Uruguay have not won the World Cup since 1950 and only won one Copa America in the last 20 years. The likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have brought attacking brilliance to a typically organised side that are difficult to beat. Veteran defender Diego Godin's international career is drawing to a close, although his partnership with Jose Maria Gimenez has been successful for both club and country.
How to choose the best Uruguayan wonderkids in FIFA 19 Career Mode
For players to qualify for this list, they must be aged 23 or younger at the start of FIFA 19 Career Mode. The youngsters must also begin Career Mode with an overall of 70 or higher making them effective in your team straight away. These players must then have the potential to reach 80 OVR or higher making them top class players.
Jose Maria Gimenez (OVR 84 - POT 88)
Age: 23Position: CB, RBClub: Atletico MadridCountry: UruguayBest Stats: 92 Jumping, 89 Aggression, 88 MarkingCost: £63.6 million (release clause)Wage: £56,000
Atletico Madrid centre back Jose Maria Gimenez is a member of one of the strongest defences in Europe. Diego Simeone’s men are well organised, hard-working and have become serious challengers in both La Liga and Champions League.
A superb defender, 23-year-old Gimenez boasts incredible defensive attributes as well as 92 jumping and 85 strength. The young centre half will cost well over £50 million for managers looking to sign him on FIFA 19's Career Mode as he is a top class defender.
Rodrigo Bentancur (OVR 76 - POT 88)
Age: 21Position: CMClub: JuventusCountry: UruguayBest Stats: 83 Stamina, 83 Ball Control, 83 Short PassingCost: £22 million (release clause)Wage: £51,000
21-year-old Uruguayan international Rodrigo Bentancur enjoyed an impressive World Cup for the robust South American side. The Juventus youngster has helped ‘the old lady’ to an unbeaten start in Serie A and they look a force to be reckoned with in Europe too.
Managers on FIFA 19 looking for an exciting young central midfielder should look no further than Bentancur. With terrific ability on the ball, Bentancur will cost £22 million and can reach an 88 overall making him great value for money early on.
Lucas Torreira (OVR 81 - POT 87)
Age: 22Position: CDM, CMClub: ArsenalCountry: UruguayBest Stats: 93 Balance, 85 Stamina, 84 AggressionCost: £38.8 million (release clause)Wage: £80,000
Industrious midfielder Lucas Torreira has impressed following his £27 million move to Arsenal from Sampdoria. The diminutive Uruguayan international has helped Arsenal on an extended unbeaten run in all competitions, Torreira is also yet to lose in an Arsenal shirt when starting the match.
With 85 stamina and 84 aggression, Torreira is an excellent defensive midfielder on FIFA 19. Potentially reaching a 87 overall, the 5’6” Arsenal midfielder will cost around £40 million on Career Mode and is a terrific all-round player.
Nahitan Nandez (OVR 75 - POT 85)
Age: 22Position: CM, CDM, RMClub: Boca JuniorsCountry: UruguayBest Stats: 91 Stamina, 83 Aggression, 82 StrengthCost: £14.8 million (release clause)Wage: £16,000
Promising Uruguayan midfielder Nahitan Nandez has already earned 20 international caps at the age of 22. Club side Boca Juniors have rested Nandez in their past three games, however, before that he had registered one assist in the six matches.
High attacking and defensive work rates coupled with 91 stamina mean Nandez covers every blade of grass on the pitch. Nandez can reach an 85 OVR, is solid defensively and is available for £14.8 million on FIFA 19.
Marcelo Saracchi (OVR 75 - POT 85)
Age: 20Position: LBClub: RB LeipzigCountry: UruguayBest Stats: 89 Sprint Speed, 87 Acceleration, 79 StaminaCost: £15.9 million (release clause)Wage: £24,000
Energetic left back Marcelo Saracchi has struggled for consistency since his £10.8 million summer transfer to RB Leipzig from River Plate. The 20-year-old has missed seven games already in all competitions through injuries and suspensions.
Pacey and with great potential, Saracchi is a lively left back on who affects both ends of the pitch. Managers on Career Mode will have to wait a season to be able to sign the promising Uruguayan, however Saracchi can be bought on the cheap and grow into a world class defender.
Maximiliano Gomez (OVR 80 - POT 85)
Age: 22Position: STClub: Celta VigoCountry: UruguayBest Stats: 85 Finishing, 83 Attack Positioning, 81 Heading AccuracyCost: £39.2 million (release clause)Wage: £22,000
Maximiliano Gomez has scored a goal every 125 minutes of football for Celta Vigo this season in an impressive start to the campaign. Six goals and four assists in just nine league appearances have helped Celta Vigo to 11th in La Liga after an inconsistent start.
