The youngest son of Brazilian idol Pele admitted to feeling the responsibility of following in his father’s footsteps but asked not to be compared with the former great.
Joshua, 16, joined Santos’ youth ranks earlier this month after returning to Brazil from the US — where he had been living since he was 12 — at the behest of his father.
He said he had learned to cope with the pressure of being the son of the player regarded by many as the greatest in history.
“It is a good thing, right? I’m just starting my career and it’s a big responsibility. I’m trying to take it the best way possible by always thinking about the good side. People tell me about him but I still think I don’t really understand everything. It goes beyond what is in my head. He is an idol and always will be,” he said.
When asked if he shared his father’s footballing qualities, Joshua replied: “I’m a striker and prefer to use the 9 or 11 shirt. Maybe one day I’ll use the 10.”
Joshua is expected to make his debut for the Santos Under-17 team in April.