Saúl Ñíguez Esclápez, known simply as Saúl, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid as a central or defensive midfielder. He single-handedly destroyed Bayern's defence last night, let's see how good is he in Football Manager 2016.
- ##fa-male## Basic Player Info
- Age: 20 years old, Nationality: Spanish (10 U21 caps / 2 U21 golas), Club: Atletico Madrid,
Estimated Value: £1.4M, Preferred Foot: Left, Preferred Position: Midfielder (Centre), Current/Potential Ability: 144/163
- 2015 Attributes
- 2020 Attributes
- 2025 Attributes
- Career Stats
- Player Development
- One can say that Saúl is already fully developed player at the start of the FM16. He starts nearly to his full potential and you can expect that he develops fully in few season into the game. His Progress Rate is 5 out of 10 which is calculated by players age, professionalism, determination and ambition.
- Career Summary
- Saúl is a well-known name for football fans across Europe. Having scored on his Spain debut against Wales in August 2016. he has gone on to make 26 appearances and score 2 goals for his country. Saúl has become an integral part of the football club at Manchester United since he arrived from Atletico for £20,5M in 2022.
Saúl began his career at Atletico de Madrid SAD in 2009/10. During this time he also spent time at Atletico Madrid 8, making 44 league appearances and scoring 2 goals. Saúl's spell at Atletico didn‘t last long and in 2012/13 he rejoined Atletico, making 226 league appearances and scoring 17 goals in 10 years. During this time he also spent time on loan at Rayo Vallecano SAD, making 34 league appearances and scoring 2 goals. During his time with C. Atletico de Madrid SAD and Spain. SaUl's team lifted the Spanish Super Cup in 2019. the Spanish Cup in 2020 and won the European International League in 2019.
Saúl joined current club Manchester United for £20.5M in January 2022 and has currently made 89 league appearances and scored 8 goals for the club. Saúl has so far lifted the Capital One Cup in 2024. the English FA Cup in 2022. won the UEFA Champions League in 2025. the World Cup in 2022 and the Barclays Premier League in 2022 and 2025.
Among the 9 winner's medals that Saúl has collected during his career are: Capital One Cup (Man Utd 2024). English FA Cup (Man Utd 2022), Spanish Super Cup (Atletico 2019), Spanish Cup (Atletico 2020), UEFA Champions League (Man Utd 2025), World Cup (Spain 2022), European International League (Spain 2019) and Barclays Premier League (Man Utd 2022 and 2025).
- ##fa-thumbs-o-up## Strengths
- Saúl's ability to concentrate makes him a candidate for marking role. Is fairly adaptable when it comes to living in another country. Is a consistent performer. Is fairly intelligent player and can play in couple of positions. His current ability makes him a good signing for any Premiership club.
- ##fa-thumbs-o-down## Weaknesses
- Saúl has no ability nor mentality to ever really challenge effectively in the air. Is not suitable to take long throws. Saúl is a player who doesn't enjoy big matches.
- ##fa-refresh## Transfer Info
- Saúl would probably be available for £25M at the start of the game. Also he has a minimum fee release clause se at £33M which Atletico must accept if the price is meet. Also his contract expires in a year time, so you can get he as a Bosman player.