FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

 

For all those players who plan to build a FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander squad, we’ve conducted an extensive analysis on the best players.

Here is our guide to the top Spanish league in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team.

 
 

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Introduction
LaLiga Santander
Goalkeepers
Centre Backs
Right Backs
Left Backs
Central Defensive Midfielders
Central Midfielders
Central Attacking Midfielders
Right Midfielders
Left Midfielders
Forwards
Teams

 
 

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Introduction to the FIFA 18 LaLiga Squad Guide

 

Building a team is the biggest challenge in FIFA 18 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 18. 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 18 LaLiga 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 18 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 LaLiga 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 ten 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), central attacking midfielders (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 18 LaLIga Santander squads are suggested, we added a link where you can check anytime the updated prices.

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

LaLiga 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 LaLiga is the third most watched football league in the world and the best league classified in the UEFA league coefficients.

Started in 1928, LaLiga has only been conquered by nine clubs. The dominant clubs are Real Madrid and Barcelona, with a total of 33 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.

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.


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide
LALIGA SANTANDER
 
Total Players: 533
Gold Players: 310
Average Rating (Global): 75
 
Best New Cards:
Ousmane Dembélé
Éver Banega
Carlos Bacca
 
Highest Upgrades:
Theo Hernández (+9)
Carlos Soler (+9)
 
Highest Downgrades:
Tomás Pina (-6)
Nolito (-4)
Markel Bergara (-4)
Samu García (-4)
 


 
 

 
 
 
 

Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Goalkeepers

GK
 

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.

 

MOST HIGH-RATED GOALKEEPER
Jan Oblak 88 Atlético Madrid SVN
Keylor Navas 85 Real Madrid COS
Marc-André ter Stegen 85 FC Barcelona GER
Sergio Asenjo 84 Villarreal CF ESP
Gerónimo Rulli 83 Real Sociedad ARG
Diego López 83 RCD Espanyol ESP
Sergio Rico 81 Sevilla FC ESP
Jasper Cillessen 81 FC Barcelona NED
Adán 81 Real Betis ESP
Moyá 81 Atlético Madrid ESP
Neto 80 Valencia CF BRA
Kiko Casilla 80 Real Madrid ESP
Arrizabalaga 79 Athletic Club ESP
Roberto 79 Málaga CF ESP
Pau López 77 RCD Espanyol ESP

 

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 Marc-André ter Stegen and Gerónimo Rulli.

 

GOALKEEPERS WITH BEST REFLEXES
Marc-André ter Stegen FC Barcelona GER 86
Gerónimo Rulli Real Sociedad ARG 86
Keylor Navas Real Madrid COS 85
Sergio Asenjo Villarreal CF ESP 85
Jan Oblak Atlético Madrid SVN 84
Sergio Rico Sevilla FC ESP 83
Neto Valencia CF BRA 83
Adán Real Betis ESP 82
Roberto Málaga CF ESP 82
Arrizabalaga Athletic Club ESP 81
Diego López RCD Espanyol ESP 80
Sergio RC Celta ESP 80
Moyá Atlético Madrid ESP 79
Andrés Fernández Villarreal CF ESP 79
Jaume Valencia CF ESP 79

 

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

In this attribute, is Navas who has a slight advantage over the other LaLiga Santander goalkeepers.

 

GOALKEEPERS WITH BEST DIVING
Keylor Navas Real Madrid COS 87
Sergio Asenjo Villarreal CF ESP 86
Gerónimo Rulli Real Sociedad ARG 85
Moyá Atlético Madrid ESP 85
Jan Oblak Atlético Madrid SVN 84
Marc-André ter Stegen FC Barcelona GER 84
Neto Valencia CF BRA 84
Serantes CD Leganés ESP 81
Sergio Rico Sevilla FC ESP 80
Adán Real Betis ESP 80
Roberto Málaga CF ESP 80
Andrés Fernández Villarreal CF ESP 80
Jasper Cillessen FC Barcelona NED 79
Rubén Blanco RC Celta ESP 79
Arrizabalaga Athletic Club ESP 78

 

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 Navas and Diego Alves. None of them are even in this TOP 15.

 

TALLEST GOALKEEPERS
Costel Pantilimon RC Deportivo ROM 203 / 6′8″
Diego López RCD Espanyol ESP 196 / 6′5″
Sergio Rico Sevilla FC ESP 194 / 6′4″
Neto Valencia CF BRA 192 / 6′4″
Roberto Málaga CF ESP 192 / 6′4″
Adán Real Betis ESP 191 / 6′3″
Kiko Casilla Real Madrid ESP 191 / 6′3″
Iraizoz Girona FC ESP 191 / 6′3″
Jan Oblak Atlético Madrid SVN 189 / 6′2″
Sergio Asenjo Villarreal CF ESP 189 / 6′2″
Gerónimo Rulli Real Sociedad ARG 189 / 6′2″
Moyá Atlético Madrid ESP 189 / 6′2″
Pau López RCD Espanyol ESP 189 / 6′2″
Arrizabalaga Athletic Club ESP 188 / 6′2″
Mariano Barbosa Villarreal CF ARG 188 / 6′2″

 

Oblak is undoubtedly the best option to the goal. He has the best positioning and handling in the entire LaLiga Santander.

It’s much more difficult to pick the second best goalkeeper. In our opinion, this position is in good hands (literally) whether you choose Marc-André Ter Stegen, Keylor Navas or Sergio Asenjo. The first one plays better with his feet, while the second one has better handling. However, it’s the Villareal goalkeeper who looks to be better: he’s taller, faster and has better positioning. We know you probably prefer to use the goalkeepers from Real Madrid or Barcelona because they are more popular but if you do, you would be wasting money. They are no better than Asenjo.

For those who want an even cheaper option, Rulli is a good alternative.


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

GOALKEEPERS

Best Players
1️⃣ Jan Oblak
2️⃣ Sergio Asenjo
3⃣ Marc-André ter Stegen
4️⃣ Keylor Navas
5️⃣ Gerónimo Rulli

Economic Choice
Sergio Asenjo


 
 
FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad GuideBest FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Goalkeeper

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Centre Backs

CB
 

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 once again the centre back with best reputation in the LaLiga Santander.

