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Name Joao Felix
Gender Male
Ethnic Portuguese
Job Portuguese Footballer
Desc Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has been named as the 2019 winner of the Golden Boy award, an honour recognising the finest footballer in the world aged 21 or under for their achievements over the past year. The teenager joins a long list of precocious talents to have received the award since it’s creation in 2003

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Org Portugal National Team
Club as Player Atletico Madrid
  Benfica FC

: 2019 07 03 Atletico Madrid chose to announce the signing of Benfica starlet Joao Felix on Wednesday in a very particular way. Atletico took the former Benfica forward to the National Museum of the Prado, located in Madrid, and recorded a video in which the footballer and art are both central figures

2019 07 07 Retrieve

[Joao Felix wants to surpass Atletico Madrid’s Portuguese legends. The 19-year-old followed in the footsteps of former Portugal internationals Paulo Futre, Simao and Tiago] Simeone is a coach that transfers aggressiveness and motivation into the team, which he also did as a player. That helps us a lot. He proves his talent and helps us on the pitch. Several Portuguese players have played here; big players that were important for Portuguese football. I want to do as well or even better than them. I hope to do as well as possible, think positively, work hard in order to complete a great season and be a star at Atletico Madrid. Age influences some things but I’m mature enough to face this situation. I know what it means to be at an important club, and everybody says that even though I’m 19 it doesn’t look like it.

[He also mentioned Atletico’s Champions League final defeats in 2013-14 and 2015-16 as he looked forward to pulling on the shirt of a club he described as one of the world’s best] I’m very happy. Everybody wants to play in the world’s best teams and Atletico are one of them. Several clubs were interested but I chose Atletico. They are the one that I liked the most and the one which had the best conditions for me to go. Atletico are one of the best teams in the world. Every player wants to play for the world’s top clubs. The opportunity came up and I’m here to give my all. They are a team that I’ve followed a lot in the Spanish league. I even saw them win the league and the Europa League. I also watched the two finals that they didn’t win. I’ve always followed the Spanish league, including Atleti.

2019 07 08 Retrieve

[New Atletico Madrid recruit Joao Felix has paid tribute to the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo on his career] When we were with the national team, he talked to me about Madrid a lot. I am here to make my history, the comparisons are not that good. Cristiano is Cristiano and I want to be myself

[The 19-year-old, who is reported to have snubbed Juventus and Manchester City] I am very happy to be part of this project and the history of the club, I am here to help as much as possible, the team mates have received me very well

[Felix also stressed he did not believe he would come under any added pressure because of the giant size of the fee] That pressure … I disconnect, sometimes we hear good things and sometimes we do not, I just do my job to help the team. I do not pay attention to that

[He also spoke of his desire to return to play Benfica in the Champions League] I would like to come back home, against my team mates, who have given me the opportunity to be here. I will always thank everyone for the way they have treated me. It’s not easy to leave Portugal, leave my house. Everyone has wished me luck, I’ll always be a fan

: 2019 07 20 Joao Felix has limped out of Atletico Madrid’s friendly date with Numancia, with fears raised over the fitness of a €120 million forward

2019 07 26 Retrieve

[Joao Felix was also questioned on whether he would consider a move to Tottenham] Me, to Spurs? [Right] now that’s impossible, but I don’t know, [maybe] one day

[And while Felix can count himself amongst the most valuable players on the planet, his feet appear to have remained firmly on the ground] I don’t really care about [my price-tag] or the money, I just want to be playing and I just want to get my job done. That’s the most important thing. It’s a dream come true to be playing with Atletico, one of the best teams in Europe and the world. I’m very happy. I don’t have any problems with pressure, it’s my job. I have to know how to handle that

[Indeed, the Rojiblancos’ new No.7 was once written off by former coaches due to his slight frame] Just keep working and listen to people that want the best for me. And work, work, work

[Asked if he currently has any weaknesses] It’s a secret

2019 07 26b Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has revealed that fellow Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo gave him ‘a lot’ of advice] Yes, a lot. In the first game that I played (a 3-1 Nations League win over Switzerland in which Ronaldo scored a hat-trick) he gave me a lot of advice. [He said] to be calm, to play my football

