Many Brazil fans already know the face and hairstyle of Talles Magno. The forward of Vasco da Gama could well claim to be the most popular player in the A Seleção side who will face the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 ™) on Saturday at 17:00.
Magno has a stature that no other player in Guilherme Dalla Dea’s squad has after playing for Vasco’s first team in recent months. During this time, he has made a name for himself nationwide, thanks to some outstanding achievements, a wealth of goals and his dribbling ability.
His favorite trick is the Lambretta, where he puts the ball between his feet and whirls over his head, the sort of devilish skill he promises at the World Cup.
“I’ll definitely try some dribbling,” he told FIFA.com. “I’m here for my biggest advantage, my individual play and my ability to find people.” I’m a team player, but I plan to do what I do best to help the Seleção cause. “
Magno Inspired by Romario
Magno will wear the # 11 jersey at Brazil 2019, the same jersey number that Romario, another frontman who launched in the youth of Vasco, wears with this award. Together with Ronaldo, the hero of the triumphant USA 1994 campaign in Brazil is an inspiration for the 17-year-old attacker.
Although Magno is still a teenager and only turned 17 in June, he has become one of Vasco’s key players throughout the year and has twice met in the Brazilian Championship. Club Rio de Janeiro has even negotiated a new contract with its young star to increase its buy-out clause, underpin its talent and pave the way for future talks with foreign clubs.
But even with the experience, he has gained at the highest level – an experience that his teammates have not yet gathered – Magno does not see himself as Brazil’s natural leader in the World Cup.
“I can not take much responsibility or try to be a great leader because it is Henri who is our captain,” he explained. “I have a lot of respect for everyone and I have to respect him.”
The frontman is supported by his mother from the stands when the hosts compete against Canada on Saturday at the Estadio Bezerrao, while his father, siblings, and girlfriend start their journey from Rio de Janeiro to cheer him on in the other games in Brazil.