Time for everybody to meet the latest Brazilian wonder kid from his country’s league, we are talking about Fluminense’s Joao Pedro.
Players like Joao Pedro come out once every ten years in Brazilian football, the Fluminense youngster is one of this year’s most pleasant surprises.
We are currently living in a time where the world misses the good old days when Brazil had some of the best players in history sharing the same era.
Back in the late ’90s and early ‘2000s, we had the Brazil National Team packed with the likes of Ronaldo Nazario, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Kaka, Cafu, and even Adriano Leite.
All of these players were feared by the rest of the world, any national team that faced them was afraid of catching them on a good day.
Those days appear long gone nowadays, there simply aren’t any Brazilian products who can live up to those standards.
Neymar has been one o the few payers who had the talent to possibly reach the levels of the legends we just mentioned.
It kind of seemed like his career would take him to someday even win the Ballon d’Or, he even got to the podium twice already.
But the last two years have been a complete nightmare for Neymar, he didn’t live up to the expectations and most Brazilians are utterly disappointed with him.
This has sparked the interest to find the next new star from that country, the players are many but few have what it takes.
João Pedro Junqueira de Jesus (17)
– Nació en São Paulo el 26 de septiembre de 2001
– Luce el número '23'
– Juega de DC y ha tenido minutos partiendo como EI.
– Debutó como profesional el 5 de febrero vs Ríver PI.
– Hizo 7 goles en sus primeros 10 partidos. 9/14 al momento. pic.twitter.com/nKU9RCkira
— Robert Testas (@R_Testas) June 6, 2019
Vinicius and Rodrygo are promising options.
Both players who were signed by Real Madrid are very talented, they look like they could someday reach world-class levels of stardom.
Vinicius actually had a great first season at Real Madrid, and Rodrygo will be part of Los Blancos very soon.
However, Joao Pedro Junqueira de Jesus appears as the most promising young talent of the last decade.
The lad has only played 14 matches for Fluminense at the moment and he has already scored 9 goals.
This 17-year-old scored 8 goals out of his first 9 shots on target as a professional player for Fluminense, he has a record that even surpasses Ronaldo Nazario when the legendary striker began his career at Cruzeiro.
According to WhoScored, Pedro has two more goals than Ronaldo (6), five more than Neymar (3), six more than Rodrygo (2), and eight more than Vinicius Junior (0) on their first 10 matches as a professional.
This kid has been so impressive during his debut as a professional, that Watford has already signed him for €2 million and they will get him to play for them when he turns 18.
There are several clubs in England that want to get this player, but he will start his European career at Watford.
🇧🇷😱 ¡INCREÍBLE! A sus 17 AÑOS, JOAO PEDRO volvió a sorprender con una ESPECTACULAR CHILENA en el DESCUENTO ante Cruzeiro (2-2). Fluminense terminó cayendo en penaltis. pic.twitter.com/YhqQreIukV
— ChiringuitoLatino (@chirilatino) June 6, 2019
Joao Pedro’s skill set.
We are talking about a breed of player that is very well treated in the old continent, he can act as a centre-forward just as well as he does when he plays on the left wing.
Pedro is still a bit skinny but he can build some muscle as soon as he arrives in Europe, especially playing in the Premier League.
He can kick the ball perfectly with both feet, and he has a potent header.
Watford developed a great relationship with Fluminense after they signed Richarlison, which is the reason they got the upper hand on all the rest of the clubs in the continent.
However, Jurgen Klopp is reportedly very interested in signing this player for Liverpool and they will attempt to do it after he starts playing in England.
Joao Pedro’s most memorable performance so far has been in the Copa Sudamericana, where he scored an incredible hat-trick against Atletico Nacional that gave Fluminense the victory.
The kid also just scored a beautiful bicycle kick goal against Cruzeiro in the Brazilian Cup last Wednesday, the moment came on the last minute of the match and he gave Fluminense a chance to win the match in a penalty shootout.
However, Pedro missed his shot from the spot and Fluminense got eliminated from the tournament.
We have to wait and see if this impressive start as a professional is only good luck or the real deal, only time will tell.
Último minuto do jogo, Fluminense sendo eliminado. Bola na área e o João Pedro, 17 anos, faz isso. pic.twitter.com/UQ3XjY0Q8i
— Sem Firulas (@sem_firulas) June 6, 2019
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