Argentina: a country rich with footballing passion and flair. Legends of the game, like the late Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Javier Zanetti, and Sergio Agüero, all originate from the South American country.
The current national team is aging and in need of a refresh, but with this, there are opportunities for young players to impress and stake their claim for a first-team spot for the coming years.
South American talent is a much-desired part of most peoples’ teams. In Football Manager 2021, many players will be hoping to discover some Argentinian wonderkids to bring through their ranks.
Here, you can find all of the best FM 21 wonderkids from Argentina, ranked by their potential ability ratings in the game.
Choosing the best Argentinian wonderkids of FM 21
To make the cut as one of the best Argentinian wonderkids in FM 21, each player had to have Argentina listed as their chosen nation, be between 15-years-old and 21-years-old, and boast a strong potential ability (PA) rating.
Potential ability ranges from zero to 200, with 200 being the best. So for these FM 21 Argentinian wonderkids, we cut out any that have a PA lower than 140 – which we also used as the bar for negative PA.
The players who carry a negative PA have a range of potential ability that they can hold at the start of any given save. The negative PAs translate into ranges as shown here: -10 (170-200), -95 (160-190), -9 (150-180), and -85 (140-170). These wonderkids have a minimum negative PA of -85.
On this page, you can see the best young Argentines ranked by their potential ability in the table at the base of the page, as well as the top wonderkids featured below.
Nehuén Pérez (132 CA / 160 PA)
Team: Granada – on-loan from Atlético Madrid
Best Position: DC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 132 CA / 160 PA
Value: £5.75 million
Best Attributes: 17 Aggression, 17 Determination 16 Bravery
Nehuén Pérez started his career with Argentinos Juniors, moved to Spain, and is currently playing football away from his parent club Atlético Madrid. Pérez struggled to find a place in Los Rojiblancos’ team, so after a successful loan spell to Famalicão, he’s found himself out on-loan again to Granada this season, hoping to make an impact with the Europa League hopefuls.
The Hurlingham native has been a regular through Argentina’s youth teams and has even been called-up to the first-team in recent years. Still only 20-years-old, Pérez has been included in the Argentinian match day squad several times, poised to make his international debut.
As he is out on-loan, you will be unable to purchase the dominating centre back during the first season of your save. You can, however, watch him develop towards his 160 PA from afar, while he improves his already impressive 15 tackling, 14 marking, and 15 anticipation.
It may prove to be difficult to convince El Atleti to part ways with Pérez, though. Understandably, they are reluctant to allow such a talent to leave for a low transfer fee. This means that, to acquire the Argentinian wonderkid, you will likely have to pay well above his original £5.75 million valuation.
Alexis Mac Allister (136 CA / 159 PA)
Team: Brighton & Hove Albion
Best Positions: AMC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 136 CA / 159 PA
Value: £20.5 million
Best Attributes: 16 Vision, 15 Passing, 15 Long Shots
Another Argentinian on this list who started their career at Argentinos Juniors, Alexis Mac Allister joined Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion from the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona in January 2019.
He was then loaned back to the three-time Argentinian league champions as part of the deal. Afterwards, Mac Allister impressed on-loan to Boca Juniors, and is now set for a season in Brighton’s first-team, playing either as an attacking or wide midfielder.
Mac Allister has the makings of a world-class attacking midfielder, commanding attention from Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni, who has selected him for senior international duty on two occasions.
With impressive stats of 14 corners, 14 free-kick taking, 14 crossing, and 15 technique, Mac Allister would be a valuable set-piece taker in any team. So, with the right level of training and first-team exposure, the Argentinian wonderkid will reach his 159 PA and become the perfect link between your midfield and attack for years to come.
However, in order to get the creative Argentine, you will have to meet and surpass the Seagulls’ £20.5 million valuation of the player.
Exequiel Palacios (140 CA / 155 PA)
Team: Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Best Positions: MC, DMC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 140 CA / 155 PA
Value: £9.5 million
Best Attributes: 16 Work Rate, 16 Vision, 16 Determination
Well-known by the Football Manager community, it won’t come as a surprise that Exequiel Palacios makes another appearance on a wonderkids list. Following his move from River Plate to Bayer 04 Leverkusen in January 2020, Palacios is set for a season of first-team football in the Bundesliga.
Palacios already has four senior caps to his name at a young age and is destined to be a mainstay with La Albiceleste for years to come.
Capable of playing anywhere in the middle of the park, the FM 21 Argentinian wonderkid has impressive ratings for all of your needs in central midfield. Plus, with a value of £9.5 million at the start of the game, and wages just shy of £60,000, the Famaillá-born midfielder will certainly be worth the cost.
