FM 2012 player profile – Lucas Moura

FM 2012 best players

written by Darren Smith

Lucas Moura

Age: 18

Position: AMC/ML/AMRL/ST

Club: Sao Paulo

Nationality: Brazilian

Value: £11.5 million

Price tag: £53 million (in patch 12.2)

Lucas Moura’s profile in 2011 (after starting new game, patch 12.2)

Lucas Moura’s scouting report from Cagigao of Arsenal

Lucas Moura’s profile aged 26 in the year 2019

Lucas Moura’s career history until 2019

Lucas Moura is probably one of the most talented midfielders in FM 2012, but his price tag of £53 million represents that and makes him near impossible to sign. Moura is best deployed in attacking midfielder but can feature on either wing or even upfront. Not only is he similar to Messi in versatility but he holds similar style. So if you want the new Messi (obviously not as good) here he is, but you’ll need to cough up the big bucks!

Best buy rating: 9.5/10

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  • comment avatar tom October 24, 2011

    Yesss he develops!…always had problems in FM11 getting him to a decent standard…he seemed to fail to reach potential!

    At 26, arguably hes yet to hit his peak! Nice development across all stats!

    A luxury purchase! (with that price tag)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 24, 2011

      He is amazing this year and has the aura of a superstar in the making. Certainly a luxury buy though and very disappointing to see such a high asking price.

      • comment avatar marc August 5, 2012

        signed this guy 3rd season with watford for 11mil

  • comment avatar Malhar Bhadbhade October 24, 2011

    wow! he’s grown into a right little beast. see this is why i love this site so much. never would have ever bought him since i wouldnt have heard about him. thanks for your amazing work, i’m sure i speak for everyone when i say that it is really very very useful. and just plain awesome :D

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 24, 2011

      No problem Malhar, keeping coming back mate as this will site will be updated with at least two profiles a week…probably more like 5 week to start with.

  • comment avatar Rui November 8, 2011

    if only I had the money….gess I will try to find a similar one in regens for a much smaller price :(

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 8, 2011

      Defo, when I saw him I thought this is the new Messi but gutted to see his asking price. Makes him virtually impossible to buy. :(

  • comment avatar Nick November 28, 2011

    I bought him with the Spurs for 27 ml UK pound (32 mln Euro)
    Still 19 years old… wondering how he will fit in my team!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 28, 2011

      How did you get him for £27 mill, assume it wasn’t from the start of the game? Absolute bargain at that.

  • comment avatar Nick November 29, 2011

    I guess I was lucky then.. Although I did let him and the media know that I was highly interested in him.
    I bought him after the first season during the summerbreak. What do you think? Can I let him play from the beginning? (still have Modric and Rvd Vaart)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 29, 2011

      I would say he’s ready to feature early on Nick, maybe try him from the wings too.

  • comment avatar James Kelly December 19, 2011

    He became unhappy in my game with the manager, asked for a transfer and I picked him up for 12 million!!!!! without doubt my best ever buy, just hope and pray he does the same for you guys.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 19, 2011

      Wow, now that has to be the bargain of FM12…he’d be a no brainer at that price.

      • comment avatar James December 19, 2011

        I know I had just bought a player in his position just before that but even still i got him anyway, there was every decent club in europe bidding 12 million though so i had to give him a huge contract, but he was well worth it.

  • comment avatar Oleat December 30, 2011

    I have Christian Eriksen and Lucas in Liverpool and i don’t have any good left wing so i wonder shall i use Griezmann, then Eriksen ore Lucas have to go ore shall i use Lucas on the left wing?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 30, 2011

      I’d use Lucas on the left wing.

      • comment avatar Oleat December 30, 2011

        Thanks he has played 5 games with 5 goals and 4 assist:)

  • comment avatar pereira January 8, 2012

    i have a question
    im training arsenal and i am on the second season, and i bought lucas moura but i don´t really know the best way to use the kid.i have two tatics on my team .
    4-3-3 with wingers and a dcm ( im using this one).
    4-3-3 with a acm.

    and my forward team is:

    st- leandro damiao, ayew, van persie
    aml- griezmamm, wilshere
    amr – hazard, chamberlain
    and then i have lucas moura and im trying to fit him on the team. if you can advise me about what should i do i apreciatte.

    and besides that i have yet on loan
    st-niang and belfodil
    amr – vadillo

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 8, 2012

      Lucas Moura would be best played from the left wing as a playmaker or inside forward and trained to that position too.

  • comment avatar pereira January 8, 2012

    ok i will see if it works , im playing him on the right wing because even with hazard on it if it gets injured the only options i have is chamberlain but he lacks in terms of tecnical attributes, and that turns the thing a litlle bit dificult to choose on the left or right and beisdes the kid is doing a really good damage on that right.

