João Félix Sequeira was born on the 10th of November 1999, and he is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Atlético Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is known for his versatility, finishing, creativity, and dribbling, and can also play as a winger or an attacking midfielder.
Félix who was born in Viseu, started playing football at Os Pestinhas in 2007 before joining the youth ranks of FC Porto a year later, aged eight. After the young star moved to Porto, he faced some challenges such as extensive schedules that included daily shuttle hours between Viseu and Porto. Félix moved out of his parents’ house aged twelve to live near Porto’s youth training grounds; in a later interview, Félix revealed that during this time he considered quitting football due to the lack of playing time, but his father convinced him on pursuing his career. The young talent was released by Porto in 2014 because of his slight frame (Félix denies these claims and says he left of his own volition.) and moved on to Lisbon rivals Benfica in 2015, aged 15, after a season-long loan at Padroense.
João Félix Sequeira debuted professionally at the age of 16 for Benfica’s reserve team in LigaPro on 17 September 2016, coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute for Aurélio Buta in a goalless draw at Freamunde. As at then, he became the youngest player to debut for Benfica B; this record has since been broken by Cher Ndour in May 2021. João Félix played 13 matches and scored three goals over the season, the first being a consolation in a 2–1 loss to his hometown team Académico de Viseu on 15 February 2017. Still in the month of January 2018, he scored a hat-trick in a 5–0 home win over Famalicão.
The Portuguese star scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 UEFA Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt on the 11th of April 2019. After scoring the goals, he became the youngest ever player (aged 19 years and 152 days) to score a hat-trick in the competition, breaking Marko Pjaca’s record by 67 days. The young star finished his first season with 20 goals for his team, including one on the final day of the league campaign, in a 4–1 win over Santa Clara to seal the title; his 15 league goals put him joint-fourth for the season. Across Europe’s seven best leagues, he ranked second among teenagers for goals and assists, behind Kai Havertz and Jadon Sancho, respectively.
2019–20: Debut season
João Félix Sequeira signed a seven-year contract with Spanish club Atlético Madrid for a transfer fee of €126 million (£113 million) on the 3rd of July 2019, the fourth highest sum ever paid in football (this was also Benfica’s biggest transfer and Atlético’s most expensive signing ever) as well as the second highest fee ever paid for a teenager (after Kylian Mbappé), with the Spanish club initially paying €30 million and the rest €96 million via installments, thus surpassing Félix’s €120 million release clause, and with Benfica paying €12 million in mediation services. When the young star arrived the club, he was handed the number 7 shirt previously worn by Antoine Griezmann, who had departed to Barcelona.
2021–22: Breakthrough and Atlético’s Player of the Season
It was recorded that Félix missed Atlético’s first three matches of the 2021–22 season, as he continued to rehabilitate from the ankle injury he had been suffering since November. The young star made his return from injury on the 12 of September, replacing Antoine Griezmann in the 58th minute in a 2–1 away victory against Espanyol. And on the 18th of September, Félix was sent off in the 78th minute in a 0–0 home draw against Athletic Bilbao, for calling the referee “crazy”, leading him to received a two-match ban. João Félix Sequeira began regaining his place in the team, following his performances in Atlético’s next three matches, creating both of Atlético goals, in a 2–0 home victory in La Liga against Barcelona on October 2, as well assisting Antoine Griezmann second goal in a 2–3 home defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League on 19 October and assisting Luis Suárez first goal in a 2–2 home draw against Real Sociedad in La Liga on 24 October.
Félix, on the 14th of June 2017, began his international career with Portugal’s under-18 team, debuting against Norway, replacing Elves Baldé in the 58th minute. However, in this friendly match, Félix scored a brace in a 3–0 victory in Lisbon. Again, on the 10th of October 2017, Félix debuted for Portugal’s under-21 team for the qualification of the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, in a 3–1 defeat against Bosnia and Herzegovina, replacing Xadas in the 56th minute.
Manager Fernando Santos called up Félix to the senior team for the first time on the 15th of March 2019, ahead of the opening UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches. But unfortunately for him, during training with the national squad, Félix injured his foot and thus missed Portugal’s match against Serbia on 25 March.
The Portuguese international was also selected for the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals squad on home soil. The 22-year old made his international debut for the senior team on 5 June against Switzerland in the semi-finals, where he was substituted in the 71st minute of a 3–1 win.
João Félix Salary,
He also earned a handsome salary from the Spanish club as well. He is earning €280,385 per week. That calculates to a gross salary of £14,580,000. And he has a net worth of £93 million. Which is quite high for a young payer.
João Félix Net Worth
As per the Forbes update, Joao Felix is a Portuguese professional soccer player who has a net worth of $25 million. He is known for helping Portugal win the 2019 UEFA Nations League.
Primeira Liga: 2018–19
La Liga: 2020–21
UEFA Nations League: 2018–19
Atlético Madrid Player of the Year: 2021–22
Atlético Madrid Player of the Month: October 2021, December 2021
Primeira Liga Player of the Month: January 2019
SJPF Young Player of the Month: January 2019
UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2018–19
CNID Best Revelation Footballer of the Year: 2019
Primeira Liga’s Best Young Player of the Year: 2018–19
Golden Globes: 2019 Best Newcomer
A Bola’s Player of the Year: 2019
Golden Boy: 2019
Globe Revelation Player: 2019
Ballon d’Or: 2019 (28th place)
Kopa Trophy: 3rd place (2019)