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Atletico Madrid's record signing Joao Felix produced a scintillating Man of the Match display in the 7-3 thrashing of rivals Real Madrid in New Jersey.
19-year old Felix has joined Diego Simeone's side in a deal worth €126 million (£113 million), signing a whopping seven-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano and taking the No.7 shirt that Antoine Griezmann wore with distinction prior to his move to Barcelona.
Given he'd only really played one full season as a professional, there's huge pressure on the young shoulders of Felix.
But last night he showed he's more than ready to be Atleti's main man. He assisted two of Diego Costa's four goals with a delightfully-threaded through ball in either half in addition to opening his account for Los Rojiblancos.
This kid is a superstar :fire::fire::fire:https://t.co/RSiB7KSvy5- Best of Football (@BestofFootball8) July 27, 2019
:movie_camera:: João Félix vs Real Madrid;- Benfica Youth (@SLBenficaYouth) July 27, 2019
It's always a pleasure to watch him play, João continues to show why he's so highly rated and why he has everything to be one of the best players of the next generation. pic.twitter.com/8ce3SlMehu
Playing as a No.10, Felix was virtually unplayable during the 65 minutes he played - his purposeful running with the ball causing absolute nightmares for the Real backline throughout.
The Portugal international's debut for Atleti was cut short last week as he was substituted off in the first half of the game against Numancia but he demonstrated just what a special player he is against Real.
Born in Viseu in central Portugal, Felix was in the famed Porto academy for seven years but did not make the grade at the Dragons.
As per Forbes he was released at the age of 15 for having a 'slight frame' and it's fair to say that Porto have been made to rue that decision.
After a superb 20-goal breakthrough campaign at Benfica, Felix now has his sets sight on lighting up La Liga.
Reflecting on the showing against Madrid across the pond, he told Goal: "It's positive. Beating your rivals is always good and special.
"This win gives us confidence, but we will continue working like we've done until now. I want to score as many goals as possible so that we can reach our objectives."
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