Lots of chatter today about powerhouses Real Madrid and Manchester United tracking “the next Ronaldo,” João Félix.
Along with Los Blancos and ManU, other clubs with an interest in the 19 year-old include La Liga titans Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Seria A champs Juventus, Premier League top 20 revenue generator West Ham, and German development juggernaut Borussia Dortmund.
Félix reportedly has a €120 million release clause. Expect him to be on the move during summer of 2019 transfers.
Who is João Félix?
João Félix is a 19 year-old from Portugal. After coming through FC Porto‘s youth ranks, he moved to Benfica, where he made his senior debut in the Primeira Liga in August 2018.
He’s an attacking midfielder who also gets some play on the wing and at striker. While yes he’s Portuguese, stylistically the Ronaldo comparisons mostly end there. He (for now) lacks Ronaldo’s annoying preening bravado. He has a better handle on ball dribbling than Ronaldo at a similar age (with less step-overs), but not quite the same striking ability.
He does share some of Ronaldo’s confidence though, telling Tuttosport:
“I’m not scared by the numbers being mentioned [about me], of the comparisons [to Ronaldo] in the media, nor the interest of the biggest clubs on the planet. I’m flattered.”
Félix does consider Ronaldo to be his “idol.”
João Félix Video Highlights
Enough words on João Félix. See for yourself with these João Félix video highlights.
We’ll continue adding more highlights to this page as they come, which should be often.