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Enzo Fernandez wins Young Player Award at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

[Photo by Baptiste Fernandez]

Enzo Fernandez claimed the Young Player Award following Argentina’s triumph over France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final.

The Benfica midfielder appeared in all seven World Cup matches for his nation as well as scoring an outstanding goal against Mexico in the group stage.

Fernandez’s performances in Qatar have drawn plenty of attention to the 21-year-old who is now attracting interest from huge clubs such as Liverpool.

The Argentine took the crown for young player of the tournament from none other than Kylian Mbappe who won the award in Russia four years ago as well as winning the golden boot for this tournament.

Enzo proudly accepted his award alongside his captain and golden ball winner Lionel Messi, and Argentina’s heroic goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez who won the golden glove.

[Photo by Shaun Botterill/FIFA]

Fernandez joined River Plate’s academy in 2006 and spent 13 years working his way through the ranks of one of South America’s footballing giants.

In January 2019, Enzo was promoted to the first team and made his professional debut in the Copa Libertadores in the March.

For the 2020/21 season the midfielder loaned to Defensa y Justicia to further his development and played under Argentina legend, Hernan Crespo.

During his loan spell with Defensa, Enzo made 14 appearances and despite starting off as a bench player, he worked his way into the starting line-up by impressing when given the chance.

Fernandez started in the 2020 Copa Sudamericana Final where his side won 3-0 against Lanus, claiming the promising midfielder’s first honour of his career.

The following season, Enzo returned to River Plate and almost immediately cemented himself as a starter at the team where it all began. He made 19 appearances, scored eight goals as well as contributing six assists, attracting interest from European clubs.

Benfica were the team to get their hands on the young star paying a fee of 12 million Euros in the summer of 2022.

He represented Argentina at U18 level for the first time in July 2019, making two appearances before first team manager Lionel Scaloni picked him for two World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Uruguay.

Enzo’s first team debut came as a substitute in a 3-0 win against Honduras just months before his World Cup call up.

At just 21 years of age, Fernandez has won the Copa Sudamericana, made a big money transfer to a European giant, made UEFA Champions League appearances, won the 2022 World Cup alongside arguably the greatest player of all time, as well of course winning the young player award in Qatar.

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