[Felix named another former Real Madrid player, Kaka, as his childhood hero, but revealed that a man brought into the Santiago Bernabeu this summer is the player he is most looking forward to facing in the Spanish top flight] Eden Hazard because he’s one of… he’s an idol that I’ve watched before and I’d like to see him play

[Felix has no doubts that playing under Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano is one of the best choices he could have made in terms of improving as a player] It’s great [to work with Simeone] – he’s one of the best coaches in the world. I will learn a lot with him and that’s what I want

2019 07 26c Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has revealed that fellow Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo gave him ‘a lot’ of advice] Yes, a lot. In the first game that I played (a 3-1 Nations League win over Switzerland in which Ronaldo scored a hat-trick) he gave me a lot of advice. [He said] to be calm, to play my football

[Felix named another former Real Madrid player, Kaka, as his childhood hero, but revealed that a man brought into the Santiago Bernabeu this summer is the player he is most looking forward to facing in the Spanish top flight] Eden Hazard because he’s one of… he’s an idol that I’ve watched before and I’d like to see him play

[Felix has no doubts that playing under Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano is one of the best choices he could have made in terms of improving as a player] It’s great [to work with Simeone] – he’s one of the best coaches in the world. I will learn a lot with him and that’s what I want

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Joao Felix said beating your rivals is always special after Atletico Madrid humiliated Real Madrid 7-3 at the International Champions Cup] 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

2019 07 31 Retrieve

[Joao Felix has revealed his admiration for fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo] Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or trophies and this is the dream of every player. Obviously I would like to be like Cristiano

[When asked why he chose Atletico Madrid, Felix cited the incredible attacking players that have played for the club in recent years as a reason why the Liga side appealed to him] I saw the strikers that Atletico had and they were great players, great strikers. I want to be the next [in the list] and this is why I chose to come here

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[Joao Felix will be worth every penny of €126m transfer fee] Several Portuguese players have played here; big players that were important for Portuguese football. I want to do as well or even better than them. I hope to do as well as possible, think positively, work hard in order to complete a great season and be a star at Atletico Madrid. Age influences some things but I’m mature enough to face this situation. I know what it means to be at an important club, and everybody says that even though I’m 19 it doesn’t look like it. I am here to make my history. The comparisons are not that good. Cristiano is Cristiano and I want to be myself

[While Cristiano Ronaldo emerged as a winger and developed into a centre forward, Felix, as well as being able to play out wide, is primarily a second striker who plays just behind the main man. One other thing they do appear to share, however, is the mentality to be the very best] Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or trophies and this is the dream of every player. Obviously I would like to be like Cristiano

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Ronaldo, now 34, was crowned Portuguese footballer of the year for a 10th time last week and his understudy has made no secret of his admiration] Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or trophies and this is the dream of every player. Obviously I would like to be like Cristiano

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Golden Boy 2019: Joao Felix beats Sancho & Haaland to accolade] Thanks to Tuttosport for the Golden Boy Award 2019, I am very proud. It is the second time that a player from Atletico Madrid has won this award and I am happy. Thanks also to Benfica, in particular to coach Bruno Lage for all he has done for me and my family that is always close to me

2019 12 17 Retrieve

[Golden Boy Felix hopes to play alongside ‘legend’ Cristiano Ronaldo at club level] I’d love to play alongside Cristiano at a club, he’s a legend

[Joao Felix has claimed the prestigious Golden Boy award for 2019] I’m very happy. There is a great deal of work involved in winning this trophy and I’m thrilled with it. Winning this award was one of my objectives - it’s not something anyone can win. I only have words of thanks for my teammates and my family, all of them have been close to me during these important months of my career

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid starlet Joao Felix says he is no longer feeling the pressure of his €126 million price tag as he settles into life in La Liga] The €126m won’t weigh me down. But when I signed, I thought, ‘Wow, I cost €126m!