 

HIGHEST RATED CENTRE BACKS
Sergio Ramos 90 Real Madrid ESP
Diego Godín 88 Atlético Madrid URU
Piqué 87 FC Barcelona ESP
Raphaël Varane 85 Real Madrid FRA
Aymeric Laporte 84 Athletic Club FRA
José María Giménez 83 Atlético Madrid URU
Samuel Umtiti 83 FC Barcelona FRA
Javier Mascherano 83 FC Barcelona ARG
Ezequiel Garay 83 Valencia CF ARG
Stefan Savić 82 Atlético Madrid MON
Víctor Ruíz 82 Villarreal CF ESP
Iñigo Martínez 82 Real Sociedad ESP
Nacho Fernández 81 Real Madrid ESP
Simon Kjær 81 Sevilla FC DEN
Daniel Carriço 80 Sevilla FC POR

 

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 Sergio Ramos. It’s really hard to get past them. The most experienced players, like Godín and Piqué, are normally those who have a higher rating with this attribute..

 

CENTRE BACKS WITH BEST DEFENDING
Sergio Ramos 90 Real Madrid ESP
Diego Godín Atlético Madrid URU 88
Piqué FC Barcelona ESP 86
Aymeric Laporte Athletic Club FRA 86
José María Giménez Atlético Madrid URU 85
Raphaël Varane Real Madrid FRA 84
Ezequiel Garay Valencia CF ARG 84
Stefan Savić Atlético Madrid MON 83
Víctor Ruíz Villarreal CF ESP 83
Samuel Umtiti FC Barcelona FRA 82
Javier Mascherano FC Barcelona ARG 82
Iñigo Martínez Real Sociedad ESP 82
Nacho Fernández Real Madrid ESP 81
Simon Kjær Sevilla FC DEN 81
Gustavo Cabral RC Celta ARG 81

 

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, the players from the LaLiga Santander are very balanced.

 

CENTRE BACKS WITH BEST PHYSICAL
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid ESP 83
Iván Ramis SD Eibar ESP 83
Dimitrios Siovas CD Leganés GRE 83
Rúben Semedo Villarreal CF POR 82
Gálvez SD Eibar ESP 82
Laguardia D. Alavés ESP 82
Martín Mantovani CD Leganés ARG 82
José María Giménez Atlético Madrid URU 81
Víctor Ruíz Villarreal CF ESP 81
Sidnei RC Deportivo BRA 81
Etxeita Athletic Club ESP 81
David López RCD Espanyol ESP 81
Bruno Getafe CF ESP 81
Gabriel Mercado Sevilla FC ARG 81
Ezequiel Garay Valencia CF ARG 80

 

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, Piqué and Javier Mascherano are weak. There are much faster players in LaLiga, like Varane, the fastest one.

 

CENTRE BACKS WITH HIGHEST PACE
Raphaël Varane Real Madrid FRA 79
Ximo Navarro UD Las Palmas ESP 78
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid ESP 76
Nacho Fernández Real Madrid ESP 76
Jeison Murillo Valencia CF COL 75
Gabriel Mercado Sevilla FC ARG 75
Samuel Umtiti FC Barcelona FRA 74
Clément Lenglet Sevilla FC FRA 73
Vallejo Real Madrid ESP 73
Rúben Semedo Villarreal CF POR 72
Bigas UD Las Palmas ESP 72
Luís Hernández Málaga CF ESP 72
Iñigo Martínez Real Sociedad ESP 71
José María Giménez Atlético Madrid URU 70
Álvaro Villarreal CF ESP 70

 

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 Varane, because he is the second best centre back of this league and has the perfect work rate to play with him.

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


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

CENTRE BACKS

Best Players
1️⃣ Sergio Ramos
2️⃣ Raphaël Varane
3️⃣ Samuel Umtiti
4️⃣ Diego Godín
5️⃣ Piqué

Economic Choice
Aymeric Laporte

 
 

FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad GuideBest FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Centre Backs

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Right Backs

RB | RWB
 

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

Carvajal and Juanfran are the only right-back from the LaLiga Santander who have such a big rating.

 

HIGHEST RATED RIGHT BACKS
Carvajal 84 Real Madrid ESP
Juanfran 83 Atlético Madrid ESP
Nélson Semedo 81 FC Barcelona POR
Sergi Roberto 81 FC Barcelona ESP
Mario Gaspar 81 Villarreal CF ESP
De Marcos 81 Athletic Club ESP
Hugo Mallo 80 RC Celta ESP
Šime Vrsaljko 79 Atlético Madrid CRO
Sébastien Corchia 79 Sevilla FC FRA
Capa 78 SD Eibar ESP
Victor Sánchez 78 RCD Espanyol ESP
Juanfran 78 RC Deportivo ESP
Aritz Elustondo 77 Real Sociedad ESP
Montoya 77 Valencia CF ESP
Roberto Rosales 77 Málaga CF VEN

 

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.

 

RIGHT BACKS WITH BEST DEFENDING
Carvajal Real Madrid ESP 82
Juanfran Atlético Madrid ESP 80
Mario Gaspar Villarreal CF ESP 80
Sergi Roberto FC Barcelona ESP 79
Victor Sánchez RCD Espanyol ESP 79
Aritz Elustondo Real Sociedad ESP 78
Hugo Mallo RC Celta ESP 77
Šime Vrsaljko Atlético Madrid CRO 77
Sébastien Corchia Sevilla FC FRA 77
Carlos Martínez Real Sociedad ESP 77
Nélson Semedo FC Barcelona POR 76
Antonio Rukavina Villarreal CF SRB 76
Bóveda Athletic Club ESP 76
Montoya Valencia CF ESP 75
De Marcos Athletic Club ESP 74

 

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 18.

Nelson Semedo is the fastest LaLiga Santander right back in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team. The Portuguese international player is far superior in this aspect when compared to every LaLiga full back, except with his teammate Aleix Vidal.

 

RIGHT BACKS WITH BEST PACING
Nélson Semedo FC Barcelona POR 92
Aleix Vidal FC Barcelona ESP 91
Michel Macedo UD Las Palmas BRA 87
De Marcos Athletic Club ESP 86
Capa SD Eibar ESP 86
Montoya Valencia CF ESP 83
Carvajal Real Madrid ESP 82
Juanfran Atlético Madrid ESP 82
Mario Gaspar Villarreal CF ESP 81
Šime Vrsaljko Atlético Madrid CRO 81
Juanfran RC Deportivo ESP 79
Sergi Roberto FC Barcelona ESP 77
Sébastien Corchia Sevilla FC FRA 77
Roberto Rosales Málaga CF VEN 77
Bóveda Athletic Club ESP 75

 

Nelson Semedo was a great signing for FC Barcelona but also for this League. He is by far the best right back playing in Spain. No one is faster or has a better dribbling than him.

Juanfran is the best alternative to the Portuguese young player.


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

RIGHT BACKS

Best Players
1️⃣ Nélson Semedo
2️⃣ Carvajal
3️⃣ Juanfran
4️⃣ Mario Gaspar
5️⃣ De Marcos

Economic Choice
Juanfran


 
 
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Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Left Backs

LB | LWB
 

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.

On LaLiga Santander, there is a left back that stand out more than the other ones: Marcelo.

 

HIGHEST RATED LEFT BACKS
Marcelo 87 Real Madrid BRA
Jordi Alba 85 FC Barcelona ESP
Filipe Luís 85 Atlético Madrid BRA
Gayà 79 Valencia CF ESP
Lucas Digne 79 FC Barcelona FRA
Jaume Costa 79 Villarreal CF ESP
Antunes 79 Getafe CF POR
Escudero 79 Sevilla FC ESP
Balenziaga 79 Athletic Club ESP
Jonny 77 RC Celta ESP
Luisinho 77 RC Deportivo POR
Diego Rico 76 CD Leganés ESP
Aarón Martín 76 RCD Espanyol ESP
Theo Hernández 75 Real Madrid FRA
Luna 75 Levante UD ESP

 

Besides being the high rated LB, Marcelo is also the one who defends better in this league.

 

LEFT BACKS WITH BEST DEFENDING
Marcelo Real Madrid BRA 82
Filipe Luís Atlético Madrid BRA 82
Jordi Alba FC Barcelona ESP 81
Balenziaga Athletic Club ESP 78
Aarón Martín RCD Espanyol ESP 78
Miguel Torres Málaga CF ESP 78
De la Bella Real Sociedad ESP 78
Jonny RC Celta ESP 77
Jaume Costa Villarreal CF ESP 76
Antunes Getafe CF POR 76
Escudero Sevilla FC ESP 76
Luisinho RC Deportivo POR 76
Gayà Valencia CF ESP 75
Lucas Digne FC Barcelona FRA 75
Diego Rico CD Leganés ESP 74

 

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

 

LEFT BACKS WITH BEST PACE
Jordi Alba FC Barcelona ESP 93
Gayà Valencia CF ESP 86
Theo Hernández Real Madrid FRA 84
Jaume Costa Villarreal CF ESP 83
Antunes Getafe CF POR 80
Lucas Digne FC Barcelona FRA 80
Filipe Luís Atlético Madrid BRA 79
Marcelo Real Madrid BRA 78
Jonny RC Celta ESP 77
Diego Rico CD Leganés ESP 76
Dani Castellano UD Las Palmas ESP 76
Balenziaga Athletic Club ESP 75
Escudero Sevilla FC ESP 75
Luna Levante UD ESP 73
Siqueira Atlético Madrid BRA 72

 

This isn’t an easy choice: Marcelo is the most balanced left back but Jordi Alba is much faster. It’s up to you to decide which is more important to you.

Filipe Luís is a decent alternative but, if you are looking for someone cheaper, you should pick Gayà. Except the physical, he has everything you need.


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

LEFT BACKS

Best Players
1️⃣ Marcelo
2️⃣ Jordi Alba
3️⃣ Filipe Luís
4️⃣ Gayà
5️⃣ Lucas Digne

Economic Choice
Gayà


 
 
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Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Defensive Midfielder

CDM
 

Many of the FIFA 18 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.

Casemiro and Busquets are by far the most popular defensive midfielders in this league.

 

HIGHEST RATED CENTRAL DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER
Sergio Busquets 86 FC Barcelona ESP
Casemiro 85 Real Madrid BRA
Steven N’Zonzi 83 Sevilla FC FRA
Dani García 81 SD Eibar ESP
Javi Fuego 80 RCD Espanyol ESP
Guido Pizarro 78 Sevilla FC ARG
Gonzalo Escalante 78 SD Eibar ARG
Celso Borges 78 RC Deportivo COS
Mosquera 78 RC Deportivo ESP
Javi García 78 Real Betis ESP
Thomas Partey 77 Atlético Madrid GHA
Marcos Llorente 77 Real Madrid ESP
Daniel Torres 77 D. Alavés COL
Johannes Geis 77 Sevilla FC GER
Recio 77 Málaga CF ESP

 

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 three highest rated CDMs are the ones who defend better.

 

CENTRAL DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS WITH BEST DEFENDING
Casemiro Real Madrid BRA 84
Sergio Busquets FC Barcelona ESP 82
Steven N’Zonzi Sevilla FC FRA 80
Javi Fuego RCD Espanyol ESP 78
Gonzalo Escalante SD Eibar ARG 77
Javi García Real Betis ESP 77
Celso Borges RC Deportivo COS 76
Guido Pizarro Sevilla FC ARG 74
Dani García SD Eibar ESP 73
Thomas Partey Atlético Madrid GHA 73
Johannes Geis Sevilla FC GER 73
Campaña Levante UD ESP 73
Geoffrey Kondogbia Valencia CF FRA 73
Papa Kouli Diop RCD Espanyol SEN 73
Daniel Torres D. Alavés COL 72

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 LaLiga Santander central midfielders. N’Zonzi, Papa Kouli Diop and Casemiro are good examples of that.

 

CENTRAL DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS WITH BEST PHYSICAL
Steven N’Zonzi Sevilla FC FRA 88
Casemiro Real Madrid BRA 86
Papa Kouli Diop RCD Espanyol SEN 85
Guido Pizarro Sevilla FC ARG 84
Thomas Partey Atlético Madrid GHA 83
Sergio Busquets FC Barcelona ESP 81
Javi García Real Betis ESP 81
Geoffrey Kondogbia Valencia CF FRA 81
Manu García D. Alavés ESP 81
Dani García SD Eibar ESP 80
Daniel Torres D. Alavés COL 80
Jefferson Lerma Levante UD COL 80
Gonzalo Escalante SD Eibar ARG 79
Javi Fuego RCD Espanyol ESP 78
Timor Girona FC ESP 78

 

In our opinion, Casemiro is the right choice for this position. He is the CDM who gives more security to the back line but he is also a good offensive player. However, you will need a lot of coins to buy him.

There are also good options that are available at a cheap price who are still good quality-wise, like Steven N’Zonzi, our economic choice. There is no reason to pay 30 times more by Busquets. Zonzi is much faster and has better physical stats, while the Barcelona’s midfielder has a great vision and defends very well, but the overall difference between them is not as big.


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

CENTRE DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS

Best Players
1️⃣ Casemiro
2️⃣ Sergio Busquets
3⃣ Steven N’Zonzi
4️⃣ Guido Pizarro
5️⃣ Javi García

Economic Choice
Steven N’Zonzi


 
 
FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide - CDMBest FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Central Defensive Midfielders

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Centre Midfielders

CM
 

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 the LaLiga Santander. Some of the world’s best footballers play there. It’s the case of the Kroos, Modrić, Rakitić and Iniesta.

 

HIGHEST RATED CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS
Toni Kroos 90 Real Madrid GER
Luka Modrić 89 Real Madrid CRO
Ivan Rakitić 87 FC Barcelona CRO
Iniesta 87 FC Barcelona ESP
Isco 86 Real Madrid ESP
Koke 84 Atlético Madrid ESP
Bruno 84 Villarreal CF ESP
Saúl 82 Atlético Madrid ESP
Mateo Kovačić 82 Real Madrid CRO
Jonathan Viera 82 UD Las Palmas ESP
Parejo 82 Valencia CF ESP
Beñat 82 Athletic Club ESP
Arda Turan 82 FC Barcelona TUR
André Gomes 82 FC Barcelona POR
Manu Trigueros 82 Villarreal CF ESP

 

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.

 

CENTRE MIDFIELDERS WITH BEST PASSING
Toni Kroos Real Madrid GER 88
Iniesta FC Barcelona ESP 87
Parejo Valencia CF ESP 87
Luka Modrić Real Madrid CRO 86
Ivan Rakitić FC Barcelona CRO 86
Koke Atlético Madrid ESP 86
Beñat Athletic Club ESP 84
Xabi Prieto Real Sociedad ESP 84
Isco Real Madrid ESP 82
Mateo Kovačić Real Madrid CRO 82
Granero RCD Espanyol ESP 82
Jonathan Viera UD Las Palmas ESP 81
Arda Turan FC Barcelona TUR 81
Denis Suárez FC Barcelona ESP 81
Manu Trigueros Villarreal CF ESP 80

 

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

LaLiga centre midfielders supremacy is also showed through their dribbling. Iniesta and Modric are two of the best dribblers in the world.

 

CENTRE MIDFIELDERS WITH BEST DRIBBLING
Iniesta FC Barcelona ESP 90
Luka Modrić Real Madrid CRO 89
Isco Real Madrid ESP 89
Jonathan Viera UD Las Palmas ESP 86
Mateo Kovačić Real Madrid CRO 84
Arda Turan FC Barcelona TUR 84
Rafinha FC Barcelona BRA 84
Denis Suárez FC Barcelona ESP 83
Ivan Rakitić FC Barcelona CRO 82
Andrés Guardado Real Betis MEX 82
Toni Kroos Real Madrid GER 81
Koke Atlético Madrid ESP 81
Manu Trigueros Villarreal CF ESP 81
Saúl Atlético Madrid ESP 81
Dani Ceballos Real Madrid ESP 80

 

Luka Modrić is, in our opinion, the best centre midfield of this league. The Croatian is a box to box player, who attacks but also helps the defence.

Isco and Kroos are both great alternatives to Modrić. The first one is fast and tries to make the difference in the last third of the field. His team mate on Real Madrid has a more defensive style but still is the best player to assists the strikers. If you don’t have money for these players, you can try Rakitic.

Koke is a quality player who can be used in medium budget squads. If you still need someone cheaper, take a look to Turan and Jonathan Viera.


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

CENTRE MIDFIELDERS

Best Players
1️⃣ Luka Modrić
2️⃣ Isco
3️⃣ Toni Kroos
4️⃣ Ivan Rakitić
5️⃣ Iniesta

Economic Choice
Koke


 
 
FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide - CM Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Centre Midfielders

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Central Attacking Midfielders

CAM
 

An attacking centre midfielder is responsible for creating chances to score. He should have a good dribbling, a decent passing, a high long shot stat and a great vision.

There are no many good CAM’s in this league. Marco Asensio is one of the few exceptions.

 

HIGHEST RATED CENTRAL ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS
Marco Asensio 84 Real Madrid ESP
Éver Banega 83 Sevilla FC ARG
Franco Vázquez 82 Sevilla FC ITA
Ryad Boudebouz 81 Real Betis ALG
Raúl García 81 Athletic Club ESP
Fabián Orellana 80 Valencia CF CHI
Ganso 80 Sevilla FC BRA
Emre Çolak 79 RC Deportivo TUR
Canales 79 Real Sociedad ESP
Bojan 79 D. Alavés ESP
Alen Halilović 77 UD Las Palmas CRO
Pablo Fornals 77 Villarreal CF ESP
Jozabed 77 RC Celta ESP
Camarasa 76 Real Betis ESP
Adrián González 76 Málaga CF ESP

 

How we explained, the central attacking midfielders need to have good passing stats, so they can assist forwards.

Banega is back to this league and to the top passers table.

 

CENTRAL ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS WITH BEST PASSING
Éver Banega Sevilla FC ARG 85
Ganso Sevilla FC BRA 84
Marco Asensio Real Madrid ESP 83
Ryad Boudebouz Real Betis ALG 82
Raúl García Athletic Club ESP 82
Canales Real Sociedad ESP 80
Franco Vázquez Sevilla FC ITA 79
Emre Çolak RC Deportivo TUR 78
Fabián Orellana Valencia CF CHI 76
Bojan D. Alavés ESP 76
Alen Halilović UD Las Palmas CRO 76
Pablo Fornals Villarreal CF ESP 76
Adrián González Málaga CF ESP 75
Camarasa Real Betis ESP 73
Jozabed RC Celta ESP 72

 

If a CAM is a good dribbler, he can make all the difference when the team is attacking.

Banega is also the centre attacking midfielders with best dribbling stat.

 

CENTRAL ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS WITH BEST DRIBBLING
Éver Banega Sevilla FC ARG 84
Franco Vázquez Sevilla FC ITA 84
Marco Asensio Real Madrid ESP 83
Fabián Orellana Valencia CF CHI 83
Ryad Boudebouz Real Betis ALG 81
Emre Çolak RC Deportivo TUR 81
Ganso Sevilla FC BRA 80
Alen Halilović UD Las Palmas CRO 80
Canales Real Sociedad ESP 78
Bojan D. Alavés ESP 78
Raúl García Athletic Club ESP 77
Gabriel CD Leganés BRA 77
Adrián González Málaga CF ESP 76
Pablo Fornals Villarreal CF ESP 75
Jozabed RC Celta ESP 74


 

Marco Asensio is the only centre attacking midfield who can be compared to the quality CMs of this league. He is much faster than Banega and has better shots. However, there is no reason to be so much expensive when compared to the Sevilla’s midfielder price.

Vázquez, Boudebouz and Raúl García are all decent cheap alternatives to these two.


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

CENTRAL ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS

Best Players
1️⃣ Marco Asensio
2️⃣ Éver Banega
3⃣ Franco Vázquez
4️⃣ Ryad Boudebouz
5️⃣ Raúl García

Economic Choice
Éver Banega


 
 
FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide - CAMBest FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Central Attacking Midfielders

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander 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 LaLiga Santander: Ronaldo on the left side; Messi and Bale one the right side.

 

HIGHEST RATED RIGHT WINGERS
Lionel Messi 93 FC Barcelona ARG
Gareth Bale 89 Real Madrid WAL
Ousmane Dembélé 83 FC Barcelona FRA
Carlos Vela 82 Real Sociedad MEX
Lucas Vázquez 82 Real Madrid ESP
Williams 81 Athletic Club ESP
Samu Castillejo 80 Villarreal CF ESP
Pablo Sarabia 80 Sevilla FC ESP
Pedro León 80 SD Eibar ESP
Hernán Pérez 79 RCD Espanyol PAR
Nordin Amrabat 79 CD Leganés MOR
Keko 79 Málaga CF ESP
Joaquín 78 Real Betis ESP
Carles Gil 78 RC Deportivo ESP
Susaeta 78 Athletic Club ESP

 

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.

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

 

FASTEST RIGHT WINGERS
Gareth Bale Real Madrid WAL 94
Williams Athletic Club ESP 93
Ousmane Dembélé FC Barcelona FRA 91
Cristian Tello Real Betis ESP 90
Lionel Messi FC Barcelona ARG 89
Jesús Navas Sevilla FC ESP 88
Samu Castillejo Villarreal CF ESP 86
Joel Campbell Real Betis COS 85
Carlos Vela Real Sociedad MEX 84
Hernán Pérez RCD Espanyol PAR 82
Lucas Vázquez Real Madrid ESP 81
Nordin Amrabat CD Leganés MOR 81
Munir D. Alavés ESP 81
Keko Málaga CF ESP 79
Óscar Romero D. Alavés PAR 78

 

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. Excepting Pelé and Maradona, it’s him who has the best dribbling stat in the game.

 

RIGHT WINGERS WITH BEST DRIBBLING
Lionel Messi FC Barcelona ARG 95
Ousmane Dembélé FC Barcelona FRA 88
Gareth Bale Real Madrid WAL 86
Pablo Sarabia Sevilla FC ESP 83
Carlos Vela Real Sociedad MEX 82
Lucas Vázquez Real Madrid ESP 82
Joaquín Real Betis ESP 82
Samu Castillejo Villarreal CF ESP 81
Pedro León SD Eibar ESP 81
Nordin Amrabat CD Leganés MOR 81
Jesús Navas Sevilla FC ESP 81
Hernán Pérez RCD Espanyol PAR 80
Keko Málaga CF ESP 80
Cristian Tello Real Betis ESP 80
Williams Athletic Club ESP 79


 

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.

 

RIGHT WINGERS WITH BEST PASSING
Lionel Messi FC Barcelona ARG 86
Gareth Bale Real Madrid WAL 84
Pedro León SD Eibar ESP 83
Susaeta Athletic Club ESP 82
Lucas Vázquez Real Madrid ESP 81
Joaquín Real Betis ESP 81
Pablo Sarabia Sevilla FC ESP 80
Samu Castillejo Villarreal CF ESP 79
Keko Málaga CF ESP 78
Carles Gil RC Deportivo ESP 78
Carlos Vela Real Sociedad MEX 77
Nordin Amrabat CD Leganés MOR 76
Ousmane Dembélé FC Barcelona FRA 75
Óscar Romero D. Alavés PAR 74
Juan Pablo Añor Málaga CF VEN 74

 

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. If he still is too expensive for your wallet, try Dembélé, our third choice.

For those that can’t pay so many coins, Williams, Carlos Vela and Lucas Vázquez might be an option. From these three wingers, Williams is the best one.


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

RIGHT MIDFIELDERS

Best Players
1️⃣ Lionel Messi
2️⃣ Gareth Bale
3⃣ Ousmane Dembélé
4️⃣ Williams
5️⃣ Carlos Vela

Economic Choice
Williams


 
 
FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide - RM, RW e RFBest FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Right Wingers

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander 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.

 

HIGHEST RATED LEFT WINGER
Cristiano Ronaldo 94 Real Madrid POR
Yannick Carrasco 85 Atlético Madrid BEL
Vitolo 83 UD Las Palmas ESP
Nicolás Gaitán 83 Atlético Madrid ARG
Deulofeu 82 FC Barcelona ESP
Roberto Soriano 80 Villarreal CF ITA
Denis Cheryshev 79 Villarreal CF RUS
Michael Krohn-Dehli 79 Sevilla FC DEN
Oyarzabal 79 Real Sociedad ESP
Nolito 79 Sevilla FC ESP
Pablo Piatti 79 RCD Espanyol ARG
Jurado 79 RCD Espanyol ESP
Takashi Inui 78 SD Eibar JAP
Jefferson Montero 78 Getafe CF ECU
Morales 78 Levante UD ESP


 

Now that Ronaldo’s pace was downgraded, Deulofeu is the fastest left winger playing in Spain.

 

LEFT WINGERS WITH BEST PACE
Deulofeu FC Barcelona ESP 93
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid POR 90
Jefferson Montero Getafe CF ECU 90
Mubarak Wakaso D. Alavés GHA 89
Yannick Carrasco Atlético Madrid BEL 88
Morales Levante UD ESP 88
Alexander Szymanowski CD Leganés ARG 88
Jony Málaga CF ESP 84
Takashi Inui SD Eibar JAP 83
Pablo Piatti RCD Espanyol ARG 82
Nicolás Gaitán Atlético Madrid ARG 81
Muniain Athletic Club ESP 81
Vitolo UD Las Palmas ESP 80
Denis Cheryshev Villarreal CF RUS 80
Adnan Januzaj Real Sociedad BEL 79

 

CR7 is clearly the most highlighted left wingers of LaLiga in this chapter.

 
 

LEFT WINGERS WITH BEST DRIBBLING
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid POR 90
Yannick Carrasco Atlético Madrid BEL 87
Deulofeu FC Barcelona ESP 87
Takashi Inui SD Eibar JAP 86
Nicolás Gaitán Atlético Madrid ARG 84
Vitolo UD Las Palmas ESP 82
Muniain Athletic Club ESP 82
Jurado RCD Espanyol ESP 81
Jefferson Montero Getafe CF ECU 81
Adnan Januzaj Real Sociedad BEL 81
Andreas Pereira Valencia CF BRA 81
Roberto Soriano Villarreal CF ITA 80
Pablo Piatti RCD Espanyol ARG 80
Nolito Sevilla FC ESP 80
Morales Levante UD ESP 80
Gonzalo Castro Málaga CF URU 80

 

Ronaldo, always him, shares the table’s top position of this stat with Michael Krohn-Dehli.

 
 

LEFT WINGERS WITH BEST PASSING
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid POR 82
Michael Krohn-Dehli Sevilla FC DEN 82
Nicolás Gaitán Atlético Madrid ARG 81
Roberto Soriano Villarreal CF ITA 80
Jurado RCD Espanyol ESP 80
Vitolo UD Las Palmas ESP 79
Yannick Carrasco Atlético Madrid BEL 78
Fayçal Fajr Getafe CF MOR 77
Nolito Sevilla FC ESP 76
Oyarzabal Real Sociedad ESP 76
Jony Málaga CF ESP 76
Andreas Pereira Valencia CF BRA 76
Ibai Gómez D. Alavés ESP 76
Deulofeu FC Barcelona ESP 75
Pablo Piatti RCD Espanyol ARG 75

 

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 passing, dribbling and physical. But there is more: except the ICONS, he has the best shooting of the game and he is one of the few that can perform any skill move.

For those who can’t pay as many coins for the captain of Portuguese National Team, the alternative is Carrasco. The Atlético’s winger is a good player but may also be too expensive for your wallet. In that case, try Deulofeu. He’s much cheaper and only a bit worse.


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

LEFT MIDFIELDERS

Best Players
1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo
2️⃣ Yannick Carrasco
3️⃣ Deulofeu
4️⃣ Nicolás Gaitán
5️⃣ Vitolo

Economic Choice
Deulofeu


 
 
FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide - LM, LW e LFBest FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Left Wingers

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Best FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Forwards

CF | ST
 

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

The most popular strikers of LaLiga Santander are players that could play in any club in the world: Luis Suárez, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema.

 

HIGHEST RATED FORWARDS
Luis Suárez 92 FC Barcelona URU
Antoine Griezmann 88 Atlético Madrid FRA
Karim Benzema 86 Real Madrid FRA
Aduriz 84 Athletic Club ESP
Iago Aspas 83 RC Celta ESP
Kévin Gameiro 83 Atlético Madrid FRA
Willian José 82 Real Sociedad BRA
Carlos Bacca 82 Villarreal CF COL
Wissam Ben Yedder 81 Sevilla FC FRA
Lucas Pérez 81 RC Deportivo ESP
Cédric Bakambu 81 Villarreal CF DRC
Fernando Torres 81 Atlético Madrid ESP
Leo Baptistao 80 RCD Espanyol BRA
Simone Zaza 80 Valencia CF ITA
Luis Muriel 80 Sevilla FC COL
Sergi Enrich 80 SD Eibar ESP
Ángel Correa 79 Atlético Madrid ARG
Luciano Vietto 79 Atlético Madrid ARG
Nicola Sansone 79 Villarreal CF ITA

 

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 strikers are also the ones who have the best shooting stats: Suárez, Griezmann and Benzema.

 

FORWARDS WITH BEST SHOOTING
Luis Suárez FC Barcelona URU 90
Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid FRA 85
Karim Benzema Real Madrid FRA 84
Aduriz Athletic Club ESP 83
Iago Aspas RC Celta ESP 83
Kévin Gameiro Atlético Madrid FRA 83
Willian José Real Sociedad BRA 82
Lucas Pérez RC Deportivo ESP 82
Ángel Correa Atlético Madrid ARG 80
Nicola Sansone Villarreal CF ITA 80
John Guidetti RC Celta SWE 80
Carlos Bacca Villarreal CF COL 79
Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla FC FRA 79
Simone Zaza Valencia CF ITA 79
Cédric Bakambu Villarreal CF DRC 78
Fernando Torres Atlético Madrid ESP 78
Luciano Vietto Atlético Madrid ARG 78
Florin Andone RC Deportivo ROM 78
Paco Alcácer FC Barcelona ESP 78
Borja Bastón Málaga CF ESP 78

 

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. Only Zaza has better stats than him. Griezmann, for example, is almost in the bottom of this list.

 

FORWARDS WITH BEST PHYSICAL
Simone Zaza Valencia CF ITA 84
Luis Suárez FC Barcelona URU 81
Florin Andone RC Deportivo ROM 80
Aduriz Athletic Club ESP 79
Sergi Enrich SD Eibar ESP 79
Cristhian Stuani Girona FC URU 78
Willian José Real Sociedad BRA 76
John Guidetti RC Celta SWE 75
Kike García SD Eibar ESP 75
Karim Benzema Real Madrid FRA 74
Cédric Bakambu Villarreal CF DRC 74
Borja Bastón Málaga CF ESP 74
Portu Girona FC ESP 73
Luis Muriel Sevilla FC COL 72
Roger Levante UD ESP 72
Lucas Pérez RC Deportivo ESP 71
Carlos Bacca Villarreal CF COL 70
Jonathan Calleri UD Las Palmas ARG 70
Fernando Torres Atlético Madrid ESP 69
Sergio León Real Betis ESP 69

 

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.

Rodrigo is the fastest striker playing in Spain. This year, he received an upgrade on this pace of 7 points. p>
 

FORWARDS WITH BEST PACE
Rodrigo Valencia CF ESP 91
Luis Muriel Sevilla FC COL 89
Kévin Gameiro Atlético Madrid FRA 87
Cédric Bakambu Villarreal CF DRC 87
Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid FRA 86
Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla FC FRA 83
Nicola Sansone Villarreal CF ITA 83
Luis Suárez FC Barcelona URU 82
Ángel Correa Atlético Madrid ARG 82
Adalberto Peñaranda Málaga CF VEN 82
Iago Aspas RC Celta ESP 81
Lucas Pérez RC Deportivo ESP 81
Roger Levante UD ESP 81
Antonio Sanabria Real Betis PAR 80
Leo Baptistao RCD Espanyol BRA 79
Portu Girona FC ESP 79
Karim Benzema Real Madrid FRA 78
Florin Andone RC Deportivo ROM 78
Carlos Bacca Villarreal CF COL 77
Juanmi Real Sociedad ESP 77

 

Suárez is the best FIFA 18 LaLiga forward, without any discussion. He has the best passing and shooting, and is also the second best in dribbling and physical stats. However, he is very expensive forcing many players to choose another forward.

Griezmann is the best alternative to Suárez. The only weakness of the Atlético’s striker is his strength, something that Benzema, our third choice, is really good.

There is a lack of quality strikers for medium budget squads. The best three we found were Kévin Gameiro, Aduriz and Bakambu. You should choose according to your preferences. Gameiro is who scores more goals but his heading is poor. Aduriz is a kind of target man who plays well with his feet and head, but you will not see him sprinting. Finally, Bakambu is opposite: he’s fast but plays better in a counter-attack style.


FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide

FORWARDS

Best Players
1️⃣ Luis Suárez
2️⃣ Antoine Griezmann
3⃣ Karim Benzema
4️⃣ Kévin Gameiro
5️⃣ Aduriz

Economic Choice
Cédric Bakambu


 
 
FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Guide - CF e STBest FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Forwards


 
 
 
 
 

FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad Suggestions

Ideas to help you building your FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad
 

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 18 LaLiga Santander Squad with Unlimited Budget

 

FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad GuideClick on the image to maximize it

 

FIRST SQUAD
 

🇸🇮 GK: Jan Oblak
🇵🇹 RB: Nelson Semedo
🇪🇸 CBR: Sergio Ramos
🇫🇷 CBL: Raphaël Varane
🇧🇷 LB: Marcelo
🇭🇷 CDM: Luka Modrić
🇦🇷 RM: Lionel Messi
🇵🇹 LM: Cristiano Ronaldo
🇪🇸 CAM: Isco
🇺🇾 STR: Luis Suárez
🇫🇷STL: Antoine Griezmann


SUBSTITUTES AND RESERVES
 

🇪🇸 GK: Sergio Asenjo
🇪🇸 RB: Carvajal
🇨🇲 CB: Samuel Umtiti
🇺🇾 CB: Diego Godín
🇪🇸 LB: Jordi Alba
🇧🇷 CDM: Casemiro
🇬🇧 RM: Gareth Bale
🇧🇪 LM: Yannick Carrasco
🇩🇪 CAM: Toni Kroos
🇫🇷 ST: Karim Benzema
🇫🇷 ST: Kévin Gameiro


 
 
💰 BUDGET
October 2017

 

Playstation 4 Playstation 4
4,135,000 coins (starting eleven)
4,920,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

XBox One Xbox One
4,275,000 coins (starting eleven)
4,995,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

Origin PC
7,245,000 coins (starting eleven)
8,225,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

 
 
💵 UPDATED PRICES

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📝 SUMMARY

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

Oblak is the natural choice to the goal. However, who to put as his replacement presents one of the most difficult decisions. Asenjo, Ter Stegen and Navas are all 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 the attacking work rate and that’s why someone more defensive should play next to him. That’s the case of Varane. On the right side, Nelson Semedo was a great addition while on the left it’s difficult to choose between Alba and Marcelo. Our preference goes to the Madrid’s fullback because he is a much more balanced player.

Although Modric is originally a CM, 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 Casemiro instead of him. For the next position, Isco is our favorite but it’s up to you to decide how you will use the Madrid’s midfielders Casemiro, Kroos, Modric and Isco for these two spots.

On the wings, this league has the two best players in the world: Messi and Ronaldo. It is a waste to leave such talent like Bale out of this team but, if you want, you can move Messi to striker, opening a room for the Madrid’s winger on the right side. You can give full chemistry to Messi if you use his TOTW card or you can get a decent chemistry if you apply him a RW-RF card. One thing is guaranteed: he will play much better as striker than Griezmann. The other spot of the attack is obviously for Luis Suárez, an amazing goal 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 18 LaLiga Santander Squad with Medium Budget

 

FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad GuideClick on the image to maximize it

 

FIRST SQUAD
 

🇪🇸 GK: Sergio Asenjo
🇵🇹 RB: Nelson Semedo
🇨🇲 CBR: Samuel Umtiti
🇫🇷 CBL: Aymeric Laporte
🇪🇸 LB: Gayà
🇪🇸 CMR: Koke
🇫🇷 CMC: Steven N’Zonzi
🇭🇷 CML: Mateo Kovacic
🇪🇸 RW: Williams
🇪🇸 LW: Deulofeu
🇫🇷 ST: Kévin Gameiro


SUBSTITUTES AND RESERVES
 

🇩🇪 GK: Marc-André Ter Stegen
🇪🇸 RB: Carvajal
🇺🇾 CB: José Maria Giménez
🇪🇸 CB: Nacho Fernández
🇫🇷 LB: Lucas Digne
🇦🇷 CM: Éver Banega
🇦🇷 CM: Guido Pizarro
🇪🇸 CM: Jonathan Viera
🇲🇽 RW: Carlos Vela
🇦🇷 LW: Nicolás Gaitán
🇪🇸 ST: Aduriz


 
 
💰 BUDGET
October 2017

 

Playstation 4 Playstation 4
85,000 coins (starting eleven)
115,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

XBox One Xbox One
55,000 coins (starting eleven)
80,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

Origin PC
90,000 coins (starting eleven)
125,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

 
 
💵 UPDATED PRICES

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

 
 
📝 SUMMARY

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

In goal, Asenjo is good enough to keep your goal safe.

