Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Catherine Kõrtsmik

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Catherine Kõrtsmik

Sporting Lisbon has often been in the shadow of city-rivals Benfica in domestic football but its famous academy across the river in Alcochete has produced most of Portugal’s greatest players.

The third member of Portugal’s ‘Os Três Grandes’ , Sporting have produced European Cup winners and World Footballers of the year. Portuguese winger Bruma is set to follow in the footsteps of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Many football pundits have unavoidably compared him with the current best player in the world. Bruma is a winger, has worn the number seven at the junior level and has the same quick feet that make Cristiano Ronaldo a modern legend.

Young Bruma said in an interview with football daily Record this past September, “Cristiano Ronaldo is my role model.” This will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen the young winger play.

The 18-year-old has been on the radar of major clubs for several years now including Manchester United, AC Milan, Chelsea and others. But all indications are that Sporting’s administration are keen on keeping Bruma on board for the foreseeable future. And Bruma himself has said that Sporting is where he wants to develop.

This has been his break-out campaign. Bruma was a regular player with Sporting’s junior side which plays in the country’s second tier domestic league.

Since veteran manager Jesualdo Ferreira took control of the senior club in December, Bruma has begun to see action. In only his second match on February 16th against Gil Vicente, the young winger dribbled past several defenders in the opening minute of play to score his first ever goal.

After his debut against Maritimo on February 10th, Ferreira praised the youngster’s talent but added that the player needs time to develop. “He has great talent, great quality but needs to continue to grow.”

Though not a prolific goalscorer, Bruma has great pace, excellent dribbling skills, and an ability to score from long distance like countrymen Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has scored 6 goals in 25 matches for Sporting’s junior side in the Liga De Honra.

Born Armindo Tué Na Bangna (But known as Bruma) in the former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau.

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