Matheus Nunes worked in a bakery, rejected Brazil, was praised by Guardiola and is the new jewel of Portugal

The midfielder has great chances of being called up by coach Fernando Santos for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Matheus Nunes is one of the weapons of Portugal, which faces Spain in the first matchday of the UEFA Nations League this Thursday.

According to information from the Portuguese newspaper “Morning mail”the midfielder would be in the sights of Manchester City, who could pay up to 40 million euros for the Brazilian.

Coach Pep Guardiola he even said after beating the Sporting 5-0 for the Champions League in Lisbon that the midfielder was “one of the best players in the world today”.

Such success is a surprise to anyone who has seen close up the early career of Matheus Nunes. Before becoming a professional player, he worked in the bakery that belongs to the family, while training in the Ericeirense academy.

At the age of 20 he went to Estoril and played some games until he was hired by the Sporting. “Solo Matheus Nunes will pay to Ruben Amorimthen said the president Frederick Varandas.

The club had invested a large amount in the dismissal clause to dismiss the manager of the Braga. The statement was seen as bravado and was a laughingstock for a while as the midfielder only played for the B team.

“Boys like Matheus Nunes, Nuno Mendes and Gonçalo Inácio, they would come up to train with us a couple of times and would go back to the youth team. We didn’t see anything different that stood out: ‘Wow, that’s a star.’ But (the coach of Sporting) Ruben Amorim seems to have seen him and trusted him,” said Luiz Phellypestriker of Sportinga ESPN.

The player went on to frequently play under the manager in the first team and made 39 appearances in the Portuguese title in the 2020-21 season.

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“It was crazy because nobody expected, from what I felt from the players, all this success. Even in the game of Champions, Guardiola He said he is one of the best in the world. To think that a year earlier he would be one of the best midfielders in the world was a joke. The boy works very well and trains a lot. He is a very good and hard-working person,” said Luiz.

“What draws attention is his intensity in games and his power. It is a style very similar to that of Kakawithout wanting to compare, of course, because Matheus play further back. He has a very wide stride and he puts the ball in front of him, it is very difficult for someone to stop him. In the season that Sporting he was champion, he made a lot of plays, goals and assists that way, so much so that Tite summoned him,” he praised.

However, the player who reached Portugal At the age of 12, he rejected the invitation of Brazil and chose to defend the Lusitanian team.

“He is a Brazilian boy, but he speaks Portuguese from Portugal. He feels Portuguese. In the Portuguese national team there are many good players on the pitch, he feels more comfortable and where his life was. He followed his heart, I think he made the right decision.” Luis said.

Matheus He has five caps for Portugal and scored one goal. The midfielder has great chances of being summoned by the coach Fernando Santos for him World Cup in Qatar 2022.

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