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Last year, Ronaldinho's son Joao Mendes hid his identity at a Cruzeiro trial because he didn't want the status of his father to influence the club's final decision on his talents. It was the start of something special.
The talented youngster made a huge impression at the try-out and reportedly 'charmed the scouts.'
Mendes would go on to flourish in the academy system, so much so that he has recently signed a five year contract with the Brazilian outfit.
That's right. He even has his father's smile.
Ronaldinho's son hid his identity so he would only be judged by his own talent :flag_br:- SPORTbible (@sportbible) August 16, 2018
He stood out and has clearly been blessed with his fathers skills! :fire::clap:https://t.co/3vsVH03ch5
Cruzeiro's official website announced the news earlier, while director of football Amarildo Ribeiro highlighted his incredible talent:
"Today, we signed the contract of João Mendes, who is a promising player with interesting characteristics and who, I believe, will soon be integrating our professional team," he said.
"He is a player that has a good physical size, a high technical quality. A player who can play both as an area player and as a second striker. He is a player who, even with the big size, has speed and finishes very well."
OFFICIAL: João Mendes, striker and son of Ronaldinho Gaucho, signed the first contract with Cruzeiro. The player signed an agreement with Raposa in the under-14 category. Joao's bond with Cruzeiro lasts until the day before the son of R10 turns 20 pic.twitter.com/ZLxBgkuxwa- Enock Kobina Essel (@kobinaessel39) April 5, 2019
Mendes himself also spoke of his delight at signing a contract at a club that has shown a huge amount of faith in him:
"It was the team that opened the door for me. I have a great affection for the club. The workouts are very good, the structure is very good. It's the biggest club in Brazil and it's a pleasure to play here," he said.
"It's a very happy day. Just thank the board for the confidence you have been giving. I thank God also for me being able to play every day."
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