Reinier Jesus Carvalho: The Brazilian wonderkid labelled ‘Kaka clone’

When a new wonder kid emerges from the holy grail of South American talent, Europe’s ears prick up. Rodrygo did his country proud yesterday. A perfect hat trick, at 18 years old, for Real Madrid, in the Champions League. Vinicius who? But let me turn your attention to the new kid on the block: Reinier Jesus Carvalho.

The 17 year old is already attracting substantial interest from Europe’s top sides. According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sky Sports), Chelsea, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and PSG are ALL in for his signature. The sheer length of that list alone suggests he is special. Oh and I forgot to mention he’s been dubbed a ‘Kaka clone’. No pressure mate.

So why is the Flamengo youngster by all accounts already gaining so many admirers? I’ll give you a run down on Reinier’s talent and ridiculous potential:

Reinier Jesus style of play

Normally comparisons to legends at such a young age tend to be naive and ill-thought. I COMPLETELY get why he is being compared to the AC Milan. He’s like a FIFA regen, I’m not even exaggerating.

6ft 1 (same as Kaka), Reinier has ridiculous footwork. You could’ve guessed without the video, but the speed at which he moves the ball, dancing past defenders from the tightest of spaces. Teams know about this and put 4 men on him. He still manages to get past. Incredible natural ability, coupled with physicality so he’s never bullied off the ball.

Enough on his freakish and effortless dribbling, let’s talk about end product. Most young talents have the ability and to get past their man, but fail to produce at the end of it. Adama Traore for instance, although now he’s seriously improving. Reinier Jesus is something else.

He’s already scoring ridiculous goals, making the most delicate of passes and already looks like a top player. As you seen in the video, he loves his shots from distance. Whether it be a curling strike into the top corner or a breathtaking chip for 30 yards, the 17 year old has an eye for goal.

Bidding war for Reinier Jesus?

Alongside weaving past defenders, his positional sense and footballing IQ looks to be quite high. Always aware of where his teammates are and when the keeper is off his line, this Brazilian talent IS something special. 3 goals in 10 games is good on paper, but it doesn’t tell the full story.

Yes compilations of course glamorise him, but the nature of his goals and the way he goes about the game, it’s such a joy to watch. No doubt, he’ll be off to a big club soon and whoever gets him will have won the lottery.

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