Brazilian club Cruzeiro have officially announced the first contract signed by Joao Mendes, the 14-year-old son of Brazil and FC Barcelona legend Ronaldinho.
Despite being just 14 years of age, Mendes is seen to have a lot of potential for the future and, if his father is anything to go by, Cruzeiro could not go wrong with a risk on this starlet.
Joao Mendes plays as a centre forward or just off the striker. And there appear to be high hopes for the youngster, with Cruzeiro’s director of grassroots football Amarildo Roberio claiming Mendes has ‘high technical quality’, versatility, pace and deadly finishing.
Roberio told the club’s website: “Today, we signed the contract of Joao Mendes, who is a promising player with interesting characteristics and who, I believe, will soon be integrating with our professional team”.
“He is a tall player with high technical quality. A player who can play both as a box player and as a second striker. He is a player who, even with his size, has speed and finishes very well”.
A future player
Mendes has been with Cruzeiro for a year. But on signing his pro deal he said: “It was the team that opened the door for me. I have a great affection for the club”.
“The training is very good, the structure is very good. It’s the biggest club in Brazil and it’s a pleasure to play here”. Mendes’ contract with the Brazilian side will run until 2024 and then, perhaps, Europe will beckon.