We all want the best players on Ultimate Team, but not everyone can afford them! We’ve taken a look at the best alternatives for the game’s most expensive stars!


The wicked Atletico Madrid keeper is a world-class shot-stopper with 90 for Reflexes and 87 for Diving, but David De Gea isn’t far behind with 89 Reflexes and 88 Diving! If you want an absolute bargain though, go and buy Burnley’s Nick Pope!


There’s no doubt that Kante is the best defensive midfielder on FIFA 21, but one player that gets close to him is one of his international teammates – Moussa Sissoko from Tottenham. The only thing letting him down is his shooting!


Robertson is the highest-rated left-back on FIFA 21 because he’s a quick, solid defender that gets tons of assists – but Man. United’s Alex Telles is just as good! If you need a La Liga left-back, go for Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy!


Nobody cheap comes close to Messi, but there are still some top-class left-footed right wingers with awesome dribbling stats. PSG’s Angel Di Maria is a five-star skiller, while Man. City’s Riyad Mahrez is a good option for the Prem!


Mbappe goes for tons of coins because he’s still one of the most popular strikers on the game, but Wissam Ben Yedder is a solid alternative! If you’d prefer a striker from the Prem, Man. City’s Gabriel Jesus is a bargain too!


Only Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos comes close to matching Virgil Van Dijk’s defensive attributes, but Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly isn’t that far behind! The Napoli CB is an absolute beast at the back, he’s only cheaper because of his passing!


Kai Havertz isn’t as good as De Bruyne yet, and that’s reflected on FIFA, but he’s still got amazing shooting and passing for a card which is over 100,000 coins cheaper! If you’re looking for a La Liga CAM, then pick up Isco for under 10,000 coins!


As is the case most years, Neymar is one of the most in-demand players on FIFA 21, mainly due to his epic dribbling and five-star skills. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, then go for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele! He’s also got five-star skills and is ridiculously cheap!


Like Neymar, Mane remains one of the most expensive standard gold cards on Ultimate Team, but there are plenty of cheaper options in the Prem! Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son is an absolute beast, and you can snap him up for a fraction of the price!


Pace is one of the most important attributes to be competitive on Ultimate Team, so it’s no surprise that Walker is so popular! Nelson Semedo, Joao Cancelo and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are also lightning-quick but can be snapped up for a lot cheaper!

Article by Sam Straw

This article first appeared in the January 19 Issue of MATCH! Magazine. You can purchase old issues of the magazine by clicking here.