Many might have not heard of him. His name is Joao Felix The Wonder kid from Portugal. After a very nice season with Benfica B team and a spell with the senior team, the young lad gained recognition from all over the world with top clubs been linked to signing him. He was linked with signing for Manchester United and Manchester City. La Liga Giants atletico Madrid won the race to sign the youngster for a club record fee for both a youngster And player. With Neymar’s fee, Kylian Mbappes fee and Coutinhos transfer fee being the only transfers eclipsing that of the youngster.
Felix playing for Athletico during the pre season
Having represented Portugal in the UEFA Nations cup and lifting the trophy at the same time, youngster have indeed be seen as a very fast rising star and have been tipped to replace the Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Already making waves on the atletico Madrid shirt, the youngster have contributed to half the team’s goal in the pre seasons, he have been involved in.
Félix debuted professionally at the age of 16 for Benfica’s reserve team in LigaPro on 17 September 2016, coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute for Aurélio Buta in a goalless draw at Freamunde. In doing so, he became the youngest player to debut for Benfica B. He played 13 matches and scored three goals over the season, the first being a consolation in a 2–1 loss to his hometown team Académico de Viseu on 15 February 2017.Later, on 30 January 2018, he scored a hat-trick in a 5–0 home win over Famalicão.During that season, Félix played in the 2016–17 UEFA Youth League, in which he was a key part of Benfica reaching the final of the competition, lost to Red Bull Salzburg (2–1); he scored six goals in the tournament.
Félix was then promoted to Benfica’s first team for the 2018–19 season, making his debut in a 2–0 Primeira Liga win at Boavista on 18 August. A week later, he scored his first Primeira Liga goal, thus becoming the youngest player to score in the Lisbon derby, which ended in a 1–1 tie. On 16 January 2019, he scored the qualifying goal against Vitória de Guimarães in the Portuguese Cup quarter-finals. After Bruno Lage took over as coach of Benfica, his first decision was to use Félix more regularly, partnering him with Haris Seferović in the attack.Later on, Félix was praised for his performance in a 4–2 away win over Sporting CP in the league on 3 February, subsequently sparking interest from several European clubs. A month later, he scored the equaliser in a 2–1 away win over Porto in the league.
On 11 April 2019, Félix scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 UEFA Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt. In doing so, he became the youngest ever player (aged 19 years and 152 days) to score a hat-trick in the competition, breaking Marko Pjaca’s record by 67 days.Félix finished his first season with 20 goals for his team, including one on the final day of the league campaign, in a 4–1 win over Santa Clara to seal the title; his 15 league goals put him joint-fourth for the season. Across Europe’s seven best leagues, he ranked second among teenagers for goals and assists, behind Kai Havertz and Jadon Sancho, respectively.
On 3 July 2019, Félix signed a seven-year contract with Spanish club Atlético Madrid for a transfer fee of €126 million (£113 million), the fourth highest ever paid in football (Benfica’s biggest transfer and Atlético’s most expensive signing) as well as the second highest for a teenager (after Kylian Mbappé), with the La Liga side initially paying €30 million and the rest €96 million via installments, thus surpassing Félix’s €120 million release clause, and with Benfica paying €12 million in mediation services.
With Griezmann gone, the Athletico Madrid faithfuls would be hopeful that he does a better job than Griezmann did.
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