Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez gained the ‘Young Player’ award of the FIFA World Cup 2022 as his nation beat France 4-2 on penalties within the remaining to carry the trophy.
The 21-year-old Fernandez, a central midfielder who performs for Portuguese membership Benfica, scored his maiden objective for the nationwide facet towards Mexico in Argentina’s second group match.
He turned the youngest participant to attain a World Cup objective for Argentina since Messi in 2006.
He assisted Julian Alvarez’s objective within the match towards Poland, which Argentina gained 2-0 and secured qualification to the knockout spherical.
Fernandez primarily performed the position of an anchor in midfield for Scaloni’s workforce. His presence upgraded Argentina’s transition play from defence to assault. His imaginative and prescient and game-reading talents additionally proved to be helpful for his nation on this World Cup.
Fernandez made his worldwide debut for Argentina in September 2022 instead in a 3-0 win towards Honduras.
He is an academy graduate of the Argentine membership River Plate. He made his debut for the senior facet in 2019 earlier than taking part in two seasons on mortgage for Defensa y Justicia, one other Argentine membership. With Defensa y Justicia, Fernandez gained Copa Sudamericana and Recopa Sudamericana, earlier than returning to River Plate final yr in a title-winning marketing campaign.
In 2022, he joined Benfica the place he performed 13 matches and scored one objective.