Joao Felix: I will be on the level of Haaland and Mbappe competing for the title of best players in the world

14.10.2021.  
Joao Felix: I will be on the level of Haaland and Mbappe competing for the title of best players in the world

As Atletico Madrid was prepared to invest €126,000,000 into Joao Felix two summers ago, it was clear he was viewed as a generational talent. Yet, the soon to be 22-year-old hasn't really made the impact a player of such value should've. In 81 games he scored 19 goals and made nine assists. That's a goal involvement every 180 minutes he spends on the pitch.


Yet the Portuguese player believes he can still catch up to the two most promising youngsters of today, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. The Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain stars have proven themselves beyond the "prospect" moniker and are game-changers. But for Felix it has been a start-stop experience at Atleti.


Yet the young player isn't lacking any confidence in himself, believing he can catch up with Mbappe and Haaland, with those two being labelled as players who can reach the Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo level.


"I will be. I have not reached my best level yet. In recent seasons I have had some injuries to my foot or elsewhere. I haven't had a full year without injuries, but when that happens, I think I can fight for that place as well," said Felix when prompted on the issue.


Felix's countrymen Luis Figo recently stated that the young player needs to be utilized in the right position for him to show the talent he has. It is a common belief that is the attacking midfielder - second striker role. But this season, Joao has already been utilized as a centre-forward, right and left winger.


This summer Atleti upgraded the competition for Felix with the arrival of Matheus Cunha and the return of Antoine Griezmann. With Luis Suarez up front and Angel Correa as another versatile forward, Felix doesn’t seem to have a clear path in front of him. Yet, if he is as good as he claims to be, he will flower this or the next season at the latest. If not, it will be late to reach the Leo/CR7 that is Kylian/Erling levels.



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