Palacios’ 14 tackling and 16 bravery allow him to be the anchor in your midfield; his 16 work rate and 15 natural fitness show that he can be your hard-working, versatile option; and his 16 vision and 15 passing could see him ultilised as your team’s main creative output.
Lautaro Valenti (125 CA / 149 PA)
Team: Parma (on-loan with a transfer arranged)
Best Positions: DC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 125 CA / 149 PA
Value: £2.4 million
Best Attributes: 16 Strength, 16 Natural Fitness, 16 Aggression
Born in Rosario, Lautaro Valenti is the second centre back on this list. Parma acquired the young Argentine on-loan last season; they were obviously impressed, as the Italian outfit decided to make the move permanent.
The ball-playing defender is an imposing figure in defence, with his 16 strength, 15 jumping reach, and 16 aggression demanding respect from the opposition. Boasting 16 natural fitness, it is likely that Valenti will be an ever-present in your line-up, and with a 149 PA, your faith in the youngster will be rewarded.
While solid at the back, the Argentine wonderkid could also be an attacking outlet for your team from set-pieces. Boasting 15 jumping reach and 14 heading, he is good in the air in FM 21.
Unfortunately, Valenti has a future transfer arranged from the start of the game, so you will have to wait until at least the second year of your save to acquire the top young Argentine.
Anìbal Moreno (122 CA / 147 PA)
Team: Newell’s Old Boys
Best Positions: MC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 122 CA / 147 PA
Value: £2.1 million
Best Attributes: 14 Work Rate, 14 Stamina, 14 Passing
Currently playing for Newell’s Old Boys, Anìbal Moreno will be looking to follow in the footsteps of previous graduates of the famous academy, namely Lionel Messi and Mauricio Pochettino.
Moreno has 14 caps at the under-20 international level, scoring once so far. It seems likely that it won’t take too much longer for the Argentine to burst onto the senior scene and begin to make a name for himself in a national shirt.
With a PA rating of 147, Moreno has the potential to be a mainstay for several top-tier sides. The hard-working, box-to-box midfielder starts the game with the much sought-after Shoots from Distance trait.
Given the possession of this trait and his 14 long shots, it would be wise for an FM 21 boss to allow this wonderkid the creative freedom to get further forward. With a value of £2.1 million and minimal wage demands, Moreno is one of the best Argentinian wonderkid who will not break the bank when you start your game.
All the best Argentinian wonderkids in FM 21
Below, you’ll find all of FM 21’s best Argentinian wonderkids ranked per their potential ability, with the ones given a negative PA rating being listed by the lowest rating within their PA range.
|Name||Age||CA||PA (Range)||Pos. (20)||Team||Wages (p/w)|
|Néhuen Peréz||20||132||160||DC||Granada (on-loan from Atlético Madrid)||£15,250|
|Alexis Mac Allister||21||136||159||AMC||Brighton & Hove Albion||£10,000|
|Exequiel Palacios||21||140||155||CM||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||£55,743|
|Lautaro Valenti||21||125||149||DC||Parma (joining permanently 2021/22)||£11,500|
|Aníbal Moreno||21||122||147||MC||Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys||£2,381|
|Maximiliano Romero||21||122||146||ST||PSV Eindhoven||£1,370|
|Federico Gattoni||21||119||142||DC||San Lorenzo||£2,897|
|Milton Valenzuela||21||117||142||DL||Columbus Crew||£4,797|
|Mateo Bajamich||20||118||141||AMR||Houston Dynamo||£6,211|
|Mirko Ladrón de Guevara||21||110||140||MC||Club Atlético All Boys||£3,400|
|Ezequiel Barco||21||132||-85 (140-170)||AMC||Atlanta United||£21,275|
|Fausto Vera||20||124||-85 (140-170)||DM||Argentinos Juniors||£1,284|
|Thiago Almada||19||123||-85 (140-170)||AMC||Vélez Sarsfield||£22,334|
|Pedro de la Vega||19||119||-85 (140-170)||AML||Club Atlético Lanús||£3,127|
|Alan Velasco||18||111||-85 (140-170)||AML||Independiente||£2,423|
|Santi Ramos Mingo||18||110||-85 (140-170)||DC||Barcelona B||£2,195|
|Matías Palacios||18||109||-85 (140-170)||AMC||San Lorenzo||£1,770|
If you want your club to be the one that develops one of Argentina’s next top players, be sure to sign one of the best Argentinian wonderkids of FM 21.