When a new wonder kid emerges from the holy grail of South American talent, Europe’s ears prick up. In recent history, particularly Real Madrid. Rodrygo did his country proud earlier this season. A perfect hat trick, at 18 years old, for the Spanish giants, in the Champions League. Vinicius who? But let me turn your attention to the new kid on the block: Reinier Jesus Carvalho.
The 18 year old was attracting substantial interest from Europe’s top sides. Chelsea, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and PSG were 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.
But now hot off the press, he’s just signed for Los Blancos on a 5 year deal for a €35 million fee. What a moment for him and his family. At just 18 years of age too, incredible.
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 18 year old has an eye for goal.
Bidding war for the Brazilian?
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. 6 goals and 2 assists in 14 games is excellent on paper. But even then, 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 have huge expectations at the Santiago Bernabeu. As a neutral, I hope he shines and can set Europe alight.
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