This season, he racked up 21 goals and eight assists for Athletico Paranaense
Teenage forward Vitor Roque this month completed a €40 million ($44 million) move to Barcelona from Brazilian club Athletico Paranaense.
The 18-year-old, who joined Athletico from Cruzeiro in April 2022, arrives in Spain tasked with leading the Barça forward line of the future.
He made his first-team debut for Cruzeiro at 16, in a Brazilian second division game against Botafogo - but was substituted after 18 minutes.
Cruzeiro’s then-head coach, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, said he felt he couldn’t hack the pace of the game. It was an inauspicious start for the youngster.
Six months later, Vitor Roque was sold to Paranaense, who offered him a salary 15 times higher than his weekly wage at Cruzeiro.
The Curitiba side triggered the $5.5m release clause in the forward’s contract - a buy-out figure that was set at a whopping $330m for European clubs.
At Paranaense, he blossomed. Blessed with searing pace and a knack for beating players, he's averaged a goal or an assist every 108 minutes this term.
Known as ‘Tigrinho’ - ‘Little Tiger’ - Vitor Roque is every inch the modern forward, allying his skill on the ball with a potent physique.
With the ball glued to his feet when he dribbles, he draws defenders to him, creating space for others. He loves to drop deep to receive it.
A player who links up deftly with his team-mates, he also works hard out of possession. He's normally a No. 9, but can operate on the left, too.