5 things to know about Barcelona signing Vito Roque

19 July 2023 - 3:04 am

Barcelona officially signed 18-year-old Brazilian center Vito Roque last week. The promising young Brazilian will join the club ahead of the 2024/25 season, spending another season in Brazilian football and signing a long-term contract until 2031.

Vitor has impressed with Atlético de Paraná and Brazil’s U-20 national team, attracting attention from across Europe and, of course, Barcelona. He even won the iconic number 9 jersey after quickly becoming the team’s top scorer and a regular in the starting XI.

Roque has scored 15 goals in 31 games this season, has won the Paraná state championship and is one of Brazil’s top scorers. He also won the South American U-20 Championship last February and was the tournament’s top scorer with six goals.

He was praised by the world champion coach

Former Atlético Paraná and 2002 World Cup-winning Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari paid tribute to Vitor even before his move to Barcelona was finalized. Scolari coached him in the 2022 season and has nothing but praise for him.

“He still has a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “He’s been through the Copa Libertadores final at the age of 17. He’s already been there as a star player. He’s a very focused, balanced boy who always listens to what we have to say.”

he already has experience la canarina

On March 3, Vitor Roque made his debut for the Brazilian national teamRD In 2023, against Morocco in the World Cup. His 25 minutes in the friendly was enough to make him the youngest player to make his international debut (18 years and 25 days) since Ronaldo Nazario (18 years and 17 days) in 1994.

He will be the youngest player on the team

Barca’s current squad has five players under the age of 21, but even so, Vito Roque will arrive as a rookie in the group. Vitor was born on February 28, 2005 in Timotto, Minas Gerais, six months younger than the team’s current rookie Garvey (born in August 2004). The young Brazilian was just two years old when the team’s oldest player, Robert Lewandowski, took over. professional debut.

He will also be the first Brazilian to join Barcelona The Catalan club has a total of 46 Brazilian players on its roster since 2019, but only 16 of them have come directly from Brazil. The latest was full-back Emerson Royal from Atlético Mineiro in 2019, although he never played a full season at Atlético Mineiro. Barcelona. However, Vitor Roque is one of the most anticipated rookies in recent years.

He is a friend of future Real Madrid star Ndrik

Vitor has made no secret of his close friendship with fellow Brazilian starlet Ndrique, who will also arrive in Spanish football in time for next season. Due to their outstanding performances, important goals and transfers to the two giants of La Liga, they became the most talked about Brazilian young players in the international media.

“We talk about it all the time on social media,” Vitor said. “He is an incredible kid, he has great potential. We are two young talents. He is a great player and a great person. I hope we can have a great future together.”

he was all the rage in the international media

Since his possible move to European football was first reported, Vito Roque has been lavishly praised by the media, who talk about his meteoric rise and exponential potential. For example, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo recently stated that “Brazilian geniuses will dominate the future, and Vitor Roque is one of them,” while Athletic stated that Vitor was “the best player since Ronaldo.” one”.