  • comment avatar Kevin January 10, 2012

    I played Lucas Moura in Shakhtar Donetsk until the age of 28, he definitely is not at his peak at age 26 and will continue to develop until age much later.

    He scored 12 goals in winning me a Champions Cup with Shakhtar and was awarded every possible award there is that year, scoring 37 goals in 40-42 games.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 10, 2012

      He certainly is amazing and the screenshot shown is that of his development under the CPU so he can do better.

  • comment avatar Kevin January 10, 2012

    Sorry for double post, here is Lucas Moura playing as a Striker with Willian, he is about 23 here.

  • comment avatar Pontus January 10, 2012

    Fantastic site this. Thank you Darren!

    • comment avatar Pontus January 10, 2012

      Forgot what I was about to ask:
      What do you think of the young french winger Yaisien?

      • comment avatar Darren Smith January 10, 2012

        He can be good but takes a lot of work and development so in my opinion there are better options. Thanks for the compliment.

      • comment avatar Heresy January 15, 2012

        I’m managing PSG and I haven’t really played him much but in those 10-15 games that he played for me, he’s a much better AMC than AMR. He hasn’t made a showing as AMR -ever-, i usually forget he’s on the pitch when he plays there. But he can be a good AMC.

  • comment avatar pelic January 30, 2012

    don,t select brazilina liga and u have him for 26milion,and the best player is bale

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 30, 2012

      Interesting, I haven’t tried that.

  • comment avatar CharlieFineman February 3, 2012

    I’ve been rotating Lucas and Pastore in the middle just behind the striker with huge success, it’s true that it takes time for Lucas to blossom, but when he does, you’ll be amazed. He won me the CL final vs Madrid single-handedly.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 3, 2012

      Thanks for sharing, he does seem like a special player.

  • comment avatar Chris Spaull February 26, 2012

    I’ve got a lot of money to spend and i only need one player to fill in as an right or left winger or as a BWM. My 2 teams would either be;

    Ter Stegen

    vsaljko bocchetti howedes sagna
    fb(s) Bpd(x) Cd(c) fb(s)

    Ramsey Hamsik Wilshere
    Cm(s) Dlp(s) B2B(s)

    Willian Moura
    If(A) If(A)

    • comment avatar Chris Spaull February 26, 2012

      Ter Stegen

      vsaljko bocchetti howedes sagna
      fb(s) Bpd(x) Cd(c) fb(s)

      Ramsey BWM Hamsik
      Cm(s) AP(A)
      Willian Wilshere
      If(A) If(A)

      • comment avatar Chris Spaull February 26, 2012

        For the first tactic im scared that my defence arent going to get any cover but i cant find a top class BWM and Moura looks awesome what tactic do you think i should use and carry on the great work

        • comment avatar Darren Smith February 26, 2012

          I always suggest a 4-5-1 with flat central three and two wingers pushed up into AM.

          • comment avatar Chris Spaull February 26, 2012

            Ive been using your tactic with arsenal but now wilsheres coming back im not sure where to put him as one of my 2 wingers alongside willian of as one of my 3 cms alongside ramsey and wilshere

          • comment avatar Darren Smith February 26, 2012

            I reckon as a CM if you get a quality winger and if not find another quality CM and play him as winger, it depends on who is available to you.

  • comment avatar Chris Spaull February 26, 2012

    Ok thanks but what roles should i give my 3 cms of ramsey, hamsik and wilshere

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 26, 2012

      You need to get a BWM in there as there isn’t someone that can break up attacks in the middle…I suggest getting a BWM then swicthing Ramsey and Wilshere as box to box midfielders or deep lying playmaker and having Hamsik as AP.

      • comment avatar Chris Spaull February 26, 2012

        Yeah thats what i thought. In that case who would you reccomend as a BWM i was thinking asamoah or fellani since i cant get sandro and some other good BWM. Thanks for the help

  • comment avatar Ewan Wood February 28, 2012

    On my save he actually replaced Messi somehow! Barca let Messi go on a free which was pretty shocking.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 29, 2012

      Wow, Messi been released in free sounds insane. :)

  • comment avatar Seamus March 13, 2012

    I am chelsea, and looking to replace f.lampard. who would you consider as the best option. I play a 4-4-2. With mata, ramires, lampard, nevas in midfield.

    then torres and llorente up front. Any suggestions in personell to spice things up a bit?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 13, 2012

      I would recommend Hamsik of Napoli, he seems like the natural replacement, or if you want younger then definitely get Kovacic.

  • comment avatar T Brown March 25, 2012

    I got Messi on a free when he was 29. Barca got a regen that had equal stats to Messi at 19!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 25, 2012

      Wow, Messi for free and an even better version of Messi generated on the game, that is shocking.

