FIFA 17 La Liga Santander Squad Guide

FIFA 17 La Liga Santander Squad Guide


For all those players who plan to build a FIFA 17 La Liga Santander squad, we’ve conducted an extensive analysis on the best players.

Here is our guide to the top Spanish league in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.


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Right Backs
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Introduction to the FIFA 17 La Liga Squad Guide


Building a team is the biggest challenge in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team. It doesn’t need to be the best team, this is because the budget may not allow it, but it needs to be the player’s stature for him to obtain success.

When choosing which players to play with, you will have to look carefully at their attributes. Choosing a team based on ratings is one of the most common mistakes on FUT 17. It’s precisely this aspect that this guide focuses on. For each position, and focusing on the truly important attributes, we’ll show you who are the best athletes to choose.

It’s also important that the player checks to see if the player he chooses fits the formations he likes to play in. For example, a good full back will be useless if the player only uses a formation with three defenders. According to these formations, the player must be cautious and look at the work rate. Try to relate them with the ones we advise in our Formations Guide.

Last but not least, it’s mandatory that you tune all of your team so that the individual and team chemistry will be as high possible. For this last step to be easier, the majority of the players start to define the type of team they’re building. Some choose to gather players of the same nationality, while others decide to form a team of players from the same league. There are also more experienced players that can form hybrid teams without damaging team chemistry a lot.

All of these steps are necessary to have; or it could mean that the team is not always well built as it could be. This article aims to help those that want to form a FIFA 17 La Liga Santander squad. Even the players that already have a team based in this league, could take out some valuable conclusions from this guide that could help you make your team even better.

We received thousands of comments about similar guides that we have published in previous years. Most of them have asked us to help improve their teams and the players they had. It’s important that the readers understand that this guide is simply guidance. It’s a theme too vast and the player combinations are almost infinite. Besides, there are various factors that influence the choices, like one’s style of play, the formations used, the available budget, the preferences or even the time spent playing. There’s still one uncertain component: a good player for someone might not be for another. If there was a better team everyone would fight to get it. Part of the fun of FIFA 17 Ultimate Team is this: everyone has their personal club and players.

Another important point and that must stay very clear is that whoever is reading this guide, it’s about some criteria we chose and should be of everyone’s knowledge:

    Only Gold Players
    In this guide we didn’t consider silver or bronze player. Most players don’t assume them to be a better option than gold players, so to simplify the guide’s analysis we didn’t include them. In the future we may come to publish guides exclusively talking about these qualities.
    Only Regular Players
    In this guide we didn’t consider In Forms (IF). They’re extremely expensive and in most cases are not considered good value for money. They should only be used by players with generous budgets, that already have the best team possible and that want small upgrades.
    Only Normal Players
    In this guide we didn’t consider players that have been transferred to other clubs or that have been reviewed (UP). Only players that started their season in the La Liga Santander and with their original attributes were considered.
    Only Original Attributes
    In this guide we didn’t consider changes made on a players performance such happens when applying training or chemistry styles cards.
    Position analysis
    To make the comprehension of this guide easier we divided the players in nine distinct groups in order of their original position: Goalkeeper (GK), central backs (CB), right backs (RB and RWB), left backs (LB and LWB), central defensive midfielders (CDM) central midfielders (CM and CAM), right midfielders (RM, RW and RF), left midfielders (LM, LW and LF) and forwards (CF and ST).
    Fluctuation of Prices
    In the chapter where FIFA 17 La Liga Santander squads are suggested, we added a link where you can check anytime the updated prices.



La Liga Santander


Arguably no league has as good players as the main football competition in Spain. The qualification for the champion is made through the points system. Whichever team gathers the most points wins the league. The first four classified gain access to the champions league in the following year, while the fifth and sixth qualify for the Europa League and the last three trade places with the first two promoted from the Segunda División and with the play-off winner. Every season starts in August and finishes in May, having 38 game weeks with 10 matches each, being a total of 380 matches per season.

The Liga BBVA is the third most watched football league in the world and the best league classified in the UEFA league coefficients.

Started in 1928, La Liga has only been conquered by nine clubs. The dominant clubs are Real Madrid and Barcelona, with a total of 32 and 24 titles. Atlético de Madrid (10), Atlético de Bilbao (8), Valência (6) and Real Sociedad (2) were the other teams that have won the league more than once, while Deportivo la Coruna, Real Bétis and Sevilla only won the title once.

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As of last season, the La Liga lost some good players such as Claudio Bravo and Nolito (Manchester City), Borja Bastón (Swansea), Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jesé (Paris Saint-Germain), Ciro Immobile (Lazio) and Lucas Pérez (Arsenal). But, the biggest transfers out were Eric Bailly, from Villarreal to Manchester United, and Shkodran Mustafi, from Valência to Arsenal, for a total amount of almost 80 million Euros.

These transfers didn’t necessarily make the La Liga weaker. The Spanish teams spent more than 500 million Euros on strong reinforcements: Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne (FC Barcelona), Nico Gaitán and Sime Vrsaljko (Atlético de Madrid), Roberto Soriano and Nicola Sansone (Villareal), Franco Vázquez and Joaquín Correa (Sevilha) and Ezequiel Garay and Nani (Valência). But the biggest signing of the season happened in Madrid. Álvaro Morata returned to Real Madrid for a transfer fee around 30 million Euros.

There are many great player choices to make which will make an even better team for you to aim to build. But, since it’s the league with better players, their prices are high. Only the Premier League players are more expensive than these ones. To the players with a limited budget, there are other better options.

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La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team
Total Players: 536
Gold Players: 326
Average Rating (Global): 75
Best New Cards:
Nico Gaitán
Ezequiel Garay
Highest Upgrades:
Oyarzabal (+21)
Maurício Lemos (+20)
Charly Musonda (+17)
David Juncà (+13)
Highest Downgrades:
Tito (-4)
Mikel Gonzalez (-4)
Gonzalo Castro (-4)
Granero (-4)



Best FIFA 17 La Liga Goalkeepers


Goalkeepers are the players that are used least on the field. Because of this they are also first ignored when building a team. Most players start their purchases with a forward, later they strengthen the midfield, the defence and only later the goal. The truth is a good goalkeeper may be worth a lot of goals. They are a good investment because they are normally the most economically accessible players.

The goalkeepers with most prestige in La Liga Santander play in Madrid: Oblak and Keylor Navas. With having the best rating they are also the most searched for by this league’s teams so this makes them more expensive.


Jan Oblak87Atlético MadridSVN
Keylor Navas85Real MadridCOS
Diego Alves83Valencia CFBRA
Marc-André ter Stegen83FC BarcelonaGER
Gerónimo Rulli82Real SociedadARG
Salvatore Sirigu82Sevilla FCITA
Jasper Cillessen81FC BarcelonaNED
Sergio Asenjo81Villarreal CFESP
Moyá81Atlético MadridESP
Diego López81RCD EspanyolESP
Guillermo Ochoa80Granada CFMEX
Adán80Real BetisESP
Roberto80RCD EspanyolESP
Sergio Rico80Sevilla FCESP
Carlos Idriss Kameni80Málaga CFCAM


When choosing a good goalkeeper it’s not only down to his rating. There are two fundamental attributes for choosing a good goalkeeper: reflexes and diving.

The first measures a goalkeeper’s agility when making a save. The best on this aspect are Diego Alves and Ochoa.


Diego Alves87Valencia CFBRA
Guillermo Ochoa87Granada CFMEX
Gerónimo Rulli86Real SociedadARG
Keylor Navas85Real MadridCOS
Marc-André ter Stegen85FC BarcelonaGER
Denys Boyko84Málaga CFUKR
Salvatore Sirigu83Sevilla FCITA
Roberto83RCD EspanyolESP
Jan Oblak82Atlético MadridSVN
Sergio Rico82Sevilla FCESP
Carlos Idriss Kameni82Málaga CFCAM
Iván Cuéllar81Sporting GijónESP
Javi Varas81UD Las PalmasESP
Mathew Ryan80Valencia CFAUS
Sergio80Celta VigoESP


Diving is a fundamental attribute when choosing a goalkeeper. It measures the capacity for a goalkeeper to make a save when jumping.

Diego Alves is also the best one with this attribute, with a slight advantage over Keylor Navas. For those who are looking for the cheaper solution, Rulli is a valid alternative.


