On 03/21/2023 at 01:44 am

He benfica an impressive season is shaping up and much of the blame lies with joao mario, one of the surprises of European football. Portuguese, like a fine wine, has improved over the years and is at its best in the 30. This course registers practically the same goals that he managed to score in the previous eight seasons. With 23 goals across all competitions It is top scorer in the national championship with 17 goals as a midfielder, stands out as one of the stars of the ‘eagles’.

He is exploring an unprecedented facet until today, revealing himself to be a midfielder and one of Roger Schmidt’s great weapons. Adding the previous eight seasons, he scored 27 goalsa value that can easily be surpassed taking into account the high pace of this campaign. In the last duel of Lisbon, against Vitória Guimarães, he scored twice (5-1).

His goalscoring ability is also affecting the champions. Already in the quarterfinals against one of his previous teams, Inter Milan, he added six points and they just get over it Erling haaland (10), mo salah (8) and kylian mappe (7).

Portugal, Italy, England and Russia

In the 2014/15 season he managed to score seven goals with Sporting CP (five in the championship and two in the Portuguese Cup), the same number he reached in the 2015/16 school year (six in the championship and another in the Europa League).

So he went to Inter Milan (2016/17) in exchange for 44.78 million euros. Despite being the ‘nerazurri”s big bet, he didn’t fall on his feet in Italy and scored just four goals in Serie A (one of them in the 2018/19 season). In between, in the 2017/18 campaign, he made a small ‘erasm’ in England, on loan, where he managed to score two goals in the Premier League at the hands of westham.

Still a starter at Inter, he returned to string together more assignments. one no locomotive Moscow (2019/20), in which he scored a goal in the Russian league. and another in sporty PRAÇA (2020/21), where he again collected very discreet records in terms of goals (two goals).

In 2021 he moved to Lisbon and after the separation from the Italian club he signed a contract at zero cost for the club. benfica. The 2021/22 route was adapted and only scored three goals in the national tournament. However, the story is being very different in the current season.

Leaders in Portugal and alive in the Champions League

roger schmidt hit the key to take full advantage of the capabilities of joao mario. And with him those of the entire team. Us Champions League Quarter Finals for the second consecutive year and Notable leaders in the Portuguese league (ten points behind Porto), the Lisbon side are on their way to completing a season that will go down in history.

If they overcome the tie against Inter Milan, they would reach the semifinals of the tournament, against Napoli or Milan. They haven’t won the competition since the 1961/62 season. For now, there is license to dream at Estádio da Luz.