FIFA 21's release earlier this month handed gamers a fresh opportunity to undertake a voyage into manager mode immortality.
Many of us would like to experience the adrenaline of leading a side to glory in real life, but the vast majority of mere mortals just have to contend with simulated gaming experiences instead.
One of the major advantages of the FIFA franchise is that the cost of signing talented youngsters is not reflective of real life economics: clubs play a premium on potential in real life, but wonderkids can be snapped up for peanuts on manager mode.
Plucking the next superstar out of the transfer database, though, is less straightforward than it used to be.
That's why GiveMeSport have done the hard work for you and picked out 21 of the most value-for-money signings the game has to offer. Thank us later.
Whether you simply wish to consolidate the legacy of a European Goliath like Barcelona or Liverpool, taking your side to domestic title after domestic title, or prefer to take a struggling Championship side from relative obscurity to being Champions League contenders, we've got a list of players to suit all your ambitions.
Without further ado, here is our list of 21 wonderkids you should aim to sign on FIFA 21, listed in descending order from least to most valuable...
21. Bright Akwo Arrey-Mbi (Bayern Munich II)
If you're searching for a future defensive titan on the cheap then look no further than this lad.
Arrey-Mbi, 17, has the potential to blossom into a world beater, and with a 950k value he should be available to sign at an outrageously low price.
20. Dennis Cirkin (Spurs)
Dennis Cirkin is one of the most promising youngsters at Tottenham Hotspur and that is reflected in his FIFA 21 potential.
A bargain option at left-back if you can cope with his sub-standard rating to begin with.
19. Karamoko Dembele (Celtic)
Karamoko Dembele could well follow in the footsteps of his namesake Odsonne at Celtic.
The flying winger is a nimble, fleet-footed dribbler of the ball, and he should be available at a snip of his true value if you sign him up early doors.
18. Luca Netz (Hertha Berlin)
Luca Netz was named as a substitute for Hertha in their dramatic 4-3 defeat away at Bayern Munich prior to the international break - an inclusion that points towards a huge future for the 17-year-old.
The German capital outfit's young prodigy is marginally higher in value than Cirkin, but he's worth stumping up a little extra for with two potential points in his favour.
17. Curtis Jones (Liverpool)
Colonel Mustard himself represents incredible value.
Curtis Jones plays with a swagger that suggests he'll be irate with a 64 rating, but his potential has been recognised with a generous 84 here.
Negotiate with Michael Edwards at your peril.
16. Anthony Gordon (Everton)
From the red half of Merseyside to the blue half of Merseyside, we present you with Everton's Anthony Gordon.
It takes patience to persist with wingers when they're rated in the 60s, but push through that barrier with Gordon and the rewards will follow.
15. Harvey Elliot (Liverpool)
Back at Anfield Harvey Elliot represents an upgrade on Gordon.
The 17-year-old has the potential to climb two ratings higher, and that prospect only adds an extra €100k to his value.
Those extra two ratings will be worth astronomically more further down the line.
14. Sebastiano Esposito (Spal)
The first centre-forward on the list recently completed a loan move from Inter Milan to Spal.
Signing Sebastiano Esposito won't be possible in the first season but he's one to monitor ahead of a 2021 summer bid.
13. Leonidas Stergiou (FC ST Gallen)
That the 18-year-old has already played 51 matches for St Gallen's senior side tells you everything you need to know about Leonidas Stergiou's potential.
A future Switzerland international in the making, Stergiou is a bargain gem just waiting to be snapped up.
12. Maarten Vandevoordt (Genk)
The only goalkeeper on the list is Genk's Maarten Vandevoordt.
The 18-year-old is a regular in Belgium's top flight and is destined to rise into the world's elite on FIFA 21.
Land him early and you won't have to think about signing a goalkeeper for a very long time.
11. Rayan Cherki (Lyon)
The 21-point difference between current rating and potential rating is the highest in the top 17 on this list.
Despite only turning 17 in August, Rayan Cherki has already managed to score three goals in 19 appearances for Lyon's senior side.
An absolute must-buy.
10. Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
Another 17-year-old making a splash in one of Europe's top leagues.
The attacking midfielder has already made 13 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen and recorded his first Bundesliga assist prior to the international break.
With a ceiling of 88, the German wonderkid is the playmaker-in-chief your team needs.
9. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
Jude Bellingham may have moved to Borussia Dortmund for £25m but his value is just €3.5m here.
FIFA valuations are rarely, if ever, representative of a player's worth in real life, and that plays into the hands of manager mode enthusiasts who love to stack their squads with high potential youngsters.
8. Karim Adeyemi (RB Salzburg)
The next superstar to emerge from an outfit who are slowly becoming a feeder club for Europe's elite?
Five goal contributions in 14 games for RB Salzburg suggest Karim Adeyemi's potential rating of 87 is fully justified.
7. Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
Another Borussia Dortmund youngster. Shock.
With a rating of 70, you'll have to pay a bit extra to sign Giovanni Reyna.
The American-born prodigy is one of the most exciting sensations in European football right now, and he's a great option for anyone who wants a versatile player to slot in to a handful of attacking midfield positions.
6. Japhet Tanganga (Spurs)
The disparity between Japhet Tanganga's base rating and potential rating is one of the smallest on the list.
What he does offer, though, is a solid enough rating at the beginning of the game to be trusted in your starting line-up.
At €4.3m the 21-year-old offers both short and long-term value.
5. Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)
A product of the revered Ajax academy, Gravenberch is a midfield enforcer with an incredibly high ceiling.
The Dutchman is the only defensive-minded midfielder on the list. You know what to do.
4. Facundo Pellistri (Man United)
The Man United deadline-day signing who slipped through the back door.
Facundo Pellistri's compatriot Edinson Cavani stole the headlines as the window reached its conclusion, but the flying winger is clearly backed to succeed in the coming years.
The 18-year-old is not as cheap as some of the alternative options on the list but he is an attractive proposition nonetheless.
3. Luca Pellegrini (Torino)
Luca Pellegrini's ceiling may only be one point above previous left-back entry Netz, but the fact he starts eight ratings above the German wonderkid adds a strong pull factor for those who need a reliable option sooner rather than later.
The only issue is that Pellegrini is on loan at Torino for the season and his value is likely to have risen by the time he returns to Juventus in 2021.
2. Thiago Almada (Velez)
You're looking at a virtual superstar in the making.
Players with a potential rating of 89 are scarce at best, but Thiago Almada is one of those rare beasts.
If you can pluck this one out of Velez in Argentina you'll be in for a treat on the pitch.
Off it, meanwhile, you can expect his value to skyrocket into the stratosphere.
1. Adam Hlozek, Sparta Prague
The most valuable player on the list is an 18-year-old centre-forward.
Starting at 74, Adam Hlozek is one of the highest rated teenagers on the game.
In real life he's started the season in demonic form, scoring four and assisting five in six league games for Sparta Prague, which will go some way to explaining his potential rating of 87.
Those players who want a striker to hit the ground running and also blossom into a superstar will have to fork out a fair chunk of their budget, but the future rewards speak for themselves.
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