FIFA 20: Career mode wonderkids with the highest potential

18 Sep

FIFA 20 is here and if you’re planning to get stuck into a game on Career Mode you’ll be desperate to land some top talent.
Everyone loves developing wonderkids and turning them into the best players on the planet, capable of demolishing every opponent you come up against.

Whether they’re to compliment the superstars already in your side and go from super subs to first-team heroes or whether you’re going to throw them in at the deep end, they can be a vital part of your squad.

But who are they players with the highest potential in FIFA 20? Thankfully EA Sports have let us in on the secret on their official website.

You can find you the top 20 below – so make sure you snap them up immediately.

20. Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg)

Current rating – 74

Potential rating – 89

19. Sandro Tonali (Brescia)

Current rating – 75

Potential rating – 89

Tonali has already featured in Italy squads
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18. Rodrygo (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 89

17. Moise Kean (Everton)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 89

Moise Kean has joined Everton from Juventus
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16. Lucas Paquetá – (Milan)

Current rating – 79

Potential rating – 89

15. Houssem Aouar (Olympique Lyonnais)

Current rating – 81

Potential rating – 89

Aouar is a talented young midfielder who also offers versatility
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14. Lautaro Martínez (Inter)

Current rating – 81

Potential rating – 89

13. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Current rating – 83

Potential rating – 89

Alexander-Arnold is now a regular for England and Liverpool
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12. Luka Jović (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 83

Potential rating – 89

11. Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 90

There are high hopes for Foden at the Etihad Stadium
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10. Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 90

9. Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 91

De Jong joined Barcelona in the summer after a stunning campaign with Ajax
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8. Vinícius Jr. (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 79

Potential rating – 92

7. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 92

Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho
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6. Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 92

Havertz is making a name for himself in the Bundesliga
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5. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 92

Donnarumma is now into his fifth season as a first-team regular
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4. Leroy Sané (Manchester City)

Current rating – 86

Potential rating – 92

Leroy Sane scored 16 goals for Manchester City last season
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3. João Félix (Atlético de Madrid)

Current rating – 80

Potential rating – 93

Joao Felix is already impressing at Atletico Madrid
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2. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus/Piemonte Calcio)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 93

Matthijs de Ligt is one of the best centre backs in the world
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1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Current rating – 89

Potential rating – 95

Kylian Mbappe has again started the season well for PSG
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FIFA 20: Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho jokes about his passing stat

11 Sep

England star Jadon Sancho called out EA Sports on social media with a light-hearted tweet questioning his FIFA 20 rating.

The Borussia Dortmund forward enjoyed a breakthrough 2018/19 season in the Bundesliga, scoring 12 goals and registering 14 assists.

Sancho is widely regarded as one of the best young players in world football
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His incredible rise to stardom has seen Sancho’s overall FIFA rating skyrocket from 78 to 84 in the new game.

But there is one stat Sancho is unhappy with – his passing.

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In FIFA 20 Sancho has a passing rating of 77, which seems harsh considering the amount of assists he managed last term.

On Monday, following the reveal of the FIFA 20 ratings, Sancho shared a picture of his player card with the caption, ’77 passing?!’.

Sancho can count himself unlucky for not being amongst the top 100 highest-rated players in the latest edition of the hit video game.

However, he is the third highest rated England star on the game, with only Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (88) and Tottenham’s Harry Kane (89) ahead of him.

Sancho, who has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United next summer, has started the new season in fine form, playing a key role in five goals in just three games.

Some fans are seriously unhappy after Liverpool star Roberto Firmino is given a lowly FIFA 20 rating despite winning Champions League and Super Cup

10 Sep

For years, Heung-min Son was widely recognised as the most underrated player in the Premier League, with the South Korea international content to let his Tottenham Hotspur teammates take the glory.

However, it seems as though his title is under threat from none other than Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino.

Roberto Firmino has the intelligence and discipline to cause trouble against the world’s best defences
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Despite being a Champions League and Super Cup winner and a fully fledged Brazil international, the striker still seems to fail to get the recognition his talents deserve.

