Joao Mendes, a son of former World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, Ronaldinho, attempted to hide his identity during his trial with Brazilian side Cruzerio.
The Brazilian icon’s son, Joao Mendes, is just 13 but has been making waves while progressing through the youth ranks.
He has previously had trial with Paris Saint-Germain, one of his father’s many clubs, at their training base in the Brazilian capital Brasilia before trying out for Cruzeiro, whose senior side play in the top flight.
But, according to Brazilian outlet Globoesporte, Mendes wanted to gain his place in the side through merit, rather than the club’s top brass selecting him due to his father’s name.
Globo, who appear to have blown Mendes’ cover, claim the youngster ‘charmed the scouts’ during his trial there but, owing to the fact he is just 13, he is too young to sign a contract.
Mendes is the son of Janaina Nattielle Mendes, a former dancer who was married to the Barcelona great in 2004. Their marriage only lasted for two years, ending in 2007. His mother, however, is reportedly the one who decides Joao’s future.
The Cruzeiro trainee certainly appears to have been passed on some of his father’s otherworldly footballing talent. Indeed, it is a story to keep a close eye on.