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Simeone: “I don’t think Joao Felix is like Cristiano Ronaldo”

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone doesn’t believe that his new star Joao Felix is a similar player to Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the space of just a year, Felix has gone from being practically a nobody to one of the world’s most expensive players upon completing a €126m transfer from Benfica to Atletico last month.

Expectations continue to grow on the 19-year-old’s shoulders, with observers in his native Portugal already dubbing him the next Ronaldo.

Felix himself even confessed earlier this week that he hopes to follow in the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s footsteps. However, Simeone refused to draw comparisons between the Portuguese pair.

The Argentine coach was speaking to reporters following Atletico’s 3-0 friendly win against the MLS All-Stars side in Orlando on Thursday, where Felix again scored for his new club and assisted Diego Costa’s late third goal.

“No, I don’t think Joao Felix is like Cristiano,” said Simeone, according to Yahoo.

“The reality is that he has a good game to observe. I’ve enjoyed watching him since he arrived. He has vision and good control going forward, which speaks well for his age and how he plays and how he reads the game.

“We are going to add situations to help Felix grow and become a better and stronger player in the way everyone thinks he will.

“I’m really pleased with all the new players. Felipe is growing, [Mario] Hermoso the same. To play all the new players together helps us to be able to get ready for what is coming, which is going to be tough.

“The team is working well. We’ve been together every day for more than 20 days. The new guys are making a big effort to catch on to what we want.”

Felix and Atletico will return to action on Saturday for another friendly against Mexican club Atletico San Luis on Saturday.