Selfless in attack and tigerish in defence, the 26-year-old is arguably Liverpool’s most important attacker.

He may not be as prolific as teammates Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah, but Firmino has the technical ability and footballing IQ to create space for his rapid and ruthless colleagues.

That being said, it seems as though Firmino is still yet to receive the credit many feels he deserves from EA Sports.

LIVERPOOL FIFA 20 RATINGS

Stats according to FUTWIZ...

  • Van Dijk 90
  • Salah 90
  • Alisson 89
  • Mane 88
  • Firmino 86
  • Fabinho 85
  • Robertson 85
  • Wijnaldum 84
  • Henderson 83
  • Alexander-Arnold 83
  • Shaqiri 82
  • Matip 82
  • Keita 82
  • Milner 81
  • Gomez 80
  • Lovren 80
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain 80
  • Lallana 79
  • Clyne 78
  • Origi 78
  • Adrian 76
  • Van Den Berg 66

In the latest edition of the football game, the creators have deemed Liverpool’s No.9  worthy of getting an 86 rating in the game.

While Mane and Salah received a boost in their ratings, Firmino is still stuck at the same level as he was in last year’s game and fans are understandably upset.

When you consider Jurgen Klopp told talkSPORT his side would ‘be lost without him’, it makes the decision all the more surprising.

Check out what fans had to say below!

Firmino can be regularly found putting his body on the line for Liverpool and Brazil
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FIFA 20: Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk among top ten players as EA Sports confirms ratings

9 Sep

Gamers from around the country cannot contain their excitement following the release of the FIFA 20 player ratings.

The announcement by EA Sports has gone down brilliantly with Liverpool fans, with TWO Reds stars making the top ten highest rated players in the game.

Virgil van Dijk is on the front of the Champions Edition of FIFA 20
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Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk have been given a 90 rating, which will come as no surprise following Liverpool’s incredible campaign where they amassed an extraordinary 97 Premier League points and also claimed a historic sixth Champions League title.

Egyptian star Salah moves up to 90 from 89, while Van Dijk, who was crowned the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year last month, has also moved up by one ranking mark from last year’s game.

The top ten ranked players in FIFA 20

1) Lionel Messi: 94

2) Cristiano Ronaldo: 93

3) Neymar: 92

4) Eden Hazard: 91

5) Kevin de Bruyne: 91

6) Jan Oblak: 91

7) Virgil van Dijk: 90

8) Mohamed Salah: 90

9) Luka Modric: 90

10) Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 90

Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two best players on the game, rated at 94 and 93 respectively,

PSG winger Neymar is rated at 92, pipping Real Madrid’s new signing Eden Hazard and Man City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne – who have been given 91 ratings.

Level with Hazard and De Bruyne is Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak who once again dazzled in LaLiga and has been rated as the best goalkeeper in the game with a 91 rating.

Meanwhile, this year’s FIFA 20 demo will be released on Tuesday, September 10.

It will be available on XBOX 360, PlayStation4 and via Origin Access for PC.

In the demo you’ll be able to try out the new VOLTA Football and 11v11 Kick Off.

The Champions Edition of the full game will then be released on September 24 with the Standard Edition following on September 27.


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Sir Kenny Dalglish confirmed as FIFA 20 ICON, but Liverpool legend’s grandson wants to play as Virgil Van Dijk to ‘kick’ Anfield hero!

5 Sep

Kenny Dalglish has been named as an Icon player on FIFA 20 but his grandson is already preparing to ‘kick lumps’ out of him with a current Liverpool star.

Dalglish tweeted his delight at being named in the Ultimate Team this year along with some of his other old team-mates.

Kenny Dalglish is a new ICON player in FIFA 20
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He wrote: “Delighted to be confirmed as an @EASPORTSFIFA #FUT ICON. Good to get the band back together @Ian_Rush9 and @officialbarnsey! #FIFA20.”

Zinedine Zidane, Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Ian Wright, Ronald Koeman and Carlos Alberto are among the new icon players for the next instalment of the game.

