For a 20-year-old footballer, it would probably be the best compliment of his career and a big source of motivation to be compared with a legendary player like Rivaldo.
That is what Anderson Talisca must have felt, when his Brazil teammate, Oscar, spoke high words of appreciation about him, comparing him to the former Barcelona star.
“Talisca is tall and left-footed like Rivaldo, so comparisons are normal, I haven’t followed him much at Benfica, but he has great quality. We are happy that he is with our group.” – Oscar told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.
The Benfica forward is being watched closely by Jose Mourinho, with Arsenal and Liverpool also showing interest. According to Bleacher Report, Chelsea are expected to leave them behind in the race to sign Talisca when the January transfer window opens.
Talisca is not such a hot property for nothing. The Brazil international moved from Bahia to Benfica in July 2014 for a fee of around 4 million euros, which is in fact, the highest ever paid for a Bahia player. Playing as a striker or an attacking midfielder, he is currently the highest goal scorer of the Primeira Liga with 8 goals in 9 appearances which also includes one hat-trick. His first goal in the UEFA Champions League came on 4th November 2014 against Monaco in the group stage. The only goal of the match came in the 82nd minute, helping Benfica get the better of Monaco with the match ending 1-0, and was described by Talisca as the ‘best feeling’ in his life.
It was perhaps his amazing performance in Primeira Liga that got him his first call-up for the Brazilian national team, and impressed coach Dunga, for the match against Austria. As if all this wasn’t enough for a 20-year-old, he has been nicknamed ‘Yaya Talisca’ in reference to the Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure.
“Some people call him “Yaya Talisca. His technique is very accurate but I like him more to Rivaldo, who was also left-footed, with a long stride and capable of scoring goals from distance.” said Newton Mota, a former official at Bahia.
Manchester City midfielder and Brazilian teammate Fernandinho also praised the ex-Bahia man and insisted that he has a great future in the game. He said:
“I was impressed. I didn’t know him. I didn’t see him play in Brazil but I have seen some Benfica games. He has trained well with the national team and he fits in well with the group. He has great charisma.”
Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni