Skilful, multifunctional with an eye for goal: Meet the 'new Cristiano'

Skilful, multifunctional with an eye for goal: Meet the 'new Cristiano'

Así juega Francisco Trincao | sport

Francisco Trincao is one of the brightest stars of Portugal's new golden generation

It isn't often you see someone dubbed the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo' these days. You've got to have something about you, that goes without saying, but it means even more if that's how they refer to you in Portugal. The forward, now at Juventus, is treated as a king in his home country and no one is allowed to enter the same conversation at him. Yet a 20-year-old that plays for Sporting Clube de Braga is seen as a rough diamond who, if his development goes well, could approach the level of his idol.

Francisco Trincao began his career with Porto but since reaching Juvenil level he's been with Braga. This year he's made the step up to the first team and, little by little, he's gaining importance in the XI. No one wants to rush things, as is common with any player who shows promise at a young age, but Micael Sequeira is finding it more and more difficult to leave Trincao on the bench. 

MADE TO ATTACK 

He's left-footed, although is comfortable with his right too, and is a player who was born to attack. His multifunctionality is another huge positive to his game and he's capable of playing anywhere across the front three, although he's strongest on the right of attack. Trincao is talented, full of tricks and technically sound. Across 22 matches, in all competitions, he's scored three goals and provided six assists

ALREADY A STAR FOR PORTUGAL 

Trincao is an established and important member of Portugal's U20 side. Despite this golden generation of talent failing to live up to its hype at the recent U20 World Cup, the winger stood out as a special talent. He's developing quickly, is desperate to succeed and has already produced some mature performances at the highest level. This is why Barça want him.

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