  • comment avatar Chong April 21, 2012

    Hey…We’ve talked before…Never really had the luxury of signing this guy but…ive recently started an AC Milan game…now 3 seasons in, taking over EU…just got barca on the first knockout game and its december…

    Agent says that Lucas would be open to a move…I have been trying to get this guy for 3 years and after scouting it said 23 mil is req. , which I was shocked at!

    Jovetic has taken over my left wing permanently and i change between pato/el shaaraway and reus for right wing but I am wondering if Lucas is like el shaaraway who plays best on a side or like jovetic who can play on both equally well?

    Also I would love some instructions for El shaaraway and this guy…El shaaraway hasn’t been consistent although he has his games and he destroys those…

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 21, 2012

      I would say that Moura is more like Jovetic in that he’d probably adapt equally as well on the wing or in the middle. Unfortunately I can’t give you any development or individual tips though as I have not managed those players myself.

  • comment avatar Joe June 10, 2012

    Got him at 21 for 16M.

  • comment avatar Joeyboy June 18, 2012

    Ha, just bought him with Shakhtar for 12.25m in july of the first season! Sick!

    • comment avatar Joeyboy June 18, 2012

      What position and role do you think i should play him to get his full qualities out?

      • comment avatar Darren Smith June 18, 2012

        I’m not sure how that is even possible. But the role depends on your tactic, you should never change roles within a tactic for the players or the overall effect will be damaged. I’d personally go for inside forward from the wing but thats because it suits my tactic.

        • comment avatar Joeyboy June 18, 2012

          Okay thanks that’s how I have him :) and i know I was well surprised! They originally wanted 17m for him but my board managed to talk themselves into getting him for 12.25m! I can send screenshot for proof if you want?

          • comment avatar Darren Smith June 18, 2012

            None needed mate, some of the things I have done in game are doubted by readers so I’d never do the same to someone else.

  • comment avatar Joeyboy June 18, 2012

    Haha okay mate (y) keep up the great work by the way, great website :D and one last question, do you think you’ll do all this again later this year when FM13 comes out?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 19, 2012

      We will most certainly be back for FM13!

  • comment avatar Alec July 13, 2012

    Bought him at start of game for £17.5 mil (Didn’t select Brazil Leagues) and he is absolutely amazing! Playing him just like Messi, and he gets loads of goals and assists!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 14, 2012

      That i certainly a bargin, Moura is a clss talent and one of the rare ones on FM12.

  • comment avatar Han July 13, 2012

    Hey Darren, would need your advise on this.

    I’m in my second season with liverpool and i’m looking for a AML. I wanted to get willian but he decided to sign for AC Milan instead (since Pato was his fav personnel as well) and I lost out on him. Who else would you recommend? I’m considering ramirez, yarmolenko, moura and even gotze (hazard went to man city for £71mil sadly). Thou gotze and moura would be on the pricey side..

    Apart from the usual liverpool squad, so far I’ve signed badelj, vrsaljko, sigurdsson & fierro.

    The bunch of older players (maxi, gerrard, bellamy, kuyt) are gonna leave after the younger players have settled as well as our conquest in the ECC in S’12 – 13. So I’ll be pretty much shorthanded on the namely AML/AMR positions.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 14, 2012

      I can’t recommend players that far into someone elses game as I don’t know how they’ve developed and if they’re available…I’d suggest using the wonderkid list for guidance and check the names on there to see how they’ve done in your game but the names you mentioned are probably the ones I’d recommend anyway, Weiss may be worth looking into for the right wing.

  • comment avatar Han July 16, 2012

    Thanks for the reply, Darren.
    I’ve plans to sign kagawa in S’13 when he’s on free transfer. Weiss would definitely be my backup plan if kagawa goes to barcelona instead.

    I’ve narrowed down the shortlist, Ramirez goes at $13m, yarmolenko $14m and moura @ $50m. I think I’ve forgot to mention this but both my AMRL as playing as inside forward.

    Out of the three above which one would you recommend? He’s gonna play along side Suarez/Fierro(FW) & Henderson/Downing/Sterling/Kagawa(AMR)

    I’m thinking of playing Suarez over at AML and sign a finisher upfront. But will his training schedules be affected? Instead of playing him at his original FW position.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 16, 2012

      Well I’d personally go for Moura if the cash is available but if not then Ramirez would be best at that price. As for Suarez just train him as you would, it won’t make much difference if he’s still been used as inside forward.

      • comment avatar Han July 17, 2012

        Awesome, that’s nice to know.
        Thanks for the recommendation Darren!

