Football star Joao Pedro is dating 15-year-old Brazilian actress Mel Maia.

Maia, who is a big name in her native country, visited the Watford player in London last month but the club confirmed she will now stay in Brazil until she turns 16, reports.

According to the a spokesman for Watford, who is sitting second-from-bottom on the English Premier League ladder, said: “Both Joao and his girlfriend are acutely aware of both the legality and cultural differences between the UK and Brazil.

“She has flown back to Brazil, will remain a resident there and has no intention of returning to England until after her 16th birthday.”

The legal age of consent in Brazil, where Pedro is also from, is 14 although it is 16 in the UK.

Pedro, 18, joined Watford from Brazilian club Fluminense in January and made his club debut against Tranmere in the FA Cup.

He often shows off his private life on social media and one of his most recent uploads for his 738,000 followers is a picture of he and Maia kissing on a bridge in London.

Other images include them embracing in a swimming pool alongside the caption: “You complete me.”

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Maia is also open about their relationship on Instagram and has a whopping seven million followers.

It is believed the pair started dating around last September.

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