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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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.

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.

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 Oblak 87 Atlético Madrid SVN
Keylor Navas 85 Real Madrid COS
Diego Alves 83 Valencia CF BRA
Marc-André ter Stegen 83 FC Barcelona GER
Gerónimo Rulli 82 Real Sociedad ARG
Salvatore Sirigu 82 Sevilla FC ITA
Jasper Cillessen 81 FC Barcelona NED
Sergio Asenjo 81 Villarreal CF ESP
Moyá 81 Atlético Madrid ESP
Diego López 81 RCD Espanyol ESP
Guillermo Ochoa 80 Granada CF MEX
Adán 80 Real Betis ESP
Roberto 80 RCD Espanyol ESP
Sergio Rico 80 Sevilla FC ESP
Carlos Idriss Kameni 80 Málaga CF CAM


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 Alves 87 Valencia CF BRA
Guillermo Ochoa 87 Granada CF MEX
Gerónimo Rulli 86 Real Sociedad ARG
Keylor Navas 85 Real Madrid COS
Marc-André ter Stegen 85 FC Barcelona GER
Denys Boyko 84 Málaga CF UKR
Salvatore Sirigu 83 Sevilla FC ITA
Roberto 83 RCD Espanyol ESP
Jan Oblak 82 Atlético Madrid SVN
Sergio Rico 82 Sevilla FC ESP
Carlos Idriss Kameni 82 Málaga CF CAM
Iván Cuéllar 81 Sporting Gijón ESP
Javi Varas 81 UD Las Palmas ESP
Mathew Ryan 80 Valencia CF AUS
Sergio 80 Celta Vigo ESP


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 Alves 88 Valencia CF BRA
Keylor Navas 87 Real Madrid COS
Gerónimo Rulli 85 Real Sociedad ARG
Moyá 85 Atlético Madrid ESP
Marc-André ter Stegen 84 FC Barcelona GER
Sergio Asenjo 84 Villarreal CF ESP
Jan Oblak 83 Atlético Madrid SVN
Salvatore Sirigu 83 Sevilla FC ITA
Denys Boyko 83 Málaga CF UKR
Carlos Idriss Kameni 82 Málaga CF CAM
Mathew Ryan 82 Valencia CF AUS
Roberto 81 RCD Espanyol ESP
Serantes 81 CD Leganés ESP
Sergio Rico 80 Sevilla FC ESP
Javi Varas 80 UD Las Palmas ESP


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 López 196 / 6′5″ RCD Espanyol ESP
Sergio Rico 194 / 6′4″ Sevilla FC ESP
Denys Boyko 194 / 6′4″ Málaga CF UKR
Przemysław Tytoń 194 / 6′4″ RC Deportivo POL
Salvatore Sirigu 192 / 6′4″ Sevilla FC ITA
Roberto 192 / 6′4″ RCD Espanyol ESP
Kiko Casilla 191 / 6′3″ Real Madrid ESP
Iraizoz 191 / 6′3″ Athletic Bilbao ESP
Adán 190 / 6′3″ Real Betis ESP
Gerónimo Rulli 189 / 6′2″ Real Sociedad ARG
Moyá 189 / 6′2″ Atlético Madrid ESP
Sergio Asenjo 189 / 6′2″ Villarreal CF ESP
Mariano Barbosa 188 / 6′2″ Villarreal CF ARG
Diego Alves 187 / 6′2″ Valencia CF BRA
Marc-André ter Stegen 187 / 6′2″ FC Barcelona GER


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.

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 Ramos 89 Real Madrid ESP
Diego Godín 88 Atlético Madrid URU
Pepe 88 Real Madrid POR
Piqué 86 FC Barcelona ESP
Javier Mascherano 85 FC Barcelona ARG
Raphaël Varane 84 Real Madrid FRA
Ezequiel Garay 84 Valencia CF ARG
Aymeric Laporte 84 Athletic Bilbao FRA
José María Giménez 83 Atlético Madrid URU
Mateo Musacchio 83 Villarreal CF ARG
Samuel Umtiti 82 FC Barcelona FRA
Stefan Savić 82 Atlético Madrid MON
Adil Rami 82 Sevilla FC FRA
Víctor Ruíz 81 Villarreal CF ESP
Iñigo Martínez 81 Real Sociedad ESP


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 Godín 88 Atlético Madrid URU
Pepe 88 Real Madrid POR
Sergio Ramos 87 Real Madrid ESP
Ezequiel Garay 87 Valencia CF ARG
Piqué 86 FC Barcelona ESP
Aymeric Laporte 86 Athletic Bilbao FRA
Javier Mascherano 85 FC Barcelona ARG
Raphaël Varane 85 Real Madrid FRA
José María Giménez 84 Atlético Madrid URU
Mateo Musacchio 84 Villarreal CF ARG
Stefan Savić 83 Atlético Madrid MON
Jérémy Mathieu 83 FC Barcelona FRA
Samuel Umtiti 82 FC Barcelona FRA
Adil Rami 82 Sevilla FC FRA
Iñigo Martínez 82 Real Sociedad ESP


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 Kolodziejczak 84 Sevilla FC FRA
Eliaquim Mangala 84 Valencia CF FRA
Bruno 84 Real Betis ESP
Sergio Ramos 83 Real Madrid ESP
José María Giménez 83 Atlético Madrid URU
Aymen Abdennour 83 Valencia CF TUN
Albentosa 83 RC Deportivo ESP
Jean-Sylvain Babin 83 Sporting Gijón FRA
Etxeita 82 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Laguardia 82 Deport. Alavés ESP
Fernando Amorebieta 82 Sporting Gijón VEN
Martín Mantovani 82 CD Leganés ARG
Pepe 81 Real Madrid POR
Ezequiel Garay 81 Valencia CF ARG
Adil Rami 81 Sevilla FC FRA


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 Ramos 78 Real Madrid ESP
Raphaël Varane 77 Real Madrid FRA
Samuel Umtiti 75 FC Barcelona FRA
Eliaquim Mangala 73 Valencia CF FRA
Nacho Fernández 73 Real Madrid ESP
Bigas 73 UD Las Palmas ESP
Iñigo Martínez 72 Real Sociedad ESP
Álvaro 72 Villarreal CF ESP
Jérémy Mathieu 71 FC Barcelona FRA
Thimothée Kolodziejczak 71 Sevilla FC FRA
Mauricio Lemos 71 UD Las Palmas URU
Pepe 70 Real Madrid POR
Jorge Meré 70 Sporting Gijón ESP
José María Giménez 69 Atlético Madrid URU
Aïssa Mandi 68 Real Betis ALG


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.

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.


Carvajal 83 Real Madrid ESP
Juanfran 83 Atlético Madrid ESP
De Marcos 81 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Danilo 80 Real Madrid BRA
Mario Gaspar 80 Villarreal CF ESP
Hugo Mallo 80 Celta Vigo ESP
Montoya 79 Valencia CF ESP
Mariano 79 Sevilla FC BRA
Šime Vrsaljko 79 Atlético Madrid CRO
João Cancelo 79 Valencia CF POR


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.


Carvajal 81 Real Madrid ESP
Mario Gaspar 80 Villarreal CF ESP
Juanfran 79 Atlético Madrid ESP
Danilo 78 Real Madrid BRA
Hugo Mallo 77 Celta Vigo ESP
Šime Vrsaljko 77 Atlético Madrid CRO
Aritz Elustondo 77 Real Sociedad ESP
Gabriel Mercado 77 Sevilla FC ARG
Bóveda 76 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Antonio Rukavina 76 Villarreal CF SRB


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 Vidal 91 FC Barcelona ESP
João Cancelo 89 Valencia CF POR
Michel Macedo 89 UD Las Palmas BRA
De Marcos 88 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Capa 87 SD Eibar ESP
Montoya 86 Valencia CF ESP
Juanfran 84 Atlético Madrid ESP
Mariano 84 Sevilla FC BRA
Carvajal 82 Real Madrid ESP
Lora 82 Sporting Gijón ESP


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.

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.