Gomez is an excellent finisher on FIFA 19 with an 85 finishing attribute as well as 83 attack positioning. With an 80 overall at the age of 22, 6’1” Gomez has plenty of time to improve and can be an excellent addition to many squads, although he will not come cheap with a price tag of £39.2 million.
Federico Valverde (OVR 73 - POT 83)
Age: 20Position: CM, LM, CAMClub: Real MadridCountry: UruguayBest Stats: 79 Long Passing, 78 Short Passing, 78 Long ShotsCost: £11.9 million (release clause)Wage: £37,000
Real Madrid youngster Federico Valverde is an exciting midfield prospect and has progressed into the first team this season with two substitute appearances. Valverde is yet to make his La Liga debut but can expect more game time in the Copa Del Rey and Champions League.
With an 83 potential Valverde may never be a first-choice midfielder at Real Madrid, however the teenager can definitely play a major part elsewhere as he possesses great passing ability. Valverde will cost £11.9 million on FIFA 19 Career Mode for any managers looking to invest in a promising young midfielder.
Diego Rossi (OVR 72 - POT 83)
Age: 20Position: LW, ST, RWClub: Los Angeles FCCountry: UruguayBest Stats: 84 Acceleration, 84 Agility, 84 BalanceCost: £8.2 million (release clause)Wage: £5,000
Diego Rossi has starred this season for new MLS franchise Los Angeles FC, scoring 17 goals in all competitions. Rossi played the full game as Los Angeles FC lost to Real Salt Lake 3-2 in the MLS Play-Off qualifying round, thus ending their season.
Versatile forward Rossi can play on either wing or down the middle and boasts pace and skill in abundance. The Uruguayan youth international can reach an 83 overall and will cost just £8.2 million, a bargain considering his low wage demands.
Gaston Pereiro (OVR 77 - POT 82)
Age: 23Position: CAM, RWClub: PSVCountry: UruguayBest Stats: 83 Ball Control, 81 Shot Power, 79 DribblingCost: £15.6 million (release clause)Wage: £13,000
Having impressed with 11 league goals last year, attacking midfielder Gaston Pereiro has already bagged seven goals as PSV have dominated the Eredivisie so far this season. Pereiro has also scored twice in his four international appearances and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting midfielders in Europe.
With already impressive attributes across the board, Pereiro has the potential to reach an 82 overall and increase his stats even further. The 23-year-old can play behind the striker and on either wing and will cost £15.6 million on Career Mode.
Erick Cabaco (OVR 75 - POT 81)
Age: 23Position: CBClub: LevanteCountry: UruguayBest Stats: 84 Aggression, 83 Jumping, 78 StrengthCost: £16.2 million (release clause)Wage: £15,000
Erick Cabaco signed for Levante for £1.8 million in the summer and has impressed in his four La Liga appearances to date with Levante winning all four games, keeping two clean sheets and defeating Real Madrid in the process. Cabaco is yet to make his full international debut but has 16 caps at under-20 level.
Aggressive and physical, Cabaco is a centre back with great promise. His 83 jumping and 78 strength are his standout attributes making the 6’1” defender dominant against most forwards he faces. Managers will have to fork out £16.2 million to sign the 23-year-old who can reach an 81 overall.
All the best Uruguayan wonderkids on FIFA 19
|Jose Maria Gimenez||23||CB RB||Atletico Madrid||84||88||£63.6m||£56k|
|Lucas Torreira||22||CDM CM||Arsenal||81||87||£38.8m||£80k|
|Nahitan Nandez||22||CM CDM RM||Boca Juniors||75||85||£14.8m||£16k|
|Marcelo Saracchi||20||LB||RB Leipzig||75||85||£15.9m||£24k|
|Maximiliano Gomez||21||ST||Celta Vigo||80||85||£39.2m||£22k|
|Federico Valverde||19||CM LM CAM||Real Madrid||73||83||£11.9m||£37k|
|Diego Rossi||20||LW ST RW||Los Angeles FC||72||83||£8.2m||£5k|
|Gaston Pereiro||23||CAM RW||PSV||77||82||£15.6m||£13k|
|Mauro Arambarri||22||CDM CM||Getafe||76||81||£16.3m||£15k|
|Federico Ricca||23||LB CB LWB||Malaga||74||80||£10.3m||£7k|