Diego Alves88Valencia CFBRA
Keylor Navas87Real MadridCOS
Gerónimo Rulli85Real SociedadARG
Moyá85Atlético MadridESP
Marc-André ter Stegen84FC BarcelonaGER
Sergio Asenjo84Villarreal CFESP
Jan Oblak83Atlético MadridSVN
Salvatore Sirigu83Sevilla FCITA
Denys Boyko83Málaga CFUKR
Carlos Idriss Kameni82Málaga CFCAM
Mathew Ryan82Valencia CFAUS
Roberto81RCD EspanyolESP
Serantes81CD LeganésESP
Sergio Rico80Sevilla FCESP
Javi Varas80UD Las PalmasESP


The most experienced Ultimate Team players know that another leaning factor on a goalkeeper’s performance without considering the remaining four attributes: height. The more tall a goalkeeper is, better his chances of having a clean sheet.

This is the weakness of Oblak, Navas and Diego Alves. None of these goalkeepers are even in this TOP 10.


Diego López196 / 6′5″RCD EspanyolESP
Sergio Rico194 / 6′4″Sevilla FCESP
Denys Boyko194 / 6′4″Málaga CFUKR
Przemysław Tytoń194 / 6′4″RC DeportivoPOL
Salvatore Sirigu192 / 6′4″Sevilla FCITA
Roberto192 / 6′4″RCD EspanyolESP
Kiko Casilla191 / 6′3″Real MadridESP
Iraizoz191 / 6′3″Athletic BilbaoESP
Adán190 / 6′3″Real BetisESP
Gerónimo Rulli189 / 6′2″Real SociedadARG
Moyá189 / 6′2″Atlético MadridESP
Sergio Asenjo189 / 6′2″Villarreal CFESP
Mariano Barbosa188 / 6′2″Villarreal CFARG
Diego Alves187 / 6′2″Valencia CFBRA
Marc-André ter Stegen187 / 6′2″FC BarcelonaGER

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Now that Casillas, Courtois and Claudio Bravo are not playing in this league any more, the choice for the best La Liga goalkeeper on FIFA 17 Ultimate Team is not easy.

In our opinion, this position is in good hands (literally) whether you choose Jan Oblak or Keylor Navas. The two goalkeepers are similar stat-wise for the most important attributes. If we had to pick one, it would be Oblak because he is taller and has an amazing handling stat – in the entire game, only Courtois ie better than him.

In terms of cheaper goalkeepers, our suggestion goes for Diego Alves. For those who want an even cheaper option, Rulli is also a good alternative. He is clearly better than Marc-André ter Stegen and cheaper.

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La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team


Best Players
#1 Jan Oblak
#2 Keylor Navas
#3 Diego Alves
#4 Gerónimo Rulli
#5 Marc-André ter Stegen

Economic Choice
Diego Alves



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Best FIFA 17 La Liga Centre Backs


A goalkeeper task is made easier if in front of him are quality central backs. Their function is to stop the opponent from getting dangerously close to your team’s goal.

Sergio Ramos is the centre back with best reputation in La Liga Santander.


Sergio Ramos89Real MadridESP
Diego Godín88Atlético MadridURU
Pepe88Real MadridPOR
Piqué86FC BarcelonaESP
Javier Mascherano85FC BarcelonaARG
Raphaël Varane84Real MadridFRA
Ezequiel Garay84Valencia CFARG
Aymeric Laporte84Athletic BilbaoFRA
José María Giménez83Atlético MadridURU
Mateo Musacchio83Villarreal CFARG
Samuel Umtiti82FC BarcelonaFRA
Stefan Savić82Atlético MadridMON
Adil Rami82Sevilla FCFRA
Víctor Ruíz81Villarreal CFESP
Iñigo Martínez81Real SociedadESP


On a centre back, two attributes assume particular importance on their performance: defending and physical, which represents strength, stamina, aggression and jumping.

A player with good at defending will have an easier chance of dispossessing the opponent and avoid him reaching your box.

It’s the case of the three best rated players, Ramos, Godín and Pepe. It’s really hard to get past them. The most experienced players are normally those who have a higher rating with this attribute.


Diego Godín88Atlético MadridURU
Pepe88Real MadridPOR
Sergio Ramos87Real MadridESP
Ezequiel Garay87Valencia CFARG
Piqué86FC BarcelonaESP
Aymeric Laporte86Athletic BilbaoFRA
Javier Mascherano85FC BarcelonaARG
Raphaël Varane85Real MadridFRA
José María Giménez84Atlético MadridURU
Mateo Musacchio84Villarreal CFARG
Stefan Savić83Atlético MadridMON
Jérémy Mathieu83FC BarcelonaFRA
Samuel Umtiti82FC BarcelonaFRA
Adil Rami82Sevilla FCFRA
Iñigo Martínez82Real SociedadESP


The physical attribute shows the old heading capability but also how likely the players are to win game with their body. This is a crucial attribute when looking for the best centre back.

In this chapter players are very balanced.


Thimothée Kolodziejczak84Sevilla FCFRA
Eliaquim Mangala84Valencia CFFRA
Bruno84Real BetisESP
Sergio Ramos83Real MadridESP
José María Giménez83Atlético MadridURU
Aymen Abdennour83Valencia CFTUN
Albentosa83RC DeportivoESP
Jean-Sylvain Babin83Sporting GijónFRA
Etxeita82Athletic BilbaoESP
Laguardia82Deport. AlavésESP
Fernando Amorebieta82Sporting GijónVEN
Martín Mantovani82CD LeganésARG
Pepe81Real MadridPOR
Ezequiel Garay81Valencia CFARG
Adil Rami81Sevilla FCFRA


Defending and heading may be useless against fast opponents. It’s necessary to fight fire with fire. No one likes feeling impotent when seeing you get overrun by extremely fast players. Even though, in a way, centre backs aren’t that fast, every team needs one of these players with a high pace attribute.

This is where Diego Godín and Javier Mascherano are weak. There are much faster players in La Liga. As usual, the first on the list is Sergio Ramos.


Sergio Ramos78Real MadridESP
Raphaël Varane77Real MadridFRA
Samuel Umtiti75FC BarcelonaFRA
Eliaquim Mangala73Valencia CFFRA
Nacho Fernández73Real MadridESP
Bigas73UD Las PalmasESP
Iñigo Martínez72Real SociedadESP
Álvaro72Villarreal CFESP
Jérémy Mathieu71FC BarcelonaFRA
Thimothée Kolodziejczak71Sevilla FCFRA
Mauricio Lemos71UD Las PalmasURU
Pepe70Real MadridPOR
Jorge Meré70Sporting GijónESP
José María Giménez69Atlético MadridURU
Aïssa Mandi68Real BetisALG

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Sergio Ramos is our number one choice for this position. Fast and with good defending and attacking attributes, the Madrid’ defender is for that the without a chance most expensive of all central backs of the La Liga. Despite his high quality, you have to pay attention to this player because of his work rate high/medium. You need to choose very well who will be his team mate in the center of the defence. We recommend Pepe, because he is the second best centre back of this league and has the perfect work rate to play with Sergio Ramos.

Except you are playing with a 5xx formation, we don’t recommend to use Mascherano, Piqué or Godín. They are too slow. Varane and Umtiti are cheaper and much better choices.

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La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team


Best Players
#1 Sérgio Ramos
#2 Pepe
#3 Raphaël Varane
#4 Samuel Umtiti
#5 Diego Godín

Economic Choice
Jérémy Mathieu



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Best FIFA 17 La Liga Right Backs


Full backs have the role of troubling the job of wingers. In addition, good full backs also support their team mates on offensive manoeuvres.

Choosing the best right back for a La Liga squad is an extremely hard choice. There are various valid options depending on the style of play.


Carvajal83Real MadridESP
Juanfran83Atlético MadridESP
De Marcos81Athletic BilbaoESP
Danilo80Real MadridBRA
Mario Gaspar80Villarreal CFESP
Hugo Mallo80Celta VigoESP
Montoya79Valencia CFESP
Mariano79Sevilla FCBRA
Šime Vrsaljko79Atlético MadridCRO
João Cancelo79Valencia CFPOR


There are very important attributes for any right back: defending and pace.

Since they’re defenders they should have good defending capacities. This reduces a team’s risk of conceding.

Carvajal is the player that best fits this aspect. The only other players that offer him any type of competition are Mario Gaspar and Juanfran.


Carvajal81Real MadridESP
Mario Gaspar80Villarreal CFESP
Juanfran79Atlético MadridESP
Danilo78Real MadridBRA
Hugo Mallo77Celta VigoESP
Šime Vrsaljko77Atlético MadridCRO
Aritz Elustondo77Real SociedadESP
Gabriel Mercado77Sevilla FCARG
Bóveda76Athletic BilbaoESP
Antonio Rukavina76Villarreal CFSRB


A flanked game tends to be faster than a game based in the middle of the field. The players that fill these spaces are obligated to be fast, both penetrating defensive and attacking moves of the team. Pace is one of the most important requirements for a good full back. Even in FIFA 17.

