The boy from Olinda, Pernambuco, wore the number 9 on the Under-17 World Cup that Brazil conquered at the end of 2019. He struck 5 times, including one in the final against Mexico, and despite the fact that the top scorer prize was taken away by the Dutchman Sontje Hansen, who scored 6, the Brazilian boy, undoubtedly, created an impression of bigger things to come in the near future.

The boy has already been labeled as the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’ due to his stature and similar attributes at such a young age. He has superb technique, quick feet, and decent aerial ability.

Kaio Jorge Pinto Ramos aka Kaio Jorge is regarded as a forward, but he is far from being just a forward, but a genuine mouse in the opposition penalty area blessed with a great positioning intelligence as well as good association with his teammates and an accurate shot.

Kaio is fast and smart, with that pillería that a few years ago was said to be typical of street-soccer, One of his strengths is in attacking the space behind the defence to take advantage of passes to the hole- more explosively over short distances than with long, long strides.

One of his gifts is the Jeitinho – the ability to create moments of magic.

Like Cristiano, he can draw the defenders into him giving the impression he would score, but instead, he would exploit the tiny spaces behind him by providing a crucial assist.

He is not blessed with pace like Vinicius Junior or Rodrygo Goes, but one thing sets him apart from the rest of the young Brazilians, is his intelligent movement with or without the ball –  thus, he’s able to work the channels and keep defences guessing.

Kaio does his best work more centrally.

He comes alive in the box and makes sharp, decisive darts to get into good goal-scoring position.

Of course, he possesses 83.6% of passing abilities.

Kaio joined Santos’ youth setup in 2012, aged ten.

In November 2017, aged only 15, he was promoted to the under-20 squad.

On 21 September 2018, Kaio was promoted to the first-team by manager Cuca.

He made his professional – and Serie A – debut nine days later, coming on as a second-half substitute for Bruno Henrique in a 1–0 home defeat of Atletico Paranaense, becoming the sixth youngest debutant of the club’s history.

On January 11, 2019, after lengthy negotiations, Kaio signed his first professional contract with the club, agreeing to a three-year deal. He scored his first goal for Peixe on 3 March of the following year, netting his team’s second in a 2–1 Copa Libertadores away win against Defensa y Justicia; it was also his debut match in the competition.

Kaio was called up to Brazil under-15s for the 2017 South American U-15 Championship, scoring four goals in only three matches during the tournament.

On September 21, 2018, he was called up to the under-17s for a friendly tournament in Nantwich and Telford, England.

On September 20, 2019, Kaio was included in Guilherme Dalla Déa’s 21-man list for the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, and in that tournament; he caught the attention of the giants in Europe.

Kaio attempted more shots (28) on goal than any other players.

According to Outside of the Foot, “Most of Kaio’s goals come from inside the penalty box on his favoured right foot but he still has a lot of variation in his finishing.  Whether it be simple tap-ins, cool placed one-on-one efforts, or more instinctive efforts and snap-shots, Kaio scores all sorts of goals.  While not renowned for his height or aerial ability, his heading is decent too”.

At the moment, Juventus are heavily interested in the 18-year old. Santos president Jose Carlos Peres confirmed in March that Juve had entered into talks to sign Jorge and if Juve wish to sign him then they would have to rack up a staggering $56.5million which would activate the teenagers’ release clause – Under contract until December 2021.

Regarding the move to Turin, Kaio said to Corriere dello Sport, “I leave these things to my agent. I don’t get involved, he manages them.”

“Right now, I’m very happy at Santos and I want to keep doing well, growing and improving my football.”

“Every day I learn something new and get stronger.”

Even though, according to the Santos president, Juventus aren’t the only team interested in signing him.

“The market hasn’t stopped even a second. I receive calls as normal. Football has stopped but the negotiations are still ongoing,” Peres told CalcioMercato.

“It is not a secret that there is interest, but I don’t want to be caught off guard. If the right offers do not arrive within a deadline that we will establish, we will keep him until the end of the season.”

“Juventus asked about him but made no formal offer. I told them his release clause is €75m, but we are open to negotiation. We were discussing closer to €30m (£28m/$32m), but not just with Juve.”

“Two other Italian teams are very active as well as a French one. However, since no news has come out in the press, I cannot reveal the names.”

It might be Inter or Napoli or Paris Saint-Germain – none knows, but the demand of Kaio Jorge is increasing each day in Europe.

But it would be sensible enough for Santos to consider the offer of Juve.

A lot of things have changed in Turin.


Andrea Pirlo would be a great mentor for Kaio.

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