Dalglish’s son, Paul, replied to his dad’s tweet about being in the new game.

He said: “Your grandson says he is going to play as @VirgilvDijk and kick lumps out of you.”

The Liverpool legend was quick to reply and tweeted a picture of what he will look like in the new game.

He said: “You can tell my grandson to pass this picture onto @VirgilvDijk. I’m ready!”

Van Dijk was not one to miss out on the chance to join the conversation and let them know he was ready.

FIFA 20 is released on September 24 with Eden Hazard the cover star for the standard edition while Van Dijk is on the champions edition.

FIFA 20 ratings: ‘Leaks’ suggest Lionel Messi is now rated higher than Cristiano Ronaldo

4 Sep

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is reportedly the player with the highest rating in FIFA 20 with on-pitch rival Cristiano Ronaldo receiving a downgrade in the new game.

Last year, in FIFA 19, both stars were given an overall score of 94 but, one season on, Ronaldo has now been given a 93, according to leaks on Twitter.

Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best footballers in history
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In recent days, several gamers have claimed they know the ratings for some players on the new game, set to be release on September 27.

And a batch of leaks have since followed with Donk – FUT Trader among those posting information, along with other FIFA 20 news aggregators.

They believe they have the correct stats and this includes Messi and Ronaldo, while other top-rated players have also had reported figures let loose on Twitter.

Below are just some of the 85+ rated cards set to be available on the new game, if leaks are to be believed.

Meanwhile, Messi’s reported card is also doing the rounds with his six major stats, with only pace being decreased as the five others get boosts.

Ronaldo’s statistics are yet to be leaked online but could come to light in the coming days.


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Manchester United FIFA 20 ratings predicted

3 Sep

FIFA 20 is almost upon upon us and gamers across the globe are itching to get their hands on a copy.

With a release date of September 27, 2019, you can be sure it won’t be long before we’re kissing goodbye to our families and friends for a few months.

Ahead of the launch, as is customary, many people are desperate to know just what the new ratings will be this season.

A countdown is soon to tell us the Top 100 stars on FIFA 20 but how will Manchester United player fare after a tumultuous 2018/19 season at Old Trafford.

Here at talkSPORT.com we took a look at FIFA 19 and have decided on our predicted ratings for this season’s game and you can see them below.

1. David de Gea

FIFA 19 rating – 91

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 89

2. Victor Lindelöf

FIFA 19 rating – 79

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 82

Lindelof will be key for the Red Devils this season
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3. Eric Bailly

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

4. Phil Jones

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 78

5. Harry Maguire

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

Maguire has had a decent start to his United career
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6. Paul Pogba

FIFA 19 rating – 88

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 88

7. Alexis Sánchez (on loan at Inter Milan)

FIFA 19 rating – 87

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

8. Juan Mata

FIFA 19 rating – 83

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

9. Anthony Martial

FIFA 19 rating – 84

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 85

Anthony Martial celebrates opening the scoring for Manchester United against Wolves
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10. Marcus Rashford

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 83

12. Chris Smalling (on loan at Roma)

FIFA 19 rating – 81

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

13. Lee Grant

FIFA 19 rating – 74

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 73

14. Jesse Lingard

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 82

Jesse Lingard has come under fire for his form
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15. Andreas Pereira

FIFA 19 rating – 78

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

16. Marcos Rojo

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 79

17. Fred

FIFA 19 rating – 82

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

18. Ashley Young

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

Ashley Young in action for Manchester United
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20. Diogo Dalot

FIFA 19 rating – 72

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 76

21. Daniel James

FIFA 19 rating – 59

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 72

Daniel James celebrates his goal against Cardiff
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22. Sergio Romero

FIFA 19 rating – 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 79

23. Luke Shaw

FIFA 19 rating – 78

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 81

24. Timothy Fosu-Mensah

FIFA 19 rating – 74

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 74

26. Mason Greenwood

FIFA 19 rating – 66

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 70

Teenage sensation Mason Greenwood could be called upon by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season
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28. Angel Gomes

