Joao Felix has been officially unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player on Monday following his mega-money move from Benfica.
The 19-year-old attacker joined the Spanish giants earlier this month in a deal worth £114million after Atletico managed to beat a number of European heavyweights to his signature.
Just hours after his first training session with his new colleagues, the starlet was presented at the Wanda Metropolitano in front of the world’s media.
After fielding some questions from the journalists gathered, Felix posed with the iconic red and white shirt next to Atletico president Enrique Cerezo.
The capture of Felix has given Diego Simeone the centre-piece of his radically changed team for next season. Atletico have already lost captain Diego Godin, veteran Juanfran, midfielder Rodri, and striker Griezmann – who Felix has taken over the No 7 shirt from. Felix scored 20 goals and contributed 11 assists in 43 games for Benfica last season and his deal expires in the summer of 2023.
It is understood that Atletico has put a £225m release clause into his contract to put them in a strong negotiating position if he develops as they think at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Felix is set to earn £15million across the next five seasons with Simeone’s side and his rapid early progress has drawn parallels with Cristiano Ronaldo’s career in its infancy.
Earlier in the day the Portuguese prodigy took part in his first training session with his new club. Felix, who played in the Nations League finals for Portugal, joined his colleagues in Los Angeles de San Rafael and was instantly put through his paces. He was seen leaning on Diego Costa as the pair stretched at the start of the session before they were put through some gruelling fitness drills. Felix then concluded the morning session by posing for a picture with fellow new boy Renan Lodi.