When a young Brazilian forward generates some media hype, Europe’s top dogs tend to stand up and pay attention.
From Neymar and Gabriel Jesus to Reinier and Vinicius Jr, there seems to be endless conveyor belt of young Brazilian talent ready to spread their wings and flourish in the big leagues, many of whom seem to come through the system at Santos.
Next to step up to the plate could be 19-year-old Kaio Jorge, who shone brightly during the 2019/20 edition of the Copa Libertadores, and is now all-but sealed a move to Serie A giants Juventus ahead of the 2021/22 season.
To fill in the blanks ahead of his move, 90min spins you through some key things to know about the youngster…
Following in the footsteps of legends such as Pele and Neymar, Jorge is a product of Santos’ famous academy.
He signed for the club as a ten-year-old in 2012 before being promoted to the Under-20s squad just three years later as a 15-year-old. He made his first-team debut less than a year later, becoming the sixth youngest player in the club’s history.
Jorge came through the academy as a number ten but since coming into the team his position has been known to change regularly.
He has played as a centre-forward, winger, number ten and even a false nine, and that helped him to score five goals during the 2019/20 Copa Libertadores as Santos finished as runners-up.
There are many stories of young Brazilian footballers following in their father’s footsteps into the professional game, and Jorge is no different.
His father Jorge Ramos represented Chavas and Gama and also played as a forward, but it’s fair to say Jorge will likely surpass his dad’s achievements.
He began his education in the game playing futsal for Pernambuco-based club Nautico, where he developed a reputation for his prolific goalscoring record.
He then moved to Sporting Recife, whom his dad once played professionally for, before moving south to pursue his own professional dreams.
The name Kaio Jorge has been well known in his homeland for a while, as he equalled the record of his childhood idol Neymar by scoring aged 15 at the Copa Sao Paulo – the most prestigious youth tournament in Brazil opened to players up to 20 years old.
Such talent hasn’t gone unnoticed on the international stage, as Jorge has represented Brazil at Under-15 and Under-17 level.
He was part of the squad that finished as runners-up to Mexico at the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2019, scoring in the final and finishing as the third top scorer in the tournament to earn himself the bronze boot.
Everyone knows that a sure-fire way of checking if someone will be good in the future is to check their rating on Football Manager.
Jorge is a superstar in the making if you talk to SI, who gave the young attacker a potential of 4.5 stars out of five in the 2021 edition of the game. You can pick him up for around £12.5m, too, an absolute bargain.