Alei Vidal is the fastest La Liga right-back in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team. Besides him, only Cancelo and Michel Macedo may be considered reasonably fast.


Aleix Vidal91FC BarcelonaESP
João Cancelo89Valencia CFPOR
Michel Macedo89UD Las PalmasBRA
De Marcos88Athletic BilbaoESP
Capa87SD EibarESP
Montoya86Valencia CFESP
Juanfran84Atlético MadridESP
Mariano84Sevilla FCBRA
Carvajal82Real MadridESP
Lora82Sporting GijónESP

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The right-backs are probably the most difficult choices of this league. In our opinion, Juanfran is the best one. However, Carvajal is also a quality choice, except if you need pace. In that case, pick De Marcos or João Cancelo.

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La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team


Best Players
#1 Juanfran
#2 Carvajal
#3 De Marcos
#4 João Cancelo
#5 Danilo

Economic Choice
De Marcos

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Best FIFA 17 La Liga Left Backs


Left backs have exactly the same role of their team mates on the other flank. In other words, they try to make a winger’s job hard and participate in the team’s offensive manoeuvres.

There are two La Liga players that stand out in this position: Marcelo and Jordi Alba.


Marcelo86Real MadridBRA
Jordi Alba86FC BarcelonaESP
Filipe Luís85Atlético MadridBRA
Benoît Trémoulinas81Sevilla FCFRA
Gayà80Valencia CFESP
Fábio Coentrão80Real MadridPOR
Lucas Digne79FC BarcelonaFRA
Balenziaga79Athletic BilbaoESP
Jaume Costa79Villarreal CFESP
Siqueira78Valencia CFBRA


Marcelo is clearly the left back who defends better in this league.


Marcelo80Real MadridBRA
Filipe Luís77Atlético MadridBRA
Jordi Alba75FC BarcelonaESP
Fábio Coentrão73Real MadridPOR
Balenziaga71Athletic BilbaoESP
Fernando Navarro66RC DeportivoESP
Miguel Torres64Málaga CFESP
Benoît Trémoulinas78Sevilla FCFRA
Jonny64Celta VigoESP
Jaume Costa71Villarreal CFESP


Jordi Alba is once again the fastest left back in the Spanish league. He makes his speed his biggest threat.


Jordi Alba93FC BarcelonaESP
Gayà88Valencia CFESP
Jaume Costa83Villarreal CFESP
David Juncà83SD EibarESP
Benoît Trémoulinas82Sevilla FCFRA
Filipe Luís80Atlético MadridBRA
Lucas Digne80FC BarcelonaFRA
Marcelo79Real MadridBRA
Jonny78Celta VigoESP
Yuri78Real SociedadESP

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Marcelo is slightly better than Alba in almost every stat, but the pace of the Spanish player can make the difference many times. What he lacks in these attributes he highly compensates with his pace. That’s the main reason why we consider him the best La Liga Santander left back.

Of all the remaining players, Filipe Luís is probably the most interesting one. However, Gayà is our cheapest choice. He doesn’t have the same efficiency as the others we referred too but he’s fast enough to cause some offensive damage and possesses decent skills.

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La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team


Best Players
#1 Jordi Alba
#2 Marcelo
#3 Filipe Luís
#4 Gayà
#5 Benoît Trémoulinas

Economic Choice

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Best FIFA 17 La Liga Defensive Midfielder


Many of the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team formations require some midfielders that have a natural aptitude to defend. Central defensive midfielders distinguish themselves for being especially aimed to help the more retreated line of their teams. According to their attributes and their work rates, they can also be useful for starting attacks. They are players that occupy a very strategic position in the field.

With regard to the popularity, the supremacy of Busquets over all other La Liga Santander central defensive midfielders is extremely clear.


Sergio Busquets87FC BarcelonaESP
Iborra82Sevilla FCESP
Casemiro82Real MadridBRA
Steven N’Zonzi82Sevilla FCFRA
Iturraspe81Athletic BilbaoESP
Mikel San José81Athletic BilbaoESP
Camacho81Málaga CFESP
Roque Mesa79UD Las PalmasESP
Alfred N’Diaye79Villarreal CFSEN
Javi Fuego79RCD EspanyolESP
Papa Kouli Diop78RCD EspanyolSEN
Gonzalo Escalante78SD EibarARG
Nemanja Radoja78Celta VigoSRB
Petros78Real BetisBRA
Daniel Torres77Deport. AlavésCOL


There are a variety of attributes in a central defensive midfielder that you have to give attention: defending, so that the first defender of team works; strength, so that you win all brawls in a prone area of the field; heading, to win possession in aerial moves like goal kicks; pace, so that you cover the most terrain on the field as possible; stamina, so they can equally participate in offensive and defensive moves (especially useful for players with high/high work rates); passing and possession so that he can properly start attacks. In our opinion the two first are the most important.

Normally using a central defensive midfielder is associated with having a deficit of elements in your defence. So, it makes sense that when you search for a player to occupy this position you’d want players that can defend.

The CDM with best defending stats are Busquets and Ibora. They are good choices for teams that want to complicate an opponent’s game in the space between the midfield and the defence.


Sergio Busquets83FC BarcelonaESP
Iborra83Sevilla FCESP
Casemiro80Real MadridBRA
Mikel San José80Athletic BilbaoESP
Camacho80Málaga CFESP
Steven N’Zonzi79Sevilla FCFRA
Iturraspe79Athletic BilbaoESP
Alfred N’Diaye78Villarreal CFSEN
Javi Fuego76RCD EspanyolESP
Gonzalo Escalante76SD EibarARG
Nemanja Radoja76Celta VigoSRB
Petros76Real BetisBRA
Matías Kranevitter76Sevilla FCARG
Markel Bergara75Real SociedadESP
Papa Kouli Diop74RCD EspanyolSEN


The area of the field occupied by the central defensive midfielders is the one where most ball disputes happen. Strong players will have a higher probability of winning the ball.

There’s a lot of muscle between the La Liga Santander central midfielders. N’Zonzi, Papa Kouli Diop and Casemiro are good examples of that.


Steven N’Zonzi87Sevilla FCFRA
Alfred N’Diaye85Villarreal CFSEN
Papa Kouli Diop85RCD EspanyolSEN
Casemiro84Real MadridBRA
Iborra83Sevilla FCESP
Thomas82Atlético MadridGHA
Sergio Busquets81FC BarcelonaESP
Camacho81Málaga CFESP
David López81RCD EspanyolESP
Rubén Pérez81CD LeganésESP
Javi Fuego80RCD EspanyolESP
Mikel San José79Athletic BilbaoESP
Roque Mesa79UD Las PalmasESP
Daniel Torres79Deport. AlavésCOL
Timor79CD LeganésESP

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In our opinion, Busquets is a special defensive midfelder because he’s tactical, good on the ball and play better in the opposite midfield.

For those who want an element that offer defensive solidity to the team for a low price, N’Zonzi is a very interesting choice. He is our economic choice.

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La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team


Best Players
#1 Sergio Busquets
#2 Casemiro
#3 Steven N’Zonzi
#4 Iborra
#5 Alfred N’Diaye

Economic Choice
Steven N’Zonzi

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Best FIFA 17 La Liga Centre Midfielders


A lot of games are decided in the midfield and not close to the goals. The players that play in these zones are the ones that should create the game and define its rhythm.

It’s in midfield that there’s more quality in La Liga Santander. Some of the world’s best footballers play there. It’s the case of the Iniesta, Kroos, James and Rakitic.


Luka Modrić89Real MadridCRO
Iniesta88FC BarcelonaESP
Toni Kroos88Real MadridGER
James Rodríguez87Real MadridCOL
Ivan Rakitić87FC BarcelonaCRO
Arda Turan84FC BarcelonaTUR
Koke84Atlético MadridESP
Isco84Real MadridESP
André Gomes84FC BarcelonaPOR
Bruno83Villarreal CFESP
Parejo82Valencia CFESP
Franco Vázquez82Sevilla FCITA
Beñat82Athletic BilbaoESP
Gabi82Atlético MadridESP
Tiago81Atlético MadridPOR
Augusto Fernández81Atlético MadridARG
Ganso81Sevilla FCBRA
Raúl García81Athletic BilbaoESP
Marco Asensio81Real MadridESP
Daniel Wass80Celta VigoDEN


Centre midfielders are responsible for discovering lines that break the opponents defence. Their passing quality has to be really good so they can assist forwards.

Kroos, Iniesta and Parejo have a great passing stat.


