Benfica Bruno Lage calls the comparisons between Joao Felix and Cristiano Ronaldo as unfair.
While there is no doublting the boy’s talent, and the great career he has ahead of him, he has come in for some criticism of late.
After only managing one goal in four games for Atletico, he has also been accused of disappearing when the going gets tough.
In what is obviuosly a more demanding Spanish La Liga than that of the Portuguese Liga NOS division, the youngster has struggled.
After a standout debut season for Benfica, where he scored 15 goals, the player was in demand. Atletico Madrid broke the bank to secure his services.
Benfica coach Bruno Lage told American news network CNN the comparisons were unfair.
“It’s unfair the comparisons that are made between João, who is starting his career with one of the best players of all time like Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“I’d like to see João be true to himself and keep the attributes which distinguish him from the others. He doesn’t have to compare himself to Ronaldo.”
Lage and his Benfica club are synonymous for producing young footballing prodigies. Joao, Bernardo Silva, Renato Sanches to name but a few.
While he would have preferred to hold on to Felix a little longer to help his development, he understands that his employers cannot compete with the finacilly strength of England, Spain, Italy, and France.
Benfica no matter what way he looks at it is a “selling club.”
If we look at the facts, about the only comparison that can be made between the players is their nationality.
Ronaldo was plucked out of obscurity for a microscopic fee in comparison to Felix.
Felix has been thrust on the centre stage and expected to deliver almost immediate results.
Ronaldo was given time and opportunity to grow and deliver by United.