available for even less for a tactful negotiator, making him an appealing option to place your faith in. Along with a fairly cheap signing fee, the young shot-stopper has an excellent base to grow in terms of his attributes, with his 71 GK diving, 73 GK reflexes, and 74 GK positioning making for a great starting point from which to realise his full potential.
Due to the importance of a goalkeeper’s role, Morales has had to be patient for his opportunity to shine, but after making his club debut in October 2020 the youngster soon became Atlético Lanús’ cup goalkeeper.
Last season, Morales saw himself in the first team regularly, making 18 appearances in all competitions and conceding just 24 goals and earning his team five clean sheets in the process.
5. Julián Álvarez (75 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: River Plate
Wage: £12,000 p/w
Value: £10.8 million
Best Attributes: 86 Sprint Speed, 84 Agility, 81 Acceleration
One of the most exciting talents coming out of Argentina, Julián Álvarez will excel for your side given the right environment. If nurtured appropriately, it won’t take long for him to leave his 75 overall behind and reach the 85 potential he possesses.
A naturally gifted attacker, Álvarez thrives on the right-wing or as a centre forward. He has four-star skill moves to bamboozle defenders and his repertoire includes a high attacking work rate. Along with his top three attributes stated above, he also has the potential to be a free kick specialist due to his 73 free kick accuracy, 75 curve, and 80 shot power attributes.
Playing for the prestigious River Plate could have made it hard for a young star to break into the first team, but not for Álvarez. After making his league debut in 2018, the enigmatic forward is becoming a mainstay on the wing for the Argentinian giants.
Last season, Álvarez featured 24 times in all competitions, scoring four goals and setting up a further seven. His impressive performances earned him a debut call-up to the national squad, coming on as a sub in a World Cup Qualifier against Chile in June 2021.
6. Facundo Farías (72 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: Club Atlético Colón
Wage: £4,000 p/w
Value: £4.7 million
Best Attributes: 89 Acceleration, 89 Balance, 88 Agility
Facundo Farías is an athletic striker with an exciting future ahead of him. Sporting a modest 72 overall and 84 potential rating, he has the ability to become a real force in the footballing world.
Farías has an incredible turn of pace thanks to an 89 acceleration which gives him the edge over short distances, but his 77 sprint speed leaves him at a disadvantage in a longer footrace. The young striker can be potent in front of goal – his 73 positioning allows him to find space before placing the ball in the back of the net with his 72 finishing and the highly sought-after finesse shot trait.
The talented attacker developed in the academy of Atlético Colón before making his senior debut in 2019 when he was 17 years old, and since then he’s had to prove himself predominantly as a substitute in the top tier of Argentinian football.
Despite mainly being used as an impact substitute, Farías scored two goals and assisted four more in the 11 games he featured in last season. He’ll be chomping at the bit to hit the ground running this year as he continues to make a name for himself.
7. Enzo Fernández (73 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: River Plate
Wage: £9,000 p/w
Value: £5.6 million
Best Attributes: 82 Aggression, 79 Stamina, 79 Short Passing
Last on the list is the industrious central midfielder Enzo Fernández. With two years left on his contract and a buyout clause of £8.9 million, the 73 overall rated CM would make a great signing, especially if he reaches his 84 potential rating.
The defensively-minded 20-year-old has everything that you want in a developing CM. A 79 stamina rating ensures Fernández covers each blade of grass throughout each game, and his 76 standing tackle attribute enable him to quickly turn defence into offence. Fernández brings a cool head to your midfield thanks to his 78 composure, while he also has the ability to play his way out of trouble with 79 short passing and 74 vision ratings, which give Fernández the edge when it comes to dictating the game.
Joined by Julián Álvarez in the long line of River Plate’s academy graduates, thanks to stiff competition for places Enzo Fernández is yet to nail down a starting place at the Argentinian giants. As a result, he found himself loaned out to fellow Liga Profesional side Defensa y Justicia last season.