Simeone says these things and they aren’t negative things about me, they are things to improve. This is what he thinks, so I am going to work to have a bit more gasoline, a bit more endurance. Of course, every day I am growing – if we work every day, we grow every day. When the ball starts going in, the goals will start to arrive one after the other and all the sacrifices will have been worthwhile

[Benfica are currently four points clear in the Portuguese league table] In the league, everything is good. The Champions League was not so good, but they managed to qualify for the Europa League. They will certainly give everything to win the Europa League, and they have the capacity to do so

2020 01 06 Retrieve

[Joao Felix vows to make Benfica return after record-breaking Atletico Madrid move] Now I see how happy I was at Benfica. I plan to return one day and leave my mark on the club.

[He enjoyed many memorable moments in 2018-19, including an effort against arch-rivals Porto – the club he first linked up with back in 2008] A lot was said on social media in the Benfica vs Porto match build-up about the fact that I had left the club, I know the players didn’t like it. We were losing 1-0, it was an important game, if we won we would be first […] I got the draw. I started celebrating the goal with arrogance, looking at their faces. This was my moment. A beautiful feeling. To be honest, it was a shame it didn’t last longer

[After netting against Porto in March, Felix went on to record a first senior hat-trick in a Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt] The third goal I scored, I cried. It was a weight off my mind. Two days earlier, in the dressing room, I heard comments that didn’t sit well with me. I went to the bathroom to cry. Nobody knew, but then I got the hat-trick and I felt a weight off my shoulders, I gave it my all

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[q: Benfica are unstoppable: 14 league wins in a row, victory in the derby against Sporting CP and seven points clear of Porto. Did you expect this start?] It couldn’t have gone much better. We lost at home to Porto, but we’ve won all the others

[q: Benfica dominate Portugal - they’ve won five of the last six league titles - but they still haven’t put a Champions League run together. What’s missing?] Benfica are a strong team, with a good academy, but great players have left us and it’s difficult to counteract it. [Other] clubs pay a lot, but we’re signing well and we hope to go further in the Europa League

[q: Gedson Fernandes (Tottenham Hotspur) has been the latest academy player to leave, but the list is long: Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva, Nelson Semedo, Renato Sanches… What is the secret?] It’s the credit of the president and of Benfica, who take good care of their young players. The facilities and everything that surrounds the club is magnificent and that helps

[q: Who is the next pearl?] We have very good young players. Tomas Tavares, a right-back, can be the next pearl, but there are others with lots of quality at the club

[q: Benfica have earned one billion euros from player sales since 2009. Do you see them as a stepping stone?] Yes, it’s one of the reasons why I came to Benfica. They take good care of their players, they win trophies and they help you make the jump to LaLiga or the Premier League, leagues that we like.

[q: You’ve shared a dressing room with Joao Felix. What is needed for him to succeed at Atletico Madrid?] I think he needs to settle in. [Diego] Simeone and Atletico’s system is complicated and different from Benfica. He needs time, but Joao is a great player and I don’t doubt that he’ll succeed at any club.

[q: Raul de Tomas has left Benfica. What happened?] It’s not easy to play for Benfica. He didn’t have the luck, he left for Espanyol and I wish him the best. Raul is a great player

[q: Would Mariano Diaz fit in at Benfica?] We think so, but Raul, who is a great player, found it difficult. He would have to work hard.

[q: You were at the Barcelona academy with Sergi Roberto, Rafinha Alcantara, Marc Bartra… Was it hard to leave Barcelona?] Yes. I spent many years at the club and I was comfortable in one of the biggest academies in the world, but I had to take the next step in my career. Benfica gambled on me and it was the best decision I’ve made

[q: You’ve broken through in Lisbon. You’ve won eight trophies and have renewed your contract until 2023] Benfica wanted me to renew and I’m very happy. I don’t know what can happen, but I’m just fine [here]. It’s my fourth season, I’ve won lots of trophies and I’m part of a club whose demand is the highest

[q: Have you had options to return to Spain?] Things have always been spoken about. I had a very high release clause and Benfica didn’t want me to leave. I was happy

[q: Last season, you scored seven goals and made 13 assists. Was it your best season?] In terms of numbers, yes; it was very complete, but I feel better every year. I’d spent time with Rui Vitoria and he knew me well, but the arrival of Bruno Lage meant the team changed and we exploited certain attacking qualities.

