Former Sporting Lisbon starlet Bruma has been hailed by some observers as ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’.
And whether that comparison is lazy or apt, it is a label the younger of the two will have to live with until he makes a claim to be a star in his own right.
Such was his talent, that Bruma was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea last summer. A report in the Metro even claimed he had begged Sporting to sanction a move to Stamford Bridge.
But in the midst of this interest, a dispute broke out over the length and validity of the player’s contract, with a Joint Arbitration Committee reportedly set to decide Bruma’s fate.
But while Chelsea, and other clubs, waited to see if they could sign one of Portugal’s hottest young properties on the cheap, when his move did come, it was something of a twist – a €10million deal with Turkish side Galatasaray.
Bruma started the season well, providing two assists in his first three league matches. And he also shone in the cup, where scored one and set up three in just two matches.
However, the third saw him suffer a major blow that initially appeared to end his World Cup hopes – a knee ligament injury which occurred during the match against Tokatspor last week.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola has since reported that the player will be out for between three and four months, which makes his chance of appearing at Brazil 2014 unlikely rather than impossible.
But if he does make it – and we all hope he does – Chelsea fans can see exactly what all the fuss was about on the biggest stage of all.
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