The Seleçao was once the most revered nation in world football. The combination of technically-gifted players with quick and eccentric characters made Brazil a must-watch team. It was Joga Bonito. However, Brazilian football hit a lull during the 2010s with only a Confederations Cup (2013) and Copa America (2019) to its name.
Brazil has had an endless list of talent coming out of hubs like Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, and Recife – just to name a few. Pelé is arguably the greatest player to grace a football pitch. The likes of Zico, Sócrates, and the now-head coach, Tité, were the soul of Brazilian football.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, we witnessed the likes of Ronaldo, Cafu, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, and Kaká; they all featured in Brazil’s last World Cup-winning run, 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. Those with the highest potential ratings feature in the body of the piece.
Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s best Brazilian wonderkids
The main point of emphasis when selecting a wonderkid is looking at their potential rating. For our Brazilian wonderkids piece, we decided to focus on players who are 21-years-old or younger and have a potential rating of 80 or above.
You can find the full list of Brazilian wonderkids to sign in Career Mode within the table towards the foot of the article.
Vinícius Jr (OVR 80 – POT 93)
Team: Real Madrid
Overall/Potential Rating: 80 OVR / 93 POT
Value (Release Clause): £45.5M (£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. He was a part of Flamengo’s set-up until 2018, at which point, he moved to Real Madrid on a long-term deal.
Vinícius Jr featured 29 times in La Liga last season, scoring three goals and producing two assists. 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 scored two goals in his first three appearances.
FIFA 21 players will love having Vinícius Jr for the sheer fact that he is lightning-fast; 95 acceleration and 95 sprint speed are perfect for those playing Real Madrid’s preferred 4-3-3 formation.
Speed isn’t the Brazilian wonderkid’s only asset, however, as he does also possess 94 agility, 88 dribbling, and 85 ball control. He is perfect for counter-attacking and making long runs.
Now, Vinícius Jr is very much a player that you should try to get into your team, especially if you play a system which caters to three attackers up top. That said, the Brazilian wonderkid might be out of reach due 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 to the top with Real Madrid is Osasco-native Rodrygo. The 19-year-old is in his second season with the Spanish giants, having joined from Brazilian side Santos in the summer of 2019.
Rodrygo made 19 appearances with Los Blancos, and like Vinïcuis Jr, has benefited greatly from the change of management midway through last season. The winger showed himself to be a capable user of the ball, completing 87.9 per cent of all passes attempted in La Liga.
The similarities with his Brazilian teammate at Real Madrid are uncanny, although his stats aren’t quite as powerful. His 88 acceleration, 87 agility, and 86 sprint speed are strong starting ratings, and Rodrygo also possesses good balance (85) and dribbling (84), meaning that 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, which means that he will cost a little less than Vinícius Jr. To get Rodrygo in your squad, you’ll have to activate his £76.5 million release clause.
Emerson (OVR 78 – POT 88)
Team: Real Betis
Best Position: RB, RM, RWB
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 88 POT
Wage: £15K a week
Best Attributes: 80 Sprint Speed, 79 Acceleration, 79 Stamina
The only defender to make it into 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, with Barcelona swooping in to sign him 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 to Real Betis. The right back made 33 appearances in La Liga last season, contributing six assists in the process.
FIFA 21 players will hope to mould Emerson into the next Cafu, especially as his starting stats are so promising. He possesses solid pace with 80 sprint speed and 79 acceleration, and is quite durable with 79 stamina. Emerson is also strong in the defensive side of the game, with a 79 slide tackle.
Antony (OVR 78 – POT 88)
Best Position: RW, LW
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 88 POT
Wage: £13.5K a week
Best Attributes: 92 Acceleration, 92 Agility, 89 Sprint Speed
Another of our Brazilian wonderkids 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.
Antony’s last season with São Paulo was modest, with four goals and six assists to his name while the club finished sixth in Série A. He hasn’t wasted any time in getting settled with Ajax in the Eredivisie, recording two goals in his first four appearances.
Antony is close to being a Vinícius Jr clone, only the Ajax forward 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, which is accompanied by 85 balance and 84 dribbling.
Reinier (OVR 71 – POT 87)
Team: Borussia Dortmund
Best Position: CF, CAM
Overall/Potential: 71 OVR / 87 POT
Wage: £27K a week
Best Attributes: 84 Acceleration, 80 Sprint Speed, 78 Agility
The last player to feature on our Brazilian wonderkids list is a centre forward, Reinier. Currently on-loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, Reinier made his impression with Flamengo by scoring six goals and providing two assists in 2019.
Reinier hasn’t featured for the first-team of Real Madrid, but he made three appearances for the Castilla side, scoring twice. Early this season, at Dortmund, Reinier featured a few times for Lucien Favre, albeit as a late-game substitute.
A running theme with FIFA 21’s Brazilian wonderkids is pace, with Reiner set at the mark with 84 acceleration and 80 sprint speed. The Brasilía-born CF’s foot-speed is further enhanced by his 78 agility and 77 dribbling.
Unlike the other wonderkids from Brazil, Reinier also boasts 74 composure, which is what a striker needs when bearing down on goal. That said, his 68 finishing could do with some work.
All of the best young Brazilian players on FIFA 21
Here’s the complete list of all of the best Brazilian wonderkids in FIFA 21 Career Mode, sorted by their potential ratings.
|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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