Everything Arsenal and Manchester United fans need to know about ‘the next Ronaldo’

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Alvaro Vadillo has been touted as the 'next Cristiano Ronaldo' by Spanish press. The 18-year-old is therefore one of Europe's most sought after talents. What can we tell you about him?

Spain’s answer to Cristiano Ronaldo is widely believed to be the Real Betis youngster Alvaro Vadillo. A two-footed winger who can play from either side the 18-year-old has been linked with several big teams around Europe recently.

But what can we tell you about Real Betis’s impressive teenager?

1) Alvaro Vadillo Cifuentes was born on the 12th September 1994 in Puerto Real, Spain.

2) A one club man he first joined the youth ranks of local side Real Betis in 2006 aged 12.

3) He first made an impact with the Real Betis B side in Segunda Division B as he featured in 14 games scoring one goal as they avoided relegation in the play-off rounds.

4) In August 2011 he became the second youngest ever player to play in La Lig when he started against Granada at just 16 years, 11 months and 16 days.

5) His career was slightly derailed by a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in a collision with Sergio Ramos back in October 2011.

6) During this period of recuperation his manager Pepe Mel said his young talent was learning English in case a big move to the Premier League materialised. 

7) This season the youngster has made five appearances for the first team; with his last game coming against Rayo Vallecano in January.

8) Although not widely reported his appearance record this season triggered an automatic contract extension with the club. He is now contracted until 2016 with a release clause believed to be in the region of €20 million.

9) He has also represented Spain at international level for the under-17 and under-20 teams.

10) It was reported in 2011 that Manchester United had a £2.5 million bid rejected for the player while this month Arsenal have also been linked with his signature. AC Milan and Real Madrid are also said to be interested.

Have you seen Vadillo play? Is he as good as they say?

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