Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini handed Portugal Under-19 international Marcos Lopes just his second start of the season at Upton Park on Tuesday night, and he was rewarded with a man-of-the-match display from the 18-year-old as the visitors romped to yet another comfortable win against West Ham.
The Brazil-born attacking midfield player helped to create both of City’s first two goals, including an inch-perfect left-wing centre straight onto striker Alvaro Negredo’s forehead for their third-minute opener that made the rest of the tie all but a formality.
And after the full-time whistle, City defender Joleon Lescott was full of praise for the academy graduate, nicknamed “Ronaldo” by his team-mates, telling Sky Sports: “It’s not just his quality on the ball, it’s his desire off the ball as well. You can see how hard he works.
“We’ve known about him for a while, and is nicknamed ‘Figo’ and ‘Ronaldo’ around the club. He’s got a very bright future.”