FIFA 19 rating – 66

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 68

29. Aaron Wan-Bissaka

FIFA 19 rating – 76

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80

Wan-Bissaka is likely to be an England international very soon
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31. Nemanja Matić

FIFA 19 rating – 86

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84

37. James Garner

FIFA 19 rating – 63

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 68

38. Axel Tuanzebe

FIFA 19 rating – 73

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 76

39. Scott McTominay

FIFA 19 rating – 71

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 78

Scott McTominay has looked good for Manchester United this season
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40. Joel Castro Pereira (on loan at Hearts)

FIFA 19 rating – 71

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 74

44. Tahith Chong

FIFA 19 rating – 65

Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 70


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FIFA 20: Zinedine Zidane icon card rating revealed but how does he compare to Diego Maradona and Pele?

3 Sep

FIFA fans were delighted to hear the news that Zinedine Zidane will be appearing on the cover of the Ultimate Edition of FIFA 20, and along with this, given a legendary icon card.

The World Cup and Champions League winner is one of the best players to have graced the game, and naturally people are expecting a big rating for the current Real Madrid boss.

Zidane is one of the greatest footballers of all time
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Zidane’s performances on the biggest stage – including the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final and the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final, where he scored one of the greatest volleys of all time  – gave him legendary status.

With Pele and Diego Maradona rated at 98 and 97 for their icon cards respectively, many expect the Frenchman to be close to that mark.

Now EA Sports have announced that he has a 96 card – a rating that draws him level with former FIFA star Ronaldo Nazario.

Zidane’s second best card of 94 also puts him equal as Brazil legend Ronaldo, which seems fair given how remarkably consistent the midfielder was, winning his first Serie A title with Juve in 1997, and dragging France to the World Cup final 10 years later.

His first card sees him given 91 rating and it comes from the 1995-96 season with Bordeaux, the year that saw him earn a move to Juventus.

Meanwhile, current Man City boss and Barca legend Pep Guardiola earned a rating of 85, 87 and 90 respectively.

While Chelsea fans will enjoy two additions this year in Didier Drogba (87, 89, 91) and Michael Essien (85, 87, 90).


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FIFA 20 career mode: New features and possible highest potential players

27 Aug

Every year upon the new release of the latest version of FIFA by EA Sports, players around the world wait to see if there have been any changes made to Career Mode.

It is an area EA have come under a lot of criticism for in recent years, as no major alterations had been made recently even though it was in need of a major face-lift.

At first glance, it appears this year, prayers have been answered and new content is coming – but what are these announced new features?

Career mode will once again give you the choice between a player led career or one as a manager.
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It seems that EA Sports and the team working on Career Mode for FIFA 20, have identified the community had grown frustrated with the lack of thought given to improving the mode.

The introduction of new user-led press conferences and player conversations, are one of many ways they hope to make it stand out next to the likes of Football Manager.

Press Conferences and Player Conversations

This feature is something that has been in the game since FIFA 18, but only within the Journey game mode based around fictional footballer Alex Hunter – where you as a player were actively involved in life decisions, forming Hunter’s personality which affected the type of player he was.

However, the feature has been reimagined for Career Mode to add to the build up to a game, as well as post-match.

It seems, looking at EA Sports’ ‘pitch notes’ surrounding the new features, a manager will be able to actively answer questions in press conferences using pre-set emotional responses such as praise, criticise or motivate, which will trigger an answer within the game mechanics.

Another feature is the importance of player morale – which will be heavily linked to the response you give in a press conference. So far EA Sports can’t be faulted for their authentic approach.

FIFA have promised fans this feature will always feel dynamic and authentic, with the addition of pushy journalists who will implement questions that attempt to provoke certain situations based upon results, goals and form of players and the overall team.

An example of a Press Conference as a manager in FIFA 20 Career Mode
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EA SPORTS on the new Press Conferance game mechanic:

‘Our vision was to breathe new life into manager career mode by building up a variation of ever-changing stories that would surface through pre and post match interviews.

