Joao Felix announced himself to the world on a European stage as the teen sensation fired Benfica to victory over Frankfurt with a brilliant hat trick in an enthralling encounter at the Estadio da Luz.
The 19-year-old, who is reportedly a top target for Manchester United, appeared to put the home side in complete control of the Europa League quarter-final tie with three well-taken strikes, the third leaving the youngster in tears.
Felix plays off a striker rather than as an out-and-out forward himself, but that has not stopped him scoring 10 times in 18 league appearances for Benfica this season, as well as four in seven for Portugal U21s during their European Qualifiers.
Since becoming the youngest Benfica scorer in a Lisbon derby with barely half an hour of league football under his belt, Felix has already begun to live up to the excitement around him as he rose through the youth ranks with Portugal’s most successful club side.
But he will not come cheap – his recently-signed new deal in Portugal comes with a €120m (£105m) release clause attached, with the club’s president dead-set on winning the Champions League with a team full of homegrown players.
There have been comparisons between Felix and Kaka – who he lists as his boyhood hero. Both are good passers with a strong eye for goal, and can play anywhere in behind the striker.