Ronaldinho’s 14-year-old son Joao Mendes signs first professional contract with Brazilian club Cruzeiro

Joao Mendes, whose dad is former Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho, plays as a centre forward or just off the striker.

And there appear to be high hopes for the youngster, with Cruzeiro’s director of grassroots football Amarildo Roberio claiming Mendes has ‘high technical quality’, versatility, pace and deadly finishing.

Roberio told the club’s website: “Today, we signed the contract of Joao Mendes, who is a promising player with interesting characteristics and who, I believe, will soon be integrating with our professional team.

“He is a tall player with high technical quality. A player who can play both as a box player and as a second striker. He is a player who, even with his size, has speed and finishes very well.”

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