Marcelo 86 Real Madrid BRA
Jordi Alba 86 FC Barcelona ESP
Filipe Luís 85 Atlético Madrid BRA
Benoît Trémoulinas 81 Sevilla FC FRA
Gayà 80 Valencia CF ESP
Fábio Coentrão 80 Real Madrid POR
Lucas Digne 79 FC Barcelona FRA
Balenziaga 79 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Jaume Costa 79 Villarreal CF ESP
Siqueira 78 Valencia CF BRA


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


Marcelo 80 Real Madrid BRA
Filipe Luís 77 Atlético Madrid BRA
Jordi Alba 75 FC Barcelona ESP
Fábio Coentrão 73 Real Madrid POR
Balenziaga 71 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Fernando Navarro 66 RC Deportivo ESP
Miguel Torres 64 Málaga CF ESP
Benoît Trémoulinas 78 Sevilla FC FRA
Jonny 64 Celta Vigo ESP
Jaume Costa 71 Villarreal CF ESP


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


Jordi Alba 93 FC Barcelona ESP
Gayà 88 Valencia CF ESP
Jaume Costa 83 Villarreal CF ESP
David Juncà 83 SD Eibar ESP
Benoît Trémoulinas 82 Sevilla FC FRA
Filipe Luís 80 Atlético Madrid BRA
Lucas Digne 80 FC Barcelona FRA
Marcelo 79 Real Madrid BRA
Jonny 78 Celta Vigo ESP
Yuri 78 Real Sociedad ESP


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.

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 Busquets 87 FC Barcelona ESP
Iborra 82 Sevilla FC ESP
Casemiro 82 Real Madrid BRA
Steven N’Zonzi 82 Sevilla FC FRA
Iturraspe 81 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Mikel San José 81 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Camacho 81 Málaga CF ESP
Roque Mesa 79 UD Las Palmas ESP
Alfred N’Diaye 79 Villarreal CF SEN
Javi Fuego 79 RCD Espanyol ESP
Papa Kouli Diop 78 RCD Espanyol SEN
Gonzalo Escalante 78 SD Eibar ARG
Nemanja Radoja 78 Celta Vigo SRB
Petros 78 Real Betis BRA
Daniel Torres 77 Deport. Alavés COL


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 Busquets 83 FC Barcelona ESP
Iborra 83 Sevilla FC ESP
Casemiro 80 Real Madrid BRA
Mikel San José 80 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Camacho 80 Málaga CF ESP
Steven N’Zonzi 79 Sevilla FC FRA
Iturraspe 79 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Alfred N’Diaye 78 Villarreal CF SEN
Javi Fuego 76 RCD Espanyol ESP
Gonzalo Escalante 76 SD Eibar ARG
Nemanja Radoja 76 Celta Vigo SRB
Petros 76 Real Betis BRA
Matías Kranevitter 76 Sevilla FC ARG
Markel Bergara 75 Real Sociedad ESP
Papa Kouli Diop 74 RCD Espanyol SEN


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’Zonzi 87 Sevilla FC FRA
Alfred N’Diaye 85 Villarreal CF SEN
Papa Kouli Diop 85 RCD Espanyol SEN
Casemiro 84 Real Madrid BRA
Iborra 83 Sevilla FC ESP
Thomas 82 Atlético Madrid GHA
Sergio Busquets 81 FC Barcelona ESP
Camacho 81 Málaga CF ESP
David López 81 RCD Espanyol ESP
Rubén Pérez 81 CD Leganés ESP
Javi Fuego 80 RCD Espanyol ESP
Mikel San José 79 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Roque Mesa 79 UD Las Palmas ESP
Daniel Torres 79 Deport. Alavés COL
Timor 79 CD Leganés ESP


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.

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 Modrić 89 Real Madrid CRO
Iniesta 88 FC Barcelona ESP
Toni Kroos 88 Real Madrid GER
James Rodríguez 87 Real Madrid COL
Ivan Rakitić 87 FC Barcelona CRO
Arda Turan 84 FC Barcelona TUR
Koke 84 Atlético Madrid ESP
Isco 84 Real Madrid ESP
André Gomes 84 FC Barcelona POR
Bruno 83 Villarreal CF ESP
Parejo 82 Valencia CF ESP
Franco Vázquez 82 Sevilla FC ITA
Beñat 82 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Gabi 82 Atlético Madrid ESP
Tiago 81 Atlético Madrid POR
Augusto Fernández 81 Atlético Madrid ARG
Ganso 81 Sevilla FC BRA
Raúl García 81 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Marco Asensio 81 Real Madrid ESP
Daniel Wass 80 Celta Vigo DEN


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 Kroos 88 Real Madrid GER
Iniesta 87 FC Barcelona ESP
Parejo 87 Valencia CF ESP
Luka Modrić 86 Real Madrid CRO
Ivan Rakitić 86 FC Barcelona CRO
James Rodríguez 85 Real Madrid COL
Koke 85 Atlético Madrid ESP
Ganso 85 Sevilla FC BRA
Beñat 84 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Arda Turan 83 FC Barcelona TUR
Marco Asensio 83 Real Madrid ESP
Raúl García 82 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Hiroshi Kiyotake 82 Sevilla FC JAP
Mateo Kovačić 82 Real Madrid CRO
Sergi Roberto 81 FC Barcelona ESP
Isco 80 Real Madrid ESP
André Gomes 80 FC Barcelona POR
Gabi 80 Atlético Madrid ESP
Daniel Wass 80 Celta Vigo DEN
Marcelo Díaz 80 Celta Vigo CHI


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.


