Uruguay hosted and won the first-ever World Cup in 1930, beating South American rivals Argentina 4-2 in the final. Two decades later, they won their second World Cup, but haven’t been to the final since.
Legendary Uruguayan players of yesteryear such as Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Héctor Scarone, José Santamaria and more recent phenomenons like Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan, and Edinson Cavani live long in the hearts of Uruguayan football fans.
Those same fans will be hoping that the crop of Uruguayan wonderkids on this list can lead them back to their former glory as they aim to establish dominance on the world stage once again.
Choosing the best Uruguayan wonderkids of FIFA 21
All of the players in this article are Uruguayan and aged 21-years or younger, boasting a minimum potential rating of 80. As the key metric when discussing wonderkids is their future impact, the players on the list and in the table below have been sorted by their potential.
At the foot of the article, you will find a full list of all of the best Uruguayan wonderkids in FIFA 21.
Federico Valverde (83 OVR – 89 POT)
Team: Real Madrid
Best Position: CM
Overall/Potential: 83 OVR / 89 POT
Value: £52 million
Weak Foot: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 90 Sprint Speed, 86 Stamina, 85 Short Pass
Federico Valverde moved from his home country to Real Madrid’s second team, Real Madrid Castilla, in 2016. From there, he spent a season on-loan at Deportivo La Coruña before breaking into Real Madrid’s first-team in 2018.
At the time of writing, Valverde has played 102 games for Real Madrid aged only 22-years-old. In those 102 games, he amassed five goals and six assists. He has also played for the Uruguay national team 22 times scoring twice.
The centre midfield position isn’t usually one that’s blessed with pace, but Valverde bucks the trend with 90 sprint speed and 82 acceleration. His 86 stamina, 85 short pass, 84 long pass, and 84 reactions make him adept at moving the ball accurately and with speed.
His defending attributes are better than his attacking attributes, which is worth bearing in mind when adjusting Valverde’s player instructions.
Facundo Pellistri (70 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Deportivo Alavés
Best Position: RM, RW
Overall/Potential: 70 OVR / 86 POT
Value: £3.6 million
Weak Foot: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 84 Balance, 83 Agility, 79 Acceleration
Manchester United purchased Facundo Pellistri from Uruguayan side CA Peñerol in October 2020, before loaning him out to Spanish side Deportivo Alavés three months later. Since joining the Spanish side, Pellistri has played 12 games in La Liga but didn’t manage to contribute a goal or an assist.
Pellistri predominantly plays as a right winger, but has spent time on the left wing at times throughout his young career. The level of technique and ability that Pellistri shows on the ball aren’t reflected in goals or assists. However, his potential is evident when you watch him play.
Movement is Pellistri’s best asset, aged only 18-years-old in FIFA 21. With 84 balance, 83 agility, 79 acceleration, and 79 sprint speed, he’s certainly a nimble operator. As he develops into his 86 potential, the technical ability in-game will increase and his full array of skills will be shown.
Darwin Núñez (75 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: SL Benfica
Best Position: ST
Overall/Potential: 75 OVR / 84 POT
Value: £11.5 million
Weak Foot: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 86 Strength, 85 Stamina, 84 Acceleration
UD Almería were quick to bring in Núñez from CA Peñerol in 2019. It was only a year later that SL Benfica made an offer for him, resulting in a profit of around £15 million for La Unión. In his debut season in Liga NOS, Núñez scored six goals and created ten assists across 29 games.
A goal in every other game for UD Almería put Núñez on the map, but his goal scoring instinct doesn’t stop there. His international record currently stands at two goals in four games, whilst his career averages show a goal in every three games.
Núñez is the definition of power on FIFA 21, carrying 86 strength, 84 sprint speed, 83 acceleration, and 83 shot power. He has the speed to make runs behind the defenders and the strength to hold off the ones that catch him.
Núñez has 75 finishing and 73 heading accuracy, which will improve over time as he climbs towards his solid 84 potential rating.
Leonardo Fernández (74 OVR – 82 POT)
Team: Tigres UANL
Best Position: CAM
Overall/Potential: 74 OVR / 82 POT
Value: £8.5 million
Weak Foot: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 82 Balance, 81 Long Shots, 81 Shot Power
The move to Mexico from Uruguay came in 2019, with Fernández being signed by his current club, Tigres UANL. Since then, he has gone on loan twice, firstly to Chile and then domestically to Toluca. The Montevideo-native is yet to make his first-team debut for his country.
Even though he’s an attacking midfielder, Fernández’s goal scoring record is stellar. He scored 12 goals in 15 games for CA Fénix in the Primera División Apertura in 2019. He also scored eight goals in ten games for Deportivo Toluca in the Liga MX Clausura in 2019/2020.
Fernández’s goal scoring record is reflected in FIFA 21 by his 81 long shots and 81 shot power. His movement is also impressive at 82 balance and 79 agility. With an 82 potential rating, he could be utilised in the short and long term for your Career Mode.
Brian Rodríguez (69 OVR – 82 POT)
Team: UD Almería
Best Position: RM, LM
Overall/Potential: 69 OVR / 82 POT
Value: £3 million
Weak Foot: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 80 Agility, 79 Acceleration, 78 Balance
Brian Rodríguez moved from Peñarol to Los Angeles FC in 2019, before being loaned out to La Liga 2 side UD Almería for four months. In Spain’s second tier, Rodríguez has amassed one assist from 15 games this season.
Rodríguez has played most of his career on the right wing, but has spent time on the left wing – contrary to his classification a right midfielder on FIFA 21. He has also played for the Uruguayan national side nine times, scoring thrice.
Movement-related attributes are where Rodríguez excels early in his career, with 80 agility, 79 acceleration, 78 balance, and 76 sprint speed. His 74 dribbling and Flair trait set the precedent for a winger who can take on defenders, while his 82 potential makes him an asset that’s worthy of the relatively small investment.
All the best Uruguayan wonderkids in FIFA 21
If any of the players above weren’t quite what you were looking for, below is a list of all of the best Uruguayan wonderkids on FIFA 21.
|Federico Valverde||Real Madrid||21||83||89||CM|
|Facundo Pellistri||Deportivo Alavés||18||70||86||RM, RW|
|Darwin Núñez||SL Benfica||21||75||84||ST|
|Leonardo Fernández||Tigres UANL||21||74||82||CAM|
|Brian Rodríguez||UD Almería||20||69||82||RM, LM, RW|
|Santiago Rodríguez||Nacional de Montevideo||17||62||82||CDM, CM|
|Ronald Araújo||FC Barcelona||21||73||82||CB|
|Facundo Torres||Peñarol||20||68||82||RW, LW, CAM|
|Sebastián Cáceres||Club América||20||72||81||CB|
|Cristian Olivera||UD Almería||18||65||81||RM, LM|
|Agustín Oliveros||Nacional de Montevideo||21||69||81||LB, CB|
Now you have seen all of the best Uruguayan wonderkids in FIFA 21, so who will you choose for your Career Mode?