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Football Manager 2018 Wonderkids list - hidden stats and the highest-potential best Wonderkids in FM18

Ranking the very best wonderkids in FM18 and uncovering their hidden stats.

Searching for wonderkids in Football Manager has become something of a ritual for many of the game's loyal fans - us included - but much of that process is made more difficult now than it ever has been, thanks to the unreliability of scouts and a relatively new manager attributes mechanic which allows you to select your own level of player knowledge.

Uncovering the future greats of the game is both romantic and satisfying, but there's also a joy and sense of pride in being able to draw the most out of those you know are loaded with grand potential.

What follows is twofold. First, a quick explanation on player rankings and hidden stats on how player ability and potential ability work. Second, a full list of the 50 best Wonderkids in FM18.

How does player potential ability work for Wonderkids in Football Manager 2018?

A player's overall ability is split into two areas: current ability and potential ability. These are available to view in multiple ways however, with varying degrees of effectiveness:

  • A player's attributes, rated out of 20. The accuracy of this depends on your in-game player knowledge, personal ability to judge players' usefulness and the quality of your scouting department
  • A player's star rating, rated out of 5 stars. This depends on your scouting knowledge and scout's own Judging Play Ability and Judging Player Potential attributes. The longer you spend scouting a player the more accurate the star rating becomes.
  • A player's hidden current ability and future potential stats, rated out of 200. These serve as an unoffical 'overall' stat.

'Hidden stats' sounds awfully mysterious, but in reality they simply function as a set of raw numbers which operate under the surface in Football Manager, and are, in fact, the most accurate way to discern your players' ability and potential.

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These come in two forms: Current Ability and Potential Ability, and are only possible to view in the official Football Manager Editor or similar unofficial tools created by the most dedicated fans. Both are rated out of 200 and represent the opinions of FM's real-world scouts. It is always interesting to keep track of FM players who enjoy a high Potential Ability rating and observe whether they achieve such heights in real-life.

Finally, on top of that it's worth noting that these figures for Potential Ability are only the maximums possible, and not a guaranteed number. To reach that potential the player will need the highest possible rated training facilities, coaches, mentorship, training focuses and match time, too. So there's still plenty of challenge there for you, regardless of who you sign.

For reference, some of the worlds very best players rate around 195, but there are few others over 190 current ability at all.

Football Manager 2018 best Wonderkids list

We've decided that only players of 20 years of age or younger are eligible for a Wonderkid listing below:

RankNamePositionCurrent AbilityPotential AbilityAgeClub
1 Gianluigi Donnarumma GK 151 186 18 AC Milan
2 Ousmane Dembele AM (LR), M (RL) 162 185 20 Barcelona
3 Gabriel Jesus AM (R), ST 150 184 20 Man City
4 Kylian Mbappe AM (R), ST 147 184 18 PSG
5 Pietro Pellegri ST 110 180 16 Genoa
6 Leon Bailey AM (LR), M (RL) 139 179 19 Leverkusen
7 Moise Kean AM (L), ST 116 178 17 Verona
8 Youri Tielemans AM (C), M (C) 140 176 20 Monaco
9 Kai Havertz AM (C), M (C) 133 176 18 Leverkusen
10 Willem Geubbels ST 98 176 15 Lyon
11 Rodrygo AM (L), ST 96 175 16 Santos
12 Andrija Zivkovic AM (LR) 143 170 20 Benfica
13 Franck Kessie DM, M (C) 148 170 20 AC Milan
14 Abdelhak Nouri AM (LRC), M (C) 117 169 20 Ajax
15 Federico Valverde DM, M (C) 120 169 18 Coruna
16 Amadou Diawara DM, M (C) 148 169 19 Napoli
17 Mikel Oyarzabal AM (LRC), M (C) 141 169 20 Real Sociedad
18 Lewis Cook DM, M (C) 124 169 20 Bournemouth
19 Theo Hernandez D (L), WB (L) 134 169 19 Real Madrid
20 Jesus Vallejo D (C) 136 169 20 Real Madrid
21 Ruben Neves DM, M (C) 141 168 20 Wolves
22 Dani Cabellos AM (C), M (C) 142 168 20 Real Madrid
23 Paulinho ST 112 168 16 Vasco De Gama
24 Mateus Vital AM (LC), M (L) 123 168 19 Vasco De Gama
25 Wendel DM, M (C) 137 168 19 Fluminese
26 Charly Musonda DM, AM (LRC), M (C) 130 168 20 Chelsea
27 Renato Sanches DM, M (C) 140 167 19 Swansea
28 Nikola Milenkovic D (C) 117 167 19 Fiorentina
29 Federico Chiesa AM (LR), M (R) 139 167 19 Fiorentina
30 Goncalo Guedes AM (LR), ST 143 167 20 Valencia
31 Benjamin Henrichs D (RL), WB (R), M (C) 141 167 20 Leverkusen
32 Thiago Almada AM (C) 91 167 16 Velez
33 Gabriel Barbosa AM (R), ST 134 167 20 Benfica
34 Dayot Upamenco D (C) 128 167 18 RB Leipzig
35 Kuki AM (RC), ST 111 167 19 Cartagena
36 Breel Embolo AM (R), M (R), ST 140 166 20 Gelsenkirchen
37 Carlos Sober DM, M (RC) 142 166 20 Valencia
38 Arthur M (C) 139 166 20 Gremio
39 Jordi Mboula AM (R) 112 166 18 Monaco
40 Vitinho ST 85 166 17 Corinthians
41 Alex Meret GK 124 166 20 Spal
42 Reiss Nelson AM (LR) 111 166 17 Arsenal
43 Gedson Fernandes D (R), AM (R), M (C) 116 166 18 Benfica
44 Wilfred Ndidi DM, M (C) 132 165 20 Leicester
45 Kieran Tierney D (L), WB (L) 137 165 20 Celtic
46 Aaron D (L), WB (L) 130 165 20 Espanyol
47 Thiago Maia WB (L), DM 136 165 20 Lille
48 Adrien Bongiovanni AM (LC) 102 165 17 Monaco
49 Christian Fruchtl GK 106 165 17 Bayern Munich
50 Amine Gouiri ST 90 165 17 Lyon

Additional reporting by Chris Tapsell.

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