Ever since he made his professional debut with Benfica, Joao Felix has been drawing a lot of comparisons with fellow compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo.
Both are strong, fast, skilled dribblers and great finishers, and both of them being Portuguese, comparisons were due to come at some time.
However, the newest Atletico Madrid reinforcement look poised to make those comparisons come to an end, claiming Cristiano is arguably the best ever and that he’s bound to make a history of his own:
“As we know he is a great player, currently the best in the world and maybe the best ever. When we were with the national team, he talked to me about Madrid a lot. I am here to make my history, the comparisons are not that good. Cristiano is Cristiano and I want to be myself,” Felix claimed during his press conference.
The forward completed a record-breaking move from Benfica for €126 million (£113m/$141m) to become Atletico’s newest superstar, and him lauding Cristiano as one of the best ever surely didn’t fare well amongst some of their supporters, given Ronaldo’s history against Los Colchoneros.
Moreover, when asked about the pressure that comes from filling in Antoine Griezmann’s shoes, the wonderkid didn’t hesitate to show his confidence and desire to prove that he’s up to the task:
“That pressure … I disconnect, sometimes we hear good things and sometimes we do not, I just do my job to help the team,” he said. “I do not pay attention to that,” Felix added.
Last but not least, Joao Felix talked about his desire to face Benfica in the UEFA Champions League in the future, showing a lot of love for the club that gave him the opportunity to follow his dreams:
“I would like to come back home, against my teammates, who have given me the opportunity to be here. I will always thank everyone for the way they have treated me. It’s not easy to leave Portugal, leave my house. Everyone has wished me luck, I’ll always be a fan,” he concluded.