Roy Keane has labelled Portugal youngster Joao Felix as an “imposter” after his country succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Belgium.
Portugal were unable to retain their European crown, as a first half goal from Thorgan Hazard was enough to ensure that Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates were sent home from Euro 2020.
Former Republic of Ireland international Keane was speaking on ITV after the game and criticised Felix for missing a late chance to equalise for Portugal and send the game to extra time.
“That guy’s an imposter! He’s an imposter! Your country needs you. He comes on – hit the target! £100million?! If I was Ronaldo, I’d be going after him in the dressing room. Shocking!” 😡
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 27, 2021
‘You’d certainly be going after him in the changing room.’
“I get really annoyed with it [missing the target], particularly when they’re quality players. There’s no excuses when you see players just leaning back and missing the target,” Keane said.
“As I said, at least test the goalkeeper, these are top players. There’s no getting away from that. Felix, when he came on, that guy is an imposter. He’s an imposter!
“He’s comes on like this, your country needs you and he comes on – hit the target! £100million! I think if I was Ronaldo you’d certainly be going after him in the dressing room.”
Joao Felix’s lofty price tag.
Felix is a highly-rated young footballer, having signed a seven-year contract for Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee of €126 million at the age of 19, which is the fourth-highest transfer fee in history.
Despite his price tag, Felix didn’t start in any of Portugal’s four games at Euro 2020, making his first appearance of the tournament off the bench against Belgium in their last 16 encounter.
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes was also introduced off the bench for Portugal against the Belgians, but similarly, he couldn’t impact the result in Seville.