There was a lot of excitement among Barcelona fans and club officials when it was confirmed that the son of former cult hero Ronaldinho would be signing for the club.
The 17-year-old had left playing from Cruzeiro in his homeland, but he will now join Barca, and is expected to be in the Juvenil B level in his early days as a Blaugrana player.
On Thursday, Mendes made his debut for the club, albeit in a behind closed doors friendly, as per Sport. The match was played at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper against the youth side of Barcelona’s Europa League opponents, Manchester United.
Barcelona’s side featured a mixture of players from the Juvenil A and B sides, with the former competing in the UEFA Youth League this season. Their next match is against AZ Alkmaar on the 1st of March.
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💪 𝐉𝐮𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐥 𝐀 vs AZ Alkmaar
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Barcelona will hope that Mendes can have a similar impact to his father at the club, although he is not expected to be at first team level for a couple of years at least.