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Who is Joao Felix? The Ronaldo-obsessed wonderkid courted by Europe’s top clubs

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Manchester United, Real Madrid and PSG are all tracking the 19-year-old but he has expressed his interest in playing alongside the Juventus forward
“Portugal’s best player was at Alvalade… and it was nice of Ronaldo to have gone there to watch him play.”
Former Benfica vice-president Rui Gomes da Silva’s words, though preposterous, perfectly illustrate the excitement surrounding Joao Felix, the club’s new wonderkid.
The 19-year-old’s cool finish past Sporting goalkeeper Renan Ribeiro on Sunday brought his tally in the season to eight goals and three assists in all competitions. All that in just over 1,000 minutes of game time.
With his display in the Lisbon derby, Felix drew admiring glances from the 45,000 spectators at Estadio de Alvalade, including Portugal superstar Ronaldo, who couldn’t have helped but be impressed by Benfica’s teenage sensation even in spite of his Sporting ties.
Indeed, during his first 1,000 minutes at senior level, Ronaldo had scored three goals and produced one assist. Felix, though, has not only surpassed his compatriot in that regard, his numbers are also better than those of Neymar (four goals and two assists) and Kylian Mbappe (four goals and six assists) within the same time frame.
According to AS , only Lionel Messi, who racked up 13 goals and eight assists in his first 1,000 minutes in a Barcelona jersey at senior level, has made a better start to a professional career.
However, while everything seems to be coming very easily to Felix right now, there were difficulties at underage level.
His talent was obvious from an early age and he was picked up by Porto as an eight-year-old. However, Felix was a skinny kid, described by his mother as “a late bloomer”, and Porto restricted his game time before ultimately concluding that he was not physically strong enough for the highest level.
They released him in 2014 after seven years within the club’s youth sector. It was a massive mistake.

Manchester United, Real Madrid and PSG are all tracking the 19-year-old but he has expressed his interest in playing alongside the Juventus forward
“Portugal’s best player was at Alvalade… and it was nice of Ronaldo to have gone there to watch him play.”
Former Benfica vice-president Rui Gomes da Silva’s words, though preposterous, perfectly illustrate the excitement surrounding Joao Felix, the club’s new wonderkid.
The 19-year-old’s cool finish past Sporting goalkeeper Renan Ribeiro on Sunday brought his tally in the season to eight goals and three assists in all competitions. All that in just over 1,000 minutes of game time.
With his display in the Lisbon derby, Felix drew admiring glances from the 45,000 spectators at Estadio de Alvalade, including Portugal superstar Ronaldo, who couldn’t have helped but be impressed by Benfica’s teenage sensation even in spite of his Sporting ties.
Indeed, during his first 1,000 minutes at senior level, Ronaldo had scored three goals and produced one assist. Felix, though, has not only surpassed his compatriot in that regard, his numbers are also better than those of Neymar (four goals and two assists) and Kylian Mbappe (four goals and six assists) within the same time frame.
According to AS , only Lionel Messi, who racked up 13 goals and eight assists in his first 1,000 minutes in a Barcelona jersey at senior level, has made a better start to a professional career.
However, while everything seems to be coming very easily to Felix right now, there were difficulties at underage level.
His talent was obvious from an early age and he was picked up by Porto as an eight-year-old. However, Felix was a skinny kid, described by his mother as “a late bloomer”, and Porto restricted his game time before ultimately concluding that he was not physically strong enough for the highest level.
They released him in 2014 after seven years within the club’s youth sector.

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Chelsea confirm deal for 20-year-old striker

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Chelsea have confirmed a new long-term deal for 20-year-old striker, Armando Broja.

The new deal will see Broja remain at Chelsea until 2026.

Chelsea disclosed this in a statement via their website on Sunday.

The statement read, “Armando Broja has signed a new long-term contract at Chelsea FC that commits him to Stamford Bridge until at least the summer of 2026.

“The young striker, who will turn 20 in September, spent last season on loan in the Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem, where he made 34 appearances.”

Reacting, Broja said: “I’m really excited to be signing a new contract with Chelsea.

“Having come through the Academy here it was a special moment for me to make my first-team debut last year, before gaining further experience on loan at Vitesse last season.

“I want to build on these foundations and I’m really looking forward to progressing and making an impact.”

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Saliba breaks silence after leaving Arsenal on loan to Marseille

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William Saliba has said he is joining “one of the great French clubs” in Marseille after sealing his latest loan spell away from Arsenal.

The 20-year-old was signed by the Gunners for £27m in 2019.

But Saliba is yet to make a single appearance for the Premier League club and is now beginning his third loan move away from north London.

He was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne after signing for Arsenal, before spending the second half of last season at Nice.

Saliba has now signed up for the 2021/2022 campaign with Marseille.

“I am very proud to join one of the best French clubs.

“I cannot wait to be on the Orange Vélodrome pitch. Where I am from, in Paris, lots of those close to me are for Marseille, I am proud to wear this shirt,” Saliba told Marseille’s official website.

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England vs Italy: UEFA receives petitions to replay Euro 2020 final

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Some England fans have started a petition, asking that UEFA order a replay of the Euro 2020 final.

They feel the defeat to Italy on penalties was “unfair”, according to the Daily Mail.

Italy have been accused of playing “dirty”, after their captain Giorgio Chiellini pulled on Bukayo Saka’s collar, dragging him onto the pitch in the latter stages of the game.

While some fans have taken to social media to insist he deserved a red card for the move, he eventually got away with a yellow.

The refereeing decisions have been widely disputed since and a number of England fans have taken it upon themselves to start up petitions.

One petition, in its description, outlines: “Bukayo Saka was mistreated during the match between England and Italy as he was dragged down by his shirt by Giorgio Cheiellini and given a yellow card when it CLEARLY should’ve been a red card. I do strongly believe that the referee was biased and in favour of Italy.”

Another argues Chiellini should have been given a red card, and that a rematch should take place with a “non-biased referee”.

Currently, there are several petitions that exist, but they are struggling to gain any substantial traction.

Of the five petitions so far, one is approaching 1,500 signatures, while the others have meagre numbers.

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