‘They aren’t just there to mimic authenticity, but built based off of player progress and result in influencing player morale as well as the standing of the manager in that team.’

The role of player conversations will act in a fashion allowing FIFA gamers to witness on-screen conversations, mainly between a manager and player or a captain to a fellow teammate, in a text style format as if you were reading your club’s WhatsApp group messages.

This feature will allow you to select a response out of three options again each emphasising a different emotion, which will effect morale of that player.

It is safe to say we all wish we were receiving texts from the Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on a regular basis and his English seems pretty good too
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Player Morale System

As briefly mentioned above, this new feature is the best of the additions EA Sports have added to the FIFA 20 Career Mode experience, as it is the tool that drives everything else.

Morale within Career Mode is going to be a vicious circle for gamers, as everything you do affects a player and team’s morale and then the overall morale will consequently affect everything that happens on the pitch and in press conferences.

In reality this is reflective of what it must be like as a manager in modern day football or any sport, where man management is key to success and being labelled as one of the best in your role.

A player’s morale will be influenced by factors such as: playing time, wage demands, performance and how well the team is doing.

We have seen numerous examples of morale dips in recent times, when you look at Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale as well as on-loan Barcelona man Philippe Coutinho, who have both been at the centre of transfer saga’s over the summer, due to being unhappy at their club.

Whereas, on the flip side, you have players such as Raheem Sterling or Virgil van Dijk whose morale seemed through the roof coming into this season after impressive campaigns and silverware in 2018/19.

Manager Customisation

From player faces, to kits, badges and stadiums alike, the FIFA community and its content creators have been pleading with EA for a few years, trying to implement more features within the game that allow you to customise and alter items, and provide a platform for creativity.

Until now, that has only really been possible when designing a pro-player in the game mode of Pro Clubs, or when choosing a player Career Mode – never before have you been able to customise a manager.

FIFA 20 will see the introduction of female managers to the game with in-game styles to chose from
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What would you look like as a manager? Would you be rocking a club tracksuit, tailored suit, or perhaps strive to look like a 1990s boy-band reject – all these styles are available to choose from as seen above.

Adding to outfit choice, when deciding on a manager career mode you will be able to customise aesthetic components such as height, build, bone structure, skin colour, eye shape, hairstyle all the way to how big your nostrils are.

Just some of the physical features and hair styles to chose from in FIFA 20, including props such as hats
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Dynamic Player Potential

This is the last of the main features to discuss, which EA have spent time perfecting for Career Mode ahead of the launch of FIFA 20 in September.

FIFA player potential has always been one of the most intriguing aspects of Career Mode, judging players future growth in terms of their overall rating, in the seasons ahead of the current one.

For example if a striker scored 20 plus goals in a season, you would expect his rating to go up for the next season, much like how FIFA Ultimate team works.

However where career mode is unique, is that players overall rating can fall if they are playing poorly, as well as age plays an impact as they experience a decline in certain attributes in game.

So with the added bonus of extreme morale fluctuation this year, player growth potential could be very different per career mode that is played, as different decisions within the season will alter how far a player will rise or fall.

Jadon Sancho could have the highest potential rating in FIFA 20
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FIFA 19 Highest potential players

Here is the highest possible rated starting XI of young players on FIFA 19, with the highest potential growth on the current game, it has an average age of 20 so they will be around for a long while yet.

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan (20)

Base Rating: 82

Potential Rating: 93

Growth: 11

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool (20)

Base Rating: 78

Potential Rating: 88

Growth: 10

Trent Alexander-Arnold is quickly developing into one of the best right-backs on the planet
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CB: Matthijs De Ligt – Juventus (20)

Base Rating: 80

Potential Rating: 91

Growth: 11

CB: Dayot Upamecano – RB Leipzig (20)

Base Rating: 76

Potential Rating: 88

Growth: 12

LB: Ryan Sessegnon – Tottenham (19)

Base Rating: 75

Potential Rating: 88

Growth: 13

Sessegnon is widely rated as one of the finest young players in world football
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CM: Arthur – Barcelona (23)