      • comment avatar Han July 25, 2012

        Finalized my choice, negotiated and managed to get Moura @ $50million (£32 million). It’s always a nice feeling when you managed to get a player unsettled at their club and the club has to lower their demand as a result!

        Drop this kid in a few friendly games during pre-season and I must say I’ve been particular impressed with his field movement, along with sigurdsson(Adam is no way close to the standard of this kid @ set pieces or movement on field).

        One thing I hate about these wonderkids thou; it is really hard to find a suitable mentor/tutor for them.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith July 25, 2012

          He is an excellent player and develops into one of the best.

          • comment avatar Han July 27, 2012

            If I play him @ AML, should I train him as a ST(Fast)/winger/AMC? (I’m using maestro’s training schedule) Kind of pondering between AMC/ST(Fast)

            He seems best developed as an AMC, but my tactic doesn’t have an AMC since I find it pretty inconsistent in the earlier seasons.

          • comment avatar Darren Smith July 27, 2012

            Train him as a winger in AML. I wouldn’t worry too much about where he plays, using him from the wings in a creative role will get just as much out of him.

  • comment avatar Dan Scutt July 24, 2012

    I got Lucas Moura for FCP for £53m paid for him over 48 months, he played 19 games overall nd scored 16 goals from amc only Hulk scored more with 34 goals, this lad is something special

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 24, 2012

      He’s a great player and turns into one of the best AM’s on this years addition.

  • comment avatar Dan Scutt July 24, 2012

    Hopefully if man united sign him I won’t have to spend big money on him on next FM

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 24, 2012

      Yeah they seem to be getting close but Sir Alex’s stance on value for money may stop the deal…found it funny when he said that Hazard wasn’t value for money, for someone with such a great eye to say that, I can only assume its sour grapes over not been able to compete for the signature.

  • comment avatar Dan Scutt July 25, 2012

    Tbh I think that was just Hazard choosing Chelsea nd Fergie spitting dummy out lol, but United have been given an extra £50m to strengthen so whether he’ll pay what they want is something we’ll have to wait to see

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 25, 2012

      Yeah probably, I think we’ll know the answer soon though…with the fee thats been suggested for Moura his policy may well be tested.

  • comment avatar Dan Scutt July 26, 2012

    Tbh I think his asking price is a bit much for an unproven Brazilian

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 26, 2012

      Yeah you’re right and if it were upto us it would be lower.

  • comment avatar zaky July 27, 2012

    darren smith you got ripe off. i got him for 16.75 million with arsenal and at the moment he is playing incredibly shit. quite franly people don’t sign him because even Aaron Ramsay is out performing him.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 27, 2012

      Moura is not available for that price while managing an English team in patch 12.2 with the Brazilian leagues loaded and bidding at the very start of a new save…I can guarantee you the asking price shown is correct under those circumstances. And as for slating the player, I’d suggest that you aren’t playing, training him correctly and most likely don’t use a tactic that suits him…9 times out of ten its the gamer who is not get the best out of the player when we’re looking at someone like Moura.

  • comment avatar Chris July 29, 2012

    I got him for £15.5 million at the start of a new game for Arsenal, absolute beast!

  • comment avatar zaky July 29, 2012

    i Promise you i got him for 16.75 million in the new patch no lie.

  • comment avatar DinamoZagreb August 2, 2012

    darren, do you think he could be better amc than ganso or pastore?? or could he be better amr than gotze? btw i didnt see pastores profile here, why is that? he seems like an absolute beast to
    me at the start of the game, and hes only 22

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 2, 2012

      He could be, but I haven’t managed him so not sure how you can develop the kid. Pastore is too expensive to profile, virtually unbuyable at start of a new save.

  • comment avatar DinamoZagreb August 2, 2012

    hey darren, i didnt know where to ask you this and sorry to bother you, but could you take a look in any of your saves at Dino Spehar. he is 17 at the start of the game and my arsenal scouts give him good potential. could you see if he develops into a solid player?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 2, 2012

      He is quite good and may develop well with good management but only if you’ll offer some game time.

  • comment avatar Harper O'Keeffe August 4, 2012

    About to buy him for 14 million in the first season am so excited. I am Man City and are out in front in the EPL.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 4, 2012

      Now that is a bargain, January transfer window I assume…still not sure how you can get him for that price though, unless you don’t have the Brazilian leagues loaded as that may make a difference.

  • comment avatar Matt Law September 6, 2012

    I got Moura in my 1st season for £17.5m for Spurs… Mr Levy did the negotiating for me.
    What is his best position? I have been playing him LW/IF and ACM, but i always struggle who to leave out Bale or Van der Vaart…. where would you suggest? if i put him on LW as IF is Bale as good at LB?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith September 6, 2012

      I’d sell Van Der Vaart and use him in place.

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