With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both nearing the end of their extraordinary careers it’s time for the next generation to step up and come to the fore. Below we take a look at the 10 best wonderkids in eFootball 2022.
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2022 could be the year Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli establishes himself as a first team regular at Arsenal. A technically gifted winger, also capable of playing through the middle as a striker, Martinelli was part of the Brazil side that won gold at last year’s delayed Tokyo Olympics. Still only 20-years-old the Arsenal forward has shown terrific composure in front of goal and has 71 finishing and 70 offensive awareness in Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) eFootball 2022.
Rated 77 overall, Martinelli’s strongest asset is his raw pace. 83 acceleration and 81 sprint speed mean he has the beating of most defenders in a foot race. Link-up play needs improving, though, if he’s to make it at the top level with low and lofted passing both below 70.
9. Jamal Musiala
Club: Bayern Munich
Born in Germany, but raised in England, 18-year-old Jamal Musiala represented both countries at youth level before eventually pledging his allegiance to the German national team in February 2021. Since then the teenager has picked up 9 senior international caps including a substitute appearance at Euro 2020 which saw him become the youngest German to play at a major international tournament.
The teenager is most effective in the advanced playmaker role where he’s able to utilise his 79 dribbling, 77 ball control and 75 tight possession to create opportunities in the final third. Rated 77 overall Musiala is definitely one for the future and at Bayern Munich there are few better clubs in world football, if any, to learn and develop.
8. Thiago Almada
Club: Atlanta United
Released by Velez Sarsfield in the summer of 2022, youngster Thiago Almada has since signed for Atlanta United in America, but he’s yet to feature for the senior side. A central, attacking midfielder, also capable of playing on the wing, the Argentine youngster is small in stature with a low centre of gravity.
82 tight possession, 81 balance and 78 dribbling in eFootball 2022 show he’s technically gifted and comfortable on the ball, particularly in the middle of the park where space can be limited. He also has the ability to carve open defences with 74 low passing and 72 lofted passing.
Rated 77 overall, Almada is the only player on the list to be playing his football outside of Europe making him a great prospect to add to your side in Master League mode. It’s surely only a matter of time, then, before Argentina’s next hottest prospect is playing for one of Europe’s big boys.
7. Myron Boadu
Forward Myron Boadu endured a slow and frustrating start to his professional career following a number of injuries, but eventually cemented himself as a first team regular at AZ Alkmaar where he bagged 32 goals in 64 appearances averaging a goal every other game. His outstanding record in front of goal soon attracted the attention of Europe’s elite, and in the summer of 2021 the 20-year-old secured a move to Monaco.
Despite his age, the youngster has already shown incredible composure in front of goal, and that’s replicated in eFootball 2022 with 75 finishing and 73 offensive awareness. Rated 78 overall Boadu, who has one senior international cap to his name, is quick off the mark with 81 acceleration and 80 sprint speed.
6. Nuno Mendes
Tipped to be Portugal’s next hottest talent, 19-year-old Nuno Mendes is currently on loan at PSG from boyhood club Sporting and the French champions are rumoured to have an option to buy the teenager at the end of the current season. Add to that the prospect of representing Portugal at the World Cup in the winter and it’s clear to see why many see 2022 as a big year for the winger.
Blessed with 83 speed and 82 acceleration Mendes has a quick turn of pace, pair that with 75 dribbling and ball control and he’s capable of beating most defenders in a one v one situation. A 71 tight possession attribute also shows he has the ability to keep hold of the ball when space is limited, especially in wide areas. Mendes has an overall rating of 79 in eFootball 2022 and is definitely one for the future.
5. Eduardo Camavinga
Club: Real Madrid
Real Madrid spent big money on teenage sensation Eduardo Camavinga in the summer of 2021, and for good reason. The 19-year-old France international is expected to be Luka Modric’s long term replacement at the Bernabeu and has already displayed similarities in his style of play to the Croatian.
Incredibly confident, the teenager never shies away from getting on the ball and, like Modric, is always looking to pick a forward pass – utilising 76 low passing in eFootball 2022. He also has the ability to beat a man in the middle of the park with 76 ball control and 75 dribbling. But it’s the Frenchman’s work off the ball that is often overlooked with 73 tackling and 73 defensive awareness.
Rated 80 overall in eFootball 2022 Camavinga is flexible in his style of play and therefore capable of playing various roles in the middle of the park including box to box, deep lying playmaker or slightly deeper as a ball winner.
Club: Real Madrid
One of Brazil’s next big talents, 20-year-old Rodrygo has already made over 100 senior career appearances for club and country. Half of those were achieved at boyhood club Santos, before a mega-money move to Real Madrid in 2019. Since signing for the Spanish giants, the winger has fast become a first team regular resulting in 4 international caps.
Skilful and comfortable on the ball, Rodrygo has 80 dribbling and balance and is known for his mazing runs out wide. Equipped with an arsenal of tricks including the flip-flap and scissors feint, the Real Madrid youngster thrives in one v one situations and poses a threat in the final third with 71 offensive awareness and 70 low passing.
3. Bukayo Saka
A product of the Arsenal academy, Bukayo Saka is fast developing into a world class talent and is already a key player for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners. Rated 82 overall and amongst the top three best young talents in eFootball 2022 Saka is a tricky winger with bags of pace.
82 acceleration and 80 speed make him difficult to contain. Leave space in behind and he’ll punish you. He also has the beating of most defenders with 80 dribbling and an array of skills in his arsenal including step-overs and the Marseille Turn.
But it’s not just in the final third where the youngster thrives, defensively he’ll do his bit too. With 78 stamina Saka is often seen tracking back and putting in a shift. Overall the England ace is rated 82 in eFootball 2022 and that’s only going to improve with time.
The departure of Lionel Messi in the summer of 2021 signalled the end of an era at Barcelona, and the start of a rebuilding job, with 19-year-old creative midfielder Pedri at the heart of it. Capable of playing both out wide or centrally, the teenager has been likened to compatriot Iniesta. And like the former Barca legend Pedri is a natural ball carrier with 83 ball control and 80 dribbling. He’s also capable of unlocking defences with precise through balls and has 80 low passing in eFootball 2022.
Pedri made his first senior international appearance in March 2021 and became the youngest player ever to represent Spain at the Euros when he started against Sweden at Euro 2020. Now with 10 senior international caps to his name Pedri is fast becoming a world class talent and with a rating of 82 it’s easy to see why there’s so much hype surrounding the teenager. He’s different gravy.
1. Ansu Fati
You’ll find few, if any, teenagers with better technical ability and composure in front of goal than Barcelona’s rising star Ansu Fati. 14 goals in 36 Barca appearances at the time of writing is a rate not to be sniffed at. 75 finishing and 72 offensive awareness in eFootball 2022, at the age of just 19, indicate the kid’s got talent. Though he’s not the quickest of players, he does have 85 acceleration and is therefore fast over short distances. A low centre of gravity allows him to maintain speed when suddenly changing direction. Pair that with 80 dribbling and it’s easy to see why so many players struggle defending the teenager.
Like Pedri, Fati is vital to Barcelona’s rebuilding job. With an 82 rated teenager on their books they not only have someone who can provide firepower up top right now but someone who can lead the line for years to come. Barring a serious injury, which is possible, there’s no doubt Fati will be there or thereabouts when it comes to future Ballon d’Or winners.
I think it’s fair to say the next generation of wonderkids in eFootball 2022 are seriously talented and we’re in for a treat in the coming years as they develop into potential superstars.