Football Manager 2021 wonderkids: the best, highest potential players in FM21 listed

A list of the fifty highest potential wonderkids in Football Manager 2021

Wonderkids are as important as ever in FM21, with tracking down the talents of the future still one of the most satisfying reasons to play the game.

As always in Football Manager, the only way you can reach championship glory - whichever league you choose to dive into - is by building up your team with loyal, talented players.

n the game, the only way you'd be able to find some of these players is by having the best scouts possible, and so below we've done the some of the hard work for you and compiled a wonderkids list of the 50 best young players in FM21.

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A look at what's new in FM21

If you're after a bargain, mind, it's worth giving our guide to FM21 free agents and bargain transfers a look.

FM21 wonderkids: the best, highest potential young players in Football Manager 2021 listed

Here's our list of the best wonderkids in FM21, sorted by highest potential to lowest potential rating - a hidden number as found in the database editor.

FM21 wonderkids list: the best young players in Football Manager 2021

RankNamePositionCurrent abilityPotential abilityAgeClub
1 Kylian Mbappe AM (RL), ST (C) 181 196 21 Paris Saint-Germain
2 Erling Haaland ST (C) 164 160-190 20 Borussia Dortmund
3 Dejan Kulusevski M (R), AM (RC) 152 160-190 20 Juventus (Zebre)
4 Ansu Fati AM (RL), ST (C) 148 160-190 17 Barcelona
5 Vinicius Junior AM (L), ST (C) 146 160-190 20 Real Madrid
6 Rodrygo AM (RL), ST (C) 136 160-190 19 Real Madrid
7 Pedri M (C), AM (RLC) 138 160-190 17 Barcelona
8 Ilaix Moribo DM, M/AM (C) 120 160-190 17 Barcelona B
9 Yusuf Demir AM (RC), ST (C) 115 160-190 17 Rapid Vienna
10 Matthijs de Ligt D (C) 163 185 20 Juventus (Zebre)
11 Frenkie de Jong D (C), DM, M (C) 160 183 23 Barcelona
12 Gianluigi Donnarumma GK 156 182 21 AC Milan
13 Kai Havertz M/AM (C) 153 180 21 Chelsea
14 Jonathan David AM (RLC), ST (C) 138 150-180 20 Lille
15 Alphonso Davies D/WB/M/AM (L) 152 150-180 19 Bayern Munich
16 Dominik Szoboszlai M (LC), AM (C) 140 150-180 19 RB Salzburg
17 Callum Hudson-Odoi AM (RLC) 140 150-180 19 Chelsea
18 Myron Boadu AM (RL), ST (C) 137 150-180 19 AZ Alkmaar
19 Antony M (R), AM (RC), ST (C) 137 150-180 20 AFC Ajax
20 Francisco Trincao AM (RL), ST (C) 136 150-180 18 Barcelona
21 Nuno Mendes D/WB (L) 133 150-180 18 Sporting
22 Giovanni Reyna M/AM (LC) 132 150-180 17 Borussia Dortmund
23 Mohamed Ihattaren M/AM (RLC) 130 150-180 18 PSV Eindhoven
24 Jude Bellingham M/AM (RLC) 129 150-180 17 Borussia Dortmund
25 Karim Adeyemi AM (R), ST (C) 127 150-180 18 RB Salzburg
26 Jamal Musiala AM (RLC), ST (C) 126 150-180 17 Bayern Munich
27 Reinier AM (C) 125 150-180 18 Real Madrid B
28 Joao Pedro AM (RL), ST (C) 125 150-180 18 Watford
29 Ryan Gravenberch DM, M (C), AM (LC) 124 150-180 18 AFC Ajax
30 Curtis Jones M (C), AM (RLC) 124 150-180 19 Liverpool
31 Joshua Zirkzee ST (C) 124 150-180 19 Bayern Munich
32 Diego Lainez AM (RL) 124 150-180 20 Real Hispalis
33 Troy Parrott ST (C) 123 150-180 18 Tottenham Hotspur
34 Jeremy Doku AM (RL), ST (C) 120 150-180 18 Rennes
35 Josko Gvardiol D (LC) 119 150-180 18 RB Leipzig
36 Tanguy Nianzou D (C), DM 119 150-180 18 Bayern Munich
37 Fabio Silva ST (C) 115 150-180 18 Wolves
38 Sebastiano Esposito ST (C) 114 150-180 18 Inter Milan
39 Rayan Cherki AM (RLC), ST (C) 106 150-180 16 Lyon
40 Maarten Vandevoordt GK 105 150-180 18 KRC Genk
41 Naci Unuvar M (C), AM (LC), ST (C) 97 150-180 17 AFC Ajax
42 Pipi M/AM (C) 84 150-180 16 Real Madrid B
43 Trent Alexander-Arnold D/WB (R), DM, M (C) 160 178 21 Liverpool
44 Jadon Sancho M/AM (RL) 158 178 20 Borussia Dortmund
45 Martin Odegaard M (RC), AM (C) 155 178 21 Real Madrid
46 Nicolo Zaniolo M (C), AM (RLC) 150 176 21 AS Roma
47 Lautaro Martinez ST (C) 160 175 22 Inter Milan
48 Joao Felix AM (RLC), ST (C) 159 175 20 Atletico Madrid
49 Marcus Rashford AM (L), ST (C) 157 175 22 Manchester United
50 Gabriel Jesus AM (RL), ST (C) 156 175 23 Manchester City

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FM21 wonderkids explained: what are wonderkids and how do you find them?

Now, you're probably thinking: names that “could” end up as the best players? What does this mean? Well, Football Manager 2021, like previous entries, shows you how good every player is in the game thanks to attribute ratings. These cover technical, mental and physical abilities, such as how good a player is at passing the ball or if they show leadership in the team.

However, there's also a hidden ratings system in the game's database. At the beginning, each player is given a “current ability” rating, which is a score out of 200. But, more importantly, there's also a “potential ability” rating. Should a player receive the right squad and staff support, run of results and other variables, they could achieve a rating much higher than the one assigned to them at the beginning of the season.


Once again, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the highest rated players in the game. However, Kylian Mbappe's potential score of 196 matches Ronaldo's, so it could prove worthwhile to try and snatch him early on (provided you have an endless pit of resources of course). But there are some gems that could end up being better buys, such as Pipi and Ajax's Naci Unuvar, particularly as their ratings aren't high at the start of the season. It looks like the first thing you'll be doing is requesting a bigger transfer budget from the board.

For more Football Manager 2021 guides like this, meanwhile, our FM21 free agents and bargain transfers page is worth checking out.

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