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FIFA 23 Ultimate Team: The best La Liga starter squad

Tom Gott
Fati looks great on FIFA 23
Fati looks great on FIFA 23 / Alex Caparros/GettyImages
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With coins still sparse at this early stage of FIFA 23, building a strong Ultimate Team on a budget is crucial.

La Liga has plenty of possible options for your team, with a lot of top players available for surprisingly cheap.

Here's the best La Liga squad you can build full of players worth under 5,000 coins each.


1. GK: Yassine Bounou

Yassine Bounou Bono
Bounou will do the job / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

La Liga has plenty of budget options in goal, the best of which is Sevilla's Yassine 'Bono' Bounou.

At 84 overall, he comes with a 6'4 frame, 86 reflexes and 84 position, so he'll do as good a job as anyone in this price bracket.

Alternatives to consider: Unai Simon, Giorgi Mamardashvili

2. RB: Gonzalo Montiel

Gonzalo Montiel
Montiel works at right-back / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

A lot of the league's right-backs find themselves lacking in one major department, but Gonzalo Montiel is a nice blend of everything you could want in this role.

It's worth keeping an eye out for upgrades, but for now, Montiel will do nicely.

Alternatives to consider: Jesus Navas, Thierry Rendall Correia

3. CB: Ronald Araujo

Ronald Araujo
Araujo looks like a bargain / Alex Caparros/GettyImages

Ronald Araujo is surprisingly affordable for a centre-back with his statistics.

The Barcelona man stands at 6'4, has medium/high work rates and 77 pace, 83 defending and 83 physical. There is very little more you could ask for from a defender.

Alternatives to consider: Jawad El Yamiq, Gimenez

4. CB: Pau Torres

Pau Torres
Torres is a man in demand / Fran Santiago/GettyImages

Plenty of managers are keen to sign the real Pau Torres and you shouldn't hesitate to add his virtual card to your Ultimate Team.

He boasts a very similar card to Araujo and even beats him in defending. These two would be very tough to beat.

Alternatives to consider: Mario Hermoso, Joseph Aidoo

5. LB: Alfonso Espino

Luis Alfonso Espino
Espino is a hidden gem / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Alfonso Espino brings 87 pace and 82 physical to the left-back spot.

His creativity leaves a little bit to be desired, but he'll fill a hole until you can afford to recruit somebody better.

Alternatives to consider: Marcos Acuna, Alex Moreno

6. CDM: Thomas Delaney

Thomas Delaney
Delaney is the ideal anchor / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

With low/high work rates, Thomas Delaney is solely focused on preventing goals.

His 6'0 frame can help dominate the midfield battle and he has an excellently well-rounded card, with all his face stats above 70.

Alternatives to consider: Geoffrey Kondogbia, Francis Coquelin

7. CM: Sergi Darder

Sergi Darder
Darder is a real gem / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Sergi Darder is one of the biggest gems in this squad. He's a superb box-to-box option who you'd expect to be far more expensive than he is.

His skill moves and weak foot are both only 3*, which is hardly ideal, but Darder offers enough at both ends of the field to make up for it.

Alternatives to consider: Merino, Canales, Giovani Lo Celso, Thomas Lemar

8. CAM: Muniain

Iker Muniain
Muniain looks like a great card / Aitor Alcalde Colomer/GettyImages

A left-midfielder by trade, Muniain looks far more dangerous in his secondary role of CAM.

87 dribbling is his standout attribute but Muniain also brings 82 passing, 81 pace and 77 shooting, ensuring he is an all-round threat.

Alternatives to consider: Giovani Lo Celso, Isi, Oscar Trejo

9. RW: Jesus Corona

Jesus Manuel Corona 'Tecatito'
Corona looks like fun / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

The appeal of Jesus Corona is his dribbling. That sits at 86... with 5* skills and a 5* weak foot.

His 82 pace might not please some players, but Corona is a really dangerous card who can impact games in plenty of different ways.

Alternatives to consider: Samuel Chukwueze, Portu

10. ST: Matheus Cunha

Matheus Cunha
Cunha is a great striker / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

With 84 pace, 84 dribbling and 82 shooting, Matheus Cunha is everything you could want from a starter striker.

The Brazilian also brings 4* skills and a 4* weak foot, so there's not a lot he can't do.

Alternatives to consider: Antoine Griezmann, Inaki Williams, Morales

11. LW: Ansu Fati

Ansu Fati
Get Fati on the wing / Alex Caparros/GettyImages

Young Ansu Fati looks like a fun card to play with.

88 pace and 82 dribbling are his main stats, with 77 shooting and 72 passing more than enough for this stage of the game.

Alternatives to consider: Ferran Torres, Eden Hazard

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