His loan spell ran from August 2020 – June 2021, a period during which he featured heavily for the club, making 32 appearances, scoring once and assisting two more. Fernández even managed to bag some silverware while on-loan, helping Defensa y Justicia win their first Copa Sudamericana and Recopa Sudamericana.
All of the best young Argentinian players on FIFA 22
In the table below, you’ll find all of the best young Argentinian players in FIFA 22, sorted by their potential rating.
|Pedro De la Vega||74||86||20||RW, LW, RM||Club Atlético Lanús||£8.6M||£11K|
|Thiago Almada||74||86||20||CAM, LW, RW||Vélez Sarsfield||£8.6M||£9K|
|Alan Velasco||73||85||18||LM, LW, ST||Independiente||£6M||£3K|
|Lautaro Morales||72||85||21||GK||Club Atlético Lanús||£4.3M||£5K|
|Julián Álvarez||75||85||21||RW, CF||River Plate||£10.8M||£12K|
|Facundo Farías||72||84||18||ST, CF||Club Atlético Colón||£4.7M||£4K|
|Enzo Fernández||73||84||20||CM||River Plate||£5.6M||£9K|
|David Ayala||68||84||18||CDM||Estudiantes de La Plata||£2.5M||£860|
|Franco Orozco||65||84||19||LW, RW||Club Atlético Lanús||£1.5M||£3K|
|Darío Sarmiento||65||83||18||LM, RM||Girona FC||£1.5M||£860|
|Fausto Vera||69||83||21||CM, CDM||Argentinos Juniors||£2.9M||£4K|
|Luca Orellano||73||83||21||RW||Vélez Sarsfield||£6M||£9K|
|Agustín Urzi||72||83||21||LM, CM, RM||Club Atlético Banfield||£4.7M||£8K|
|Valentín Barco||63||83||16||LB||Boca Juniors||£1.1M||£430|
|Cristian Medina||70||83||19||CM||Boca Juniors||£3.3M||£4K|
|Alan Varela||69||83||19||CDM, CM||Boca Juniors||£2.7M||£3K|
|Julián Aude||65||82||18||LB, CDM||Club Atlético Lanús||£1.5M||£860|
|Alexandro Bernabei||70||82||20||LB, LW, LM||Club Atlético Lanús||£3.2M||£5K|
|Matías Palacios||67||82||19||CAM||FC Basel 1893||£2.1M||£3K|
|Ignacio Aliseda||72||82||21||LM, CAM||Chicago Fire||£4.7M||£4K|
|Carlos Alcaraz||67||82||18||CAM, CM, LM||Racing Club||£2.1M||£2K|
|Juan Sforza||65||82||19||CM, CDM||Newell’s Old Boys||£1.5M||£2K|
|Federico Navarro||69||81||21||CDM, CM||Chicago Fire||£2.8M||£3K|
|Joaquín Blázquez||65||81||20||GK||Club Atlético Talleres||£1.5M||£2K|
|Giuliano Simeone||65||81||18||ST, LM||Atlético Madrid||£1.5M||£4K|
|Santiago Hezze||65||81||19||CM||Club Atlético Huracán||£1.5M||£2K|
|Agustín Lagos||65||80||19||RB, RM||Atlético Tucumán||£1.4M||£2K|
|José Manuel López||66||80||20||ST||Club Atlético Lanús||£1.8M||£3K|
|Lucas González||70||80||21||CM, CDM||Independiente||£3.1M||£5K|
|Facundo Pérez||69||80||21||CM, RM||Club Atlético Lanús||£2.7M||£5K|
|Rodrigo Villagra||66||80||20||CDM||Club Atlético Talleres||£1.6M||£3K|
|Tiago Palacios||66||80||20||RW, RM, LM||Platense||£1.8M||£3K|
|Gastón Avila||66||80||19||CB, LB||Rosario Central||£1.6M||£2K|
|Marcelo Weigandt||70||80||21||RB||Boca Juniors||£2.9M||£5K|
If you’re looking for the next Lionel Messi, you may well find them in the table above.