Squawka: Six Brazilian wonderkids you need to sign on FIFA 17

Brazilian football clubs are renowned for cultivating and developing young talent and on FIFA 17 there are hundreds of wonderkids from the Samba nation knocking about.

Inevitably given their financial constraints, Brazilian outfits struggle to hang onto their prized assets for very long with wealthier clubs in Europe usually profiting from the fruits of their labour.


The likes of Gabriel Barbosa (Inter) and Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) have swapped Brazil’s Serie A for European clubs over the past 12 months but they are far from the only promising Brazilian youngsters making a name for themselves on the continent.

With that in mind, Squawka has compiled a list of six highly-promising Brazilian talents who can become world-class on FIFA 17:

Malcom (Bordeaux)

Potential ability: 85

The 19-year-old Corinthians product is experienced beyond his years. After two years of first-team football in Brazil, Malcom was sought out by Ligue 1’s Bordeaux where the playmaker is a regular starter.

As expected of Brazilian forwards, FIFA 17 reward Malcom with elevated stats in speed, agility and balance, all of which are in the high 80s and 90s. Elsewhere, he is a useful passer, dribbler and possesses able control of the ball.

Able to play at either CAM or RAM, Malcom can rise to 85 with regular game time and training. His value is around €7m but his wage of €1k reasons that level of expenditure.

Matheus Pereira (Sporting CP)

Current ability: 74

Potential ability: 86

Born in Brazil, Pereira moved to Portugal from a young age and was cultivated into football in Sporting Lisbon’s hugely successful youth academy. Having broken into the club’s first team last year, the winger’s career has somewhat stalled as he fell out of favour and dropped into the club’s B side.

Still rated on FIFA 17, Pereira has the ability to reach the heights of 86. He possesses all the characteristically Brazilian traits – speed, agility, balance and four-star skill moves – but what makes Pereira distinct is his capability to develop into a composed finisher.

Already rated in the 70s for finishing, composure, curve and long shots, thorough training can see Pereira turn into your goal scoring winger.

Gabriel Boschilia (Monaco)

Current ability: 73

Potential ability: 83

Now here is an exciting prospect, both realistically and virtually. Beginning his career in Guarani, Boschilia moved to Brazilian giants Sao Paulo where he started out in the academy.

After impressing for one year with the first team, AS Monaco came calling. Having been loaned out to Standard Liege for the latter part of last season, Boschilia has earned a reputation as a free-kick specialist and has scored a few belters this season already.

Mostly used as a utility player under Jardim, the 20-year-old should be easy to lure away. His free-kick accuracy is frustratingly inaccurate at just 77, but Boschilia is a nimble mover and passer; much of what you’d expect from a CAM.

Marlon Santos (Barcelona, on loan from Fluminense)

Current ability: 73

Potential ability: 83

Oddly, Marlon Santos is a loanee at Barcelona from his contracted club, Fluminense. There are rumours of Fluminense owing debt to Barcelona and Santos has a loan with a fixed option to buy at the end of this season.

Having featured for Barcelona B last season, Luis Enrique is said to be keen but naturally cannot offer him regular first-team appearances.

The situation is somewhat complex, but the centre-back is still highly regarded on FIFA 17. At 21 years old, Santos is a strong and aggressive defender. He is a proficient tackler and has all the defensive attributes to develop in training.

Matheus Pereira (Empoli)

Current ability: 70

Potential ability: 85

Not to be confused with the aforementioned Sporting winger, this Matheus Pereira is two years younger at 18, plays solely as a CAM and is lining up for Empoli in Serie A.

Since joining the Italian side in summer, Pereira has had little to no opportunities. In fact, his only appearance came as a substitute in the Coppa Italia.

Touted for big things, it is said that Juventus have an option to buy the attacking midfielder at the end of the season should they wish to. The Old Lady’s monopoly over Italian football is frustrating, but that shouldn’t halt your attempts to bring the Corinthians youth product to your club.

He isn’t particularly quick, but his agility and ball control make up for it. Oh, and he has five-star skill moves. Some work is required on his stamina, though.

Gerson (AS Roma)

Current ability: 67

Potential ability: 82

The stats aren’t particularly stimulating, but Gerson is deserving of more. The Roma attacking midfielder has flirted with first-team football, starting a few Europa League and Serie A games.

Originally a Fluminense product, Gerson is able to play centrally or cut in from the right flank. Listed as a CM or CAM on FIFA, the 19-year-old is able to play as a RW or RM.

He requires a lot of work, especially with finishing and crossing but if given opportunities, Gerson can rise to an 82 which makes him a perfect investment if you are building a 3/3.5 star squad. He is cheap, demands little wages and significantly possesses

Gerson is cheap, demands little wages and significantly possesses four-star skill moves. A really neat asset if you’re patient and enjoy developing youngsters.
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