Scout report: Benfica brazen João Félix

Likened to Rui Costa and Kaká, João Félix dreams of personification alongside Cristiano Ronaldo; introduces a Benfica prospect.

Scout notes

Name: João Félix
Age: 19
Club: Benfica
Position: forward
Country: Portugal
2018/19*: 42 games, 18 goals

Who is he?

João Félix is Benfica’s prodigiously gifted aggressive midfielder whose goals are fuelling his side’s Portuguese Liga and UEFA Europa League charge.

What creates him so good?

João Félix breaks down in tears after completing his hat-trick

João Félix breaks down in tears after completing his hat-trick©Getty Images

There’s a stylish touch, a indolent movement, a positional versatility, a jaunty ability and a metaphysical awareness, though many sparkling about a teen is his goalscoring. Even while his best position stays tantalisingly uncertain – he has featured as both an aggressive midfielder and a second striker – João Félix has strike double total domestically and recently non-stop his UEFA Europa League comment with a overwhelming hat-trick opposite Eintracht Frankfurt.

Why is he a centre of attention?

Watch João Félix's overwhelming treble

Watch João Félix’s overwhelming treble

João Félix shot to inflection by scoring a late equaliser opposite Benfica’s city rivals Sporting on usually his third comparison appearance, though his three-way opposite Eintracht had Europe purring. At usually 19 years and 152 days old, a brazen pennyless a record hold by nothing other than Eusébio to spin a youngest Portuguese actor to measure a European hat-trick – and a youngest ever to measure a UEFA Europa League treble.

Where has he come from?

Watch João Félix's shining backheel opposite Real Madrid

Watch João Félix’s shining backheel opposite Real Madrid

The expert spent a early partial of his girl career with Porto, usually creation a pierce to a record Portuguese champions’ Seixal academy mid by his teens. Porto’s detriment was Benfica’s gain, João Félix excelling for a Eagles in a UEFA Youth League – underlining his intensity with a shining semi-final backheel idea opposite Real Madrid in 2017 – before fasten a comparison patrol in 2018/19.

When did he make his debut?

João Félix takes a acclaim

João Félix takes a acclaim©Getty Images

After impressing in a period of surrogate displays in Aug 2018, a brazen warranted a initial comparison start opposite Aves a following month, duly anticipating a net after 34 minutes. He featured in Benfica’s UEFA Champions League debate before to their organisation theatre exit, with his initial continental goals nearing around that Apr 2019 hat-trick opposite Frankfurt.

How distant could he go?

Young Portuguese goalscorers understandably acquire comparisons to Ronaldo – who João Félix has pronounced it would be a “dream” to play alongside – though a youngster’s magnificence is some-more suggestive of Rui Costa or even Kaká. He is nonetheless to make his comparison Portugal debut, though a UEFA Nations League Finals are a settled aim; contend this spin of opening and João Félix should fast spin accustomed to a biggest stages.

What they contend …

“We’re not going to spin João Félix into a superhero. He’s a illusory child and still has a lot to learn, technically and tactically. We’re not putting him underneath any pressure; we usually wish him to play his healthy diversion and keep growing. That’s what we trust will occur operative with us.”
Bruno Lage, Benfica coach

“Portuguese football can be unapproachable to have such a singular talent once again. To be so ease during usually 19; he is unbelievably intelligent within a game, moves good and is quick.”
Adolf Hütter, Eintracht Frankfurt coach

“He is a actor who can uncover his intensity not usually to Benfica fans though to fans opposite Europe. He has huge peculiarity and a patience with a round during his feet.”
Jonas, Benfica forward

João Félix in celebratory mood

João Félix in celebratory mood©AFP/Getty Images

“He’s many a finish actor for his age. From an romantic and mental indicate of view, he’s really strong, during a chosen level.”
João Tralhão, former Benfica girl coach

“I have another reason to watch Benfica games now: he’s called João Félix. I’m gay that such a talent has seemed in Portuguese football; of course, that compensation is increasing since he’s during my club.”
António Simões, Benfica and Portugal great

“They’ve already called him my successor or a new Kaká. To be honest, Félix is usually Félix. He has an unusual bargain of a diversion and a singular ability to know where to be in front of goal. João is another gem from a academy. He’s a child of a moment, and deservedly so. He’s a good instance of what we’re perplexing to create.”
Rui Costa, Benfica and Portugal great

What he says …

“I’m a crafty player. we like to have a round and measure goals.”

“My relatives have this observant about me: ‘When João was a baby, he could leap a football before he could walk.'”

Mbappé shows off his signature celebration

Mbappé shows off his signature celebration©AFP/Getty Images

“I like Mbappé as a actor and we like that celebration. At a moment, Mbappé is a striker we like a most.”

“Ronaldo is an impossibly tough workman and an instance for everyone. He’s been one of a best in a universe for several years and will continue to be.”

“As we grew as a man, and as a player, we realised that’s what we desired — to have a ball, and to play wonderful, happy football. That’s when I’m during my best, that’s when we am me.”

*appearance information includes games for Benfica and Portugal Under-21s

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