Base Rating: 82

Potential Rating: 90

Growth: 8

CM: Ezequiel Barco – Atlanta United (20)

Base Rating: 74

Potential Rating: 89

Growth: 15

RW: Kylian Mbappe – PSG (20)

Base Rating: 87

Potential Rating: 95

Growth: 8

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CF: Marcus Rashford – Manchester United (21)

Base Rating: 81

Potential Rating: 89

Growth: 8

LW: Vinicius Junior – Real Madrid (19)

Base Rating: 77

Potential Rating: 92

Growth: 15

Vinicius Junior is set to rival Eden Hazard for a starting place at Real Madrid
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ST: Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City (22)

Base Rating: 83

Potential Rating: 92

Growth: 9

Looking at the team from FIFA 19, and thinking ahead to what it will be on the fast approaching new game that releases next month, there are unlikely to be too many changes to a starting XI which already boasts some of the best young talent in world football.

A few players that could have an impact are the likes of English forward Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix and Barcelona new boy Frenkie De Jong.

Sancho signed a new lucrative contract with German side Borussia Dortmund, doubling his wages and keeping him at the club for the foreseeable future.

FIFA 20: Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish to be among new Icons? Gamers speculate over the identity of mysterious silhouettes

23 Aug

After EA Sports’ most recent reveal of Hugo Sanchez as an icon in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team, the gaming community eagerly await news of further legends who will be added to the game.

The former Real Madrid and Mexico striker was announced as being in the game on August 21, becoming the ninth icon to be confirmed for the September release.

Sanchez joins another Madrid legend, Zinedine Zidane, ex-Chelsea forward Didier Drogba, and former Liverpool duo John Barnes and Ian Rush, as new additions to a pool of former players known in the game as Icons.

EA Sports have confirmed that a total of 15 new faces will be added to the Ultimate Team game mode, but with only nine being revealed so far, who are the other six?

The public remain uncertain over who they will be, and the FIFA community has been involved in a game of ‘Guess Who’ across social media.

What are we hoping for?

A whole host of names have been thrown into the mix, with people trying to work out the players based on their hair style and face shapes seen in the silhouettes below.

Nonetheless, it remains all open to interpretation.

For example, David Beckham is a legend fans are dying to see added this year, and with his track record of hairstyles (most of them dodgy), any of the below players could be the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star.

Numbers 6,7 and 8 have already been revealed by EA Sports as Ian Rush (Welsh), Hugo Sanchez (Mexican) and John Barnes (English) in that order

But what other players are being speculated to appear, based on the silhouettes? talkSPORT take a look below…


No 1. Kaka (Brazil)

Kaka was part of a truly superb AC Milan side
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Up there with one of the most talented players in recent years, the former AC Milan midfielder is at the top of a lengthy wish list from the FIFA community – and why wouldn’t you want him in your team?

Between 2003-2009, the Brazilian flourished at the heart of a Serie A side that was, arguably, the most talented in decades.

Kaka was surrounded by quality such as Paulo Maldini, Cafu, Japp Stam, Hernan Crespo, Andriy Shevchenko… the list goes on.

In his prime he was like any other Brazilian attacking midfielder: full of flair, tricks and flicks as well as having the ability to win games on his own with some outrageous goals.

He would be a huge name to enter the platform on FIFA 20, with the possibility of linking him up with fellow Brazilians past and present a tasty prospect.

But Kaka would surely come with a hefty price tag on the Ultimate Team marketplace.

Name: Kaka

Born: April, 1982

Clubs: Sao Paulo, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Orlando City

Key Stat: Kaka scored a total of 208 goals in his career that spanned a total of 654 games, but was plagued with injuries when he joined Real Madrid

Club Honours: Ballon d’Or winner 2007, FIFA World Cup 2002 and Champions League 2006/07 (AC Milan)

Iconic Moment: In his breakthrough season in Italy, Kaka scored 10 goals in 30 games for Milan, as well as picking up vital assists throughout that season, none more important than his cross to Andriy Shevchenko for what would be a title deciding goal

No 2. Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)

Zambrotta helped Italy win the World Cup in 2006
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An Italian defender who has played for three of the biggest teams in Europe – AC Milan, Barcelona and Juventus.

