- Joao Felix, 19, played so well he left the pitch in tears after Benfica’s 4-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.
- The Portuguese forward played a part in every single one of his team’s goals, scoring three and setting up the other.
- It was a performance that will have further alerted Europe’s best soccer clubs, as Manchester United, Juventus FC, and Real Madrid are all reportedly interesting in signing the wunderkind.
- It could cost them $US135 million to get him, however.
- You can watch a highlight of Felix’s awesome form below.
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A 19-year-old forward produced a pitch perfect performance on Thursday to show the world precisely why Europe’s best soccer clubs want to buy him, perhaps even justifying his $US135 million price tag.
His name is Joao Felix, and he is one of the most exciting teenagers on the planet.
The Benfica athlete scored three goals (one of them a 30-yard rocket), created three goalscoring opportunities for his teammates, and returned an 84% passing accuracy in his team’s 4-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
It was his finest performance of the entire season according to soccer statistics website Whoscored.com, but is not at all surprising as he has been responsible for scoring or creating one goal for every 92 minutes he has played in all competitions this year.
To put that in perspective, the 34-year-old striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been responsible for scoring or creating one goal for every 85 minutes he has played for Juventus FC this season. Felix, clearly, is among elite company.
Felix is a phenomenon, and his headline-grabbing display in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final this week showed exactly why Europe’s biggest teams covet his signature.
Just watch this long-range howitzer:
João Félix is a special talent!
The 19-year-old's second of the night is a cracker! ????
This is why Europe's biggest clubs are watching him ???? pic.twitter.com/JTEDlPYs3o
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 11, 2019
But that’s not all he accomplished against Frankfurt. He also held his nerve to score a penalty, set up Ruban Dias’ goal in the 50th minute, and completed his own hat-trick four minutes later to earn the match ball for keeps as the man of the match.
Felix played so well he broke down in tears after the game,according to the Daily Mail.
Watch his highlights here:
Or here if you are in a different region:
• Real Madrid
• Man United
• Bayern Munich
All are reported to have an interest in Benfica's rising star Joao Felix…
The 19-year-old bagged a hat-trick and an assist against Frankfurt ????
What a talent! pic.twitter.com/C1NH9VYzKO
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 12, 2019
Indeed, his performance will even have alerted Europe’s top clubs like Manchester United, Juventus, and Real Madrid – all of whom have been linked with the goalscorer in recent months, as Felix looks like a superstar not only for the future, but also a game-winning player for the present.
But if any interested club wants to complete a trade in the summer transfer market, it will prove costly. Sky Sports reports that the player recently signed a new deal at Benfica, and has a “release clause” in his contract. This means that the club can reject any offer below $US135 million, but if that threshold is met or surpassed, it would be forced to sell its most promising asset.
Should he continue to improve from his current level, though, it is a price tag that could prove to be a bargain.
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