Toni Kroos88Real MadridGER
Iniesta87FC BarcelonaESP
Parejo87Valencia CFESP
Luka Modrić86Real MadridCRO
Ivan Rakitić86FC BarcelonaCRO
James Rodríguez85Real MadridCOL
Koke85Atlético MadridESP
Ganso85Sevilla FCBRA
Beñat84Athletic BilbaoESP
Arda Turan83FC BarcelonaTUR
Marco Asensio83Real MadridESP
Raúl García82Athletic BilbaoESP
Hiroshi Kiyotake82Sevilla FCJAP
Mateo Kovačić82Real MadridCRO
Sergi Roberto81FC BarcelonaESP
Isco80Real MadridESP
André Gomes80FC BarcelonaPOR
Gabi80Atlético MadridESP
Daniel Wass80Celta VigoDEN
Marcelo Díaz80Celta VigoCHI


A Centre midfielder usually needs creativity. Good dribbling allows the team to move forward, creating potential disequilibrium’s.

La Liga players supremacy is also showed through their dribbling. Iniesta and Modric are the two of the best dribblers in the world.


Iniesta90FC BarcelonaESP
Luka Modrić89Real MadridCRO
Arda Turan86FC BarcelonaTUR
Isco86Real MadridESP
James Rodríguez85Real MadridCOL
Rafinha85FC BarcelonaBRA
Mateo Kovačić85Real MadridCRO
Franco Vázquez84Sevilla FCITA
André Gomes83FC BarcelonaPOR
Ganso83Sevilla FCBRA
Ivan Rakitić82FC BarcelonaCRO
Koke82Atlético MadridESP
Marco Asensio82Real MadridESP
Emre Çolak82RC DeportivoTUR
Dani Ceballos81Real BetisESP
Saúl80Atlético MadridESP
Roberto Soriano80Villarreal CFITA
Víctor Rodríguez80Sporting GijónESP
Tana80UD Las PalmasESP
Toni Kroos79Real MadridGER

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Iniesta is the best player in the attributes that we consider most important in this position. However, our preferences goes to James Rodriguez and Modric. They are much more balanced midfielders. James is one of the fastest players and with better shooting while the Croatian is a box to box player. Kroos is not in our first choices because he is too slow for this game.

You should choose your centre midfielder according to your needs. Modric is the perfect CM who helps the defence; James is a CAM that tries to make the difference in the last third of the field; Iniesta is the best player to assists to goal. If you don’t have money for these players, you can try Rakitic

André Gomes, Koke and Isco are three quality players that can be used in medium budget squads.

Our cheapest choice falls to Turan.

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La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team


Best Players
#1 James Rodríguez
#2 Luka Modrić
#3 Iniesta
#4 Ivan Rakitić
#5 André Gomes

Economic Choice
Arda Turan

La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team - CM and CAMBest FIFA 17 La Liga Centre Midfielders



Best FIFA 17 La Liga Right Wingers

RM | RW | RF

The wingers are responsible for giving game width in the attack. They’re normally very explosive players.

The best wingers in the world play in La Liga Santander: Ronaldo and Neymar on the left side; Messi and Bale one the right side.


Lionel Messi93FC BarcelonaARG
Gareth Bale90Real MadridWAL
Vitolo82Sevilla FCESP
Carlos Vela81Real SociedadMEX
Fabián Orellana81Celta VigoCHI
Lucas Vázquez81Real MadridESP
Williams80Athletic BilbaoESP
Jonathan dos Santos80Villarreal CFMEX
Keko80Málaga CFESP
Rodrigo78Valencia CFESP
Hernán Pérez78RCD EspanyolPAR
Reyes78RCD EspanyolESP
Xabi Prieto78Real SociedadESP
Joaquín78Real BetisESP
Susaeta78Athletic BilbaoESP


There are three fundamental attributes for a winger: pace, dribbling and passing.

Pace is probably the biggest weapon of these players. They use it to evade opponents and getting to the other side, many times via sprints on the side lines.

La Liga Santander is extremely well served in this chapter. Gareth Bale is one of the fastest player in the whole game.


Gareth Bale94Real MadridWAL
Williams92Athletic BilbaoESP
Lionel Messi89FC BarcelonaARG
Carlos Vela85Real SociedadMEX
Alessio Cerci85Atlético MadridITA
Rodrigo84Valencia CFESP
Fabián Orellana83Celta VigoCHI
Lucas Vázquez81Real MadridESP
Keko80Málaga CFESP
Hernán Pérez80RCD EspanyolPAR
Federico Cartabia79Valencia CFARG
Vitolo78Sevilla FCESP
Cejudo77Real BetisESP
Santi Mina75Valencia CFESP
Nabil El Zhar75UD Las PalmasMOR


Just being fast doesn’t cut it to reach the opponents box, having good dribbling to surpass the opponents’ players that appear on the way.

There are a lot of players gifted in dribbling, but no one can be compared to Lionel Messi. He has the best dribbling stat in the game.


Lionel Messi96FC BarcelonaARG
Gareth Bale86Real MadridWAL
Fabián Orellana84Celta VigoCHI
Vitolo83Sevilla FCESP
Reyes83RCD EspanyolESP
Federico Cartabia83Valencia CFARG
Carlos Vela82Real SociedadMEX
Jonathan dos Santos82Villarreal CFMEX
Joaquín82Real BetisESP
Nabil El Zhar82UD Las PalmasMOR
Keko81Málaga CFESP
Carles Gil81RC DeportivoESP
Lucas Vázquez80Real MadridESP
Hernán Pérez80RCD EspanyolPAR
Cejudo80Real BetisESP


When reaching the opponents box the winger has to decide what to do. Normally, they choose to cross to the forwards. That is why it’s important for them to have good passing.

Once again, Messi is the best one.


Lionel Messi86FC BarcelonaARG
Gareth Bale84Real MadridWAL
Xabi Prieto84Real SociedadESP
Pedro León84SD EibarESP
Jonathan dos Santos82Villarreal CFMEX
Joaquín82Real BetisESP
Susaeta82Athletic BilbaoESP
Reyes81RCD EspanyolESP
Vitolo79Sevilla FCESP
Keko78Málaga CFESP
Lucas Vázquez77Real MadridESP
Fabián Orellana76Celta VigoCHI
Carles Gil76RC DeportivoESP
Bruno Gama75RC DeportivoPOR
Carlos Vela74Real SociedadMEX

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Lionel Messi is clearly the most indicated players to occupy this position in a team without budget restraints. He is the one with best passing, shooting and dribbling. The only problem is his price. If you are rich but not so much, Bale is also a top-quality winger.

For those that can’t pay so many coins, Williams, Carlos Vela and Vitolo might be an option, depending of how much important is pace to you. However, Fabián Orellana is much cheaper and almost as good as these wingers. That’s why he is our economic choice.

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La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team


Best Players
#1 Lionel Messi
#2 Gareth Bale
#3 Williams
#4 Carlos Vela
#5 Vitolo

Economic Choice
Fabián Orellana

La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team - RM, RW e RFBest FIFA 17 La Liga Right Wingers



Best FIFA 17 La Liga Left Wingers

LM | LW | LF

The left wingers have exactly the same role as their team mates from the other side.

Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly the best player for this position. Not only in these league, but in the whole world.


Cristiano Ronaldo94Real MadridPOR
Neymar92FC BarcelonaBRA
Nicolás Gaitán85Atlético MadridARG
Nani83Valencia CFPOR
Samir Nasri82Sevilla FCFRA
Yannick Carrasco82Atlético MadridBEL
Michael Krohn-Dehli81Sevilla FCDEN
Denis Suárez80FC BarcelonaESP
Jonathan Viera80UD Las PalmasESP
Samu Castillejo80Villarreal CFESP
Denis Cheryshev79Villarreal CFRUS
Jony78Málaga CFESP
Muniain78Athletic BilbaoESP
Pablo Piatti78RCD EspanyolARG
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez78Granada CFMOR


Even though he’s fast, Neymar is not as fast as Ronaldo, one of the fastest gold left wingers in the world.


Cristiano Ronaldo92Real MadridPOR
Neymar91FC BarcelonaBRA
Alexander Szymanowski89CD LeganésARG
Yannick Carrasco88Atlético MadridBEL
Charly Musonda88Real BetisBEL
Samu Castillejo87Villarreal CFESP
Jony85Málaga CFESP
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez85Granada CFMOR
Bebé85SD EibarPOR
Naranjo85Celta VigoESP
Pablo Piatti83RCD EspanyolARG
Theo Bongonda83Celta VigoBEL
Nicolás Gaitán82Atlético MadridARG
Nani82Valencia CFPOR
Muniain82Athletic BilbaoESP


Neymar is clearly the most highlighted left wingers in this chapter. In the world, no one can be compared to him.


