Wednesday night’s Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Juventus gave us the chance to watch the present and future of Portuguese football go head-to-head at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Felix played against each other in pre-season and it was the youngster who came out on top that time, producing a stunning individual performance and helping himself to a couple of goals in the process.
Pre-season friendlies and competitive Champions League fixtures, however, are two very different things - and this time Felix wasn’t able to outshine his superstar compatriot in quite the same way.
Juventus went 2-0 up thanks to second-half goals from Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi.
But Atletico fought back and earned a draw, with the goals coming from Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera.
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Neither Ronaldo or Felix contributed a goal or an assist during the match but they had their chances.
Ronaldo was presented with a fantastic opportunity to seal all three points for Juventus deep into stoppage time but failed to hit the target from inside the box.
There was a lovely moment before kick-off between Ronaldo and Felix, which showed the mutual respect present between the two Portugal internationals.
Ronaldo approached Felix and put his hand on the 19-year-old’s neck while saying a few words.
Watch it here...
The master and the apprentice right there.
Find someone who looks at you like Felix looks at Ronaldo.
The youngster was keen to play down the comparisons with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner after completing his £113 million move from Benfica in the summer.
“Cristiano is Cristiano, I want to be myself,” he declared at he is Atletico presentation in July. “I am here to make my history, to be remembered as Joao Felix.”News Now - Sport News