Roma’s Felix makes 50-best wonderkids list

Roma attacker Felix Afena-Gyan
John Solano

Roma attacker Felix was included in’s NXGN 2022 list, which ranks the best 50 wonderkids in football throughout the globe born on or after 1 January, 2003.

The Ghanaian was ranked 21st by the website while Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, Bayer Levekusen’s Florian Wirtz, and Barcelona’s Gavi were the top three.

Felix joined Roma just over one year ago from EurAfrica FC academy, a youth football project established in 2018. He was initially discovered by former Roma executive Morgan De Sanctis and signed with the club after extensive negotiations.

He initially joined the Giallorossi’s Primavera squad, managed by Alberto De Rossi, but it took almost no time for him to draw the attention of Jose Mourinho.

Felix Afena-Gyan burst into the consciousness of Italian football fans in October 2021, when his two stunning strikes for Roma against Genoa earned him some new €800 trainers from manager Jose Mourinho.

The 19-year-old forward, who arrived at the Giallorossi in January 2021 as a relative unknown in his native Ghana, possesses blistering pace and plenty of skill, making him a nightmare for opposition defenders.

A raw talent, Afena-Gyan’s almost seamless transition into life as a Serie A player suggests that he can continue to make a name for himself at the top of the European game.


Despite making only five appearances, Felix tallied six goals for the Primavera and soon found himself training with the club’s first team under the Special One and ultimately debuted on 27 October against Cagliari.

Just a few weeks later in late November, Felix played the role of hero as he scored a brace against Genoa, securing a 2-0 victory for the capital club.

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