Football Manager 2020 wonderkids: the best, highest potential players in FM20 listed

A list of the fifty highest potential wonderkids in Football Manager 2020

Football Manager 2020's wonderkids are as important as ever, and with the game out in the wild and new saves beginning once more, it's time to find the best young players - the so-called wonderkids - that hold ratings for the highest potential in the game. It's one of the most satisfying reasons to play FM20.

These future greats have the potential to change any club you decide to manage, but aside from luck, having a supercharged scouting record is the only way you'll be able to find them when you start a new season.

Below we've compiled a wonderkids shortlist of the fifty (well, fifty-five) best young players in FM20.

If you're after a bargain, mind, it's worth giving our guide to FM20 free agents and bargain transfers a look.

FM20 wonderkids list: the best, highest potential young players in Football Manager 2020 listed

Here's our list of the best wonderkids in FM20, sorted by highest potential to lowest potential rating - a hidden number as found in the in-game editor.

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FM20 wonderkids list: the best young players in Football Manager 2020

RankNamePositionCurrent abilityPotential abilityAgeClubUnique ID
1 Kylian Mbappe AM (RL), ST (C) 181 196 20 Paris Saint-Germain 85139014
2 Matthijs de Ligt D (C) 154 160-190 19 Zebre 37055843
3 Vinicius Junior AM (L), ST (C) 144 160-190 19 Real Madrid 19302146
4 Gianluigi Donnarumma GK 155 160-190 20 AC Milan 43252073
5 Rodrygo AM (L), ST (C) 130 160-190 18 Real Madrid 19306929
6 Jean-Clair Todibo D (C), DM 130 160-190 19 Barcelona 48044499
7 Ansu Fati M (L), AM (RL), ST (C) 120 160-190 16 Barcelona B 67276122
8 Ousmane Dembele M/AM (RL) 169 185 22 Barcelona 85140178
9 Kai Havertz M/AM (C) 153 180 20 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 91151081
10 Callum Hudson-Odoi AM (RLC) 140 150-180 18 Chelsea 28112986
11 Declan Rice D (C), DM, M (C) 139 150-180 20 West Ham United 28106491
12 Moussa Wague D/WB (RL) 145 150-180 20 Barcelona 13158640
13 Moise Kean AM (RL), ST (C) 133 150-180 19 Everton 43274977
14 Erling Haaland ST (C) 143 150-180 19 Salzburg 29179241
15 Nicolo Zaniolo M (C), AM (RLC) 143 150-180 20 AS Roma 43270517
16 Eduardo Camavinga DM, M (C) 116 150-180 16 Stade Rennais 49056243
17 William Saliba D (C) 119 150-180 18 Arsenal 49039004
18 Dominik Szoboszlai M (LC), AM (C) 121 150-180 18 Salzburg 16202373
19 Exequiel Palacios M (LC) 132 150-180 20 River Plate 14110846
20 Sandro Tonali DM, M (C) 125 150-180 19 Brescia 43298481
21 Pietro Pellegri ST (C) 114 150-180 18 AS Monaco 43344129
22 Mohamed Ihattaren AM (RLC) 122 150-180 17 PSV Eindhoven 37073834
23 Fabio Silva ST (C) 118 150-180 17 FC Porto 83228802
24 Thiago Almada AM (LC), ST (C) 120 150-180 18 Velez Sarsfield 14172522
25 Myron Boadu AM (RL, ST (C) 125 150-180 18 AZ Alkmaar 37060951
26 Ryan Gravenberch DM, M (C), AM (LC) 115 150-180 17 AFC Ajax 37071197
27 Sergio Gomez M/AM (LC) 120 150-180 18 Borussia Dortmund 67258414
28 Mason Greenwood AM (R), ST (C) 122 150-180 17 Manchester United 28121564
29 Naci Unuvar M (C), AM (LC) 90 150-180 16 AFC Ajax 37079279
30 Yari Verschaeren M (C), AM (RLC) 124 150-180 18 RSC Anderlecht 18105040
31 Emanuel Vignato AM (RC) 109 150-180 18 Chievo Verona 43296186
32 Amine Gouiri AM (L), ST (C) 118 150-180 19 Lyon 48044735
33 Jonathan David AM (RLC), ST (C) 124 150-180 19 Gent 18108540
34 Hamed Junior Traore DM, M (C), AM (RC) 136 150-180 19 Empoli 43317933
35 Jude Bellingham M (C), AM (RLC) 112 150-180 16 Birmingham City 29232937
36 Diego Lainez AM (RL) 124 150-180 19 Real Hispalis 51063318
37 Troy Parrott ST (C) 107 150-180 17 Tottenham Hotspur 28122837
38 Pedri M (C), AM (RLC) 105 150-180 16 Barcelona 67293495
39 Ilaix Moriba DM, M/AM (C) 105 150-180 16 Barcelona B 67279753
40 Reinier AM (C) 110 150-180 17 FLA Idrettslag 19354888
41 Hannibal Majbri M/AM (C) 92 150-180 16 Manchester United 49056369
42 Sebastiano Esposito ST (C) 110 150-180 17 Inter Milan 43425069
43 Rayan Cherki AM (RLC), ST (C) 92 150-180 15 Lyon 49056279
44 Alessio Riccardi M/AM (C) 108 150-180 18 AS Roma 43372027
45 Nicolo Armini D (LC) 99 150-180 18 SS Lazio 43373238
46 Frenkie de Jong D (C), DM, M (C) 160 178 22 Barcelona 37047745
47 Jadon Sancho M/AM (RL) 150 178 19 Borussia Dortmund 28108490
48 Leroy Sane M/AM (RL) 167 177 23 Manchester City 91138280
49= Gabriel Jesus AM (RL), ST (C) 156 175 22 Manchester City 19220266
49= Leon Bailey M/AM (RL) 151 175 21 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 18083491
49= Phil Foden M/AM (C) 140 175 19 Manchester City 28108494
49= Arthur DM, M/AM (C) 159 175 22 Barcelona 19259600
49= Joao Felix AM (RLC), ST (C) 149 175 19 Atletico Madrid 83169822
49= Lautaro Martinez ST (C) 154 175 21 Inter Milan 14110660
50 Federico Chiesa M (R), AM (RL) 154 173 21 ACF Fiorentina 43161651

FM20 wonderkids explained: what are wonderkids and how do you find them?

There are three ways in which Football Manager 2020 shows how good each player is throughout the game. Each player has attributes displayed on their main page, and this is the primary source of info for every manager. These ratings (out of a maximum of 20) describe their physical, mental and technical abilities. Sometimes, these numbers can even be displayed as a range, but this can vary depending on your coaching and scouting staff.

The second rating system in the game is a rating given to each player out of five stars. This is split into a player's current rating but also a second, “potential” rating. Once again, this depends on the quality of your staff members to discern each player's abilities.

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But the most interesting way players are rated in FM20 is through the hidden system in the game's database. Here, each player is given a “current ability” rating (a score out of 200) but also a secondary, “potential ability” rating too. It goes without saying that these will be some of the best players available to you in the game. However, just remember that these potential ratings are dependent on many factors, such as the collective quality of your squad, your coaching staff and, of course, you as the manager.

Unsurprisingly, the top two players in this year's edition are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But there are many players that have the potential to come close to ratings of 190 (with Kylian Mbappe's potential rating of 196 being the highest). However, with many players having their potential fall in the 150-180 range, it looks like our task will be to perfect the overall squad and training routines to squeeze the very best out of this year's wonderkids.

For more Football Manager 2020 guides like this, meanwhile, our FM20 free agents and bargain transfers page is worth checking out.

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