He predominantly featured as a right-back for all three sides but did have some spells on the other side of the defence as well as a cameo as a right midfielder.

If this rumour of Zambrotta’s entry is to come true, he will join a multitude of Italian defenders on FIFA such as Paulo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta and Franco Baresi.

He made a total of 361 appearances in Serie A starting in 1998 with Bari, before moving to Juventus in 2000 and then on to Milan in 2009.

There were only two options for Icons at right back in FIFA 19 – Javier Zanetti and Carlos Puyol – so Zambrotta will be a welcome addition to add more diversity in that area of the pitch.

Name: Gianluca Zambrotta

Born: February, 1977

Clubs: SSC Bari, Juventus, Barcelona and AC Milan

Key Stat: In the 1998/99 season Zambrotta was used as a left midfielder at SSC Bari, and scored the opening goals at the San Siro in a 3-2 victory against Inter Milan, in a suprise start to the Serie A campaign

Club Honours: 1x World Cup winner (2006), 1x Spanish Super Cup, 3x Serie A titles

Iconic Moment: In the 2006 World Cup quarter-final tie against Ukraine, Zambrotta scored the opening goal with a long range left footed strike after just six minutes. He then made a goal-line clearance at 2-0 before being moved to left midfield by manager Marcello Lippi; Zambrotta then set up Luca Toni for his second goal of the game to seal a 3-0 win for Italy

No 3. Michael Essien (Ghana)

Essien became a cult hero at Stamford Bridge for his brilliant performances and long-range goals
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The Ghanaian midfield boss joined Chelsea from French side Lyon at the end of the 2004/05 season after an impressive domestic campaign and a good run in that season’s Champions League.

Essien was brought to the club by the ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho for a large sum of £30m and spent six years with the Premier League side before being loaned to Real Madrid for a single season in 2012/13.

In the January 2014 window Essien found himself swapping the Bridge for the San Siro as he left Chelsea for AC Milan on a free transfer.

Playing in the heart of midfield, Essien would be the perfect option for any Ultimate Team with his main attributes being winning back the ball with a high interception rate, paired with brute strength and ability that make him hard to dislodge of the ball when starting attacks.

Essien also packed a punch when it came to long shots, scoring a few screamers in his career and will be sure to do so in your team – if you can afford him.

Name: Michael Essien

Born: December, 1982

Clubs: Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan

Key Stat: Essien made 168 Premier League appearances in his career with Chelsea, scoring 17 goals from midfield

Club Honours: 2x Premier League titles, 3x FA Cup winner, 2x Ligue 1 titles and 1x Champions League winner (2012)

Iconic Moment: In his final season with Lyon, Essien was voted the Ligue 1 Players’ Player of the Year and named Ligue 1 Player of the Year in the same season. He helped Lyon to a fourth consecutive deomestic title as well as reaching the Champions League quarter-finals. He was shortlisted for World Player of the Year and attracted the attention of Chelsea.

No 4. Garrincha (Brazil)

Few players are held in such high esteem as Garrincha
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Nicknamed ‘the Little Bird’, Manuel Francisco dos Santos, better known as Garrincha, was way ahead of his time when it came to being a talented right winger.

He was an integral part of Brazil’s 1958 and 1962 World Cup winning sides, with Garrincha inspiring Brazil to victory at the latter tournament after Pele got injured.

He is another Brazilian legend that spent the majority of his time in his homeland, playing for Botafogo as he made 238 appearances for the side from Rio, scoring 84 goals.

Everything about Garrincha’s style of play suggests he will be the perfect player for the FIFA franchise; he will be scary to play against whilst having a huge price tag just like Brazilian icons such as Ronaldo, Pele and Ronaldinho.

These sort of players, like current PSG forward Neymar, add a fun dynamic to the game letting players express themselves with complex skill runs and compilation goals. Please, EA Sports, get this one over the line!

