Bernard, the 20-year-old starlet, is regarded as the next big thing in Brazilian football.

He is expected to be one of the flag bearers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, if he fulfils the potential and hype surrounding him.

To get the notice of football pundits while playing alongside Ronaldinho is a tough ask, and the youngster has already done it. He won the Best Young Player award in Brazil’s Serie A and the pundits rate him very highly.

It is reported that a number of top European clubs are chasing the signature of the latest Brazilian sensation.

The chasing pack include English Premier League clubs Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, Champions League participants FC Porto and Shakthar Donstek.

At 5ft 5", Bernard might be short in stature but he knows how to get the best out of his physique. His ability to draw fouls with his trickery and dribbling, can win free-kicks in dangerous areas.

His quick burst of pace will be a good addition to the fast-paced nature of the Premier League.

Bernard is a flair player, who uses the combination of pace and trickery to unlock the opposition defences. He is equally adept at scoring goals and creating for others.

Bernard is a raw, unfinished product who lacks the defensive aspects of the game. If honed properly, he can develop into one of the best footballers in the world.

Andre Villas-Boas and Spurs can provide the platform for him to make his mark in football, though reports suggest Arsenal have beaten their north London rivals to the player's signature.

Similarly, Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the Brazilian wonderkid. With the way Philippe Coutinho made his impact on Merseyside, Brendan Rodgers dreamed of fielding Bernard alongside him to unleash the Samba magic.

He is already capped at international level and the interest in him is expected to mount in the upcoming days. The starlet has played more than 100 games in Brazil and is ready for the bigger challenges elsewhere.

Bernard was primarily responsible for inspiring Brazil's Confederation Cup semi-final victory over Uruguay.

With the score tied at 1-1, Bernard not only lifted the crowd with his brief cameo, but also the entire Brazilian squad.

His arrival upped the Brazilian's tempo and attacking flair, which produced a late winner for the tournament hosts. Players with the ability to make such an instant impact will be very rare to find.

Bernard may struggle to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League, but his talent and potential mean it won't take him too long to settle anywhere in the world.

With age on his side and with vital experience of an international tournament, Bernard is expected to blossom into one of the best players in near future.


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