With only one match left to play, A BOLA invited readers to choose the player who had surprised the most throughout the competition. As FC Porto win the 30th title and Gil Vicente achieves an unprecedented presence in European competitions, several players have evolved into a status few predicted in August 2021.
At the Dragons, Diogo Costa stole the title from Marchesín and the assertion at the Estádio do Dragão led to Fernando Santos handing him the national team goal in the important games of the 2022 World Cup play-offs, which was also joined by Vitinha, returned from Wolverhampton to be Sérgio Conceição’s midfield maestro. Finally, there is Luis Díaz. Best player of the last edition of the Copa América, the Colombian led the blues and whites with 14 goals in the first part of the season, which earned him a transfer to Liverpool for 45 million euros.
After a season in which he had already shown good details, Darwin Núñez established himself as the top scorer in the championship. The Benfica forward goes into the final round with 26 goals, six more than Taremi, and with his eyes on the Bola de Prata. By his side he had a Gonçalo Ramos conquering space and finishing the Eagles’ titular season.
At Sporting, Pablo Sarabia arrived on loan from PSG and became the lions’ top scorer. With a deadly left foot, he scored 14 goals in 28 league appearances. Further back, Matheus Reis asserts himself as Rúben Amorim’s bet, either on the left of the central trio or on the left wing of the defense.
Coming out of the top three, surprises were not lacking either. Ricardo Horta (equalled Manuel Laranjo as SC Braga’s all-time top scorer) and Vitinha (was replaced by Abel Ruiz) became figures at Braga; Fran Navarro, with 16 goals, and Samuel Lino, with 12, were the attacking engines of a European Gil Vicente; Petar Musa has exceeded ten goals at Boavista and is close to signing for Benfica.
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