What a difference a shirt makes, huh? Well, to be fair. It's about more than just a shirt. It's about a system, about ideology, about freedom.
That's the big buzzword surrounding Joao Felix these days: freedom. With Portugal, he's free to be the player many thought he could be when Atletico Madrid bought him for a club-record fee of €126 million(£113m/$142m) in the summer of 2019. He's free to dominate the attacking phase in ways he has never been able to do under Diego Simeone.
And, pretty soon, it appears Felix will be free of Simeone's shackles, free to bring the Portugal version of his game to one of the world's biggest clubs.
The race to sign Felix will surely heat up soon, with even Atletico admitting that it seems time for all involved to move on.
"He is the biggest bet this club has taken in its history. I personally think he's a top talent, a world-class player," CEO Gil Martin told TVE. "For reasons it isn't worth getting into - the relationship between him and the boss [Simeone], the minutes played, his motivation right now - it makes you think that the reasonable thing is that if there's an option that's good for the player, good for the club, we can look at it.
"I'd love him to stay personally, but I don't think that's the player's idea."
Felix has said as much, taking a thinly-veiled shot at Simeone's Atletico after providing two assists to lead Portugal to a 6-1 rout of Switzerland in the World Cup last 16.
"The way you play here and at the club are different," he said. "When the conditions are favourable, things go better."
Clubs will be lining up to secure Felix's signature as, despite his struggles at Atleti, the 23-year-old attacker remains one of the sport's most promising young stars.
GOAL is here to break down which clubs will be after Felix, and at which club he may be able to play as the best version of himself: