Benfica's João Felix
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Magic record puts Felix in a restricted lot with Messi, Neymar and Mbappé

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Benfica’s Young ‘pearl’ is having a brilliant time and the numbers are resounding.

Adjectives for the fantastic debut season of João Félix in the main team of Benfica begin to be lacking. Appointed as one of the great promises of the incarnate formation, the boy gave in the pre-season views, gained a place in the squad, was imposed with Rui Vitoria and now ‘exploded’ with Bruno Lage, to the point of becoming already one of the main figures of the eagles.

This Tuesday, in the Luz Stadium, the one that is one of the most precious ‘pearls’ of the Benfica’s crown returned to shine intensely. During the game, the young man scored, assisted and spread magic throughout the field.

In the 9th minute, after the chess-shirt players had wasted a superb opportunity to get ahead on the scoreboard, in the face of Gabriel’s colossal mistake, which ‘put’ Tahar in the face of Vlachodimos – the ball hit the post – João Félix gave Benfica, head in a move that is already characteristic of him, appearing to the second pole, to give the best sequence to Pizzi’s free.

It was only the first chapter of a romantic ‘movie’ to let the incarnated fans surrender to the star’s class. In the lead, Bruno Lage’s side managed to control the match and the main danger moves always passed through the feet of the striker, who insulated Seferovic with a masterful pass at 21 ‘- Helton Leite denied the Swiss goal.

The second half brought even more virtuosity to the Portuguese Under-21 international and the play of the third goal of the eagles is a reflection of that. After breaking the kidneys to the direct opponent, with a true ‘blind knot’, João Félix ran halfway through the field and offered the goal Seferovic. An exquisite assistance of the new golden boy of the Light, which serves as the starting point for an absolutely astronomical record.

At this point, after 20 games with the shirt incarnated in all races – seven goals scored -, the numbers put the 19-year-old at the top of European football. According to GoalPoint data, Felix only needs 67 minutes to score or watch. A remarkable statistic, even because only five players on the Old Continent can do better. Curiously, names that do not present presentations: Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, Neymar, Edinson Cavani, and Paco Alcácer.

If we take into account that Seferovic’s second goal was born from his feet, which ended the match with two more chances of a goal, with three passes to finish and 84% of pass effectiveness, we concluded that this win (5 -1) imposed by Benfica on the Boavista had art, ingenuity and much influence of Felix, the ‘diamond’ increasingly stoned in the Light. The future can only, therefore … be brilliant.

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