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João Félix: All About The Young Portuguese Marksman 

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João Félix broke onto the scene with outstanding displays for Benfica. By scoring when it matters, he is making a name for himself and is profoundly respected in Europe. Here’s a thorough guide on this talented young football player.

Félix has been dubbed the future Ballon d’Or champ, even though he might have flown under the radar for a few fans. While his peers, such as Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, who are around a similar age, have been taking the headlines by storm in recent seasons, there has been somewhat less fanfare about Félix.

If you’re still wondering what sort of player he is, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s learn more about Atletico Madrid’s star man and learn the basics of soccer odds.

Who Is João Félix?

João Félix is a footballer who, as of now, carries out his specialty with the Spanish club Atlético Madrid. Félix was born in the central Portuguese city of Viseu on November 10th, 1999. He started his football career with Benfica, moving through the ranks in Lisbon to make his senior bow in the 2018 – 2019 season.

He managed to score 15 league goals in 26 appearances during his debut campaign and was involved in the Champions League and the Europa League. He was also crowned the Golden Boy after his debut year in 2019. His structure caught the eye of a large number of Europe’s first-class clubs, including Manchester City.

Félix eventually went on to sign for Atlético Madrid after the Rojiblancos as a new transfer record. He was rated the number 7 most valuable player in the world as of June 1st, 2021. Here are his stats:

  • Date of birth/Age: Nov 10, 1999 (21)
  • Place of birth: Viseu
  • Citizenship: Portugal
  • Height: 1,80 m
  • Position: Second Striker
  • National player: Portugal
  • Caps/Goals: 18/3

Early Career

Born in Viseu, Félix began playing football at Os Pestinhas in 2007 before he joined the youth ranks of FC Porto at only eight years old. After Félix moved to Porto, he was faced with a few difficulties, for example, extensive schedules that consisted of his family shuttling for hours between Viseu and Porto. At the age of twelve, Félix moved out of his parent’s home to live closer to Porto’s youth training grounds. In an interview, Félix revealed that during this time he seriously considered quitting football because of the lack of playing time. However, his dad persuaded him to keep pursuing his career.

Félix was eventually released by Porto in 2014 due to his slight frame (Félix denies this claim and says he left of his own volition) and continued to Lisbon rivals Benfica in 2015 when he was only 15. After a season-long loan at Padroense, Félix made his first debut at only sixteen years old for Benfica’s reserve team in LigaPro in 2017, on September 17th. He made his debut as an 83rd-minute substitute for Aurélio Buta in a goalless draw at Freamunde. At the time, he was the youngest player to make a debut for Benfica.

How Much Did João Félix Cost Atlético Madrid?

Atlético Madrid paid an impressive €126 million ($142m / £113m) to Benfica to get João Félix’s signature in 2019, and he was only nineteen years old at the time. This was the third-highest transfer fee ever paid for a footballer, thus making João Félix the second most costly teenager ever, behind Kylian Mbappe.

To put this into a clearer perspective, the money paid for João Félix was more than Barcelona paid to sign Antoine Griezmann (€120m), the player Félix replaced, and just higher than the fee paid for the all-time-favorite Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and even Paul Pogba.

Felix broke into the Atlético Madrid team as a playmaker; however, he has been transformed into a lethal striker since head coach Bruno Lage took over on January 3rd. Devastatingly effective when running at defenders, the young star is equipped for playing in each position across the forward line. With a tremendous range of abilities that will presumably just improve as he gets older, he has a style and fearlessness with the ball practically identical to the best talents in the game of football.

Which Position Does João Félix Play?

João Félix is a versatile forward and can play any position across the attacking line. He is presently playing as part of two – as a supporting striker – alongside Luis Suarez, yet can likewise play on the wing or slightly deeper as an attacking playmaker or No. 10.

Félix is a unique player and something that Atlético Madrid was lacking and badly needed. He is still relatively young, so there’s a lot of room to grow as long as he’s allowed to, according to fellow teammate Stefan Savić.

Savić went further to add that Félix has chosen the best club to grow with, and he has a great future at Atlćtico Madrid. If he continues at this rate, he’ll be a great player and even a Ballon d’Or winner, though he’ll need to win something for the club first.

So what kind of player is Félix? He has been compared with Antoine Griezmann and indeed plays similarly to the France international, whose No. 7 jersey he took over.

Surprisingly, it has been proposed that Félix should be utilized in a ‘Messi role’ at Atlético, which would mean that he should be the focal point of attacks. However, it remains to be seen if Félix can live up to such a great comparison.

What National Team Does João Félix Play For?

João Félix plays for the Portugal national team, and he has been a regular feature for the team since his debut in 2019. When Cristiano Ronaldo is free for selection, the veteran attacker is regularly the focal point of the attack, and, assuming he plays centrally, Félix plays off him on the wing. Nonetheless, in Ronaldo’s absence, Félix has been made the lone striker.

 

 

 

 

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