Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira has made a big statement about one of his star players amidst the ongoing transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the club.
Joao Felix has emerged as one of the most exciting young players in world football following his performances for Benfica since he broke into the first team last year.
In his recent interview with Italian media portal Tuttosport, Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira described Joao Felix as one of the best talents in Portuguese football since Cristiano Ronaldo.
Former Manchester United star Ronaldo burst onto the scene at Sporting Lisbon in the early 2000s before he joined the Red Devils where he made a name for himself.
He was at Manchester United until 2009 when he sealed a club-record deal of around £80m to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Ronaldo is now at Juventus having joined the Old last summer after a nine-year spell at Real Madrid.
Joao Felix has been likened to Ronaldo with his style of play.
The 19-year-old has been in superb form for Benfica this term after scoring 10 goals and providing five assists in 18 league appearances for his club.
Manchester United are one of several clubs said to be monitoring his development at Benfica.