“He’s an imposter, your nation wants you and he comes on – If I used to be Cristiano Ronaldo I’d actually be going after him within the dressing room.”
The hard-nosed Roy Keane went in on Joao Felix following Portugal’s Euro 2020 exit on Sunday evening, stating the expertise he supposedly possesses sees him valued at £100million.
Portugal misplaced 1-Zero to Belgium however have been responsible of spurning various possibilities, with Felix having his fair proportion of alternatives regardless of solely approaching within the 56th minute.
Keane went on his ferocious tirade in opposition to the 21-year-old moments after the ultimate whistle sounded in Seville however is labelling him an ‘imposter’ truthful?
Felix continues to be within the early days of his profession however is already constructing a pleasant assortment of honours having gained the Portuguese Primeira Liga with Benfica, LaLiga with Atletico Madrid in addition to the Nations League together with his nation.
His debut season in senior soccer was what put him on the map within the first place having bagged 20 objectives and 11 assists as he helped Benfica win the league title forward of rivals Sporting Lisbon and standard winners Porto.
An eye fixed-watering £113million switch to Atletico Madrid got here in the summertime of 2019, whereas Felix later within the 12 months scooped up the celebrated Golden Boy award, beating Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Matthijs de Ligt to it.
Pep Guardiola is claimed to be a giant admirer however he’s but to fully set up himself on the Wanda Metropolitano as his stats beneath present.
Joao Felix stats by season
*In all competitions
Benfica (2018/19) – 20 objectives, 11 assists
Atletico Madrid (2019/20) – 9 objectives, three assists
Atletico Madrid (2020/21) – 10 objectives, 6 assists
It was a memorable season for Atleti as they beat Actual Madrid and Barcelona to the LaLiga title.
Nevertheless, the stats present Felix had little impression on the group’s performances with only one help of their last six league matches.
And it could be truthful to say he’s but to ascertain himself for the nationwide group to date. He has simply three objectives and one help in 18 appearances and the one motion Felix noticed at Euro 2020 was in opposition to the Belgians.
However stats typically fail to offer full context over what’s occurring. One cause he might not have been a giant a part of Atletico’s run-in was as a result of he was getting back from an ankle damage.
And on the subject of Portugal, it’s exhausting to ascertain your self when one of many sport’s greats in Ronaldo performs in an analogous place to you.
Maybe what impressed Keane’s imposter label was as a consequence of expectations at seeing Felix develop into ‘the subsequent Ronaldo’. It’s very unclear if there’s anybody on the market who’s truly been quoted saying that, although.
Felix has addressed the comparisons earlier than and has fairly rightly distanced himself from making an attempt to emulate his teammate.
If something, Ronaldo is the person within the nationwide facet who encourages the youthful era.
“Cristiano is a giant affect for me, once we are with the nationwide group, he all the time tries to offer me and all the younger guys recommendation about work, motivation, every thing,” he defined earlier within the 12 months.
Felix nonetheless has a few years forward of him and has already achieved what so many haven’t. Let him develop into his personal man.