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Barcelona’s New Star Joao Felix Moved to Tears at Unveiling

Joao Felix capped a whirlwind weekend by making his Barcelona debut last night

Joao Felix broke down into tears during his Barcelona unveiling on Friday, overwhelmed at finally fulfilling his boyhood dream of joining the Spanish giants.

Images showed a visibly emotional Felix holding back tears as he donned Barcelona’s famous Blaugrana shirt for the first time.

It capped a remarkable turnaround for the 23-year-old, who endured a miserable spell on loan at Chelsea last season and then fell out of favor at parent club Atletico Madrid.

With his future uncertain, Felix had publicly declared his hope of joining his childhood football club, Barcelona, stating:

“I’d love to play for Barcelona. Barca has always been my first choice, and I’d love to join them. It has always been my dream since I was a kid. If it happens, it will be a dream come true for me.”

Joao Felix

Against the odds, Barcelona secured Felix’s services on loan from Atletico on deadline day, making his lifelong ambition a reality.

The Portuguese star was visibly emotional and fighting back tears during the presentation, demonstrating what it meant to join Barcelona after admiring them from afar for so long.

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 03: Joao Felix of FC Barcelona looks on during the LaLiga EA Sports match between CA Osasuna and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Sadar on September 03, 2023 in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo by Ion Alcoba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Photo by Ion Alcoba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Starting A New Chapter

It marked a fairytale turn of events for Felix, who endured frustration after his £112 million move to Atletico from Benfica in 2019 failed to work out as planned.

But now the prodigy has a chance at revival with the football club he always imagined playing for. His reaction exemplified his deep affection for Barcelona since childhood.

Just hours later, Felix came off the bench to debut in Barcelona’s dramatic 2-1 win over Osasuna. After a challenging year, he is already making his mark.

As Barcelona navigates a tricky transitional period, Felix’s arrival consummates their long-held admiration for his generational talent.

If the emotional scenes at his unveiling, which saw Joao Felix break down, are any indication, Felix is poised to leave everything on the pitch at the club he cherishes. Expect fireworks as his boyhood fantasy, which continues to move him to tears, turns into reality.