After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Italy will be looking to return to international football glory in the coming years, especially with Qatar 2022 on the horizon.
The players that feature on this FIFA 21 list, however, may be looking beyond the next two years as they try to establish themselves down the line.
This article contains all of the best young Italians of FIFA 21, with each player being capable of taking your Career Mode to the next level in the years to come.
Their overall may not be the best right now, but the potential ratings of these Italian wonderkids make them prime transfer targets.
Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s best Italian wonderkids
All of the players in this article have been sorted by their potential rating as that is the key attribute to consider when finding wonderkids.
To appear on this page, each player must 21-years-old or younger and have a potential rating of at least 80.
We begin with a more detailed examination of the top Italian wonderkids before looking at all the players who fit the criteria in a table at the foot of the article.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (OVR 85 – POT 92)
Team: AC Milan
Best Position: GK
Overall/Potential: 85 OVR / 92 POT
Value: £37.4 million
Weak Foot: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 89 Goalkeeper Diving, 89 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 83 Goalkeeper Positioning
AC Milan seem to have their goalkeeper locked-in for the next 20 years. At only 21 years of age, Donnarumma has shown that he is capable of playing at the highest level of Italian football, having already notched over 200 appearances for the club.
Even though he’s established as Milan’s number-one goalkeeper, Donnarumma has followed the tradition of other Serie A players by taking the number which matches the year of their birth. This is why he wears the number 99.
Donnarumma’s goalkeeping stats are strong across the board in FIFA 21 Career Mode. His 89 diving, 89 goalkeeper reflexes, 83 goalkeeper positioning, and 81 goalkeeper handling make him a top-class keeper already.
Sandro Tonali (OVR 77 – POT 91)
Best Position: CDM, CM
Overall/Potential: 77 OVR / 91 POT
Value: £16.7 million
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 83 Acceleration, 82 Short Passing, 81 Long Passing
Throughout Tonali’s brief career, he has constantly been compared to Andrea Pirlo. Those comparisons won’t stop anytime soon, especially now that he’s on-loan at the Italian legend’s old stomping ground, AC Milan.
With a 91 potential rating, his abilities in the short-term are an added bonus to the long-term impact that he will have on your team. As a player with 82 short passing and 81 long passing, Tonali can already spray passes from the midfield to keep possession or open up defences.
The Italian wonderkid’ 83 acceleration provides him with a burst of pace, and with 79 strength, 79 ball control, and 78 vision, he can keep the ball and distribute it as needed.
Luca Pellegrini (OVR 72 – POT 86)
Best Position: LB
Overall/Potential: 72 OVR / 86 POT
Value: £5.9 million
Skill Moves: Two-Star
Best Attributes: 78 Crossing, 78 Acceleration, 75 Sprint Speed
Luca Pellegrini began his career at AS Roma before spending time with Cagliari Calcio, Genoa – who he currently plays for – and soon Juventus.
Last season, for Cagliari, Pellegrini popped up with six assists from 24 games, having only featured in 12 games in the season prior. He will be looking to establish his place in the Genoa team in this campaign to showcase his ability to Juventus.
Pellegrini’s 78 crossing ability at 21-years-old bodes well for his ability to put the ball into the box in the future.
Not blessed with blistering pace in FIFA 21, his 78 acceleration and 75 sprint speed aren’t anything to write home about, but his 72 ball control and 72 standing tackle suggest that he’ll develop into a well-rounded left back.
Sebastiano Esposito (OVR 66 – POT 86)
Best Position: ST
Overall/Potential: 66 OVR / 86 POT
Value: £1.2 million
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 75 Curve, 74 Free Kick Accuracy, 71 Acceleration
Only 17-years-old, Esposito’s career has yet to begin. He has shown potential at the under-17s level, scoring 16 goals in 14 games a couple of seasons ago, but since then, hasn’t played consistently enough to showcase his true ability.
Playing on-loan at S.P.A.L. this season, in the second-tier of Italian football, Esposito will hope to establish his place in the team and score goals.
Being so young, Esposito has his whole career ahead of him in FIFA 21, wit his 75 curve and 74 free-kick accuracy being signs of good things to come from the Italian wonderkid.
Despite him only having 67 finishing and 65 positioning, Esposito does carry the traits of Finesse Shot and Outside Foot Shot, enabling him to be useful asset in Career Mode. Furthermore, with 71 acceleration and 67 sprint speed, he can be brought on from the bench until he builds up his ratings.
Nicolò Zaniolo (OVR 76 – POT 86)
Team: AS Roma
Best Position: CAM, RM
Overall/Potential: 76 OVR / 86 POT
Value: £11.3 million
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 80 Aggression, 79 Shot Power, 78 Short Passing
After impressing in the Youth League Primavera 1 for Inter Milan, Roma snapped up the then-18-year-old for just over £4 million. Since then, Nicolò Zaniolo has played over 25 games in each of his two seasons in the capital, showcasing his worth.
Attacking midfielders are usually 6’0” or shorter but are quick on the turn. Standing at 6’3”, Zaniolo is an anomaly, and yet, he doesn’t lack the traditional nimbleness of a CAM, as shown by his 71 agility, 78 balance, and 78 reactions.
His other ratings offer a sea of green. The Italian wonderkid’s 78 dribbling, 78 ball control, 77 positioning, and 76 vision are all not far from the 80 rating threshold for dark green on the Career Mode profiles.
All of the best young Italian players in FIFA 21
Below is a table with all of the best Italian wonderkids who fit the criteria of being 21-years-old or younger while also having a minimum potential of 80.
|Sandro Tonali||CDM, CM||20||77||91||Milan||£16.7M||£22K|
|Nicolò Zaniolo||CAM, RM||20||76||86||Roma||£11.3M||£450|
|Eddy Salcedo||CF, ST||18||67||83||Hellas Verona||£1.4M||£3K|
|Enrico Brignola||CAM, RW, CF||20||68||82||SPAL||£1.8M||£9K|
|Davide Frattesi||CM, CAM||20||69||81||AC Monza||£1.7M||£2K|
|Samuele Ricci||CM, CDM||18||62||80||Empoli||£563K||£450|
|Davide Bettella||CB||20||63||80||AC Monza||£675K||£675|
|Matteo Lovato||CB||20||67||80||Hellas Verona||£1.3M||£5K|
Need more of the best cheap players with high potential?
Looking for wonderkids?
Looking for the best young players?
Looking for the fastest players?
*Outsider Gaming may receive a small commission if you click a link from one of our articles onto a retail website and make a purchase. All prices listed were accurate at the time of publishing.