Neymar95FC BarcelonaBRA
Cristiano Ronaldo91Real MadridPOR
Nicolás Gaitán86Atlético MadridARG
Nani86Valencia CFPOR
Yannick Carrasco84Atlético MadridBEL
Samir Nasri84Sevilla FCFRA
Jonathan Viera84UD Las PalmasESP
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez84Granada CFMOR
Takashi Inui84SD EibarJAP
Denis Suárez83FC BarcelonaESP
Pablo Sarabia83Sevilla FCESP
Charly Musonda83Real BetisBEL
Samu Castillejo82Villarreal CFESP
Muniain82Athletic BilbaoESP
Pablo Piatti81RCD EspanyolARG


Krohn-Dehli and Gaitán are the two best passers but the biggest winner is Neymar because of his passing upgrade this year.


Michael Krohn-Dehli84Sevilla FCDEN
Nicolás Gaitán83Atlético MadridARG
Cristiano Ronaldo81Real MadridPOR
Nani81Valencia CFPOR
Samir Nasri81Sevilla FCFRA
Denis Suárez80FC BarcelonaESP
Neymar78FC BarcelonaBRA
Jonathan Viera78UD Las PalmasESP
Samu Castillejo77Villarreal CFESP
Pablo Sarabia77Sevilla FCESP
Jurado77RCD EspanyolESP
Yannick Carrasco76Atlético MadridBEL
Denis Cheryshev76Villarreal CFRUS
Jony76Málaga CFESP
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez73Granada CFMOR

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Ronaldo is the most expensive player in the game. His price prohibits him from lots of budgets, proving the worth of the player. He’s without a doubt the best La Liga left winger and, for many people, the best player in the world. Among all the left wingers of this league, he is the one with best pace, shooting and physical. But there is more: he has the best shooting of the game and he is one of the few that can perform any skill.

For those that don’t want to pay as many coins for the captain of Portuguese National Team, the alternative is Neymar. The Brazilian winger is also very expensive but for some reason he is the third best rated player in FUT 17.

There are no big differences between Gaitán, Nani and Carrasco. The first one is more balanced, Nani has better skills and the third one is faster. Any of them is a good choice for medium-budget squads. Our preference goes for the Portuguese winger because of his 5 star skills and 4 star weak foot.

Nasri, Samu Castillejo and Cheryshev are great options for low budget teams.

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La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team


Best Players
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo
#2 Neymar
#3 Nani
#4 Nicolás Gaitán
#5 Yannick Carrasco

Economic Choice

La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team - LM, LW e LFBest FIFA 17 La Liga Left Wingers



Best FIFA 17 La Liga Forwards


The forwards are the players on which fall the most responsibility of scoring goals.

In the La Liga Santander, the most popular are players that could play in any club in the world: Luis Suárez, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema.


Luis Suárez92FC BarcelonaURU
Antoine Griezmann88Atlético MadridFRA
Karim Benzema87Real MadridFRA
Aduriz84Athletic BilbaoESP
Kévin Gameiro83Atlético MadridFRA
Morata82Real MadridESP
Paco Alcácer81FC BarcelonaESP
Iago Aspas81Celta VigoESP
Rubén Castro81Real BetisESP
Cédric Bakambu81Villarreal CFDRC
Fernando Torres81Atlético MadridESP
Wissam Ben Yedder80Sevilla FCFRA
Soldado80Villarreal CFESP
Alexandre Pato80Villarreal CFBRA
Giuseppe Rossi79Celta VigoITA
Luciano Vietto79Sevilla FCARG
Leo Baptistao79RCD EspanyolBRA
Ángel Correa79Atlético MadridARG
Agirretxe79Real SociedadESP
Antonio Sanabria78Real BetisPAR


To score goals shooting is necessary. If either by foot or head, the most important attribute for a forward are: shooting, heading and pace.

Most goals are scored with the foot so good shooting is a necessary attribute for a forward.

The best forwards are the ones that best shooting: Suárez, Griezmann and Benzema.


Luis Suárez90FC BarcelonaURU
Antoine Griezmann85Atlético MadridFRA
Karim Benzema84Real MadridFRA
Kévin Gameiro84Atlético MadridFRA
Aduriz83Athletic BilbaoESP
Giuseppe Rossi81Celta VigoITA
Paco Alcácer80FC BarcelonaESP
Iago Aspas80Celta VigoESP
Rubén Castro80Real BetisESP
John Guidetti80Celta VigoSWE
Morata79Real MadridESP
Soldado79Villarreal CFESP
Ángel Correa79Atlético MadridARG
Charles79Málaga CFBRA
Cédric Bakambu78Villarreal CFDRC
Fernando Torres78Atlético MadridESP
Wissam Ben Yedder78Sevilla FCFRA
Alexandre Pato78Villarreal CFBRA
Luciano Vietto78Sevilla FCARG
Sergio León78CA OsasunaESP


Jump, strength and stamina are the ingredients to the new physical attribute, very important when we are analysing the best forwards: jump to score with the head; strength to dispute the ball with the opponents; and stamina to sprint in direction of goal at any time of the game.

That’s here where Suárez confirms how good he is. Griezmann, for example, is almost in the bottom of this list.


Felipe Caicedo82RCD EspanyolECU
Luis Suárez79FC BarcelonaURU
Aduriz79Athletic BilbaoESP
Florin Andone79RC DeportivoROM
Roman Zozulya77Real BetisUKR
Deyverson76Deport. AlavésBRA
Cédric Bakambu75Villarreal CFDRC
Willian José75Real SociedadBRA
John Guidetti75Celta VigoSWE
Karim Benzema74Real MadridFRA
Marko Livaja74UD Las PalmasCRO
Morata73Real MadridESP
Agirretxe71Real SociedadESP
Fernando Torres70Atlético MadridESP
Charles69Málaga CFBRA
Sergi Enrich69SD EibarESP
Sergio León69CA OsasunaESP
Joselu69RC DeportivoESP
Soldado68Villarreal CFESP
Alexandre Pato68Villarreal CFBRA


Depending on the style of play and formation, having good shooting and heading may not be enough for a striker. Especially in games that privilege counter-attack, pace is a very important attribute.

Bakambu, Griezmann and Pato are the fastest strikers playing in Spain.


Cédric Bakambu88Villarreal CFDRC
Antoine Griezmann86Atlético MadridFRA
Alexandre Pato86Villarreal CFBRA
Morata83Real MadridESP
Wissam Ben Yedder83Sevilla FCFRA
Ángel Correa83Atlético MadridARG
Luis Suárez82FC BarcelonaURU
Giuseppe Rossi82Celta VigoITA
Nicola Sansone82Villarreal CFITA
Karim Benzema81Real MadridFRA
Iago Aspas80Celta VigoESP
Leo Baptistao80RCD EspanyolBRA
Roman Zozulya80Real BetisUKR
Kévin Gameiro79Atlético MadridFRA
Rubén Castro78Real BetisESP
Fernando Torres77Atlético MadridESP
Antonio Sanabria77Real BetisPAR
Florin Andone77RC DeportivoROM
Luciano Vietto76Sevilla FCARG
Deyverson76Deport. AlavésBRA

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Suárez is the best La Liga forward, without any discussion. He has the best passing, shooting and dribbling. However, he is very expensive forcing many players to choose another forward.

Griezmann is the best alternative to Suárez. He received a huge upgrade this year, making him much better choice than Benzema. The only weakness of the Atlético’s striker is his strength, something that Benzema is really good.

There is a lack of quality strikers for medium budget squads. The best three we found were Bakambu, Gameiro and Morata. Our preference goes for Bakambu, mainly because of his pace. Morata is stronger and has a better heading, but Gameiro is better is almost everything else.

Far from the quality of these strikers, Pato and Aduriz are good options for low-budget squads. The first one is great for fast attacks while Aduriz is better for a crossing play style.

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La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team


Best Players
#1 Luis Suárez
#2 Antoine Griezmann
#3 Karim Benzema
#4 Cédric Bakambu
#5 Kévin Gameiro

Economic Choice
Cédric Bakambu

La Liga Santander Squad Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team - CF e STBest FIFA 17 La Liga Forwards



FIFA 17 La Liga Squad Suggestions


A lot of people think that this is the most important part of the guide. It’s not. The thing that is really important to know is how to choose players based on their role and style of play that fits each player. The team suggestions that follow are simple graphic indicators of what we wrote previously. They should serve merely as orientation because it’s impossible to build a team that fits everyone. They depend on various factors we don’t know such as budget, formation, style of play and player preferences.

To try and explore the needs of the maximum player as possible we suggest three teams with different budgets and formations: 4-1-2-1-2 with unlimited budget, 4-3-3 with medium budget and 4-4-2 with a low budget.


FIFA 17 La Liga Squad with Unlimited Budget


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First Squad

GK: Jan Oblak
RB: Juanfran
CBR: Sergio Ramos
CBL: Pepe
LB: Jordi Alba
CDM: Luka Modric
RM: Lionel Messi
LM: Neymar
CAM: James Rodriguez
STR: Luis Suárez
STL: Cristiano Ronaldo

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Substitutes and Reserves

GK: Keylor Navas
RB: Carvajal
CB: Samuel Umtiti
CB: Raphael Varane
LB: Marcelo
CDM: Sergio Busquets
RM: Gareth Bale
LM: Nani
CAM: Iniesta
ST: Karim Benzema
ST: Antoine Griezmann

October 2016

Playstation 4: 4,4 million coins
Xbox One: 4,0 million coins

Updated Prices

If you want to know the current prices of any player or of the full squad, please click here.


The choice for this team’s players was based on the analysis made previously.

Oblak and Navas are both good goalkeepers and you will be fine with either of them.

Sergio Ramos keeps on being the boss of the defensive foursome for all and a few more reasons. His weakest point is his attacking work rate and that’s why someone more defensive should play next to him. That’s the case of Pepe. On the right side, Dani Alves moved to another league and the position was taken by Juanfran or Carvajal, both decent choices. In the left side, it’s difficult to choose between Alba and Marcelo. To us, what makes the difference is the great Alba’s pace.

Although Modric is originally a CM in FUT 17, he also can play as CDM if you have an attacking style. He is a box to box player but if you think you need someone more suitable to give security to your defensive line, you should pick Sergio Busquets instead of him. For the next position, James Rodriguez is the most balanced player.

On the wings, this league has the two best players in the world: Messi and Ronaldo. It is a waste to leave such talents like Neymar and Bale out of this team and for that reason we moved Ronaldo to striker, opening a room for the Barcelona’s winger on the left side. You can give full chemistry to Ronaldo if you use his TOTW card or you can get a decent chemistry if you apply him a LW-LF card. One thing is guaranteed: he will play much better as striker than Griezmann, who was relegated to the bench. The other spot of the attack is obviously for Luis Suárez, an amazing goals machine.

Once all the players reach maximum individual chemistry via loyalty (achieved by each player after 10 matches for your club or by being pack pulled) you can go without a manager for your squad. They’ll be of no use while wasting contracts.


FIFA 17 La Liga Squad with Medium Budget


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First Squad

GK: Jan Oblak
RB: Juanfran
CBR: Raphael Varane
CBL: Samuel Umtiti
LB: Filipe Luis
CMR: Isco
CMC: André Gomes
CML: Koke
RW: Williams
LW: Nani
ST: Cédric Bakambu

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Substitutes and Reserves

GK: Keylor Navas
RB: Carvajal
CB: Eliaquim Mangala
CB: Jérémy Mathieu
LB: Gayà
CM: Sergio Busquets
CM: Arda Turan
RW: Carlos Vela
LW: Nicolás Gaitán
ST: Kévin Gameiro

October 2016

Playstation 4: 130k coins
Xbox One: 80k coins

Updated Prices

If you want to know the current prices of any player or of the full squad, please click here.


The choices for this more affordable team players was based on analysis made previously.

In goal, Oblak is affordable enough to keep his position.

Varane and Umtiti are both fast and solid defensively. In our opinion, they are much better choices than older centre backs like Godín or Marscherano, who are too slow to this game. Juanfran and Filipe Luis complete our defending foursome.

To the central position of the midfield, our preference goes for André Gomes, since he has the muscle that every midfield needs and also for his balanced attacking and defensive skills. He is like a light version of Modric. Koke and Isco complete the midfield.

While Williams beats the concurrence on the right wing, Nani or Gaitán could equally fill with quality the opposite side. It all depends if you need someone skilly or not.

Over the attack line, Bakambu is our favourite. He is not as popular as Gameiro and Morata, but if you give him a try you will understand why he makes part of our choices.

If you still have some room in your budget, Rakitic is the player that would improve this squad a lot.


FIFA 17 La Liga Squad with Low Budget


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First Squad

GK: Diego Alves
RB: De Marcos
CBR: Eliaquin Mangala
CBL: Jérémy Mathieu
LB: Gayà
CMR: Steven N’Zonzi
CML: Mateo Kovacic
RM: Carlos Vela
LM: Nasri
STR: Alexandre Pato
STL: Aduriz

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Substitutes and Reserves

GK: Géronimo Rulli
RB: João Cancelo
CB: Iñigo Martinez
CB: José María Giménez
LB: Benoit Trémoulinas
CM: Marco Asensio
CM: Daniel Wass
RW: Vitolo
LW: Samu Castillejo
ST: Wissiam Ben Yedder
ST: Felipe Caicedo

October 2016

Playstation 4: 15k coins
Xbox One: 12k coins

Updated Prices

If you want to know the current prices of any player or of the full squad, please click here.


The choice for this budget team was based on analysis made previously.

Diego Alves is the first choice to keep your goal safe, but Rulli is also an interesting goalkeeper.

One of the good things of not building a Premier League squad is the chance to find quality players for a good price. Mangala and Mathieu would be much more expensive if they played in England. The fullbacks of this team are really fast players: Gayà and De Marcos.

On the midfield, N’Zonzi and Kovacic complement each other well. The first one is strong, quick and aggressive, the second is a player that usually pushes forward to assist his colleagues. Vela and Nasri fill the wings in order to assist Alexandre Pato and Aduriz. If you usually don’t cross to the box, replace Aduriz by Yedder.


Follow our tips and you’ll become more successful on FIFA 17 Ultimate Team with your La Liga Santander Team.



  1. Hi,
    And thanks for a great guide / input! I sold my “bundesliga” team and I am starting a la liga team now. Still buying… but this is my (planned) setup 4-3-3(4):

    First Squad
    GK: Jan Oblak IF 89 (reserve Navas)
    RB: planned De Marcos IF 84 (planned reserve Carvajal)
    CBR: planned Sergio Ramos (Pique atm, then as reserve)
    CBL: Pepe (reserve Varane)
    LB: Jordi Alba (planned reserve Marcelo or Luiz)
    CM: Luka Modric (reserve Casemiro)
    CM: Andres Iniesta (reserve planned ??)
    CAM: James Rodriguez (reserve planned ??)
    RW: Gareth Bale (reserve planned ??)
    LM: planned Carrasco IF 87 (planned reserve Gaitan)
    ST: Karim Benzema

    I still have 330k (minus 30K for De Marcos IF) coins for the rest of the team and I am wondering if you could give me some advice on how to proceed best.
    The question is if I should buy Neymar for LW instead (would cost me 285K) which would leve me with only 15k for the rest of the reserves, or if I should go for Luis Suarez (cost about 190K). But buy would mean I will have to wait with buing Sergio Ramos…
    Alternatively I could buy Sergio Ramos, Griezmann, Carrasco IF 87 and invest more in the reserves (Marcelo).
    Do you have a suggestion for me? Many thanks in advance and kind regards,

    • Hi,
      I bought Juanfran and Carvajal for RB, and then I also bought Sergio Ramos and Luis Suarez:

      GK: Jan Oblak IF 89 (planned reserve Alves)
      RB: Juanfran (reserve Carvajal)
      CBR: Sergio Ramos (reserve Pique)
      CBL: Pepe (planned reserve Varane)
      LB: Jordi Alba (planned reserve Marcelo or F. Luis)
      CM: Luka Modric (reserve Casemiro)
      CM: Andres Iniesta (planned reserve Ivan Rakitić)
      CAM: James Rodriguez (reserve planned ??)
      RW: Gareth Bale (planned reserve Carlos Vela)
      LM: Carrasco (reserve Nani)
      ST: Luis Suarez (reserve Karim Benzema … will try to get Griezmann later)

      Leaves me with 39K to get the planned reserves… if you have suggestions or ideas on better setup I really appreciate hearing from you. Thanks in advance!

        • Thanks Rodrigo,
          yeah I am finishing up the team according to your sugesstions and bought Rakitic and Vela as planned. Hadn’t thought of Isco … I bought Gomes instead – but he will have a hard time getting “playtime” 🙂

  2. Hello Rodrigo, I was wondering if I can do any improvements to my squad..
    I play 4-3-3 (4)
    IF Aspas- Suarez- carrasco
    Should I change anything? And is Griezmann better than suarez because he’s faster?
    Thank you

  3. hello Rodrigo
    Returning to the point of getting into the fray of unlimited budget. What would you put it for pepe? In the first squad ?. Or how would you do it?
    Thank you.

  4. I was wondering if there are any upgrades you could recommend, I currently have:
    Nani, Bakambu, Williams
    Koke, André Gomes, Isco
    Gayá, Umtiti, Varane, Juanfran

    I am willing to go up to 100k for upgrades atm and my left back is Gayá so I think that Filipe Luis would be good but I thought I might save up for Marcelo or Alba instead? I was wondering what the biggest change in my club could be

  5. Hey man! I have question on my squad and where to improve it. I have a 4-3-3(4) with GK- Navas LB- Trémoulinas CB- Varane CB- Laporte RB- Carvajal CM- Rafinha CM- Koke CAM- Isco LW- Gaitán ST- Aduriz RW- Nani. Any suggestions on who I should switch out and people I should save up for?

  6. hello Rodrigo!
    With the winter updates, how would the best players of each position? What changes would there be in the top 5 ?.
    Thank you
    a greeting

      • -Pique in formation of 4 defenses? .I say this in case you consider a problem the rhythm ?. In case it does not imply problem that would exchange it for umtiti accompanying to varane or pepe accompanying to sergio ramos ?.
        -Carvajal would put him in first squad for juanfran ?.
        – Some of the winter market could be part of the squad with medium budget ?.

  7. Hi do you have any upgrades to suggest?

    playing a 4-1-4-1
    Sergio Asenjo (upgrade)
    Juanfran Varane Giminez Tremoulinas
    Casemiro (upgrade)
    Vela (upgrade) Gomes Turan Carrasco (upgrade)
    Aspas (upgrade)

    I have been having a problem with the striker position, I can’t afford the top top players but have tried Bakumbu, Gameiro and now Aspas and none have played as well as i would have liked.

    Probably wrong place to ask but I also have a PL team if you have any suggestions
    Coleman Matip (upgrade) Mustafi Azpi
    Shaqiri Herrera(upgrade) Ramsey Pedro
    Firmino (upgrade)

  8. Hi again! I ask for your advice. I have this current La Liga squad. And I currently own 45000 coins, so I would like to know your thoughts about where to improve and how, thank you very much!
    Starting 11:
    1 Keylor Navas GK GLOVE
    2 Juanfran RB ANCHOR
    4 Varane CB ANCHOR
    3 Umtiti CB ANCHOR
    6 Gayà LB SENTINEL
    5 Casemiro CDM POWERHOUSE
    8 Williams RM CATALYST
    11 Nani LM CATALYST
    10 Isco CAM ENGINE
    9 Bakambu ST HAWK
    7 Gameiro ST HAWK
    Diego Alves GK GLOVE
    Mangala CB SENTINEL
    Mathieu CB ANCHOR
    Carvajal RB SENTINEL
    Trémoulinas LB SHADOW
    Vela RM ARTIST
    Aduriz ST HUNTER
    Caicedo ST HAWK

  9. I just want to thank you for the trouble, and tell you that you do a fantastic work, not only on this guide but on the whole site. Thanks!

  10. Anyone to replace, not got a lot of coins

    Benzema-IF gameiro

  11. Hi, I’m trying Tocqueville build a low budget team and I need a LM/LW. I don’t really care about skills, more about speed and crossing. Are Carcela-Gonzalez, Bebe, Musonda or Szymanowski good options? Who out of those is the best? Castillejo I already tried and didn’t like, and Nani and Gaitan are to expensive. Thanks!

  12. Hi Rodrigo,

    Finally I got an great team (man by man):
    Jordy Alba
    Sergi Roberto (IF RB)
    Messi – RM
    Modric – CDM
    James – CAM
    Neymar – LM
    C.Ronaldo – ST
    Luis Suarez – ST

    Even when is a great team, I struggle a lot in the games, I cannot pass the 6th division, is there something due Messi and Neymar are more offensive playing them as RM-LM, or you think is more my playing skills? (Like driving a Ferrari but learning to drive).

    If so what do you recommend to improve skills.


    • Hi. Great team.
      First of all, be calm. Don’t get upset when losing. Sometimes it is difficult to win because we don’t accept our mistakes when playing with a top team like yours.
      I also recommend to complete all the skill games. They help a lot.

      • Thank you Rodrigo, another question, I would like to build an alternate “2nd” team, but not sure which one could be better as a second team, regarding your previous articles.
        Liga Santander Top second team
        GK: Keylor Navas
        RB: Carvajal
        CB: Samuel Umtiti
        CB: Raphael Varane
        LB: Marcelo
        CDM: Sergio Busquets
        RM: Gareth Bale
        LM: Nani
        CAM: Iniesta
        ST: Karim Benzema
        ST: Antoine Griezmann

        Premier 2nd team
        GK: Thibaut Courtois
        RB: Héctor Bellerín
        CB: Eric Bailly
        CB: Nicolás Otamendi
        LB: Leighton Baines
        CDM: Yaya Touré
        RM: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
        LM: Alexis Sánchez
        CAM: Mesut Özil
        ST: Jamie Vardy
        ST: Daniel Sturridge

        Bundesliga 2nd team
        GK: Bernd Leno
        RB: Łukasz Piszczek
        CB: Naldo
        CB: Mats Hummels
        LB: Ricardo Rodriguez
        CDM: Luiz Gustavo
        RM: Karim Bellarabi
        LM: Douglas Costa
        CAM: Julian Draxler
        CF: Thomas Müller
        ST: Javier Hernández

        Maybe Premier 2nd could be better with in quality what you prefer?

        Thanks and all the best!

  13. Hi Nice job on the guide. Do you have any tips for the squad i have as of right now

    4-3-3 (2) with casemiro as CDM
    Carrasco-Ben Yedder- Inaki Williams

  14. Hi, I have some cash to improve my team, but I’m not sure of what player to buy.

    Atm, that is my squad: (4321)

    Juanfran – umtiti – varane – Filipe Luis
    André Gomes – Casemiro – rakicit
    Williams – Benzema – Nani

    My opinion is that my midfield is lacking consistency on oportunity creation, and I think maybe Casemiro is not good enough on passing. Is it worth to buy its totw version? I dont think I like busquets. Otherwise, is there a CM with good defensive stats that worth not having a cdm?


  15. First team
    433 (4)

    RB-SBC Juanfran
    RW-Orellana IF

    Second team
    433 (4)

    LB-Filipe Luis

    let me hear your opinion about teams and players

  16. Hey Rodrigo,
    I only have a budget of 35k and am looking at building these 2 La Liga teams
    Carvajal Varane Garay Gaya
    Koke Isco Parejo
    Vela Gameiro Carrasco

    Cancelo Mangala Umtiti Tremoulinas
    Wass Kovavcic Boateng
    Orellana Bakambu Castelljo

    The first one would be main squad and the second would be the fitness sqaud

    Any improvements?


    Thanks for all the fantastic guides they really help!

  17. Hi, I have 1 milion coins and i want to build a team, not necessarily La Liga Santander. Someone can recommend me a team on this coins, preferably 4-3-3 (4)? My current team is:
    Gk: Navas
    Lb: Gaya
    CB: Mascherano
    CB: Varane
    RB: Carvajal
    CM: Isco
    CM: Koke
    CAM: James Rodriguez
    RW: Williams
    LW: Carrasco
    ST: Ben Yedder

    Thank you very much!

  18. Hello again
    I want to move to a 4-2-3-1 training (2) and I have seen the formations guide put on this website but I still have doubts on who to put the holder and substitutes and reserves to the CDM’s and CAM. I am among these players based on the guide, but N’zonzi IF for the lack of pace of busquets, are the following: N’zonzi IF, Casemiro, Andre Gomes, Rakitic, Modric, Iniesta, James Rodriguez, Isco, Koke, Turan . With which would you stay and where would you place each one?

    Thanks in advance
    A greeting.

  19. Hi,
    I just got David villa in the recent squad builder challenge and am trying to fit him in a team. Am thinking of using a la liga team with Spanish players to link with him. This is the tentative team I’ve come up with. What are your thoughts?