Iniesta 90 FC Barcelona ESP
Luka Modrić 89 Real Madrid CRO
Arda Turan 86 FC Barcelona TUR
Isco 86 Real Madrid ESP
James Rodríguez 85 Real Madrid COL
Rafinha 85 FC Barcelona BRA
Mateo Kovačić 85 Real Madrid CRO
Franco Vázquez 84 Sevilla FC ITA
André Gomes 83 FC Barcelona POR
Ganso 83 Sevilla FC BRA
Ivan Rakitić 82 FC Barcelona CRO
Koke 82 Atlético Madrid ESP
Marco Asensio 82 Real Madrid ESP
Emre Çolak 82 RC Deportivo TUR
Dani Ceballos 81 Real Betis ESP
Saúl 80 Atlético Madrid ESP
Roberto Soriano 80 Villarreal CF ITA
Víctor Rodríguez 80 Sporting Gijón ESP
Tana 80 UD Las Palmas ESP
Toni Kroos 79 Real Madrid GER


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

Economic Choice
Arda Turan

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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 Messi 93 FC Barcelona ARG
Gareth Bale 90 Real Madrid WAL
Vitolo 82 Sevilla FC ESP
Carlos Vela 81 Real Sociedad MEX
Fabián Orellana 81 Celta Vigo CHI
Lucas Vázquez 81 Real Madrid ESP
Williams 80 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Jonathan dos Santos 80 Villarreal CF MEX
Keko 80 Málaga CF ESP
Rodrigo 78 Valencia CF ESP
Hernán Pérez 78 RCD Espanyol PAR
Reyes 78 RCD Espanyol ESP
Xabi Prieto 78 Real Sociedad ESP
Joaquín 78 Real Betis ESP
Susaeta 78 Athletic Bilbao 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.

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


Gareth Bale 94 Real Madrid WAL
Williams 92 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Lionel Messi 89 FC Barcelona ARG
Carlos Vela 85 Real Sociedad MEX
Alessio Cerci 85 Atlético Madrid ITA
Rodrigo 84 Valencia CF ESP
Fabián Orellana 83 Celta Vigo CHI
Lucas Vázquez 81 Real Madrid ESP
Keko 80 Málaga CF ESP
Hernán Pérez 80 RCD Espanyol PAR
Federico Cartabia 79 Valencia CF ARG
Vitolo 78 Sevilla FC ESP
Cejudo 77 Real Betis ESP
Santi Mina 75 Valencia CF ESP
Nabil El Zhar 75 UD Las Palmas MOR


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 Messi 96 FC Barcelona ARG
Gareth Bale 86 Real Madrid WAL
Fabián Orellana 84 Celta Vigo CHI
Vitolo 83 Sevilla FC ESP
Reyes 83 RCD Espanyol ESP
Federico Cartabia 83 Valencia CF ARG
Carlos Vela 82 Real Sociedad MEX
Jonathan dos Santos 82 Villarreal CF MEX
Joaquín 82 Real Betis ESP
Nabil El Zhar 82 UD Las Palmas MOR
Keko 81 Málaga CF ESP
Carles Gil 81 RC Deportivo ESP
Lucas Vázquez 80 Real Madrid ESP
Hernán Pérez 80 RCD Espanyol PAR
Cejudo 80 Real Betis ESP


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 Messi 86 FC Barcelona ARG
Gareth Bale 84 Real Madrid WAL
Xabi Prieto 84 Real Sociedad ESP
Pedro León 84 SD Eibar ESP
Jonathan dos Santos 82 Villarreal CF MEX
Joaquín 82 Real Betis ESP
Susaeta 82 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Reyes 81 RCD Espanyol ESP
Vitolo 79 Sevilla FC ESP
Keko 78 Málaga CF ESP
Lucas Vázquez 77 Real Madrid ESP
Fabián Orellana 76 Celta Vigo CHI
Carles Gil 76 RC Deportivo ESP
Bruno Gama 75 RC Deportivo POR
Carlos Vela 74 Real Sociedad MEX


