No, Kayky is definitely not the new Lionel Messi. Even if the comparisons weren’t so inaccurate.
But the 17-year-old Brazilian is also compared to another football artist – Neymar, because of his origins. In Brazil they are already baptizing Kayky the “left-footed Neymar”.
The hype about Fluminense’s super talent is huge – although he has not yet played a professional game. And many are unlikely to be at his current club either.
Pep Guardiola catches Kayky?
The winger is reportedly about to join Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, with the Skyblues said to have won the race for Kayky. Liverpool FC and Shakhtar Donetsk are also said to have been interested.
City should be 12 million loud Goal Pay for Kayky and his teammate Metinho. However, Brazilian media report that the transfer fee for Kayky alone could rise to up to 30 million euros. That would make it the most expensive finish in Fluminense’s history.
But who is the teenager who has received so much advance praise?
Kayky discovered him at a samba school
Unlike Neymar, who grew up at FC Santos, Kayky was drawn to Fluminense. However, that only worked on the second attempt. At the age of eight, he failed in an attempt to recommend himself for the futsal team of the club from Rio de Janeiro.
But the youngster did not give up – and chose a rather unusual path. With the help of his father Demir, he joined the famous Magueira samba school. The school hadn’t been particularly well known for its athletic achievements before.
There Fluminense scouts became aware of him, so that he ended up in their academy after all. Kayky thanks his father in a very special way. He dedicates his “mustache jubilation” to him, which he performs after hits.
In his style of play, he strongly reminds of Neymar. “Kayky is a player who stands out for his technical quality, especially in one-on-one, but also for his quality in front of goal,” explained Fluminenses U17 coach Guilherme Torres Goal.
Youth coach raves about Kayky’s skills
Kayky is also very intelligent when it comes to games, is always looking for free space and has a very good quality as a preparer. “He also has a winning mentality, which is important for a high-level player.”
As a left-footer, Kayky mainly acts on the right wing position. There he makes life difficult for the opposing full-backs with his pace, his overview and his tricks. So he led Fluminense to the title in the last U17 championship and was top scorer with twelve goals.
Skills that the Citizens apparently expect a lot from. Guardiola still needs a little patience, however, as Kayky will not be allowed to change internationally until June. Then he turns 18.
Together with his teammate Metinho, the new adventure should then start. Where it will ultimately lead the two is still open. The two players may initially be parked at another City Football Group club. Metinho is loud Globe Sports a candidate for the French second division club ES Troyes AC. Kayky, on the other hand, could try his luck directly at the Skyblues.
If he succeeds, the left Neymar could perhaps step out of Neymar’s shadow one day.