The Seleçao was once the most revered nation in World Football. The combination of technically gifted players, quick and eccentric characters made Brazil a must watch. It was Joga Bonito. But Brazilian football hit a lull during the 2010s with only a Copa America (2019) and a Confederations Cup (2013) to its name.
Brazil has had an endless list of talent coming out of Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and Recife just to name a few. Pelé is arguably the greatest player to grace a football pitch, a special forward who many in my generation never got to witness live. The likes of Zico, Sócrates and the now head coach Tité were the soul of Brazilian football for a significant period.
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s we witnessed the likes of Ronaldo, Cafu, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos and Kaká. They all featured in Brazil’s last World Cup title back in 2002.
Now we take a look at the next set of Brazilian wonderkids to sign for your FIFA 21 Career Mode. At the foot of the article are all of the best Brazilian wonderkids in FIFA 21 with those with the highest overall potential rating featuring in the body.
Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s Best Brazilian Wonderkids
The main point of emphasis when selecting a wonderkid is looking at their potential rating once a player has fully developed. For our Brazilian wonderkids piece, we decided to focus on players who are 21 years or under and have a potential overall rating of 80 or above.
The Brazilian wonderkids who feature in the body have the highest overall potential rating in FIFA 21 while those who fit the criteria are in the table at the foot.
Vinícius Jr. (OVR 80 – POT 93)
Team: Real Madrid
Overall Rating: 93
Value (Release Clause): £167M (£120.4M)
Wage: £110K a week
Best Attributes: 95 Acceleration, 95 Sprint Speed, 94 Agility
It could be argued that Vinícius Jr is the most exciting attacking prospect to come out of Brazil. Vinícius Jr was a part of Flamengo’s set-up until 2018 when he made the move to Real Madrid, where he is contracted until 2025.
Vinícius Jr featured 29 times last season in La Liga scoring three goals and producing two assists, and his influence in terms of minutes played has increased since Zinedine Zidane took over as Real Madrid coach. The Brazilian has started this season very well; he has two goals in his first three appearances.
FIFA players will love having Vinícius Jr for the sheer fact he is lightning quick; 95 Acceleration and 95 Sprint Speed are perfect for those playing a 4-3-3 formation like Real does. Vinícius Jr does possess other strong qualities overall, including 94 Agility combined with 88 Dribbling and 85 Ball Control. He is perfect for counters and making long runs with.
Now Vinícius Jr is very much a player you should try to get into your team, especially if you play a system which caters to three attackers up top. However, in the short-term the Brazilian wonderkid might be out of reach thanks to his rather large release clause.
Rodrygo (OVR 79 – POT 90)
Team: Real Madrid
Best Position: RW, LW
Overall/Potential: 79 OVR / 90 POT
Value (Release Clause): £34M (£76.5M)
Wage: £81K a week
Best Attributes: 88 Acceleration, 87 Agility, 86 Sprint Speed
Another Brazilian who is also making his way at Real Madrid is Osasco native Rodrygo. The 19-year-old is in his second season at Madrid after joining from Brazilian side Santos in the summer of 2019.
Rodrygo made 19 appearances with Los Blancos and like Vinïcuis Jr, benefited greatly from the change of management midway through last season. The winger showed himself to be a capable user of the ball, completing 84.1% of all passes attempted.
The similarities with his Brazilian teammate at Madrid are uncanny, although his stats aren’t as powerful. 88 Acceleration, 87 Agility and 86 Sprint Speed are strong starting rating points, and Rodrygo also possesses good Balance (85) and Dribbling (84), meaning he is a real threat when driving at the defence.
Real Madrid boast two of Brazil’s young and explosive wingers who can tear the game apart. Rodrygo is the lesser in terms of ratings and that means he will cost a little less than Vinícius Jr. To get Rodrygo in your squad, you’ll have to activate his £76.5M release clause.
Emerson (OVR 78 – POT 88)
Team: Real Betis
Best Position: RB, RM, RWB
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 88 POT
Value (Release Clause): £27M (£62.1M)
Wage: £15K a week
Best Attributes: 80 Sprint Speed, 79 Acceleration, 79 Stamina
The only defender to make our top five Brazilian wonderkids is Emerson. A native of Sao Paulo, Emerson made a name for himself at Ponte Preta in Brazil’s second tier before joining Atlêtico Mineiro in 2018. A loan stint with Real Betis solidified his readiness for European football as Barcelona signed Emerson at the beginning of the 2019/20 season.
