Football Manager 2019 wonderkids, and the process of tracking down the best, highest potential young players is - along with searching for freebies and bargain buys - arguably the most satisfying aspect of the Football Manager series.

Often these are of course youngsters, who have the potential to become future greats and would be welcome in almost any club you choose to manage - but unless you get lucky or have a phenominal scouting record, some of the brighest stars can end up flying mostly under the radar.

Here on this page, we've rundown a full wonderkids shortlist of the fifty best young players and upcoming talents in FM19, which you can browse below.

Football Manager 2019 wonderkids list: the best, highest potential young players in FM19

Here's our list of the best wonderkids in FM19, sorted by Potential Ability - or, when there's a range, their maximum possible Potential Ability. More on how that works in the section below!

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RankNamePositionCurrent abilityPotential abilityAgeClubUnique ID
1 Kylian Mbappe AM (R), S (C) 173 196 19 Paris Saint-Germain 85139014
2 Gianluigi Donnarumma GK 150 160-190 19 Milan 43252073
3 Matthijs de Ligt D (C) 138 160-190 18 Ajax 37055843
4 Vinicius Junior AM (L) 133 160-190 18 Real Madrid 19302146
5 Rodrygo AM (L), S (C) 130 160-190 17 Santos 19306929
6 Pietro Pellegri S (C) 114 160-190 17 AS Monaco 43344129
7 Ousmane Dembele M/AM (RL) 162 185 21 Barcelona 85140178
8 Marco Asensio M/AM (C) 157 185 22 Real Madrid 67197125
9 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic M (C) 166 184 23 Lazio 62127037
10 Marcus Rashford AM (L), S (C) 148 150-180 20 Man Utd 28100266
11 Lautaro Martinez S (C) 145 150-180 20 Inter 14110660
12 Wilfred Ndidi DM/M (C) 143 150-180 21 Leicester City 18091791
13 Malcom AM (RL) 143 150-180 21 Barcelona 19229435
14 Frenkie de Jong D/DM/M (C) 138 150-180 21 Ajax 37047745
15 Gedson Fernandes M (C) 135 150-180 19 Benfica 83111338
16 Theo Hernandez D/WB (L) 134 150-180 20 Real Madrid 67211695
17 Alban Lafont GK 132 150-180 19 Fiorentina 48036990
18 Paulinho M/AM (L), S (C) 132 150-180 18 Bayer Leverkusen 19302476
19 Juan Hernandez S (C) 125 150-180 19 Watford City 76043783
20 Diogo Dalot D/WB (R) 124 150-180 19 Man Utd 83105845
21 Moise Kean AM (L), S (C) 120 150-180 18 Juventus 43274977
22 Sergio Gomez M/AM (C) 120 150-180 17 Borussia Dortmund 67258414
23 Ferran Torres AM (R), S (C) 115 150-180 18 Valencia 89056854
24 Sandro Tonali DM/M (C) 115 150-180 18 Brescia 43298481
25 Tahith Chong AM (RLC) 110 150-180 18 Man Utd 37058361
26 Antonio Marin AM (L) 109 150-180 17 Dinamo Zagreb 24056361
27 Amine Gouiri S (C) 108 150-180 18 Lyon 48044735
28 Abel Ruiz S (C) 107 150-180 18 Barcelona B 67245418
29 Willem Geubbels S (C) 106 150-180 16 AS Monaco 49038936
30 Ryan Gravenberch M/AM (C) 103 150-180 16 Ajax 37071197
31 Pelayo Morilla AM (C) 100 150-180 17 Sporting B 67263884
32 Claudio Gomes DM (C) 100 150-180 18 Man City 49037592
33 Kangin Lee M/AM (C) 90 150-180 17 Valencia B 67260506
34 Fabio Silva S (C) 80 150-180 16 Porto 83228802
35 Leon Bailey M/AM (RL) 151 178 20 Bayer Leverkusen 18083491
36 Leroy Sane AM (L) 164 177 22 Man City 91138280
37 Kai Havertz AM (C) 140 176 19 Bayer Leverkusen 91151081
38 Dele Alli AM (C) 158 176 22 Tottenham Hotspur 29085579
39 Anthony Martial AM (L), S (C) 154 175 22 Man Utd 85086702
40 Joe Gomez D (RC) 146 175 21 Liverpool 29115800
41 Arthur Melo M (C) 152 175 21 Barcelona 19259600
42 Gabriel Fernando de Jesus S (C) 160 175 21 Man City 19220266
43 Jadon Sancho M/AM (L) 137 175 18 Borussia Dortmund 28108490
44 Phil Foden AM (C) 130 175 18 Man City 28108494
45 Leon Goretzka M/AM (C) 150 173 23 FC Bayern 91104807
46 Dayot Upamecano D (C) 135 172 19 Leipzig 16182894
47 Julian Brandt M/AM (RL) 152 172 22 Bayer Leverkusen 91119265
48 Nicolo Barella M (C) 140 172 21 Cagliari 43139595
49 Joao Felix M (C), AM (LC) 128 172 18 Benfica 83169822
50 Milan Skriniar D (C) 158 172 23 Inter 63013145

FM19 wonderkids explained - what are wonderkids and how do you find them?

Each footballer in Football Manager 2019 has three different ways in which their quality is communicated to us, the manager. The first is the most obvious: the player's attributes. These are numbers on every player's profile page within the game, each attribute with a maximum rating of 20, covering their physical, technical and mental abilities. Some players may even have a visible range for each attribute, but this varies depending on your coaching and scouting staff, and also to your individual saved game.

The second way is a star rating out of five. This is split between a player's current rating and their potential rating. Again, this depends on your coaching and scouting staff's ability to judge players, as well as your own. However, this is eased up a little thanks to a "knowledge level" rating (given out of 100) for each player that's been scouted, describing how much your staff knows about them.

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The third and most interesting way players are rated in FM19 is through a hidden rating system (out of 200) that separately states a player's "Current Ability" and their "Potential Ability". These are the most accurate way to find the best players given they're baked in by the pro developers. "Hidden" might sound nefarious but these are viewable in the official database, just not in the game. It should be noted that these are a given player's potential (i.e. maximum) rating, so it all depends on other variables, like your coaching staff, fellow squad members and of course, you the manager.

The best players in the world have a current rating of 195+ (I'm looking at you, Lionel Messi!) and this year's edition has one youngster that the developers think could reach similar heights. That's the summer's World Cup breakout star Kylian Mbappe of France. The table above shows other high quality players (all under the age of 23) that reach the high potential of at least 172. Note that many players don't have a set Potential Ability but a range, and this number is dependent on numerous circumstances already mentioned, such as coaching staff skills, training routines, teammates and other variables.

If you found this useful, you might also want to take a look at our big list of Football Manager 2019's best free transfers and bargains, too!

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