Enzo Fernandez of Argentina has won the FIFA Young Player Award for his performances at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The FIFA award, given to the best player aged 21 or under at a World Cup, had never been won by an Argentine before.
Enzo Fernandez, who will turn 22 in January. Won the vote ahead of Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol, 20, and England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19.
Fernandez’s senior international debut came in September.
The 21-year-old was playing for River Plate in Argentina before joining Benfica in the summer. His performances from midfield have lit up the tournament. After scoring against Mexico in the group stage. He was a regular in the knockout stages, elbowing Juventus star Leandro Parades out.
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Fernandez joins the likes of Lukas Podolski, Thomas Muller, Paul Pogba, and Kylian Mbappe in receiving the award. Which was introduced for the 2006 tournament.
Lionel Messi, Fernandez’s captain, received the Golden Ball for the second time. Making him the first player in history to do so. The Flea, who is usually reserved for the biggest star on the losing side of a final. He is the first man since Romario in 1994 to win both the World Cup and the Golden Ball in the same year.
Argentina’s No. 1 Emi Martinez won the tournament’s Golden Glove.
The Aston Villa player now joins the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Manuel Neuer in the pantheon. He appeared to make a rude gesture with the trophy, holding it against his crotch.
The only man who won an award but did not receive the trophy was a player who did not deserve to go home empty-handed. Kylian Mbappe is this year’s Golden Boot winner, having gone from five goals to eight by the end of the season. He becomes France’s second Golden Boot winner after Just Fontaine, who scored 13 goals in 1958. Mbappe’s hat-trick was also notable for being the first time anyone had scored three goals in a final since 1966.