In 2002, two outrageously talented young wingers took their first steps in senior football for Portuguese champions Sporting. Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma would waste little time in displaying their God-given gifts with a ball at their feet.
Fast-forward 13 years and Sporting again have two promising flank players operating in tandem who are being touted for a brilliant future.
Gelson Martins, 20 years old, and Matheus Pereira, 19, are both getting regular playing time – and making the most of it – for the Primeira Liga leaders.
Tom Kundert writes about Sporting’s latest pair of flying wingers for FourFourTwo.