Reinier Jesus: Who is Real Madrid’s latest Brazilian starlet?

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From Ronaldo to Robinho to Kaka and now Reinier Jesus. Real Madrid’s new £26m signing is the latest Brazilian forward to arrive at the Bernabeu with high expectations.

The 19-year-old, who has signed a six-year-deal, has joined the La Liga side from Flamengo and links up with fellow teenage Brazilian stars Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo at the club.

Is he worth the money and can he follow in the footsteps of his illustrious compatriots?

The next Kaka?

Reinier is one of the most promising midfielders of his generation and his signing for Real came just two days after he turned 18.

The attacking midfielder is the son of Mauro Brasilia, a legend of Brazilian futsal, and he is currently taking part in the Olympics qualifying tournament before he moves to Spain.

Brazil’s under-23 staff allowed him to go to Madrid to sort his transfer while the rest of the team was already training in Colombia.

At 17, he did not disappoint when he was drafted into Flamengo’s starting XI on 31 July, 2019 and he played 14 league games and scored six goals in a season in which the Rio de Janeiro club won the Brazilian league

He was an unused substitute during Flamengo’s dramatic Copa Libertadores triumph against River Plate in November. He was also on the bench as his side lost to Liverpool in the final of the Club World Cup in Qatar in December.

Real say his “major strengths lie in his technical ability and creative talent on the ball”.

Reinier has also captained his country at under-17 level and his style of play has led to comparisons with Kaka, a Champions League winner with Milan and the last Brazilian player to win the Ballon d’Or in 2007.

Real bought Kaka in 2009 but the transfer did not work out. Reinier will be hoping for much better.

He is the third young Brazilian to be signed by Real in the last two years, with Vinicius Junior, 19, also from Flamengo, joining in 2018 and Rodrygo, 19, signing from Santos in 2019.

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