Joao Mendes has yet to kick a ball in professional football but his commitment to his first contract with Cruzerio has sparked major optimism in the South American nation.
The Brazilian top-flight side announced the deal for the exciting 14-year-old attacker, who will be remain within the academy set-up as they monitor his development closely.
As per AS, the club released a statement acknowledging the signing of 'one of the young promising stars of Brazilian football with interesting attributes', who they state will be integrated slowly into the first-team.
The teenager also shared a few words: "It is the club that has opened doors for me, the structure is very good, and also the working dynamics.
"I feel a lot of affection for Cruzeiro and hope I can demonstrate my talent soon."