Umtiti and Laporte are both fast and solid defensively. Nelson Semedo is the only player who keeps his spot in this team while Gaya’s assertiveness completes our defending foursome.

To the central position of the midfield, our preference goes for N’Zonzi, since he has the muscle that every midfield needs and also for his balanced attacking and defensive skills. Koke and Kovacic complete the midfield.

While Deulofeu beats the concurrence on the left wing, Williams do it on the opposite side.

Over the attack line, you have three decent options. As we already explained, you should pick Gameiro, Aduriz or Bakambu according to your needs.

If you still have some room in your budget, Filipe Luís, Casemiro, Rakitić, Carrasco and Benzema are players that would improve this squad a lot.

 
 
 
 

FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad with Low Budget

 

FIFA 18 LaLiga Santander Squad GuideClick on the image to maximize it

 

FIRST SQUAD
 

🇦🇷 GK: Gerónimo Rulli
🇪🇸 RB: Juanfran
🇪🇸 CBR: Nacho Fernández
🇪🇸 CBL: Iñigo Martínez
🇪🇸 LB: Gayà
🇫🇷 CMR: Steven N’Zonzi
🇪🇸 CML: Jonathan Viera
🇲🇽 RM: Carlos Vela
🇦🇷 LM: Nicolás Gaitán
🇨🇩 STR: Cédric Bakambu
🇨🇴 STL: Luis Muriel


SUBSTITUTES AND RESERVES
 

🇧🇷 GK: Neto
🇪🇸 RB: Mario Gaspar
🇵🇹 CB: Rúben Semedo
🇦🇷 CB: Gabriel Mercado
🇫🇷 LB: Lucas Digne
🇦🇷 CM: Guido Pizarro
🇹🇷 CM: Arda Turan
🇪🇸 RW: Lucas Vázquez
🇪🇸 LW: Vitolo
🇮🇹 ST: Simone Zaza
🇪🇸 ST: Lucas Pérez


 
 
💰 BUDGET
October 2017

 

Playstation 4 Playstation 4
20,000 coins (starting eleven)
29,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

XBox One Xbox One
15,000 coins (starting eleven)
23,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

Origin PC
23,000 coins (starting eleven)
33,000 coins (starting eleven + subs)

 
 
💵 UPDATED PRICES

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📝 SUMMARY

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

Gerónimo Rulli is our choice for the goal. However, if you have a few more coins, upgrading to Asenjo would be a good improvement. The Spanish players Juanfran, Nacho, Iñigo Martínez and Gayà complete the defence.

In the midfield, N’Zonzi and Viera complement each other well. The first one is strong, quick and aggressive, while the second is a player that usually pushes forward to assist his colleagues. Vela and Gaitán fill the wings in order to assist Zaza and Lucas Pérez who have both been chosen for their combination of pace and finishing stats.

 
 

Follow our tips and you’ll become more successful on FIFA 18 Ultimate Team with your La Liga Santander Team.

 
 

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34 COMMENTS

  1. ” Choosing a team based on ratings is one of the most common mistakes on FUT 18 ” then I can say that you made so many mistakes in this guide,and what I can’t believe is that you didn’t even mention Paulinho…

  2. Why not Saul instead of Pizarro for backup CM in medium and low budget. He isn’t expensive, is better in most stats besides a little bit of strength and aggression.

    • Hi.
      Saul is too expensive for the low budget squad.
      He is not in the medium budget squad because we decided to use a CDM for that position. Obviously you can use him since he is globally a better player than Pizarro, but be sure that his physical stats are good enough to keep your backline safe.

  3. Hey, great guide !

    Can You help me more?
    It’s my squad:
    4-1-2-1-2 (2):
    Gameiro – Bakambu
    Isco
    Iniesta – Rakitic
    Casemiro
    Marcelo Umtiti Laporte Semedo (OtW)
    Navas

    res: Muriel, Ben Yeder, Asensio, Kovacic, Koke, Busquets, T.Hernandes (OtW), Gimenez, Marscherano, Carvahal, Lopez
    + Williams/Vela and Carrasco/Deulofeu when I want to play some games with 4-3-2-1 formation.
    (there is no 1st or 2nd squad, Im changing squad with res all the time to have 99 fitness all the time)

    Any hard mistakes in this squad?
    Now I have 350k (Kante in pack for Squad Battles :D) and so many players to buy: Varane, Oblak, Alba, Modric, Kross, Ramos, Griezzman and so many players to test: J.Viera, Turan, Paulinho, Saul, Sanabria (IF), Dembele, Wass (IF), Bakambu (IF)

    Tell me please: what to change / buy / do with my squad 🙂

  4. Hey thanks for the the guides! I use them avidly but could you please help? I’m really struggling and on a massive loosing streak! I don’t fund so have small budget.
    41212 narrow
    Asenjo
    Digne – Giménez – Laporte – Carvalho
    NZonzi
    Koke-Pauliniho
    Asensio
    Gamero – IF Sanbria

    Where to improve next? My def on paper is the best I can afford but I can’t keep a clean sheet!
    Thanks

  5. Now Im playing 4-1-2-1-2 (2):
    Bakambu Gameiro
    Isco
    Iniesta Modric
    Casemiro
    Marcelo Varane (PtG) Umtiti Semedo (OtW)
    Oblak
    with subs: Muriel, Aspas (IF), Rakitic, Wass (IF), Kovacic (Haloween), Kross, Alba, Gimenez, Vsraljko, Carvahal, Navas

    any ideas? Benzema looks too slow for my team, Busquets also. I can buy every player till 100-150k.

    what you think about playing 4-3-2-1 and changing it to 4-1-2-1-2 (2) in 1min of match? I could play sth like that:
    Carrasco Williams
    Gameiro/Isco
    Modric Iniesta
    Casemiro
    Alba Varane Umtiti Semedo
    Oblak

    and what you prefer on CAM in that way: Gameiro and Bakambu or Isco And Rakitic?
    Isco – Iniesta Modric or Gameiro – Isco Modric ?

    • Hi.
      According to EA, making subs will affect the chemistry but we don’t know if we should trust them. If you do, then your second team is not an option.
      You already have a good team. It’s time to see if Griezmann price drops.

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