It’s not often that a 15 year old kid is valued so highly that powerhouses like Manchester United and Barcelona go after him at the same time, but that’s what the Brazilian teenager Andrigo is experiencing. Sir Alex Ferguson wants him to come on trial at Old Trafford, but Barcelona are offering him the same opportunity at the Nou Camp. Both parties noticed the player at the International Porto Alegre youth tournament, where he was undoubtedly the star of the show, scoring a number of great goals.

You can judge for yourself how good the kid is from the video, but there’s little doubting that he looks impressive. It’s not just that he scores a lot, and that he has a strong foot that can beat the goalkeeper from faraway, but the level of confidence he displays is also very admirable. In a number of 1-on-1 situations with the defenders hot on his heels, he keeps his cool and slots past the GK or lifts it over him, in a manner only a true professional can do.

The trick, of course, will be to help him preserve this confidence when he does get picked up by one of these big clubs. Many talented youth players have lost their spark when they have felt the spotlight on them. It’s true that Barcelona have benefited more than Manchester United from foreign prospects in recent years, but then with players like Ronaldo and Nani, Sir Alex has shown he has a vision in this area too.


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