Over the past few years, goalkeepers have finally started to get some loving in football.
You could have the best defence in the world, but if you haven’t got a goalkeeper worth his salt, it can be pointless. And it’s no different in FIFA 20 Career Mode.
To have the perfect team you need the right goalkeeper. Do you want to play it out from the back? Then you’ll need a goalkeeper who’s good on the ball. Often find your defence being breached? Get a goalkeeper that’s used to being the hero.
But who is the right goalkeeper for you in FIFA 20 Career Mode?
We’ve taken a look at some of the best options across an array of transfer fees to make your job just a bit easier in the first window – meaning some star men currently on loan spells miss out, as do those who recently joined their clubs. We only ask for a thank you in your press conferences after the league has been won.
Best cheap goalkeepers on FIFA 2020 Career Mode (Under £1m)
Lucas Chevalier (Lille)
We start our journey in France with Lucas Chevalier, a young goalkeeper who has the potential to be a decent addition to any side.
The 18-year-old starts FIFA 20 with a rating of 60, so won’t be an immediate starter for the bigger clubs, but is certainly a solid purchase if you’re working in the lower leagues. His goalkeeping stats are respectable for his rating, including 61 kicking and 61 reflexes, but the big seller here is his potential overall of 83. Although it will be a slog, it’s worth getting Chevalier, valued at £350k, for around £370k.
Maarten Vandevoordt (Genk)
Champions League fans may remember Maarten Vandevoordt for his unfortunate debut against Napoli in 2019/20, but the goalkeeper is a solid buy on FIFA 20.
Vandevoordt, 17, is initially rated at 65 with 69 reflexes and 68 diving, meaning he will already prove to be useful open his signing. And these stats will only grow if he reaches his potential overall of 85, not to mention the number of years you’ll have him for. Despite his promise, Genk will be fine in selling at value of £800k.
Inaki Pena (Barcelona)
If you’re at a club with extremely limited funds and want a player that won’t necessarily outgrow you, go for Inaki Pena.
The Barcelona shot-stopper starts FIFA 20 with a respectable rating of 65, with 67 reflexes and 66 diving. He also boasts three-star weak foot, which will undoubtedly help under pressure. Unlike the previous two, Pena will only rise to 82 overall but unless you’re a massive club, that rating will be good enough. Pena is valued at £900k and has a release clause of £2.4m, but don’t rush into it, as Barcelona will accept around £950k.
Best lower mid-range goalkeepers on FIFA 20 Career Mode (£1m-£10m)
Diogo Costa (Porto)
Moving slightly up the price range, but still available at a relatively low price is Diogo Costa.
The 20-year-old has a decent initial rating of 70, which includes 73 reflexes and 71 positioning, two of the more important goalkeeper stats. If you use him well, Costa can rise to 83, becoming a solid option for most teams, either as a starting goalkeeper or impressive back-up. He is valued at £2.5m and has a release clause of £6.6m but, once again, don’t fall for that as Porto will allow him to leave for around £3m.
Wuilker Farinez (Millonarios)
If you’re looking for a more established goalkeeper with a lot of room to grow, take a trip to Colombian side Millonarios and take a look at Wuilker Farinez.
The Venezuelan has an initial rating of 73, including 77 reflexes and 74 positioning, not to mention his three-star weak football. But that’s not the main selling point, his potential overall rating of 87 is, becoming one of the top goalkeepers in Career Mode. Farinez has 12 months remaining on his contract as you start a new Career Mode so can be bought for his value of £5m if you don’t want to take a risk and wait.
Alexander Nubel (Schalke)
Alexander Nubel may have already signed for Bayern Munich but FIFA 20 still recognises him as a Schalke player with an expiring contract, so snap the goalkeeper up.
Nubel’s initial rating is already a decent level at 76 but his reflexes are quite a bit higher at 85, seven more than his next-best goalkeeping stat of 78 positioning. These will grow alongside Nubel as he reaches his 85 potential overall, joining his five-star weak foot. As mentioned, his contract expires in 12 months meaning you can get him for lower than his £8.5m value, roughly around £7m.
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Best upper goalkeepers on FIFA 20 Career Mode (£10m-£20m)
Agustin Rossi (Lanus)
Most of the goalkeepers on this list are from European clubs, but taking a quick trip back to South America, Agustin Rossi represents a decent goalkeeping option.
The 23-year-old starts FIFA 20 with an overall of 76, aided by 70+ stats in all goalkeeping attributes including 78 positioning. Rossi also stands at 6’4″ so will be a fairly commanding presence, especially as he grows closer to his potential overall of 84. The goalkeeper is valued at £8m and while Lanus want more, they will settle for around £10m.
Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao)
La Liga has been home to some of the most promising goalkeepers over the years and it’s no different with Unai Simon.
The 22-year-old has an initial rating of 78, enough to fit in at many clubs straight away. Simon boasts 81 position and 80 reflexes, which will work well alongside his 6’3″ frame, a decent height for a goalkeeper. The Spaniard has the potential to grow to 85 overall and his valued at £10m, but Bilbao will want around £16m for the shot-stopper. Best to strike early before they put a €75m release clause on him…
Alex Meret (Napoli)
Moving up the list of goalkeepers to have already established themselves, next up is Alex Meret who is enjoying himself with Napoli.
The 78-rated goalkeeper is still just 22 but has 82 reflexes and 79 diving, as well as 77 positioning. These attributes will grow alongside Meret as he reaches his overall potential of 89, with only a few goalkeepers ending with a higher rating. Given his high potential, Meret’s value of £13m looks pretty low and even with Napoli wanting around £18m, this is still a must-do deal.
Expensive goalkeepers on FIFA 20 Career Mode (£20m and above)
Mike Maignan (Lille)
Moving into the bank-breakers, we start with Mike Maignan who can still be bought for a respectable price.
The 23-year-old represents a solid option from the start with an overall rating of 80, consisting of 83 reflexes and 81 kicking. Maignan doesn’t grow too much, compared to others on the list, but his potential overall of 86 is still high enough for the Frenchman to be one of the top goalkeepers. He is valued at £16m but it will take around £26m to pry him from Lille’s hands.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)
Of course, Gianluigi Donnarumma was going to feature on the list, as one of the best young goalkeepers on FIFA 20.
Despite being just 20, the Italian already boasts an overall of 85 with diving and reflexes at 89 – only his kicking (76) is below 80 among his goalkeeping attributes. Donnarumma then has the potential to rise to 92 in Career Mode, becoming one of the top three goalkeepers in the game. Naturally, he’ll set you back a bit with AC Milan wanting around £50m – despite his initial value of £37.5m.
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
If you’ve got a lot money to spend, and want to use it on a goalkeeper, then put all your eggs in Jan Oblak’s basket.
The Atletico Madrid shot-stopper is the best goalkeeper in FIFA 20 with an overall rating of 91 which includes 92 handling and 90 positioning. Despite his already high rating, Oblak can still get higher, with a potential overall of 93 – no goalkeeper has higher. And, at 26, Oblak will have a good 10 years left in him at least. He’s valued at £69.5m and has a release clause of £147.7m but Atletico will be kind and accept £110m – we told you he costs a lot, but he’d be worth it.