Name: Garrincha

Born: October, 1933

Clubs: Botafogo

Key Stat: Garrincha was practically a late bloomer and at Botafogo he made a relatively low 238 appearances while scoring 84 goals, with the forward not making it at any level in football until his early 20s

Club Honours: 2x FIFA World Cup winner (1958 and 1962), 1x FIFA Word Cup Golden Boot and 1x Ballon d’Or (1962)

Iconic Moment: He was born with a crooked spine, warped knees and a left leg a few inches shorter than his right, but many say that is what made him the player he was.

No 5. Pep Guardiola (Spain)

Guardiola lived the dream by playing for, captaining and then managing Barcelona
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Careers do not get much better than Guardiola’s.

A fine central midfielder in his playing days as well as having the potential to go down in history as the most successful manager in world football.

Guardiola is well on his way to achieving it, with the FIFA community hinting that EA Sports may add Guardiola into their game’s database as a player – rather than just a manager.

He would join the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Felipe Inzaghi, Gennaro Gattuso and incoming Icon Zinedine Zidane as current managers in FIFA 19, who also have playable Icon cards.

The Spaniard was a graduate of La Masia, the Catalan club’s academy set up, and moved into the first team in 1992.

Guardiola made 382 appearances as a deep lying central midfielder for Barca, scoring 11 times. Pep was the type of midfielder he would look for today in his Manchester City squad.

Much like some of the already announced Icon additions this year, it will be interesting to see how EA Sports manage to capture Guardiola’s style in game as, on the face of things, he is not one normally associated with the common FIFA player – but that could change depending on the game dynamics of FIFA 20.

Name: Pep Guardiola

Born: January, 1971

Clubs: Barcelona B, FC Barcelona, Brescia and Roma

Key Stat: Pep made 382 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions and was brought into the first team from the academy by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, who turned him from a box to box midfielder to a deep lying playmaker

Club Honours: 6x La Liga titles, 1x European Cup and 1x Olympic Gold Medal (Spain U23’s)

Iconic Moment: Guardiola started the 1992 European Cup final, when Barcelona beat Sampdoria to finally get their hands on European football’s biggest prize.

No 9. Kenny Dalglish (Scottish)

King Kenny is a legendary figure in British football
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All hail King Kenny of the Kop! The Anfield legend is one of the most successful players in British football – and he wasn’t too bad as a manager either.

If Dalglish was to be made an Icon in FIFA 20, he would be the ONLY Scottish legend in the game, a more than deserved title.

He played predominantly as a centre forward or second striker, with a brief spell out on the right wing.

In a club career with Celtic and Liverpool that took in more than 800 matches, Dalglish scored an excellent 336 goals.

The Scotsman was agile on the ball and known for his elaborate link up play throughout the 1970/80s, as well as being decisive in front of goal, playing 102 times for his country and scoring 30 goals.

He has the potential to be a popular player on FIFA 20, due to the fact he was known for being two footed, so he should get a five star weak-foot, an attribute very popular with the professional eSport players.

Name: Kenny Dalglish

Born: March, 1951

Clubs: Celtic and Liverpool

Key Stat: In his time as player/manager at Liverpool from 1985 to 1991, Dalglish won a total of nine trophies as the Reds continued to dominate English football.

Club Honours: 8x English titles, 2x FA Cups, 4x English League Cups, 3x European Cups and 4x Scottish titles

Iconic Moment: He was signed for Liverpool to replace the departing Kevin Keegan and by the end of his first season had played 62 times in all competitons and scored 31 goals. He followed this with 21 league goals the next season and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award.

Nothing has been confirmed yet, and you will have to take the above rumours with a pinch of salt, but fans are hoping one or two of these players are confirmed by EA Sports soon.

Imagine getting to try a front three of Garrincha, Dalglish and Kaka, while the brilliant Michael Essien roams behind in midfield.

Hopefully this dream will become a reality next month when the game is released, but who will be your first purchase of the year?