14 year-old Sao Paulo academy player Junior dos Santos Riviero Lima da Estrada Flagrinho, better known by his nickname Bob, is said to be the subject of interest from both Manchester United and Chelsea after being hailed ‘the next next next Pelé’.
‘We’ve already got Neymar from Santos lined up as ‘the next Pelé’,’ said BBC’s South American football correspondent Tim Vickery, ‘and when he doesn’t live up to his early promise then there’s a 17 year old playing for Flamengo who we’ve pegged as ‘the next next Pelé’. Should a serious injury destroy his potential, then this kid from Sao Paulo certainly looks like he’s got what it takes to be ‘the next next next Pelé’. From the 5 minutes I’ve seen of him anyway.’
There was also a brief flurry of interest in a Liverpool teenager dubbed ‘the next Joey Barton’, before clubs discovered he was serving time in a youth offenders’ institute for assault. And didn’t actually play football.