Emerson will have to wait for 2021 to potentially make his Barcelona debut as he is currently in the second-year of his two-season loan deal back at Real Betis. The right-back made 33 appearances in La Liga last season and contributed six assists in the process.
FIFA players will hope to mould Emerson into the next Cafu and his starting stats are very promising. He possesses solid pace with 80 Sprint Speed and 79 Acceleration and is quite durable with 79 Stamina. Emerson is also quite good at the defensive aspects with a 79 Slide Tackle, and he is able to make quick recoveries.
If possible, try to hold off paying the £62.1 million release clause as his contract expires at the end of the 20/21 season. He could easily be the right-back of the future in your Career Mode save.
Antony (OVR 78 – POT 88)
Best Position: RW, LW
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 88 POT
Value (Release Clause): £28M (No Release Clause)
Wage: £13.5K a week
Best Attributes: 92 Acceleration, 92 Agility, 89 Sprint Speed
A player who has made the jump to European football is São Paulo native Antony. The winger joined Dutch Champions Ajax from São Paulo at the start of the season on a deal that runs until 2025. It’s an excellent starting block for player development, and as we’ve seen in recent years there is endless talent leaving Ajax for bigger clubs in Europe.
Antony’s last season with São Paulo was modest with four goals and six assists to his name as his home town club finished 6th in Série A. He has wasted no time in getting settled with Ajax in the Eredivisie though, having already recorded two goals in just four appearances.
Antony is the closest to a Vinícius Jr clone but plays on the right wing. He is pacey, agile and excellent with the ball at his feet. The ratings demonstrate this with Antony possessing 92 Acceleration, 92 Agility and 89 Sprint Speed. This is accompanied with 85 Balance and 84 Dribbling.
Unlike the first players on our list, Antony doesn’t have a release clause which could make getting some sort of deal a little harder as Ajax can dictate terms. However, he would be an excellent option for players using a La Liga team in career mode and worth a buy.
Reinier (OVR 71 – POT 87)
Team: Borussia Dortmund
Best Position: CF, CAM
Overall/Potential: 71 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £4.3M (No Release Clause)
Wage: £27K a week
Best Attributes: 84 Acceleration, 80 Sprint Speed, 78 Agility
The last player to feature on our Brazilian wonderkids list is centre-forward Reinier. Currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, Reiner made his impression with Flamengo scoring six goals and providing two assists in 2019.
Reinier hasn’t featured for the first team with Madrid but made three appearances for the Castilla side, scoring twice. This season at Dortmund, Reinier has featured twice for Lucian Favre, albeit as a late game substitute.
A main theme with players in the top five has been pace, and Reiner is no difference with his best stats being Acceleration (84) and Sprint Speed (80). This is enhanced by his good Agility (78) and Dribbling (77); unlike others, Reinier also has 74 Composure which is what a striker needs in the heat of the moment.
If you haven’t updated the squad Reinier will be at Real Madrid. Buying the player is difficult but a loan move is very possible. If he is at Dortmund when you start your Career Mode, you’ll have to wait six months before being able to approach.
All the Best Young Brazilian Players on FIFA 21
Here’s the complete list of all of the best young Brazilian players in FIFA 21 Career Mode.
|Vinícius Jr.||LW||20||80||93||Real Madrid|
|Rodrygo||RW LW||19||79||90||Real Madrid|
|Emerson||RB RM RWB||21||78||88||Real Betis|
|Reinier||CF CAM||18||71||87||Borussia Dortmund|
|Matheus Cunha||CAM ST LM||21||78||87||Hertha BSC|
|Luis Henrique||RW||18||67||87||Olympique de Marseille|
|Tete||RM CAM||20||75||86||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Marcos Antonio||CM||20||72||85||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Paulinho||CAM RM||19||74||85||Bayer 04 Leverkusen|
|Gabriel Martinelli||LW LM ST||19||74||85||Arsenal|
|João Pedro||ST LM||18||69||84||Watford|
|Bruno Fuchs||CB||21||72||83||PFC CSKA Moscow|
|Fernando||LM ST||21||71||83||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Léo Jabá||RM LM||21||72||81||PAOK|
|Rosberto Dourado||CDM CM CAM||20||81||81||Atlético Mineiro|
|Welington Dano||LB LM||20||81||81||Brazil|
|Yan Couto||RB||18||64||80||Girona FC|
|Marquinhos Cipriano||LB LM||21||68||80||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Mauro Júnior||CAM LM LB||21||73||80||PSV|
|Laure Santeiro||CAM LM LW||20||80||80||Fluminense|
|Fabiano Souza||RWB CB||20||64||80||SC Braga|
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