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

Economic Choice
Fabián Orellana

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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 Ronaldo 94 Real Madrid POR
Neymar 92 FC Barcelona BRA
Nicolás Gaitán 85 Atlético Madrid ARG
Nani 83 Valencia CF POR
Samir Nasri 82 Sevilla FC FRA
Yannick Carrasco 82 Atlético Madrid BEL
Michael Krohn-Dehli 81 Sevilla FC DEN
Denis Suárez 80 FC Barcelona ESP
Jonathan Viera 80 UD Las Palmas ESP
Samu Castillejo 80 Villarreal CF ESP
Denis Cheryshev 79 Villarreal CF RUS
Jony 78 Málaga CF ESP
Muniain 78 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Pablo Piatti 78 RCD Espanyol ARG
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez 78 Granada CF MOR


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


Cristiano Ronaldo 92 Real Madrid POR
Neymar 91 FC Barcelona BRA
Alexander Szymanowski 89 CD Leganés ARG
Yannick Carrasco 88 Atlético Madrid BEL
Charly Musonda 88 Real Betis BEL
Samu Castillejo 87 Villarreal CF ESP
Jony 85 Málaga CF ESP
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez 85 Granada CF MOR
Bebé 85 SD Eibar POR
Naranjo 85 Celta Vigo ESP
Pablo Piatti 83 RCD Espanyol ARG
Theo Bongonda 83 Celta Vigo BEL
Nicolás Gaitán 82 Atlético Madrid ARG
Nani 82 Valencia CF POR
Muniain 82 Athletic Bilbao ESP


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


Neymar 95 FC Barcelona BRA
Cristiano Ronaldo 91 Real Madrid POR
Nicolás Gaitán 86 Atlético Madrid ARG
Nani 86 Valencia CF POR
Yannick Carrasco 84 Atlético Madrid BEL
Samir Nasri 84 Sevilla FC FRA
Jonathan Viera 84 UD Las Palmas ESP
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez 84 Granada CF MOR
Takashi Inui 84 SD Eibar JAP
Denis Suárez 83 FC Barcelona ESP
Pablo Sarabia 83 Sevilla FC ESP
Charly Musonda 83 Real Betis BEL
Samu Castillejo 82 Villarreal CF ESP
Muniain 82 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Pablo Piatti 81 RCD Espanyol ARG


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


Michael Krohn-Dehli 84 Sevilla FC DEN
Nicolás Gaitán 83 Atlético Madrid ARG
Cristiano Ronaldo 81 Real Madrid POR
Nani 81 Valencia CF POR
Samir Nasri 81 Sevilla FC FRA
Denis Suárez 80 FC Barcelona ESP
Neymar 78 FC Barcelona BRA
Jonathan Viera 78 UD Las Palmas ESP
Samu Castillejo 77 Villarreal CF ESP
Pablo Sarabia 77 Sevilla FC ESP
Jurado 77 RCD Espanyol ESP
Yannick Carrasco 76 Atlético Madrid BEL
Denis Cheryshev 76 Villarreal CF RUS
Jony 76 Málaga CF ESP
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez 73 Granada CF MOR


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

Economic Choice

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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 Suárez 92 FC Barcelona URU
Antoine Griezmann 88 Atlético Madrid FRA
Karim Benzema 87 Real Madrid FRA
Aduriz 84 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Kévin Gameiro 83 Atlético Madrid FRA
Morata 82 Real Madrid ESP
Paco Alcácer 81 FC Barcelona ESP
Iago Aspas 81 Celta Vigo ESP
Rubén Castro 81 Real Betis ESP
Cédric Bakambu 81 Villarreal CF DRC
Fernando Torres 81 Atlético Madrid ESP
Wissam Ben Yedder 80 Sevilla FC FRA
Soldado 80 Villarreal CF ESP
Alexandre Pato 80 Villarreal CF BRA
Giuseppe Rossi 79 Celta Vigo ITA
Luciano Vietto 79 Sevilla FC ARG
Leo Baptistao 79 RCD Espanyol BRA
Ángel Correa 79 Atlético Madrid ARG
Agirretxe 79 Real Sociedad ESP
Antonio Sanabria 78 Real Betis PAR


