Last night at the Europa League quarter-final first leg, Benfica thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 3 goals to nil, and the man behind the astonishing hatrick is no other than Joao Felix, a 19 year old Portuguese Juventus and Manchester United are almost certain must be a younger version of Cristiano Ronaldo reincarnated.
Now, signing such a youngster to a big name club like Juve or Man U shouldn’t be much of a big deal. Issue however is Benefica now seem quite aware of the sort of machine they posses and as a result are keen to tie him down to a new contract increasing his €120 million release clause to €200 million.
Juventus have long been linked to a move for the Portuguese wonderkid, and it is thought that his admiration for Ronaldo could be a key factor in convincing him to choose Juventus over the host of other top European clubs who are all vying for his signature.
Last night, Joao Felix proved to the world that the comparisons between him and his idol bear weight, by becoming the youngest player to ever score a hat-trick in the Europa League at just 19 years and 152 days.