I want to share my squads that reached me Elite 3 in 39 matches
Hope this helps.
First squad :
Second squad :
As seen, i even use very cheap players like Allan, Berardi, Perisic etc. These teams do not have superstars but all players are team players and can easily beat Messi&Ronaldo&Neymar trio teams which only focus on ratings.
I use Totti, Gary Medel, Salah as subs. My common replacements are Banega->Totti, Khedira and Derossi -> Medel, Wingers->Salah
I am open any questions