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 Suárez 90 FC Barcelona URU
Antoine Griezmann 85 Atlético Madrid FRA
Karim Benzema 84 Real Madrid FRA
Kévin Gameiro 84 Atlético Madrid FRA
Aduriz 83 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Giuseppe Rossi 81 Celta Vigo ITA
Paco Alcácer 80 FC Barcelona ESP
Iago Aspas 80 Celta Vigo ESP
Rubén Castro 80 Real Betis ESP
John Guidetti 80 Celta Vigo SWE
Morata 79 Real Madrid ESP
Soldado 79 Villarreal CF ESP
Ángel Correa 79 Atlético Madrid ARG
Charles 79 Málaga CF BRA
Cédric Bakambu 78 Villarreal CF DRC
Fernando Torres 78 Atlético Madrid ESP
Wissam Ben Yedder 78 Sevilla FC FRA
Alexandre Pato 78 Villarreal CF BRA
Luciano Vietto 78 Sevilla FC ARG
Sergio León 78 CA Osasuna ESP


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 Caicedo 82 RCD Espanyol ECU
Luis Suárez 79 FC Barcelona URU
Aduriz 79 Athletic Bilbao ESP
Florin Andone 79 RC Deportivo ROM
Roman Zozulya 77 Real Betis UKR
Deyverson 76 Deport. Alavés BRA
Cédric Bakambu 75 Villarreal CF DRC
Willian José 75 Real Sociedad BRA
John Guidetti 75 Celta Vigo SWE
Karim Benzema 74 Real Madrid FRA
Marko Livaja 74 UD Las Palmas CRO
Morata 73 Real Madrid ESP
Agirretxe 71 Real Sociedad ESP
Fernando Torres 70 Atlético Madrid ESP
Charles 69 Málaga CF BRA
Sergi Enrich 69 SD Eibar ESP
Sergio León 69 CA Osasuna ESP
Joselu 69 RC Deportivo ESP
Soldado 68 Villarreal CF ESP
Alexandre Pato 68 Villarreal CF BRA


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 Bakambu 88 Villarreal CF DRC
Antoine Griezmann 86 Atlético Madrid FRA
Alexandre Pato 86 Villarreal CF BRA
Morata 83 Real Madrid ESP
Wissam Ben Yedder 83 Sevilla FC FRA
Ángel Correa 83 Atlético Madrid ARG
Luis Suárez 82 FC Barcelona URU
Giuseppe Rossi 82 Celta Vigo ITA
Nicola Sansone 82 Villarreal CF ITA
Karim Benzema 81 Real Madrid FRA
Iago Aspas 80 Celta Vigo ESP
Leo Baptistao 80 RCD Espanyol BRA
Roman Zozulya 80 Real Betis UKR
Kévin Gameiro 79 Atlético Madrid FRA
Rubén Castro 78 Real Betis ESP
Fernando Torres 77 Atlético Madrid ESP
Antonio Sanabria 77 Real Betis PAR
Florin Andone 77 RC Deportivo ROM
Luciano Vietto 76 Sevilla FC ARG
Deyverson 76 Deport. Alavés BRA


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

Economic Choice
Cédric Bakambu

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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.


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117 thoughts on “FIFA 17 La Liga Santander Squad Guide”

  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,

    1. 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!

      1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

        Sorry for the late reply.
        The good part is that you followed our suggestion, even without knowing it.
        You already have a good team. Isco may replace James.

        1. 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

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Suarez is better. I don’t know how much coins do you have to spend but Pepe, for example, could be a good addition, not to mention James and Modric (probably too expensive!)

      1. Is James a better CAM than iniesta? And should pepe replace godin or pique?? Thank you

        1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

          In my opinion, James is better than Iniesta, yes.
          Pique was upgraded this Winter but I still think that Godin is better than him.

  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.

    1. Sorry for missing information in the comment above.
      I was referring to who I would put to pique in the first squad? Or how would I do it?
      Thanks again

      1. Then in a nutshell would you include him in the substitute team?
        If so, would you put it next to umtiti or varane?

  4. Would you recommend some modification with the output of the upgrades in a medium budget squad?

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Yes. Vela, Casemiro and Carvajal have now room in the starting eleven of the medium budget squad.