[q: You’re also a specialist in assists. Only Trent Alexander-Arnold has more than you this season] Full-backs are almost like the first attackers. We get to the byline a lot and cross it. I’ve worked a lot on my final product and it’s brought results.

[q: Freekicks are also one of your strong points. Did you learn from Lionel Messi at Barcelona?] Everyone takes notice of Leo. When someone scores one freekick in five, you have to learn from him, see how he does it and try to hit the target

[q: After various years performing at the highest level, do you think you should have been called up by Spain by now?] I’ve always said it’s one of my objectives. I want to get a call-up; I work for it and there’s still time before the Euros.

[q: In your position there is Jordi Alba, Jose Gaya, Juan Bernat, Sergio Reguilon, yourself… there’s a lot of competition] It’s the Spanish national team and there are great players in every position! We all want to go and we work hard for it. It’s tough, there’s competition, but it’s one of my goals. I’m going to work my best to have the opportunity and, if not, I’ll work even more.

[q: You won the Under-19 Euros in 2012 with Kepa Arrizabalaga, Gerard Deulofeu, Jese Rodriguez, Suso… under Julen Lopetegui. Did you think he would’ve helped you get a senior call-up?] He could’ve given me a call-up, Luis Enrique [could’ve done]… I have to give my best so that they notice me and call me up. It’s something that I’ll always remember. I was very young, I had the chance to go with Lopetegui and we won. It was very important and now the majority of us are at great clubs

[q: Who is the most difficult player you’ve played against?] I’ve played against some very good players but, when I was at Barcelona and I went up to train with the first team - Neymar was incredible when he fronted you up. And Messi always leaves his mark

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[Joao Felix admits that Liverpool are the most difficult team to face in the Champions League] It will be a very difficult tie. Perhaps of all the teams, they are the most difficult team. Liverpool are in good shape, in excellent form, they are the defending champions and it will be very difficult, as with any match in the Champions League. But against this Liverpool who are doing very well, it will be even more difficult

2020 04 19 Retrieve

[Joao Felix: I had a lot of offers but Atletico were the best fit for me] It is a dream for any player to be able to play in one of the best teams in the world. Atlético is one of them. I had several clubs chasing me but I ended up choosing Atletico because it was the one I liked the most and I think it will give me the best conditions to progress in my career. We work very well together and that is positive

I just play to have fun. You don’t have to think you’re going to be the next Ronaldo or that you’re going to win this or that. You just have to have fun and enjoy the moment to the fullest

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix sets sights on Champions League and Ballon d’Or] What is my sporting dream? To win the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or.

[Kaka achieved that double feat in 2007 after taking Milan to European glory] You managed in a single year what others strive for over their entire career. I had your poster in my room and I never expected to be here talking to you. There will only ever be one Kaka and one Joao

2020 05 18 Retrieve

[Joao Felix says Atletico ready for La Liga to return] We’re feeling very good and are very excited about playing again. If it were up to us, we would return this weekend but we’ll have to wait and work hard so we can get off to a good start. We worked hard at home to make sure we didn’t lose our fitness and it’s been easy to get back to doing cardio work. Now we’re starting to work with the ball again and will do that every day so we can return to normality. It’s the first day we have been able to come together and we have been playing lots of small-sided games which is what we love doing and what we were missing the most. I missed playing against my team-mates and scoring goals

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix: My 16-year-old brother Hugo does things I couldn’t at his age] If he listens to those who want to help him, he is going to be successful. He does things I couldn’t do at his age. He has everything to do well and reach the first team. For his age he works a lot. We both like to score. He takes better free-kicks than me, I am better at penalties, but we both play more or less in the same positions. In football you have to play simple, but we like to do something different, something that excites the crowd, and we have some similarities. Since we were little we saw each other playing and tried to do the same things

You need a bit of luck to win the Champions League. But we hope to [win] it and if I won the Champions League, it would be something very good in my life and my career. [It would be] one of the happiest days [of my life] - the dream I’ve always had since I’ve been playing football

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Joao Felix on his younger brother] If he [younger brother Hugo] listens to those who want to help him, he is going to be successful. He does things I couldn’t do at his age. He has everything to do well and reach the first team. For his age he works a lot