    Diego alves
    David Villa-Morata

    I’ve chosen Williams, Isco and morata for their Spanish links with villa…

  20. First of all, thank this guide for one more year.
    My current team is this:
    4-3-3 (4)
    GK: Oblak, Keylor Navas
    RB: Juanfran, Carvajal
    CB: Pepe, Varane, Umtiti, Mathieu
    LB: Jordi Alba, Filipe Luis.
    CM: N’zonzi IF, Iniesta, Andre gomes, Rakitic
    CAM: James Rodriguez, Isco
    RW: Williams, Sailing
    LW: Nani, Gaitan
    ST: Gameiro IF, Benzema
    I would like to improve my team and because the No InForm cards I am very expensive, or there are no better players to replace the heights I am in different positions I was planning to replace them with InForm.
    What is your opinion about Kameni IF, Iñigo Martinez IF and Mario Gaspar IF RB ?.
    I’m thinking of selling Keylor Navas and replacing it with Kameni IF. What does the change look like? Kameni IF is worth little more than Keylor Navas. Is Kameni IF better than Keylor Navas?
    As for Iñigo Martinez IF, he planned to replace him with Mathieu. What does the change look like? Is Iñigo Martinez IF better than Mathieu?
    And as for Mario Gaspar IF RB had thought to replace it for Carvajal, what do you think the change ?. Is Mario Gaspar IF RB better than Carvajal?

    Thanks in advance.
    I am looking forward to your response.
    A greeting.

    • Hi. Thank you for your preference.
      We don’t trust in in-game stats of IF cards and for that reason we haven’t tested most of them. You have a good team but probably you can improve it with NIF cards. Sergio Ramos, for example, is one of the players you should try. Sorry for not helping more but we can suggest players we haven’t tried.

  21. Hey, This guide has been of great help for me, and i have almost the complete medium budget.
    My starting 11 are in 4-3-3 (type changes)

    luis- umitit-varane -carvajal
    modrich-raketic- (turan/koke/gomes)
    vela- gameiro- nani

    And now i’m looking for the next upgrade, what player would you recommend?

  22. Hi, I am running a 4-3-3(2) with

    De Marcos Varane Pepe Gaya
    Rakitic Koke
    Williams Bakambu Carrasco

    What would you suggest as improvements?

    • Thank you very much for your alert.
      The page of that guide was to heavy and it was not loading. We have removed the first two chapters (introduction and PL) and it is now working fine. Comments on that page are not allowed anymore.

  23. Hi Rodrigo, hope you are well. I followed your guide and have this team:

    Juanfran Varane Umtiti Gaya
    Turan Gomes
    Williams Bakambu Nani

    Moya Garay Carvajal Asensio Kovacic Castilejo Pato

    How do you see the team and what to improve, maybe the next 3 position? I like bakambu, he’s been brilliant as you said.

    • Just to add, taking advantage of the prices I’ve made some additions:

      Juanfran Varane Umtiti Gaya
      Koke Gomes
      Williams Bakambu Nani

      Alves Carvajal Casemiro Turan Carasco Vela Pato

      I think this is more or less your 3rd/4th recommended options in the guide and I need to spend some serious coins to improve. I do have about 130k so was wondering where should I start? Am planning to wait for prices to go down more. Thanks!

        • Thanks for the reply! Yes will definitely wait after nov 23. I assume Rakitic to replace Koke and Pepe to replace Umtiti?

          Just to share, i started using morata as well. I felt his anticipation and movements were slightly better, as in his timing of the runs to go behind compared with bakambu.

          Thanks again!

  24. Hi im using your unlimited budget squad minus bale in the 41212. Its agreat squad how ever when i come up against people with 4321 i am struggling to win 90 percent of the time i lose. Other formations are no problem.Anyone withe the other 24 formations i beat Do you know aformation that is more suitable against the 4321? I love the squad its agreat guide i just cant break down the 4321

    • You have a dream team! Congratulations.
      Your problem is the midfield. They win the ball more easily than you because they have more players in the middle. If you want to win them you have to use the wings to attacks. That’s their weak point.

  25. Very good and a helpfull, however i have one question regarding cb what about laporte and garay they both 84 and they quite cheap, i am aiming for that mid budget team but i will use 433 as well, i already bought varane but i m wondering who else if umtiti or laporte or garay? What is your advice?

  26. Boa noite, Rodrigo. Estou fazendo um time híbrido LaLiga/Premier na formação 433(4). Porém, preciso de um MC bom, estou pensando no Modric. No meu estilo de jogo, os MC sobem até a entrada da grande área para dar apoio assim como fazer one-two com o falso 9. Atualmente estou com:

    Diego Alves
    Ander Herera-Asensio (MC)
    Isco (Mei)
    Pedro-Giroud-Inaki Williams

    Qual MC você me recomenda pro lugar do Asensio? Uso muito os chutes de fora.

  27. Hello Rodrigo! how are you?

    i have a 4-1-2-1-2(2) formation with the following players:

    David Gea
    Juanfran -Pique -inigo martinez – azpilicuete
    sergio busquets
    isco fabregas
    aduriz – nolita

    (all in Spain national)

    i want to improve in, so which player would you recommend me to go for ? either
    defender – midfielder or striker ? can you suggest

    really appreciate it!!

    • Hi.
      I don’t know if I make suggestions from players of other nationalities or not but I would like to ask you to take a look to Varane instead of Pique. He will not play worse and you will save a few coins.

  28. I don’t think Bakambu is better than Gameiro. Faster and stronger yes, but Gameiro’s finishing is just fantastic. I’m using both in my team atm. Good job on the guide though, I follow it every year!

  29. Hi,
    who is better Benzema or IF Gameiro?

    my squad
    Juanfran Varane Pepe Coentrao
    IF Nzonzi Busquets
    Williams James Nani

    any suggestions? Im going to change Coentrao into Alba, Varane into Ramos, Nani into IF Carrasco, Williams into IF Orellana, Benzema into IF Gameiro.

  30. I really don’t know why you have to be such a pacewhore. Umtiti and Varane are better than Godin only in your dream. And also I see you put a CDM with high/medium workrates, what a genius.

    • In this website we respect the opinion of everyone. If you have a different opinion, you can just say it normally without irony.
      We publish these guides every year and the feedback we receive is excellent. We are not saying that you are wrong and we are right but, as we published, ‘this guide is simply guidance’. Choosing a team depends of many factors. We believe that for the majority, Umtiti and Varane will be better choices than Godin and our experience of previous years can prove it. H/M workrate is not the best WR for a CDM but, if you defend well (you probably don’t), it will be enough.

  31. Hello Rodrigo! First let me thank you for your excellent guides every year, i like to build teams (last year i had 18!) and test different players but its perfect to get some inspiration from your guides.
    For la Liga i have a 4-1-2-1-2 formation with the following players:
    Diego Alves
    Sansone (ZOM)

    At the moment i play in Division 3 but i want to improve, so which player would you recommend me to go for (I buy only players under 3k!)?

    I’m excited looking forward to your answer. 🙂

  32. Hi!

    I play a 4-1-2-1-2 wide formation. Would you recommend Modric as a CDM?

    Currently I have Casemiro in that position. He does the job well, but I’m always looking to upgrade. I know Modric is a lot better as a midfielder, but I don’t know if he can play the defensive role. I plan to buy James as CAM so Modric would be in the bench if he doesn’t fit in CDM.

    Also, what would be the next upgrade for this team?

    Alba – Pepe – Varane – Juanfran
    Nani – Williams
    Benzema – Bakambu

    Thanks for your guide!

    • I should mention I discarded Busquets because of his pace, as you said in reply to another comment. However, I don’t understand then why Busquets is the top CDM in your guide.

    • Hi.
      That’s a good question. Modric is not the best player to use as CDM. However, he can play in that position depending of your play style. If you already have him, you should give a try.
      About your team, I believe that if you are going to buy James, then you should sell Modric. In that way, you will have coins to buy Sergio Ramos, the player that is missing in your team.

  33. What is the best formation for this league ? Last year in fifa 16 i found the best formation for bbva the 442 but when i used the bpl i found the 41212 was better for that league. I have adecent squad with if Ronaldo but struggling with the right formation. Thank you

    • Well, it depends of your play style.
      Playing this league without wingers is a waste. In other hand, players should avoid using a CDM because there is lack of quality players in that position for this league. So, in our opinion 442 is one of the good choices you may take.

      • This is my team at the moment as the 442. IF ronaldo greizman lm is nani then i have ineista and rakitic and my rm is vela then the defence is alba godin pepe carvahil. Anything you would change? Also what do you think would be the best chemistry cards for the team

  34. Nice guide. I would suggest to do a Serie A next. Serie A has in my opinion the best quality/price.

    Silver player guide would be also a nice addition.

    • Oblak is a different type of goalkeeper. He has a decent REF and DIV but not as good as the other top-goalkeepers of this league. However, handling and positioning are also important and he is the second and the third best in the world in these attributes.

  35. Would you consider Busquets’ pace a problem as you say that pace is important for a defensive midfielder? I have Casemiro right now and not sure if Busquets is worth the upgrade.

    Great guide btw 🙂


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