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Five things to know about Portuguese sensation Gelson Martins

A profile of a pacey, skillful Portuguese winger attracting eyes from across Europe.

Martins celebrates scoring in the U20 World Cup in 2015

If you’re even moderately keen on transfer rumours or have been tracking the list of prodigious talents around Europe, you must have heard of a winger emerging from the ranks of Sporting, Gelson Martins. From the famed academy that has introduced the football world to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Nani arrives another wing wizard attracting clubs all across Europe such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and AC Milan.

Also read: Real Madrid Transfer Rumour: Zinedine Zidane eyes Sporting Lisbon’s Gelson Martin

Here are five things you should know about the 21-year-old winger:

#1 Background

Gelson Martins was born and brought up in Praia, the capital city of the island nation Cape Verde. The tricky winger’s path to football took a fortunate turn at the age of eight when the Martins’ decided to set up their new family base in Lisbon, Portugal.

His career began at an amateur club called Club Football Benfica, unaffiliated to its similarly named Portuguese powerhouse, Benfica before transferring to his present club, Sporting in 2010.

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