What do Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Lucas Moura and Casemiro have in common?
Well, aside from the obvious, they all shone at the Copa Sao Paulo which is Brazil’s biggest and most prestigious youth tournament.
The ‘Copinha’ showcases the best young footballers Brazil has to offer, with the 2018 edition kicking off on 2 January.
While it’s too early to pick out the ‘next Neymar’, who will no doubt end up turning out in the Lithuanian third tier by 2020, you can appreciate some of the names of the youngsters playing at the tournament.
There’s a Pele, who’ll be representing Brazilian minnows Mirassol.
The magnificently named Jhonkaermeson will be playing for Clube Atletico Votuporanguense. Good luck handling that one commentators.
Playboy, Balotelli, Avatar, Alexandre Pato, Matheus Pitbul, Gasolina and 6D are some of the other highlights.
Even some of the more innocent sounding names have brilliant Portuguese translations.
Blind, Big foot Lucas, Cockroach, Noddles and Legend will all be hoping to impress watching scouts.
Imagine Daley Blind playing alongside Blind at the back for Man United. We’re sure there’s a saying in there somewhere.
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