Nicolo Zaniolo | 20 Years On | Football Manager 2020 Wonderkids

Welcome to 20 Years On, a series here on VivaLaVidaFM where we take one of the games hottest prospects to see where they end up at the end of their career in Football Manager 2020. In this post, we see where one of the most exciting prospects on FM20 this year – Nicolo Zaniolo – could end up in 20 years time.

Name: Nicolo Zaniolo

Birthday: 2 July 1999

Current Club: AS Roma

Nation: Italy

Nicolo Zaniolo is one of the lesser-known players to be looked at in this series. Players like Rodrygo have attracted far more attention in the press due to their big-money moves. Zaniolo joined Roma from Inter Milan as part of a swap deal involving Radja Nainggolan moving the other way. He has since made a positive impact on entering the Roma side, so much so that he has already made his international debut for Italy.

He is highly rated on Football Manager and could develop into a world-class talent. Let’s see what could happen to him on FM20.

zaniolo 2019

Nicolo Zaniolo 2019

Nicolo Zaniolo | FM20 Wonderkids

AS Roma | 2019-2028roma

  • Appearances: 316
  • Goals: 109

Zaniolo remained with Roma for the majority of his prime years. This perhaps hindered chances of winning silverware in the early years of his career, but his loyalty ensured he became a club legend. In 316 appearances for the club, he won two Europa Leagues and one UEFA Super Cup. Their highest league finish was second, finishing runners-up in two seasons, both behind Juventus.

Manchester City | 2028-2033man city

  • Appearances: 144
  • Goals: 42

Zaniolo left Roma at the end of his contract to join Manchester City on a free. This proved a good decision for Zaniolo, at least in terms of honours won. Man City won seven honours with Zaniolo but failed to win the Premier League. In his final season at the club, City sent Zaniolo out on loan.

Tottenham | 2032-2033 (loan)tottenham hotspur

  • Appearances: 29
  • Goals: 10

Tottenham were a club on the up, at least in terms of trophies won. They’d won two of the past three Europa Leagues and were challenging for the Super Cup in one of Zaniolo’s first appearances for the club. He helped them win the trophy and saw his loanee club finish 4th in the PL.

West Ham | 2033-2035west ham

  • Appearances: 24
  • Goals: 3

Zaniolo left Man City for West Ham, again at the end of his contract. He played for West Ham for one season before leaving on loan. In his one season with West Ham he helped guide them to 3rd in the Premier League and a Europa League final where they lost out to Sevilla.

FC Basel | 2034-2035 (loan)basel

  • Appearances: 31
  • Goals: 6

Zaniolo’s final year in football was played in Switzerland with FC Basel. It was another year of success for the Italian as he led the club to the Schweizer Cup. Zaniolo finished his career with 544 appearances and 170 goals.

zaniolo carer history

Nicolo Zaniolo career history

International | Italy

  • Caps: 74
  • Goals: 24

Nicolo Zaniolo made his international debut in 2024 and made 74 appearances for his nation. In that time, he was part of the squad that won the European Championships in 2028. He never really starred for Italy, instead being more of a squad member that was used often over the course of his ten years as an international. However he was a key member of the 2028 winning side as Italy beat Germany in the final.

italy win wuros

Italy win European Championships 2028

Statistics and Honours

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roma2x Europa League

1x European Super Cup

man city2x Champions League

1x FIFA Club World Cup

1x European Super Cup

2x English Carabao Cup

1x English FA Cup

tottenham hotspur1x European Super Cup


basel1x Schweizer Cup


zaniolo GIF

Nicolo Zaniolo development GIF


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