      1. What do you think about carrasco up, vitolo up and lucas vazquez up?
        Could they enter the middle budget squad? Or are they better gaitan and nani on the left and williams and vela up on the right?
        Thank you

        1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

          I personally still think that Nani, Gaitán, Williams and Vela are the best choices.

  5. 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

    1. And do you think trying to do the PL SBC is worth it? Not just for Kane but for any player that comes along as they wont show up again?

    2. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Hi. We recommend Pepe. If you have enough coins to buy Marcelo, keep with Gaya and buy Benzema. He will be much more important for your team.

  6. 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?

  7. 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

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      I think that only Pique and Carvajal have chances to be part of our unlimited budget squad.

      1. -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 ?.

        1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

          1) It depends of your play style. If you don’t need a fast CB, go for Pique
          2) Yes.
          3) Not many.

  8. 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)

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      I suggest Pepe and Benzema. You will have to save a few coins to buy them. One of the options is to sell your other team.
      About Premier League squads, see here.

  9. 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

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      My only suggestion is Pepe. You already picked the best players for your budget.

      1. Thanks. Pepe for Mangala you mean? and 50000 coins is still not enough to make any other improvement yet right? I guess I will have to collect more.

        1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

          Yes, Pepe for Mangala but he should be in the starting 11. Well, you can try Benzema.

          1. Thanks again. I managed to save around 70000 coins now. I will try those 2 as next improves.

  10. Fernando Vitale

    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!

  11. Charlie white

    Anyone to replace, not got a lot of coins

    Benzema-IF gameiro

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Nice team! For that budget, we believe you can’t do much better.

  12. 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!

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Well, Nani and Gaitán are great choices. Are you sure you can’t save a few coins? If you can’t, we suggest Samu Castillejo. He has the stats you asked.

  13. 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.


    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      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.

      1. 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!

  14. 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

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      It depends of your console. If you play on XB1, for example, you can make this team replacing Filipe Luis by Gaya and Isco by Kovacic

  15. 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?


    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      You can use Andre in the middle and Isco on his position. I don’t suggest TOTW cards because they are not good value for money.

  16. 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

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Thank you.
      Sure. You can see it here.
      Almost in the top of the page you have “Other Leagues” and a few flags. You just need to click them to access our other league guides.

  17. La Liga Squad

    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!

  18. 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!

      1. I don’t like bundesliga so much, i like Premier League or La Liga more. Can you tell me a squad on this coins?

  19. 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.

      1. James for CAM I suppose. And modric where you put it ?. And as for the rest of players ?. I would like to stay with 1 holder and 1 substitute per position.
        It would be for the formation 4-2-3-1 (2).

  20. 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…

  21. 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.

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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?

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      I think your team is OK as it is. You would have to spend many coins to improve it.

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      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.

  24. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

        My first advice: wait 10 days to improve your team. Prices will be lower.
        My suggestions: Rakitic, Alba, Pepe. You can also but Benzema or James, depending of the prices dropping.

        1. 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!

    2. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Well, you already a good team. 🙂
      Any change here will require many coins. Rakitic could be a good improvement…

  25. 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

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      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.

  26. 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?

  27. Anderson Ávila

    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.

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      O Modric seria perfeito mas não será um pouco caro para o seu orçamento?!

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      The team is OK but James and Matuidi chemistries are not great. Besides that, Pato is not as good as the other players.

  28. 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!!

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      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.

  29. 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!

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      I’m sure many people will agree with you and many people will agree with us. It depends of our play styles.

  30. 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.

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Apparently IF Gameiro looks better but we don’t trust in the in-game stats of IF cards.
      Coentrão is you weakeness position. Save a few coins to buy Alaba.

  31. 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.

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      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.

  32. 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. 🙂

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Thank you for your words.
      My suggestions: Mangala, Casemiro and Gameiro.

  33. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

        Well, he is slow but he is also good in almost everything else. There is lack of quality CDMs in this league and for that reason he is our first choice.

    2. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      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.

  34. 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

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      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.

      1. 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

  35. 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.

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Our plan is to make Bundesliga next and Serie A in November 4.
      We will analise seriously a potential guide for silver players.

  36. How’s is Oblak the best goalkeeper? All others you chose, beat him on REF and DIV…

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      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.

  37. 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 🙂

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      In my opinion, lack of pace is always a big problem even in a position where fast players are not mandatory.
      If you are happy wih Casemiro, keep with him.

      1. Have you tried Saul as a CDM – one of the few that’s got the work rates for the job

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