FIFA 20 Career Mode: Top 10 Contract expiry signings ending in 2021 – Messi, Aguero, Pogba & more

Getting those players who's contracts are running down can save you big bucks.


Picking up the world’s best on Career Mode can be difficult, especially if you are on a budget.

However, for those who are under monetary restrictions, or who simply enjoy a bargain, there is a way around it, signing player’s whose contracts are due to expire.

Signing players who are coming to the end of the contract is an easy way to save money.

Head here for how to make a contract expiring signings.

Lionel Messi (OVR 94 – POT 94)

Age: 31

Position(s): RW, CF, ST

Club: Barcelona

Country: Argentina

Wage: £500,000 a week

Where else can you begin? The best player in FIFA 20, with a confirmed rating of 94, Lionel Messi. Whilst the team at EA may believe that Messi has reached his maximum potential, with a 94 rating, how can you go wrong.

Whilst the potential of signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on a free seems ideal, there is a stumbling block when it comes to his wages. You would have to find a wage close to the £500,000 on his current deal, severely limiting the clubs who can acquire his services.

Kalidou Koulibaly (OVR 89 – POT 91)

Age: 27

Position(s): CB

Club: Napoli

Country: Senegal

Wage: £132,000 a week

A player who has been linked with a move away from the San Paolo Stadium over the last couple of seasons, Kalidou Koulibaly’s contract is set to expire in 2021.

The 6’2″ centre half is every FIFA player’s dream. With monster defensive attributes as well as a respectable 73 sprint speed, he will fit perfectly into any top European side. With a potential to grow to a 91 overall and reasonable wages of £132K per week, he looks a great signing on FIFA 20.

Robert Lewandowski (OVR 89 – POT 89)

Age: 30

Position(s): ST

Club: Bayern Munich

Country: Poland

Wage: £207,000 a week

A striker which any manager would love in their side, Robert Lewandowski. The Poland international has scored 202 goals in 250 appearances for Bayern since making the controversial move from rivals Borussia Dortmund back in 2014.

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At 30 years old, the striker is reaching the twilight of the career. If he decides to follow in the footsteps of former Bayern forwards Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery and leave when his contract expires, he could be a worthy signing for your club.

Luis Suarez (OVR 89 – POT 89)

Age: 31

Position(s): ST 

Club: Barcelona

Country: Uruguay

Wage: £313,000 a week

Another top class striker whose current contract will expire in 2021 is Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. Whilst the forward may have had controversy follow him throughout his career, the one thing which cannot be argued is his ability to find the back of the net.

With 387 goals in 580 club appearances, the Barcelona forwards is undoubtedly one of the most prolific strikers of the modern era, and with plenty of other expensive forwards already on Barcelona’s books, you may be able to grab him cheap with his contract up in 2021, although we would suggest trying to negotiate that £313k a week wage.

Sergio Aguero (OVR 89 – POT 89)

Age: 30

Position(s): ST

Club: Manchester City

Country: Argentina

Wage: £265,000 a week

The big name strikers don’t stop there. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is the next name with a contract expiring in 2021. The Argentinian forward will have spent 10 seasons on the blue side of Manchester by the time 2021 comes around, and having won plenty of trophies, may decide it’s time for a new challenge.

Like Suarez and Lewandowski, Aguero will be coming towards the latter stages of his career by this point, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be a worthwhile signing. Again, you may need to negotiate his contract down from his current £265k a week deal.

Paul Pogba (OVR 88 – POT 91)

Age: 25

Position(s): CM, CDM

Club: Manchester United

Country: France

Wage: £220,000 a week

Another player who was heavily linked with a move away from his current club this summer, Paul Pogba. One of the best midfielders in the world on his day, Pogba has struggled to hit the heights of his Juventus days since his move back to Manchester United and may be looking for a move away by the time his contract expires in 2021.

With a potential overall of 91, the team at EA believe that Pogba could find his way back to being one of the best midfielders in the world should he find the right club, and if you play your cards right, you could bring him to your side on the cheap with his contract running down.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (OVR 88 – POT 88)

Age: 29

Position(s): ST, LM

Club: Arsenal

Country: Gabon

Wage: 181,000 a week

Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is the next name in the list, with the Gabonese’s contract set to expire in 2021. The striker has started the season in fine form for the North London club, scoring six goals in six appearances so far this term.

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With 95 sprint speed and 93 acceleration in the latest edition of the game, the forward will remain one of the quickest and deadly strikers for anyone who likes to play fast-paced football. If you can strike a deal, he will definitely be a worthy signing for any club.

Manuel Neuer (OVR 88 – POT 88)

Age: 33

Position(s): GK

Club: Bayern Munich

Country: Germany

Wage: 136,000 a week

Germany and Bayern Munich’s number one Manuel Neuer will see his contract expire in 2021. Having struggled with injuries over the past couple of seasons, the German champions could be prepared to let the 33-year-old go on a free.

With Neuer set to be 35 years old by the time his contract expires, you may only get a couple of seasons out of the 6’4″ stopper, but if you can talk his wage down, he will still be a solid ‘keeper to add to any side.

Samir Handanovic (OVR 88 – POT 88)

Age: 34

Position(s): GK

Club: Inter Milan

Country: Slovenia

Wage: £98,000 a week

If Neuer isn’t the ‘keeper for you, fear not, because there is another elite stopper whose contract is up in 2021, Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic.

Like his German counterpart, Handanovic will be in his late 30s come 2021, but with a current wage of less than £100k, you could get the Slovenian cheap as chips on a short-term deal. Surely a no-brainer for those who need a short-term solution between the sticks?

Casemiro (OVR 87 – POT 89)

Age: 27

Position(s): CDM

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Brazil

Wage: £210,000 a week

Real Madrid’s Casemiro is one of the best holding midfielders in world football, however, having failed to agree a new deal with Los Blancos, is eligible for pre-contract negotiations in January 2021.

With 84 marking, 87 standing tackle and 86 sliding tackle, the Brazilian is the ideal man to have sitting in front of your back four. With a potential of 89 and a wage of £210K a week, he is unlikely to come cheap on the contract front, but if you can save on a transfer fee, he will be a great addition to your side.

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Full list of players ending contracts in 2021 above 83 OVR 

NameAgePosClubCountryOVRPOTWage
Lionel Messi32RW
CF
ST
BarcelonaArgentina9494£500k
Kalidou Koulibaly28CBNapoliSenegal8991£132k
Robert Lewandowski30STBayern MunichPoland8989£207k
Luis Suarez32STBarcelonaUruguay8989£313k
Sergio Aguero31STMan CityArgentina8989£264k
Paul Pogba26CM
CDM
Man UtdFrance8891£220k
Piere Emerick Aubameyang30ST
LM
ArsenalGabon8888£181k
Manuel Neuer33GKBayern MunichGermany8888£136k
Samir Handanovic34GKInter MilanSlovenia8888£98k
Casemiro27CDMReal MadridBrazil8789£210k
Thiago28CM
CAM
CDM
Bayern MunichSpain8787£158k
Karim Benzema31CF
ST
Real MadridFrance8787£257k
David Alaba27LB
CB
Bayern MunichAustria8586£120k
Roman Burki28GKBorussia DortmundSwitzerland8586£81k
Gonzalo Higuain31STPiemonteArgentina8585£154k
Jiri Pavlenka27GKWerder BremenCzech Republic8484£32k
Alex Telles26LBFC PortoBrazil8486£20k
Edin Visca29RM
RW
BasakeshirBosnia Herzegovina8484£60k
Memphis Depay25CF
LW
CAM
LyonNetherlands8488£97k
Josip Ilicic31CF
ST
AtalantaSlovenia8484£81k
Jerome Boateng30CBBayern MunichGermany8484£110k
Arturo Vidal32CM
CDM
BarcelonaChile8484£180k
Mario Mandzukic33ST
LW
PiemonteCroatia8484£141k
Georginio Wijnaldum28CM
CDM
LiverpoolNetherlands8484£123k
Yan Sommer30GK‘GladbachSwitzerland8484£32k
Javi Martinez30CDM
CB
Bayern MunichSpain8484£110k
Mezut Ozil30CAM
RW
ArsenalGermany8484£110k
Sokratis31CBArsenalGreece8484£101k
Marek Hamsik31CMDalian YiFangSlovakia8484£22k
Stephane Ruffier32GKSaint-EtienneFrance8484£36k
Pepe36CBPortoPortugal8484£14k

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